Pembrokeshire County Council
Pembrokeshire County Council
Cyngor Sir Penfro
Chair of the Council
Simon Hancock, Non-aligned
Leader of the Council
David Simpson, Non-aligned
since May 2017
Leader of the Opposition
Jamie Adams, Independent Group
since 31 March 2021
Length of term
|First past the post|
|4 May 1995|
|5 May 2022|
|6 May 2027|
|County Hall, Haverfordwest|
David Simpson was elected as the new council leader on 25 May 2017, after the previous leader Jamie Adams had withdrawn from the contest. The council had previously been controlled by the Independent Plus Political Group (IPPG), of which Adams was a member, but their numbers were slashed from 33 to 13 at the May 2017 election. Adams blamed the IPPG's close connections to the discredited former chief executive. Simpson is unaffiliated to any group. Simpson leads a cross party Democratic Coalition of progressives and moderates.
|David Simpson||May 2017||Independent (Democratic Coalition)|
|Jamie Adams||May 2012||May 2017||Independent (IPPG)|
|John Davies||June 2004||May 2012||Independent (IPPG)|
As at 5 May 2022:
|Independent Political Group||13|
|Plaid Cymru (DC)||2|
|Liberal Democrats (DC)||2|
Groups/Parties in the Democratic Coalition administration noted by (DC)
Party with majority control in bold
|Year||Seats||Independent||Labour||Plaid Cymru||Conservative||Liberal Democrats||Notes|
|2012||61||43||9||5||3||1||Independent majority controlled|
|2008||60||42||5||5||5||3||Independent majority controlled|
|2004||60||40||12||5||0||3||Independent majority controlled|
|1999||60||38||15||2||0||5||Independent majority controlled|
|1995||60||41||13||3||0||3||Independent majority controlled|
Party with the most elected councillors in bold. Coalition agreements in Notes column
Until the 2022 local elections the county was divided into 60 electoral divisions, each returning one councillor. Some of these divisions were coterminous with communities (parishes) of the same name. Most communities have their own elected council. There are ten town councils and 52 community councils in the county.
Following a boundary review, from the 2022 local elections the number of wards was reduced to 59, with one two-member ward.
The following table lists pre-2022 council divisions, communities, and associated geographical areas. Communities with a community council are indicated with a '*':
The council received criticism for having leased a Porsche sports car for its former chief executive, Bryn Parry-Jones, who was paid £192,000 a year and then received a £277,000 pay-off when he left the post in 2014.
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- "Jamie Adams: I wouldn't change how we handled Bryn Parry-Jones situation". Western Telegraph. 23 May 2017. Retrieved 20 February 2018.
- ""Grave concerns" over troubled Pembrokeshire Council's child safeguarding issues". Wales Online. 12 June 2012. Retrieved 10 March 2018.
- "County Council Leader wins top award". Tivyside Advertiser. 11 December 2008. Retrieved 10 March 2018.
- "Your Councillors". mgenglish.pembrokeshire.gov.uk. 17 November 2016. Retrieved 17 November 2016.
- "Welsh unitary councils". 2 June 2015.
- "Porsche for council boss appalling, Leighton Andrews says". BBC News. 20 January 2015. Retrieved 20 March 2015.