Powys County Council

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Powys County Council
Powys coat of arms
The coat of arms of Powys County Council
Official Website powys.gov.uk

Powys County Council (Welsh: Cyngor Sir Powys) is the local authority for Powys, one of the administrative areas of Wales. It has three area committees, known as Shire Committees, one for each of the historic counties of Brecknockshire, Radnorshire and Montgomeryshire. Some local functions are delegated to these committees.[1] The council offices are located in Llandrindod Wells.

Political makeup[edit]

Elections take place every four years. The first election was held in 1995 and the most recent was on 3 May 2012.[2]

Current composition[edit]

The current governing coalition is formed by three groups of independents: the Powys Independent Alliance, The Independent Group and The Non-Political Group.

Group affiliation[3] Members
  Powys Independent Alliance
  The Independent Group
Liberal Democrat 11
Conservative 10
  The Non-Political Group
Labour 7

Historic results[edit]

Year Independents Labour Conservative Liberal Democrats Plaid Cymru
2012 48 6 10 9 0
2008 45 4 9 15 0
2004 54 4 0 15 0
1999 57 6 0 10 0
1995 62 10 3 8 1


Position [4] Holder Political group Ward
Leader of the Council Cllr Barry Thomas The Non-Political Group Llanfihangel
Deputy Leader of the Council
Portfolio Holder for Commissioning, Procurement and Children’s Services
Cllr Graham Brown The Independent Group Llandrinio
Deputy Leader of the Council
Portfolio Holder for Finance
Cllr Wynne Jones Powys Independent Alliance Dolforwyn
Portfolio Holder for Adult Services Cllr Stephen Hayes Powys Independent Alliance Montgomery
Portfolio Holder for Education Cllr Arwel Jones The Independent Group Llandysilio
Portfolio Holder for Environment and Sustainability Cllr John Powell The Non-Political Group Llanbadarn Fawr
Portfolio Holder for Highways Cllr John Brunt Powys Independent Alliance Beguildy
Portfolio Holder for Property, Buildings and Housing Cllr Rosemarie Harris The Non-Political Group Llangynidr
Portfolio Holder for Regeneration and Planning Cllr Avril York Powys Independent Alliance Builth

Electoral wards[edit]

Powys is administered by Powys County Council and has 73 elected councillors representing 73 council wards. Although it is a unitary authority, the highway functions of the council, along with the allocation of small grants, are delegated to the three Shire Committees. Brecknockshire has 24 councillors, Radnorshire has 15 and Montgomeryshire has 34.[1]

Local elections take place every four years. Some of the electoral wards are coterminous with communities (parishes) of the same name. There are 112 communities in the principal area. Nearly all communities have a local community council.

The following table lists the council wards, the political group representing them, and the communities they cover. Communities with a community council are indicated with a '*':

Ward Political group Councillor Communities
Aber-craf Labour Sarah Williams
Banwy The Independent Group Myfanwy Alexander
Beguildy Powys Independent Alliance John Brunt
Berriew The Non-Political Group Dai Davies
Blaen Hafren Conservative Graham Jones
Bronllys Conservative Steve Davies
Builth Powys Independent Alliance Avril York
Bwlch Liberal Democrat Kathryn Silk
Caersws Powys Independent Alliance Rachel Davies
Churchstoke The Independent Group Michael Jones
Crickhowell Liberal Democrat John Morris
Cwmtwrch Labour Sandra Davies
Disserth and Trecoed Conservative Gwilym Williams
Dolforwyn Powys Independent Alliance Wynne Jones
Felin-fach Powys Independent Alliance Tony Thomas
Forden Powys Independent Alliance Linda Corfield
Glantwymyn Powys Independent Alliance Gwilym Vaughan
Glasbury Liberal Democrat James Gibson-Watt
Guilsfield Powys Independent Alliance David Jones
  • Castle Caereinion*
  • Guilsfield*
Gwernyfed Powys Independent Alliance Geraint Hopkins
Hay Conservative Gareth Ratcliffe
Kerry Powys Independent Alliance Kath Roberts-Jones
Knighton The Independent Group Peter Medlicott
Llanafanfawr Powys Independent Alliance David Price
Llanbadarn Fawr The Non-Political Group John Powell
Llanbrynmair The Independent Group Dai Jones
Llandinam The Non-Political Group Roche Davies
Llandrindod East/West The Non-Political Group Keith Tampin
Llandrindod North Conservative Gary Price
Llandrindod South Conservative Tom Turner
Llandrinio The Independent Group Graham Brown
Llandysilio The Independent Group Arwel Jones
Llanelwedd Liberal Democrat Maureen Mackenzie
Llanfair Caereinion The Independent Group Viola Evans
Llanfihangel The Non-Political Group Barry Thomas
Llanfyllin Conservative Peter Lewis
Llangattock The Non-Political Group Jeff Holmes
  • Llangattock*
Llangors Independent Melanie Davies
Llangunllo Powys Independent Alliance Hywel Lewis
Llangynidr The Non-Political Group Rosemarie Harris
Llanidloes Liberal Democrat Gareth Morgan
Llanrhaeadr-ym-Mochnant/Llansilin Conservative Aled Davies
Llansantffraid Conservative Gwynfor Thomas
Llanwddyn The Independent Group Darren Mayor
Llanwrtyd Wells Powys Independent Alliance Tim Van-Rees
Llanyre Powys Independent Alliance John Evans
Machynlleth The Independent Group Michael Williams
Maescar/Llywel Powys Independent Alliance Evan Morgan
Meifod The Non-Political Group Eldrydd Jones
Montgomery Powys Independent Alliance Stephen Hayes
Nantmel Powys Independent Alliance David Evans
Newtown Central Conservative Russell George
Newtown East The Independent Group Joy Jones
Newtown Llanllwchaiarn North Liberal Democrat Gemma-Jane Bowker
Newtown Llanllwchaiarn West Conservative Peter Harris
Newtown South The Independent Group Bob Mills
Old Radnor Powys Independent Alliance Michael Jones
Presteigne The Non-Political Group Garry Banks
Rhayader Liberal Democrat Kelvyn Curry
Rhiwcynon Powys Independent Alliance Joy Shearer
St David Within Labour David Meredith
St John Labour Matthew Dorrance
St Mary Liberal Democrat Paul Ashton
Talgarth Liberal Democrat William Powell
Talybont-on-Usk Independent Liam Fitzpatrick
Tawe Uchaf Labour David Thomas
Trewern Powys Independent Alliance Dawn Bailey
Welshpool Castle The Independent Group Phil Pritchard
Welshpool Gungrog Liberal Democrat Francesca Jump
Welshpool Llanerchyddol The Independent Group Ann Holloway
Ynyscedwyn Labour Susan McNicholas
Yscir Powys Independent Alliance Gillian Thomas
Ystradgynlais Labour Huw Williams

External links[edit]


  1. ^ a b "Articles of the Constitution, Part 2 Article 10" (PDF). Powys Council. Retrieved December 22, 2006. 
  2. ^ 2012 County Council election results
  3. ^ Your Councillors by Ward
  4. ^ Council Cabinet