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Cardiff Council

The logo of City and County of Cardiff council

The arms of City and County of Cardiff
Control Liberal Democrats/Plaid Cymru
MPs
Constituency AMs
Official Website http://www.cardiff.gov.uk
The County Council of the City and County of Cardiff ( ) is the governing body for Cardiffmarker, one of the Principal Areas of Wales. The council consists of 75 councillors, representing 29 electoral wards. While the authority is properly styled as City and County of Cardiff, it is more often referred to as the City of Cardiff (its pre-1996 style) or simply Cardiff Council.

After the 2004 election, which changed the control of the Council from Labour to No Overall Control, the Liberal Democrats formed a minority administration, led by Cllr Rodney Berman. The Liberal Democrats remained the largest party following the 2008 local election, and currently form an administration with Plaid Cymru.

Political makeup

Elections take place every four years. The last election was 1 May 2008.

Year Lib Dem Con Labour Plaid Independent
2008 35 17 13 7 3
2004 33 12 27 3 0
1999 18 5 50 1 1
1995 9 1 61 1 0


The council was under Labour control between 1995 - 2004. The Liberal Democrats ran a minority administration from 2004-2008.

Following the 2008 local elections in Cardiff there is still no party with an overall majority. The Lib Dems gained three, increasing their total number of councillors to 35, and have formed an administration with Plaid Cymru, with Rodney Berman as leader of the Council. The Conservatives replaced Labour as the official opposition, having gained five councillors - the Labour party suffered badly, losing 14 councillors and reducing their total number to 13. Plaid Cymru gained four councillors, increasing their representation to seven. Three independent councillors were elected; two former Conservatives who had left the group in 2006 being joined by an additional member.

History

The City of Cardiff is the county town of Glamorganmarker, although this role has diminished since council reorganisation in 1974 paired Cardiff and the Vale of Glamorganmarker together as the new county of South Glamorgan. Further local government restructuring in 1996 resulted in Cardiff City's district council becoming a unitary authority - the present Cardiff Council.

Mayoralty

The first Mayor of Cardiff is listed by the County Borough Records as Ralph "Prepositus de Kardi" who took up office in 1126. In 1835, Thomas Revel Guest became the first elected Mayor of Cardiff when the first council elections were held. When Cardiff was granted city status in 1905 Cardiff's First Citizen became 'Lord Mayor'. Robert Hughes, the Mayor in 1904, was re-elected to become Cardiff's first Lord Mayor in the following year. The Lord Mayor was granted the right to the style "The Right Honourable". The Lord Mayor now bears the style "The Right Honourable the Lord Mayor of Cardiff".

Municipal Year Lord Mayor Deputy Lord Mayor
2009-2010 Brian Griffiths (Con) Keith Hyde (Lib Dem)
2008-2009 Kate Lloyd (Lib Dem) Jaswant Singh (Plaid)
2007-2008 Gill Bird (Lab) Brian Griffiths (Con)
2006-2007 Gareth Neale (Con) Kate Lloyd (Lib Dem)
2005-2006 Freda Salway (Lib Dem) Monica Walsh (Lab)
2004-2005 Jacqui Gasson (Lib Dem) Delme Bowen (Plaid)


Electoral divisions

The unitary authority area is divided into 29 electoral wards. Most of these wards are coterminous with communities of the same name. Each community can have an elected council. The following table lists council wards, communities and associated geographical areas. Communities with a community council are indicated with a '*':

Electoral ward map of Cardiff

Ward Communities Other geographic areas
1 Adamsdownmarker Adamsdownmarker Cardiff city centremarker, Roath
2 Butetown Butetown Atlantic Wharfmarker, Cardiff Baymarker, Cardiff city centre, Tiger Bay
3 Caeraumarker Caeraumarker Cyntwell, Culverhouse Crossmarker
4 Cantonmarker Cantonmarker Cardiff city centremarker, Leckwithmarker, Victoria Parkmarker
5 Cathaysmarker Cathaysmarker and Castle Blackweir, Cardiff city centremarker, Cathaysmarker, Cathays Parkmarker, Maindymarker
6 Creigiau & St. Fagans Pentyrchmarker* (Creigiau ward) and St Fagansmarker* Coedbychan, Capel Llanilltern, Rhydlafar
7 Cyncoed Cyncoed Roath Parkmarker, Lakeside
8 Elymarker Elymarker Culverhouse Crossmarker, Michaelston-super-Elymarker
9 Fairwatermarker Fairwatermarker Pentrebane
10 Gabalfa Gabalfa Mynachdy, Maindymarker, Heath
11 Grangetownmarker Grangetownmarker Cardiff Baymarker, Cardiff city centremarker, Saltmead
12 Heath Heath Birchgrovemarker
13 Lisvanemarker Lisvanemarker*
14 Llandaffmarker Llandaffmarker Danescourt
15 Llandaff North Llandaff North Hailey Park, Lydstep Park, Mynachdy, Gabalfa
16 Llanishen Llanishen [Thornhill, Cardiff|Thornhill]]
17 Llanrumneymarker Llanrumneymarker
18 Pentwyn Pentwyn Llanedeyrn
19 Pentyrchmarker Pentyrchmarker* (Gwaelod-y-Garthmarker and Pentyrch wards)
20 Penylan Roath
21 Plasnewydd Plasnewydd Roath, Cardiff city centremarker
22 Pontprennau & Old St. Mellonsmarker Old St. Mellonsmarker* and Pontprennaumarker Llanedeyrn Village
23 Radyr & Morganstownmarker Radyr & Morganstownmarker* Morganstown
24 Rhiwbinamarker Rhiwbinamarker Pantmawr, Rhydwaedlyd, Wenallt
25 Riverside Riverside Cardiff city centremarker, Llandaff Fields, Pontcanna, Sophia Gardens
26 Rumneymarker Rumneymarker
27 Splottmarker Splottmarker Pengam Green, Splottmarker, Tremorfamarker
28 Trowbridgemarker Trowbridgemarker St Mellonsmarker estate, Cefn Mably, Wentloog
29 Whitchurch & Tongwynlais Tongwynlaismarker* and Whitchurchmarker Blaengwynlais, Bwlch-y-cwm, Coedcefngarw, Corytonmarker, Cwmnofydd, Graig-goch, Llandaff North


See also



References

  1. Cardiff - Home, Voter Registration and Elections, Electoral Services


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