Ceredigion councillors to be cut by five

The new Welsh Local Government Minister, Lesley Griffiths, has agreed to proposals to cut the number of county councillors in Ceredigion by five, from 42 to 37. 

The proposals were contained in a report by the Local Government Boundary Commission for Wales published in May 2011 but were put on hold by the previous Minister before last year’s elections. The changes are slightly altered by the Commission from those reported by this blog in 2010.

The five seats that will now be lost at the next council elections in 2017 are as follows:

·    *  Lampeter will reduce from two councillors to one

·    *  Cardigan will reduce from three councillors to two

·   *  Llangeitho ward will be split between expanded Tregaron and   Llangybi wards

·   *  Capel Dewi ward will be split between expanded Llandysul and Troedyraur wards

·   *  The four wards of New Quay, Llandysiliogogo, Llanarth and Llanfihangel Ystrad will have their boundaries altered to become three.

This blog has previously identified that the southern half of Ceredigion is significantly over-represented compared to the North. Although the Minister probably doesn't read the blog,  this is the issue tackled by the proposals, the intention of which is to produce a more equal number of electors in each ward.

Other more minor changes are:
Padarn and  Faenor wards on the outskirts of Aberystwyth to combine into one ward with two councillors
Aberaeron ward to take in the Aberarth section of Llansantffraid
Llanfarian ward to take in a small part of Melindwr

By my calculations, if the new boundaries had been applied to the 2012 elections, Independents would have lost three councillors and Plaid Cymru two. However 2017 is a long way off...

The map shows the distribution of councillors following the 2011 election. Plaid are in green, Independents   in light blue and Lib Dems yellow. Image source: Wikipedia