Conwy Council Boundary Reforms Confirmed

23/09/21

Welsh Government accepts LDBCW recommendations

Reforms to Conwy Council’s ward boundaries are to go ahead after the Welsh Government decided to accept the recommendations of the Local Democracy and Boundary Commission for Wales with minor modifications only made to recommended Welsh language ward names.

The Commission’s Final Recommendations were submitted to the Welsh Government 23 May 2019 and Minister for Finance and Local Government, Rebecca Evans MS, has today confirmed that the decision has been made to accept the recommendations.

The changes accepted by the Welsh Government mean that Conwy’s number of councillors will reduce by 4, taking the council from 59 to 55 members. This results in an average of 1,625 electors per councillor.

Meanwhile the number of wards will be reduced from 38 to 30, with 17 of those being multi-member wards.

10 wards will elect 2 councillors, 6 wards will elect 3 councillors, and 1 ward will elect 4 councillors.

18 current wards will see no change under these reforms.

A small number of recommendations on Welsh language ward names were not accepted by Welsh Government.

Responding to the Welsh Government’s decision, Shereen Williams MBE OStJ, Chief Executive of the Local Democracy and Boundary Commission for Wales said:

“I’m delighted that the Welsh Government has accepted these recommendations with only minor modifications.

“These changes will mean greater electoral parity for the people of Conwy.

“I’d like to thank everyone who contributed to the review, the members of the public, councillors, Conwy Council, and everyone else who sent us a representation or contributed in any other way.”

The boundary changes are expected to take effect from the 2022 local government elections.

The full list of retained wards:

  • Betws yn Rhos
  • Bryn
  • Colwyn
  • Conwy
  • Craig-y-Don
  • Deganwy
  • Eirias
  • Glyn
  • Kinmel Bay
  • Llansanffraid
  • Llansannan
  • Llysfaen
  • Mochdre
  • Pandy
  • Penrhyn
  • Towyn
  • Tudno
  • Uwch Conwy

Recommendations not accepted by Welsh Government:

  • The Commission proposed retaining the single name of Betws yn Rhos. The electoral ward will be given the single ward name of Betws-yn-Rhos
  • The Commission proposed a single name of Craig-y-Don. The electoral ward will be given the single ward name of Craig-y-don.
  • The Commission proposed single name of Pensarn Pentre Mawr. The electoral ward will be given the single electoral ward name of Pen-sarn Pentre Mawr
  • The Commission recommended the Welsh language name of Betws-y-Coed a Threfriw and the English language name of Betws-y-Coed and Trefriw. The electoral ward will be given the Welsh language ward name of Betws-y-coed a Threfriw and the English name of Betws-y-Coed and Trefriw

The Final Recommendations report for Conwy Council can be found here, along with maps of each proposed ward.

The Welsh Government Written Statement announcing the decision can be found here.