Pembrokeshire Council Boundary Reforms Confirmed

10/09/21

Welsh Government accepts LDBCW recommendations

Reforms to Pembrokeshire 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 11 July 2019 and minister for finance and local government, Rebecca Evans MS, has confirmed that the decision has been made to accept the recommendations.

The changes accepted by the Welsh Government mean that Pembrokeshire’s number of councillors will remain at 60. This results in an average of 1,574 electors per councillor.

Meanwhile the number of wards will be reduced from 60 to 59, with 1 of those being a 2-member ward.

29 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 Pembrokeshire.

“I’d like to thank everyone who contributed to the review, the members of the public, councillors, Pembrokeshire 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:

  • Burton
  • Fishguard: North East
  • Fishguard: North West
  • Goodwick
  • Haverfordwest: Castle
  • Haverfordwest: Garth
  • Haverfordwest: Portfield
  • Haverfordwest: Prendergast
  • Haverfordwest: Priory
  • Hundleton
  • Kilgetty/Begelly
  • Lampeter Velfrey
  • Lamphey
  • Letterston
  • Llangwm
  • Martletwy
  • Merlin’s Bridge
  • Milford: West
  • Narberth
  • Narberth Rural
  • Neyland: East
  • Neyland: West
  • Pembroke: St. Mary North
  • Pembroke Dock: Market
  • Solva
  • St. David’s
  • St. Dogmaels
  • Tenby: North
  • Tenby: South

Recommendations not accepted by Welsh Government:

  • The Commission recommended Milford West be given the Welsh language name of Aberdaugleddau: Gorllewin. The electoral ward will be given the Welsh language name of Gorllewin Aberdaugleddau.
  • The Commission recommended Milford East be given the Welsh language name of Aberdaugleddau: Dwyrain. The electoral ward will be given the Welsh language name of Dwyrain Aberdaugleddau.
  • The Commission recommended Milford: North be given the Welsh language name of Aberdaugleddau: Gogledd. The electoral ward will be given the Welsh language name of Gogledd Aberdaugleddau.
  • The Commission recommended Milford: Central be given the Welsh language name of Aberdaugleddau: Canol. The electoral ward will be given the Welsh language name of Canol Aberdaugleddau.
  • The Commission recommended Narbeth: Rural be given the Welsh language name of Arberth: Gwledig. The electoral ward will be given the Welsh language name of Arbeth Wledig
  • The Commission recommended Narbeth: Urban be given the Welsh language name of Arberth: Trefol. The electoral ward will be given the Welsh language name of Arberth Drefol.
  • The Commission recommended the single electoral ward the name of The Havens. The electoral ward will be given the Welsh language name of Yr Aberoedd.
  • The Commission recommended St Ishmael’s be given the Welsh language name of Llanisan yn Rhos. The electoral ward will be given Welsh language name of Llanisan-yn-Rhos.
  • The Commission recommended Pembroke Dock: Central be given the Welsh language name of Doc Penfro: Canol. The electoral ward will be given the Welsh language name of Canol Doc Penfro.
  • The Commission recommended Pembroke Dock: Market be given the Welsh language name of Doc Penfro: Farchnad. The electoral ward will be given the Welsh language name of Doc Penfro: Y Farchnad.
  • The Commission recommended Haverfordwest: Castle be given the Welsh language name of Hwlffordd: Castell. The electoral ward will be given the Welsh language name of Hwlffordd: Y Castell.
  • The Commission recommended Haverfordwest: Priory be given the Welsh language name of Hwlffordd: Priordy. The electoral ward will be given the Welsh language name of Hwlffordd: Y Priordy.
  • The Commission recommended Lampeter Velfrey be given the Welsh language name of Llanbedr Efelffre. The electoral ward will be given the Welsh language name of Llanbedr Felffre.
  • The Commission recommended Neyland: East be given the Welsh language name of Neyland: Dwyrain. The electoral ward will be given the Welsh language name of Dwyrain Neyland.
  • The Commission recommended Neyland: West be given the Welsh language name of Neyland: Gorllewin. The electoral ward will be given the Welsh language name of Gorllewin Neyland.
  • The Commission recommended Tenby: North be given the Welsh language name of Dinbych-y-Pysgod: Gogledd. The electoral ward will be given the Welsh language name of Gogledd Dinbych-y-pysgod.
  • The Commission recommended Tenby South be given the Welsh language name of Dinbych-y-Pysgod: De. The electoral ward will be given the Welsh language name of De Dinbych-y-pysgod.
  • The Commission recommended Fishguard North East be given the Welsh language name of Abergwaun: Gogledd Ddwyrain. The electoral ward will be given the Welsh language name of Gogledd-ddwyrain Abergwaun.
  • The Commission recommended Fishguard: North West be given the Welsh language name of Abergwaun: Gogledd Orllewin. The electoral ward will be given the Welsh language name of Gogledd-orllewin Abergwaun.

 

  1. These reviews were undertaken by the Local Democracy and Boundary Commission for Wales according to the Local Government (Democracy) (Wales) Act 2013.
  2. These reviews were entirely separate from the 2023 Review recently started by the Boundary Commission for Wales.
  3. The Final Recommendations report for Pembrokeshire Council can be found here, along with maps of each proposed ward: https://ldbc.gov.wales/reviews/07-19/pembrokeshire-final-recommendations
  4. The Welsh Government Written Statement announcing the decision can be found here: https://gov.wales/written-statement-local-authority-electoral-boundary-review-update-5