Monmouthshire County Council
Cyngor Sir Fynwy
|Founded||1 April 1996|
|Preceded by||Monmouth Borough Council|
Gwent County Council
Chairman of Monmouthshire County Council
Cllr Sheila Woodhouse, Conservative
Leader of the Council
Cllr Peter Fox, Conservative
since May 2008
Cllr Robert Greenland, Conservative
Leader of the Opposition
|First past the post|
|4 May 1995|
|4 May 2017|
|5 May 2022|
|Utrique Fidelis (Faithful to both)|
The current unitary authority was created in 1996 and covers the eastern half of the historic county. As of May 2017, the council is led by Peter Fox (Conservative), with Robert Greenland (Conservative) as Deputy Leader. The Leader of the opposition is Dimitri Batrouni (Labour Party). The Chief executive is Paul Matthews.
A Monmouthshire County Council was originally formed in 1889, covering the administrative county of Monmouthshire. The council was based at Shire Hall in Newport. In 1891 Newport became a county borough and therefore outside the jurisdiction of the county council, although the council continued to be based there. The council was abolished in 1974, being absorbed into Gwent. However, a new Monmouthshire County Council was formed in 1996 covering the principal area of Monmouthshire. This council was a successor to the previous Monmouth District Council along with a small part of the former Blaenau Gwent District Council area, which themselves were created in 1974.
From 1996 until April 2012, the council's administrative headquarters were at the six-storey former Gwent County Hall at Croesyceiliog, Cwmbran – outside its own jurisdiction in the neighbouring borough of Torfaen and shared with Torfaen County Borough Council. It was closed because of "concrete cancer" and later demolished. In 2010 the authority had decided to relocate its headquarters functions to new offices in Usk. In May 2010 it was reported that the council had purchased additional offices at the Wales 1 Business Park at Magor. Planning permission for the new Usk office building, to provide the authority's central facilities, was granted in September 2011. The new £6 million county hall was opened in mid 2013.
A BBC television documentary "Carrying On at the Council" was broadcast in February 2012, after being filmed with Monmouthshire County Council over a period of seven months, in the lead up to their office move.
Elections take place every five years. Following the election on 3 May 2012, a working arrangement was established by the Conservative and Liberal Democrat groups to run the authority. Peter Fox (Conservative) was appointed as Leader, with Robert Greenland (Conservative) and Phylip Hobson (Liberal Democrat) as Deputy Leaders. In the elections, the two parties won a combined total of 22 seats, giving them an overall majority of one. In May 2017, the Conservative party won overall control. Cllr Peter Fox began his fifth term in office. Monmouthshire County Council became the only council in Wales under Conservative majority control.
|Year||Conservative||Labour||Liberal Democrats||Plaid Cymru||Others||Notes|
|2017||25||10||3||0||5||Conservative Majority Control|
|2012||19||12||3||0||10||NOC; Conservative-Liberal Democrat Coalition|
|1999||19||17||1||0||4||NOC; minority Labour administration|
Current composition (2017)
Peter Fox, Conservative councillor for Portskewett, entered his fifth term as council leader in May 2017. Cllr Fox had been council leader continuously since May 2008, when he replaced Raglan councillor, Andrew Crump. Crump had been leader since 2004, but resigned from the Conservative group after Fox's election as leader and joined the Independents. Prior to 2004 Crump had been leader of the hung council for a year.
Electoral districts, areas and communities
For the purposes of electing councillors, the principal area is divided into forty-two electoral divisions, each returning one councillor, except Llanelly, known as Llanelly Hill, which has two councillors. These divisions date from 2004.
The council operates a decentralised system of administration, with four area committees:
- Bryn y Cwm, covering the Abergavenny area
- Central Monmouthshire, centred on Monmouth
- Lower Wye, for the Chepstow area
- Severnside, the area around Caldicot
Although the council is described as a "unitary authority", there is in fact a second tier of government, with the entire area being divided into communities, all of which has either a town or community council.
Bryn y Cwm area
|Electoral Division||Community||Other Places|
|Cantref||Abergavenny (Town) (part)||Knoll Estate|
|Castle||Abergavenny (Town) (part)|
|Croesonen||Llantilio Pertholey (part)||Llwynu (part)|
|Crucorney||Crucorney and Grosmont||Campstone, Cupid's Hill, Cwmyoy, Forest Coal Pit, Grosmont, Henllan, Llangattock-Lingoed, Llangua, Llanthony, Llanvetherine, Llanfihangel Crucorney, Monmouth Cap, Pandy, Pedbidwal, Stanton, Wern Gifford|
|Goetre Fawr||Goetre Fawr||Little Mill, Mamhilad, Nant-y-derry, Pencroesoped, Penperlleni,|
|Grofield||Abergavenny (Town) (part)|
|Lansdown||Abergavenny (Town) (part)||Llwynu (part), Major's Barn|
|Llanelly Hill||Llanelly||Blackrock, Clydach, Gellifelin, Gilwern, Maesygwartha, Waun Wen|
|Llanfoist Fawr||Llanfoist Fawr (part)||Belli-glas, Llanellen, Llanfoist|
|Llanover||Llanarth and Llanover||Aberffrwd, Betws newydd, Bryngwyn, Clytha, Croes Hywel, Llanarth, Llanddewi Rhydderch, Llanfair Kilgeddin, Llanvapley, Llanvihangel Gobion, Penpergwm, Pit Clytha, The Bryn, Upper Llanover, Wern-y-Cwrt,|
|Llanwenarth Ultra||Llanfoist Fawr (part)||Govilon, Llanwenarth|
|Mardy||Llantilio Pertholey (part)||Bryngwenin, Llanddewi Skirrid,|
|Priory||Abergavenny (Town) (part)|
Central Monmouthshire area
|Electoral Division||Community||Other Places|
|Dixton with Osbaston||Monmouth (Town) (part)||Buckholt, Osbaston, Dixton, Dixton Road, Town Centre (part), Manson, Manson Cross, Leasbrook Lane, Newton Court|
|Drybridge||Monmouth (Town) (part)||Ancrehill, Brook Estate|
|Llanbadoc||Gwehelog Fawr and Llanbadoc||Glascoed, Gwehelog, Kemeys Commander, Llancayo, Monkswood, Rhadyr, Trostrey|
|Llangybi Fawr||Llangybi, Llanhennock and Llantrisant Fawr||Coed y paen, Gwernesney, Newbridge-on-Usk, Llandegveth, Llanllowell, Llangybi, Llantrisant, Tredunnock|
|Llantilio Crossenny||Llangattock-Vibon-Avel and Llantilio Crossenny||Bont, Caggle Street, Cross Ash, Llanvihangel-Ystern-Llewern, Norton, Rockfield, St. Maughans, Skenfrith, Tal-y-coed, Treadam, Walson|
|Mitchel Troy||Mitchel Troy||Cwmcarvan, Dingestow, Jingle Street, Wonastow, Tregare, Lydart (part)|
|Overmonnow||Monmouth (Town) (part)||Wonastow Road|
|Raglan||Raglan||Coed-y-fedw, Kingcoed, Llandenny, Llangovan, Pen-y-clawdd, Twyn y Sheriff|
|Trellech United||Trellech United||Catbrook, Hoop, Llandogo, Llanishen, Maryland, Penallt, The Narth, Treleck, Whitebrook|
|Wyesham||Monmouth (Town) (part)||Wyesham, Hadnock, The Kymin|
Lower Wye area
|Electoral Division||Community||Other areas|
|Caerwent||Caerwent||Carrow Hill, Crick, Five Lanes, Llanvair Discoed, Trewen, St. Brides Netherwent, Carrow Hill, Highmoor Hill|
|Devauden||Devauden and Llangwm||Cobbler's Plain, Gaer Fawr, Howick, Itton, Llanfihangel Tor-y-Mynydd, Llangwm, Llansoy, Star Hill, Wolvesnewton|
|Larkfield||Chepstow (part)||Bulwark (part), High Beech, Hardwick Hill, Hardwick Court, Garden City (part)|
|St Arvans||St Arvans and Tintern||Barbadoes Green, Botany Bay, Chapel Hill, Porthcasseg, Parkhouse, The Cot|
|St Christopher's||Chepstow (part)||Bulwark (part), The Triangle|
|St Kingsmark||Chepstow (part)||St. Lawrence Park, The Danes, Bayfield Hamlet, The Bayfields, Crossway Green|
|St Mary's||Chepstow (part)||Chepstow Town Centre,Lower Chepstow, Garden City|
|Shirenewton||Mathern and Shirenewton||Bullyhole Bottom, Earlswood, Gaerllwyd, Mathern, Mounton, Mynydd-bach, Newton Green, Pwllmeyric, Pen-y-Cae Mawr, Haysgate|
|Thornwell||Chepstow (part)||Bulwark (part), Thornwell|
|Electoral Division||Community||Other areas|
|Caldicot Castle||Caldicot (Town) (part)|
|Dewstow||Caldicot (Town) (part)|
|Green Lane||Caldicot (Town) (part)|
|Mill||Magor with Undy (part)||Knollbury, Llandevenny, Magor|
|Portskewett||Portskewett||Ifton, Leechpool, Mount Ballan, Sudbrook|
|Severn||Caldicot (Town) (part)||Deepweir|
|The Elms||Magor with Undy (part)||St. Bride's Netherwent, Undy, Vinegar Hill|
|West End||Caldicot (Town) (part)|
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- Civic Heraldry of Wales. Retrieved 8 January 2012
- "Your Councillors". Monmouthshire County Council. Retrieved 5 October 2017.
- "Cwmbran County Hall demolition may need hole filling". BBC News. 27 October 2012. Retrieved 17 May 2019.
- Monmouthshire County Council press release, "This council is coming home", 12 January 2010 Archived 29 February 2012 at the Wayback Machine
- South Wales Argus, "Council buys new base in Magor", 9 May 2010
- Free Press, Plans for new Monmouthshire council HQ in Usk are approved, 29 September 2011
- Clare Gabriel (18 April 2013). "Monmouthshire Council: 'Agile' working means too few desks". BBC News. Retrieved 17 May 2019.
- "Council happy with 'Carry On' BBC documentary". Abergavenny Chronicle. 2 February 2012. Retrieved 21 May 2019.
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