Rhondda Cynon Taf Council
Cyngor Rhondda Cynon Taf
|Founded||1 April 1996|
|Preceded by||Mid Glamorgan County Council|
Cynon Valley Borough Council
Rhondda Borough Council
Taff Ely Borough Council
Mayor of Rhondda Cynon Taf
Cllr Linda De Vet, Labour
Cllr Steve Powderhill, Labour
Leader of the Council
Cllr Andrew Morgan, Labour
since 26 May 2014
Cllr Maureen Webber, Labour
since 25 May 2016
Leader of the Opposition
since 16 December 2016
Length of term
|First past the post|
|4 May 1995|
|4 May 2017|
|5 May 2022|
|County Borough Council Offices, Clydach Vale|
Rhondda Cynon Taf County Borough Council (Welsh: Cyngor Bwrdeistref Sirol Rhondda Cynon Taf) is the governing body for Rhondda Cynon Taf, one of the Principal Areas of Wales. The council headquarters are located in the town of Clydach Vale.
The leader of the council is Cllr Andrew Morgan, who was originally elected as leader on 26 May 2014, to replace Cllr Anthony Christopher who had died on 15 May.
|Term of Office||Leader||Party|
|1999-2004||Pauline Jarman||Plaid Cymru|
|2004-2012||Russel Roberts||Welsh Labour|
|2012-2014||Anthony Christopher||Welsh Labour|
|2014||Andrew Morgan||Welsh Labour|
|Year||Labour||Plaid Cymru||Liberal Democrats||Conservative||Others|
Mayors of Rhondda Cynon Taf
- 2018/19 Councillor Steve Powderhill (Labour)
- 2017/18 Councillor Margaret Tegg (Labour)
- 2016/17 Councillor Rhys Lewis (Labour)
- 2015/16 Councillor Barry Stephens (Labour)
- 2014/15 Councillor John Watts (Labour)
- 2013/14 Councillor Ann Crimmings (Labour)
- 2012/13 Councillor Doug H Williams
- 2011/12 Councillor Sylvia J Jones
- 2010/11 Councillor Simon Lloyd
- 2009/10 Councillor Robert Smith
- 2008/09 Councillor Margaret Davies
- 2007/08 Councillor Jane Ward
- 2006/07 Councillor J Cass
- 2005/06 Councillor E Jenkins
- 2004/05 Councillor A L Davies MBE
- 2003/04 Councillor D E B Arnold
- 2002/03 Councillor I Wilkins
- 2001/02 Councillor L Jones
- 2000/01 Councillor R Moses (Served as Chairwoman, not Mayor)
- 1999/00 Councillor G Beard (Served as Chairman, not Mayor)
- 1998/99 Councillor J David
- 1997/98 Councillor K Rees
- 1996/97 Councillor R Roberts
The Rhondda Cynon Taf county borough is divided into 52 electoral wards (formerly referred to as 'electoral divisions') returning 75 councillors. Some of these electoral wards are coterminous with communities (parishes) of the same name. Some communities have their own elected council. The following table lists council electoral wards, communities and associated geographical areas:
A 2018 review of electoral arrangements by the Local Democracy and Boundary Commission for Wales would see a reduction in the number of wards to 44, though retaining the same number of councillors. The proposals would take effect from the 2022 council elections.
- Environment Agency v Clark
- 1995 Rhondda Cynon Taf County Borough Council election
- 1999 Rhondda Cynon Taf County Borough Council election
- 2004 Rhondda Cynon Taf County Borough Council election
- 2012 Rhondda Cynon Taf County Borough Council election
- 2017 Rhondda Cynon Taf County Borough Council election
- "Open Council Data UK - compositions councillors parties wards elections". opencouncildata.co.uk. Retrieved 10 July 2020.
- "New Rhondda Cynon Taf Council leader to be appointed", Wales Online, 26 May 2014. Retrieved 1 January 2018.
- "Local Government (Democracy) (Wales) Act 2013 Section 29". The National Archives. Retrieved 4 April 2014.
- Local Government Act 1972, s.25(2)(a)
- "The County Borough of Rhondda Cynon Taff (Electoral Arrangements) Order 1998". Legislation.gov.uk. Retrieved 31 March 2018.
- Election Maps, Ordnance Survey. Retrieved 31 March 2018.
- Anthony Lewis (30 August 2018). "The number of electoral council wards in Rhondda Cynon Taf could be cut for 2022 election". Wales Online. Retrieved 27 October 2018.