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More councillors but fewer wards after council boundary changes in Swansea

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Swansea Council is to see a decrease in the number of wards but an increase by three in the number of councillors elected to serve the people of Swansea under changes agreed by the Welsh Government.

The Local Democracy and Boundary Commission for Wales published its final proposals for changes to the make-up of wards across the city last year which have now been accepted by the Welsh Government and will be used in the local government elections next year.

Some of the major changes outlined in the report include splitting the existing Castle and St Thomas Wards to create a new ‘Waterfront’ ward to the south of Oystermouth Road and Fabian Way, which includes the marina and SA1.

The rural Mawr ward will disappear, with communities joining other wards and three new wards created. Craig Cefn Parc will join with Clydach to form a new Clydach ward. Pontarddulais and Garnswllt will form a new Pontarddulais ward. Felindre will join a newly enlarged Llangyfelach ward. Pontlliw and Tircoed will be a new stand-alone ward.

Killay South, Killay North and Dunvant, which have four councillors between them, will become a single ward called Dunvant and Killay represented by three councillors.

Elsewhere in the city, Cockett ward will be split in two, creating a new stand-alone ward for Waunarlwydd. Kingsbridge, Lower Loughor and Upper Loughor wards will combine into a single Llwchwr ward. Gorseinon and Penyrheol will also join to form a single ward.

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The move sees the number of wards reduced from 35 to 32 and the number of councillors increased from 72 to 75.

Overall 15 wards will not change. They are Bishopston, Bonymaen, Cwmbwrla, Fairwood, Landore, Llansamlet, Mayals, Morriston, Mynyddbach, Penclawdd, Penderry, Penllergaer, Sketty, Townhill and Uplands.

Twenty-one of the 32 wards will have more than one member – ranging from two to five each.

The boundary of Mumbles Community Council is also changing to reflect the creation of a single Mumbles ward out of the current Oystermouth and Newton wards, along with part of West Cross.

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The proposals agreed by the Welsh Government also include a number of ward name changes, including ward names in the Welsh language.

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The decision by Welsh Government comes after a four-year review of ward boundaries by the Local Democracy and Boundary Commission.

Phil Roberts, Chief Executive of Swansea Council, said: “This has been a long a painstaking process and I would like to thank the council officers involved in it for their work.

“The changes announced by the Welsh Government today are due to be implemented in time for the local government elections in May, 2022.”

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