The Conservative Party has now begun the process of selecting candidates to stand in next May’s elections for the Vale of Glamorgan Council and for Penarth Town Council .
Senior party figures met last night in the Conservative Club on Stanwell Road, Penarth, to interview members of the party who are interested in being nominated as candidates to fight for seats on the Vale of Glamorgan Council, Penarth Town Council or both councils.
All the would-be Conservative candidates were invited to submit CVs, and were to be subjected to interviews by a “selection panel” – after which a short-list of potential nominees is to be drawn up for next May’s elections.
At stake are 8 salaried seats on the Vale of Glamorgan Council, comprising 2 each in St Augustines Ward, Cornerswell Ward, Stanwell Ward and Plymouth Ward. At present the Conservatives only hold 2 of these seats – both on Plymouth Ward – whereas Labour holds the remaining 6 seats in the other 3 Vale wards in Penarth.
One incumbent Vale Council member, Cllr Maureen Kelly-Owen (Conservative Plymouth Ward) – who has been suffering from ill-health – is understood to have decided not to stand for election in 2017 .
Cllr Kelly-Owen is not a current member of Penarth Town Council but was Town Mayor in the civic year 2008-2009.
It’s understood that a number of other Conservative potential candidates have also expressed an interest in standing for Vale Council Penarth seats .
There are also 16 Penarth Town Council seats coming up for election in May in the wards of St Augustines (4) , Cornerswell (4), Stanwell (4) Plymouth Ward (4).
As soon as the confirmed list of the prospective Conservative council candidates is issued PDN will publish it .
Meanwhile the other political parties are also preparing for the May 2017 elections. Plaid Cymru has already announced that it has selected two candidates – Sandy Clubb and Anne Greagsby – to stand for the 2 Vale Council seats in Penarth’s St Augustine’s Ward.