The Labour Party is back in overall control of Penarth Town Council although minus one councillor .
Eleven of the 16 councillors on Penarth Town Council are now Labour compared with 12 in the previous administration
The results – of yesterday’s elections – following counting which has gone on throughout today (Friday) until 13:30 has produced the following picture in the four electoral wards.
CORNERSWELL WARD (PENARTH TOWN COUNCIL)
WINNERS of the Cornerswell Ward seats on Penarth Town Council were:-
- Ian Buckley (Labour) 921 votes
- Rhiannon Birch (Labour) 860 Votes
- Laura Rochefort (Labour) 722
- Ken Lloyd (Conservative) 706 Votes
The runners up in Cornerswell Ward for seats on Penarth Town Council were:-
- Neil Thomas (Labour) 666
- Dorothy Turner (Conservative) 650
- Lewis Greenaway (Plaid) 520
- Martyn Dranfield (Lib Dem) 308
- David Rhys Wilton (Plaid ) 460
The drama here is the loss of a council seat by Neil Thomas (Labour) who also stood in St Augustine’s and was elected for the Vale. Thomas was the chairman of the Penarth Town Council planning committee and a former mayor of Penarth .
The result is also a disappointment for Dorothy Turner who is chair of the Cardiff South and Penarth Conservative Association. The Turners were involved in getting three of the Turner family nominated to stand for election – Cllr Martin Turner, his wife Mrs Dorothy Turner and their daughter Kathryn McCaffer (who was elected for the Vale Council). The resultant row – and the “deselection” of Cllr Clive Williams – created a split in the Conservative group in the town council leading to two Conservative councillors (Cllr Williams and Cllr Anthony Ernest) standing as independents. Cllr Williams enrolled other independents to stand as “Penarth First Independents” and split the local Conservative vote. That may have led to the Conservatives’ relatively poor showing in Penarth in comparison to their performance in the rest of the Vale.
PLYMOUTH WARD (PENARTH TOWN COUNCIL)
WINNERS of the Plymouth Ward seats on Penarth Town Council were:-
- Ben Gray (Welsh Conservative Party) 916
- Kathryn Frances McCaffer (Welsh Conservative Party) 822
- Martin Turner (Conservative) 760
- Angela Thomas (Welsh Labour) 739
Runners up in Plymouth Ward were:-
- Anthony Ernest (Independent) 721
- Clive Williams (Penarth First Independent) 709
- Richard Cox (Labour ) 673
- Ian Courtney (Labour) 660
- Wendy van den Brom (Conservative) 652
- Paul Church ( Penarth First Independents) 634
- Victoria Humphries (Penarth First Independents ) 584
- Graham Humphries (Penarth First Independents) 476
The drama in Plymouth Ward centered around the veteran former Conservative councillors Anthony Ernest and Clive Williams – both of whom were standing as Independents in this election .
Both these veteran councillors, who have been at the heart of public life in Penarth for many years, have now lost their seats on the Town Council and failed to secure or win seats on the Vale Council. Anthony Ernest came within 18 votes of securing a town council seat as an Independent .
Other serving Town Councillors to be defeated are Ian Courtney (Labour) and Wendy van den Brom (Conservative) .
Former Mayor Cllr Martin Turner – who was elected with 760 votes – now sees his daughter Kathryn McCaffer ( who has already been elected to the Vale Council for Plymouth Ward ) – elected to the Penarth Town Council. She has not served on either council before.
Fellow Conservative member Ben Gray – who also now serves on the Vale Council – was also drafted in to stand for the Town Council alnmost at the last minute – and, perhaps to his surprise as a new councillor, has topped the poll – outperforming other better known names.
ST AUGUSTINE’S WARD (PENARTH TOWN COUNCIL)
WINNERS of the St Augustines seats on Penarth Town Council were:-
- Yvonne Clare Murphy (Labour) 1134
- Liz Fahy (Labour) 1126
- Mike Cuddy (Labour) 1119
- Nigel Humphrey (Labour) 1003
- Gary Allman (Conservative) 943
The runners-up were:-
- Gwyn Roberts (Labour) 940
- Anthony Slaughter (Green) 916
- Simon Stranks (Conservative) 903
- Anne Greagsby (Plaid Cymru ) 667
- Aled Thomas (Plaid) 620
The major blow to Labour in St Augustine’s was the defeat of former Mayor of Penarth Gwyn Roberts, the garrolous, and often outspoken, figure who occupied the role some recognised as being the “father of the council”. He was – in effect – taken out by three Labour newcomers contesting Penarth Town Council seats for the first time. All of them polled far more strongly than he did.
Gary Allman’s victory means that there is a Conservative presence in St Augustine’s once again after 5 years of all-Labour governance.
Green candidate Anthony Slaughter polled strongly – delivering a strong performance and Plaid Cymru duo Anne Greagsby and Aled Thomas – who ran a lively campaign – captured the allegiance of a significant number of voters. All the runners-up had respectable polling numbers.
STANWELL WARD (PENARTH TOWN COUNCIL)
WINNERS of the Stanwell Ward seats on Penarth Town Council were:-
- Ellie Evans (Labour) 774 votes
- Mark Wilson (Labour) 752 votes
- Jon Kenneth Luxton (Labour) 706 votes
The runners up in Stanwell Ward for seats on Penarth Town Council were:-
- Michael John Dale (Conservative) 394
- James Jenkins (Conservative) 348
- Ben Driscoll (Conservative) 317
- Tony Harris (Penarth First Indepepdent) 258
- Natalie Williams (Conservative) 273