Cllr John Thomas (Conservative St Athan ) (left) is the Leader of the Conservative Group on the Vale Council. A deal with the Sully Independents will give the new administration an absolute majority

PDN understands that the Conservatives – who after last week’s local council elections are now  the largest party in the Vale of Glamorgan Council – may have now come to an agreement with the Independents in Sully to form a majority administration.

There are 47 seats on the Vale of Glamorgan Council

How the political parties comepare in the new Vale of Glamorgan Council. The largest party is the Conservative Party which it now seems has done a deal with the Sully Independents.

Of those 47 seats,  23 are now held by Conservative councillors – making them the largest group on the council – but just short of an overall majority. The discredited Labour Party managed to hang on to only 14 seats in the Vale.

Two key figures in the new Vale of Glamorgan Council are now Cllr Bob Penrose (Independent Sully) (left) and Conservative Leader John Thomas (St Athan) (right)

A deal with the two Independent Vale Councillors from Sully would create a group of 25 councillors – giving the new grouping an absolute majority – in many ways similar to the deal done between Labour  and the Llantwit First Independents, which had kept the Labour Party in power in the Vale for the last 5 years.

The Annual Meeting of the new Vale of Glamorgan Council takes place on May 24th  at 18:05 . It is at this meeting that the key appointments of the new council will be announced and the new Mayor of the Vale of Glamorgan will be elected .

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  1. Philip Rapier says:

    UKIP meltdown when predictably all their Councillors were wiped out last week would inevitably result in the re-emegence of Tory- Ex UKIP -Independent Alliances in the Town Halls. They are after all natural allies as most of them are ex Tories who were just sulking over Brexit etc.
    The Vale of Glamorgan Council plot to turn Sully and Cosmeston in to a Town the size of Carmarthen (15000) has to be stopped so in this context such an alliance is a cause for optimism and has a positive Agenda. Good Luck– we need all the help we can get to stave of the Vale Planners mindless bulldozer mentality.

    • Anne Greagsby says:

      Didn’t hear you shouting about the LDP flaws when it would have made a difference. Nothing but support from you for Lis Burnett. Still, it is shameful that ‘independents’ become BluKipers/tories overnight.

    • Frank Evans says:

      Philip you are like a broken record. Spend some time telling us how good Corbyn will be as PM.

  2. Chris David says:

    Yes Mr Rapier.So lets see if the new alliance will actually protect the Vale environment. Refuse wedding bookings at Cosmeston could be a starter marking intent. Then get to work on stopping unwarranted anti social developments big and small. Northcliffe to Sully. A budget audit is a must- lots to do. Wouldn’t it be nice the new council actually represented the Vale populace.

    • Tom Dick and Harry says:

      Refuse wedding collections.!
      Are these on the same days as garden waste?

  3. Max Wallis says:

    # Cancel the works adapting the barn at Cosmeston Medieval village
    # Delete the Upper Cosmeston Farm development from the LDP.
    Both were valiantly opposed by the two Sully independents – let’s expect it from this coalition!

    • Anne Greagsby, as a badly failed plaid cymru candidate whose party took a beating in the recent elections you really don’t have a mandate to be shouting about anything or anybody, much less to be making uninformed statements or allegations about those who didn’t enjoy the massive electoral advantage of the technical expertise to make a cringingly embarrassing video of hugging a drain destroying tree outside the Penarth council offices.

      Please let me enlighten your ignorance.

      1) I have not have spoken to nor had any contact with anyone in regards to anything to do with the Vale of Glamorgan council, it’s make up nor it’s intentions.

      2) As previously stated my priorities and actions will always be carried out in the following order


      What is in the best interests of the residents and area of Sully, Lavernock and Cosmeston


      What is in the best interests of the rest of residents and area of the Vale of Glamorgan

      In fact these are my only two priorities

      It really doesn’t get any simpler than that, and unfortunately, hurtful though it may seem at this juncture, I have to inform you at this early stage that the views of Anne Greagsby will never be a consideration in any decision on anything that I will be making any time in the future.

      Thank you so much for your uninformed as usual comments and concerns however, if I feel a need to get back to you with anything for advice or guidance, I will. If you haven’t heard off me in 2 or 3 years or so please assume that I probably won’t be.

      Thank you once again for your comments.

      • Anne Greagsby says:

        I have often agreed with you in the past. However Penarth is rather different to the wee Sully suburb. Penarth reverted to tribal loyalties. Promising to be independent and changing sides immediately after being elected is just not cricket! I can imagine your response to others doing that….now isn’t this supposed to be Penarth news!?

      • Anne Greagsby what are you on about?

        I know that you have demonstrated over and over in recent months that you are hard of thinking, but surely even you are able to read and understand my earlier reply.

        I’ll try again.

        I have not spoken to nor had any contact with anyone in regards to anything to do with the Vale of Glamorgan council, it’s make up nor it’s intentions.

        Surely even you can understand the very simple message there?

  4. Chris David says:

    Ms Greagsby, please lets draw a line under the squabbling and fighting and unite to get the things done the Vale community needs. I doubt if anyone other that You- perhaps Mr Rapier and a handful of Labour post-it-note dictators, who want to switch public focus, have the slightest interest in what went on in the junior politicians battles of yesteryear.

  5. St Augustine says:

    Let’s hope this leads to a less Barry-centric outlook from the Council.

  6. Mark Foster says:

    The worm turns. Hallelujah, Thank the Lord. Good riddance to Neil Moore and Lis Burnett,

    Now all you have to do to save yourselves is remove Alun Michael and get the Aristocracy to reverse the gerrymander and re-establish democracy for the indigenous British people.

  7. Frank Evans says:

    It’s fun to see Lis Burnett’s twitter is back in action. No more boasting about the Vale council success just silly tweets about shampooing the carpet😅
    No one is interested anymore.

    • Monty says:

      How do you spend your time these days Frank? Nothing to complain about and only “silly tweets” to pass the time.

  8. Rhys Jones says:

    I really hope this isn’t true.

    I voted for Kevin in the recent elections on the pretext that he was (and would remain independent). Had I know this would happen myself and many others would not have cast our vote in favour of the ‘independents’.

    Secondly, Kevin was very vocal on his own site just after his victory in the election and berated the conservatives for their lack of action and on the same site he has accused them of being underhand and lacking any integrity. To then join them is a deceitful move and he lets down the many who voted for him.

    I am sure if it is true we will not hear the last of it and maybe Kevin should consider standing down from representing Sully (where he apparently no longer resides) but I doubt he will have the decency to do so.


    • Rhys

      Thank you for your vote and support.

      I can only refer you to my two earlier replies on this article which I reproduce yet again

      ” I have not spoken to nor had any contact with anyone in regards to anything to do with the Vale of Glamorgan council, it’s make up nor it’s intentions.’

      I genuinely cannot make my position any clearer than that and in view of that why you feel it necessary to add your last sentence I have absolutely no idea.

      My contact details are, and have always been, fully available, if you have any queries or concerns please feel free to contact me at any time. I am always available.

      • Rhys Jones says:


        Thanks for your reply.

        So you will put our minds at rest and promise all your supporters (including me) that you will not be joining the conservatives?

        Its important we have an independent representing Sully with no allegiance to a political party and bearing in mind it looks like Mr Penrose (who I believe is the leader of the independents) will indeed be transferring over) it is now critical that you alone represent the people who cast votes for independence.



  9. Rhys

    I don’t believe that whatever anyone may or may not think or agree or disagree with my views or opinions that anyone could legitimately put forward is any challenge to my honesty in my committment to ward residents either in the past or now moving on.

    I stood for election as an independent candidate free from having to blindly follow the voting instructions handed down from any particular political party as I watched many councillors do with slavish obedience during the last council term, even to the extent that on occasion it was clear that they were voting against the interests of their own wards.

    There is no scenario whatsoever where I will represent a political party of any description as ward councillor for Sully Laverrnock and Cosmeston on the Vale of Glamorgan county council during this council term.

    Please feel free to take a screen shot of the above as I am sure that others will.

    There is no basis other than fanciful media musings for this speculation

  10. As someone who sat next to Kevin in Full Council meetings, he is a man of his word and not afraid to ‘plough his own furrow’ on any issue. Best of luck in the new Council Kevin.

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