AFTER last week’s election result there will be some new faces on Ceredigion County Council, along with a new party.
There are 14 new councillors joining the ranks and Ceredigion now has the party leader of Gwlad – a pro-independence party – on the council after Gwyn Wigley Evans won the vote in Llanrhystud.
Independent Wyn Evans won Lledrod and in Aberystwyth Penparcau Plaid Cymru representative Carl Worrall will join returning councillors.
The party also has two new members representing Beulah and Llangoedmor – Amanda Edwards with 804 votes and Chris James with 759 – where Lyndon Lloyd stood down.
Independent candidate Hugh Hughes will represent Borth —after his 378 votes beat independent cabinet member Ray Quant’s 237 and Naomi Salmon of the Green Party’s 277.
Plaid’s Matthew Vaux replaces independent Dan Potter in New Quay and Llanllwchaearn after receiving 482 votes compared to 409 and in Ceulan and Maesmawr Catrin Davies will represent the party.
In Llanfarian Lib Dem Geraint Hughes won with 524 votes compared to Plaid candidate Simon Warburton’s 246 while Plaid candidate Ceris Jones won in Llanfihangel Ystrad by just three votes.
Plaid Cymru’s Eryl Evans won in Llangybi, and will be joined by another new councillor Keith Henson who takes Llansanffraid.
Caryl Roberts for Plaid will take over the Trefeurig seat and Sian Maehrlein won in the Mwldan ward for the Lib Dems with 441 votes.
Councillor training will now begin and the first meeting of the new and old members will be held on Friday, May 13.