The Local Government Elections will be held on Thursday, 5th May 2022.

Local Elections take place every five years. These are County Council Elections and Town and Community Council elections.

Ceredigion County Council will have 38 elected Councillors from May 2022. These will represent 34 electoral wards:

Electoral Ward

No. of Cllrs

Electoral Ward

No. of Cllrs

Ceulan a Maesmawr

1

Llanfihangel Ystrad

1

Borth

1

Llansanffraid

1

Tirymynach

1

Aberaeron and Aberarth

1

Trefeurig

1

Ciliau Aeron

1

Melindwr

1

New Quay and Llanllwchearn

1

Llanfarian

1

Llannarth

1

Faenor

1

Llandysilio and Llangrannog

1

Llanbadarn Fawr

1

Lampeter

1

Aberystwyth Morfa a Glais

2

Llanwenog

1

Aberystwyth Penparcau

2

Llandysul South

1

Aberystwyth Rheidol

1

Llandysul North and Troedyraur

1

Ystwyth

1

Llandyfriog

1

Lledrod

1

Penbryn

1

Tregaron and Ystrad Fflur

1

Beulah and Llangoedmor

2

Llanrhystyd

1

Aberporth and Y Ferwig

2

Llangeitho

1

Mwldan

1

Llangybi

1

Teifi

1

Following an Electoral Review, many of these Electoral Wards have changed

Councils provide a range of services to their communities. Some are statutory which means that they must be provided. These include refuse collection and libraries. Others are regulatory. These must also be provided and include planning and managing the development of land and property, and licensing of, for example premises or taxis. Finally, there are discretionary services which councils may choose to provide such as the promotion of tourism.

Here are some examples of what your Council is responsible for:

  • Education - Schools and school transport
  • Housing - Strategies, advice, provision, and benefit administration
  • Social Services - Care and protection of children, older people and Disabled people
  • Highways and Transport - Road maintenance, traffic management and planning, street naming
  • Waste Management - Refuse collection, recycling and fly tipping
  • Leisure & Cultural services - Libraries, museums, leisure centres and the arts
  • Consumer protection - Trading Standards
  • Environmental services - Food safety, pollution control
  • Planning - Development planning and development management
  • Economic Development - Attracting new businesses, promoting leisure and tourism
  • Emergency Planning - In case of emergencies such as floods, diseases, or terrorist attacks

Further information regarding the role of a Councillor and the nomination process, here are some useful links:

A prospective Candidates and Agents’ Briefing Session was held on Tuesday, 1st March 2022.

Click here for the presentation
Click here for the election timetable

For further information, please contact us by e-mail returningofficer@ceredigion.gov.uk

A further briefing for Applicants will be held on 11 April 2022. If you are a candidate but have not received an invitation, please contact us by e-mail returningofficer@ceredigion.gov.uk

 

There are 51 Town and Community Councils in Ceredigion.

Town and Community Councils can set a ‘precept’ or ‘rate’ which is collected by the County Council along with the Council Tax.

The level of services provided by community and town councils varies across Wales but can include:

  • provision and maintenance of community transport schemes
  • local youth projects
  • tourism activities
  • leisure facilities
  • car parks
  • village greens
  • public lavatories
  • litter bins
  • biodiversity schemes (there is a duty under the Environment (Wales) Act 2021 for all councils to prepare biodiversity plans)
  • burial grounds
  • allotments
  • bus shelters
  • commons and open spaces
  • footpaths and bridleways
  • crime reduction measures
  • provision of village hall or contributing to another body that provides a facility.

In addition, many councils use the Section 137 discretionary power that enables them to provide other services, such as public telephones; village surgeries; preservation or restoration of old objects or buildings; best kept village competition; tidying land of unknown ownership; Christmas trees; flower shows, festivals and fairs; contributions to play groups and youth clubs; meals on wheels; and assistance for the disabled.

Almost all community councils employ a Clerk/Responsible Financial Officer who is responsible for the efficient administration of the Council which includes servicing of meetings; ensuring the council meets its legal obligations and handling its financial processes. All councils are required to have standing orders and financial regulations to regulate their operations.

Town and Community Councils will work closely with the councillors and council on areas of mutual interest or common concern.

One Voice Wales is the organisation which represents and provides support services to community and town councils across Wales. For further information, visit www.onevoicewales.org.uk

The Good Councillors Guide is a useful resource.

A prospective Candidates and Agents’ Briefing Session was held on Wednesday, 2nd March 2022.

Click here for the presentation
Click here for the election timetable

For further information, please contact us by e-mail returningofficer@ceredigion.gov.uk

A further briefing for Applicants will be held on 11 April 2022. If you are a candidate but have not received an invitation, please contact us by e-mail returningofficer@ceredigion.gov.uk


The information below applies to both County Council and Town / Community Council Elections and are important for you to note as candidates and agents:

The Returning Officer is Eifion Evans, Ceredigion County Council and is responsible for:

  • Publication of the notice of election
  • Administration of the nomination process
  • Encouraging participation
  • Publication of the statement of persons nominated and the notice of poll
  • Provision and equipment of polling stations
  • Appointment of polling station staff
  • Conduct of the poll
  • Management of the postal vote process
  • Verification and counting of the votes
  • Declaration of results.

There are two Deputy Returning Officer, namely Barry Rees and Lowri Edwards who will be supporting the Returning Officers with conducting the election.

Any enquiries to the Returning Officer or Deputy Returning Officer should be made to returningofficer@ceredigion.gov.uk or on 01545 570881.

Event

Date (deadline if not midnight)

Publication of notice of election

Friday, 18 March

Delivery of nomination papers

Nomination papers may be submitted electronically or in person. Further information will be available shortly.

Between Monday, 21 March and until 4pm on Tuesday, 5 April

 

 

Deadline for delivery of nomination papers

4pm on Tuesday, 5 April

Making objections to nomination papers

Between 10am and 12 noon on Tuesday, 5 April objections can be made to all delivered nominations.

Between 12 noon and 5pm on Tuesday, 5 April objections can only be made to nominations delivered after 4pm on Monday, 4 April

Deadline for withdrawals

4pm on Tuesday, 5 April

Deadline for the notification of appointment of election agent

4pm on Tuesday, 5 April

Publication of first interim election notice of alteration

Tuesday, 5 April

Publication of statement of persons nominated

Not later than 4pm on Wednesday, 6 April

Publication of statement of persons nominated, including notice of poll and situation of polling stations

Not later than 4pm on Wednesday, 6 April

Deadline for receiving applications for registration

Thursday, 14 April

Deadline for receiving new postal vote and postal proxy applications, and for changes to existing postal or proxy votes

5pm on Tuesday, 19 April

Deadline for receiving new applications to vote by proxy (not postal proxy or emergency proxies)

5pm on Tuesday, 26 April

Publication of second interim election notice of alteration

Between Wednesday, 6 April and Tuesday, 26 April (inclusive)

First time that electors can apply for an emergency proxy

After 5pm on Tuesday, 26 April

Publication of final election notice of alteration

Wednesday, 27 April

Deadline for notification of appointment of polling agents, counting agents and sub-agents

Wednesday, 27 April

First date that electors can apply for a replacement for lost postal votes

Thursday, 28 April

Polling day

 

7am to 10pm on Thursday, 5 May

Last time that electors can apply for a replacement for spoilt or lost postal votes

5pm on Thursday, 5 May

Deadline for emergency proxy applications

5pm on Thursday, 5 May

Last time to alter the register due to clerical error or court appeal

9pm on Thursday, 5 May

Verification and Count

Friday, 6 May

There is still a requirement to ensure that the appropriate COVID-19 measures are followed during campaigning for the elections.

Welsh Government have prepared an “Action Card” which provides advice on measures that are likely to be reasonable to take to minimise the risk of coronavirus in campaigning.

The ‘Action Card’ is updated as and when COVID-19 regulations and measures change.