Denbighshire County Council

Denbighshire County Council is the governing body for the principal area of Denbighshire (not historic Denbighshire), one of the administrative subdivisions of Wales.

The council consists of a multi-party cabinet led by Councillor Hugh Evans.

Political makeup

Elections take place every four years. The last election was 4 May 2017.[1]

Current composition (2017)

Group affiliation[2] Members
Conservative 16
Labour 13
Plaid Cymru 9
  Liberal Democrats

The council consists of a multi-party cabinet led by Councillor Hugh Evans, Independent Member for Llanfair Dyffryn Clwyd/Gwyddelwern. The current Cabinet includes the highest number of women Councillors - 4 out of 9 posts - in Denbighshire's history. The Liberal Democrat currently sits with the Independents.


Cllr Hugh Evans, a farmer from Llanelidan, was first elected as leader of the council on 6 November 2007. This followed a vote of no confidence in the previous leader, Rhiannon Hughes, two weeks beforehand.[3] In 2016 the council leader was paid a salary of £43,000.[4]

Historic results

YearConservativesPlaid CymruLabourLiberal DemocratsIndependents

Electoral divisions

The county borough is divided into 30 electoral wards returning 47 councillors. Few communities in Denbighshire are coterminous with electoral wards. The following table lists council wards, communities and associated geographical areas:

Ward [5] County
Communities (and community wards)
Bodelwyddan c 1 Bodelwyddan (town) *
Corwen c 1 Corwen (town) *
Denbigh Central 1 Denbigh (town) (Central ward)
Denbigh Lower 2 (Lower ward)
Denbigh Upper/Henllan 2 (Upper ward)
Dyserth c 1 Dyserth *
Efenechtyd 1
Llanarmon-yn-Ial/Llandegla 1
Llanbedr Dyffryn Clwyd/Llangynhafal 1
Llandrillo 1
Llandyrnog 1
Llanfair Dyffryn Clwyd/Gwyddelwern 1
Llangollen 2
Llanrhaeadr-yng-Nghinmeirch 1
Prestatyn Central 2 Prestatyn (town) (Central ward)
Prestatyn East 2 (East ward)
Prestatyn Meliden 1 (Meliden ward)
Prestatyn North 3 (North and North West wards)
Prestatyn South West 2 (South West ward)
Rhuddlan c 2 Rhuddlan (town)
Rhyl East 2 Rhyl (town) (East ward)
Rhyl South 2 (South ward)
Rhyl South East 3 (South East ward)
Rhyl South West 2 (South West ward)
Rhyl West 2 (West ward)
Ruthin c 3 Ruthin (town)
St. Asaph East 1 St. Asaph (town) (East ward)
St. Asaph West 1 (West ward)
Trefnant 1
Tremeirchion 1

* = Communities which elect a community council
c = Ward coterminous with community of the same name [6]


  1. "Trailer - Local Elections May 2017".
  2. Election results by party, Denbighshire County Council. Retrieved 29 March 2018.
  3. "Llanelidan farmer is new Denbighshire Council leader", Daily Post (North Wales), 6 November 2007. Retrieved 29 March 2018.
  4. "This is how Wales' 1,254 councillors will split £20m in wages this year". Wales Online. 26 May 2016. Retrieved 19 May 2019.
  5. "Election results by Wards". Denbighshire County Council. Retrieved 29 March 2018.
  6. Election Maps, Ordnance Survey. Retrieved 29 March 2018.
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