Aberavon (electoral ward)

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Principal area Neath Port Talbot
Ceremonial county West Glamorgan
Country Wales
Sovereign state United Kingdom
EU Parliament Wales
UK Parliament Aberavon
Welsh Assembly Aberavon
Councillors Ceri Golding (Labour)
Mark Jones (Labour)
Anthony Taylor (Social Democratic Party)
List of places
Neath Port Talbot

The electoral ward of Aberavon electoral ward includes the communities of Baglan and Baglan Bay, in Neath Port Talbot county borough, Wales.[1] Baglan falls within the parliamentary constituency of Aberavon.


It is based upon the historic town of Aberavon. Aberavon Ward is bounded by the wards of Sandfields West and Sandfields East to the southwest; Baglan to the north; Port Talbot to the east and Margam to the south. The ward boundaries can be defined by the roads surrounding it which are the M4 Motorway to the north east; the A4241 to the north west; Afan Way to the southwest and the River Afan to the south east.

The Aberavon Ward can be roughly divided into two parts. There is the residential area to the southeastern part of the ward beside the River Afan. The north western area consists of areas of industrial estate land called the Baglan Industrial Park which includes a number of out of town retail premises as well as business and manufacturing premises.

Current Representation

In the 2012 local council elections, the electorate turnout for Aberavon was 35.84%. The results were:

Candidate Party Votes Status
Ceri Golding Labour 751 Labour gain
Mark Jones Labour 740 Labour gain
Anthony Taylor Social Democratic Party 702 Social Democratic Party hold
Barbara Trahar Labour 613
John Sullivan Social Democratic Party 556
Jeff Dinham Social Democratic Party 550
Paul Nicholas-Jones Plaid Cymru 185

History 1889-1974

Aberavon first became an electoral ward in the late nineteenth century with the formation of Glamorgan County Council.

Glamorgan County Council, 1889-1974

In 1889, Richard Jenkins, a local tinplate manufacturer became the first Liberal member for Aberavon, defeating John Morgan Smith.

Aberavon 1889
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Richard Jenkins 401 53.5
Conservative John Morgan Smith 348 46.5
Majority 53 7.0

Following Jenkins's elevation to the aldermanic bench, Smith won the seat.

Aberavon by-election 1889
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative John Morgan Smith 418
Liberal Evan Davies 347
Majority 71

Smith held the seat at the elections of 1892, 1895, 1898, 1901, 1904 and 1907.

Aberavon Borough Council

Aberavon was also an electoral ward of the Aberavon Borough Council which was reformed and extended in 1861. In 1921, the old borough was merged with Margam Urban District Council, formed in 1894 to create the Port Talbot Municipal Borough.

Later History

21st Century

Aberavon is currently a ward for the purposes of Neath Port Talbot unitary authority elections. Since 1995 it has been represented by Labour and Social Democrat councillors.


  1. "Aberavon Ward Profile" (PDF). Neath Port Talbot Borough Council.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>