Heath (electoral ward)

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Electoral ward
Cew heath.jpg
Location of the Heath ward within Cardiff
Population12,629 (2011 census)
Principal area
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
UK Parliament
Senedd Cymru – Welsh Parliament
Councillors3 (Cardiff Council)
List of places

Heath (Welsh: Y Mynydd Bychan) is the name of an electoral ward in the north of the city of Cardiff, Wales, which covers its namesake community, Heath. The ward elects three county councillors to the County Council of the City and County of Cardiff.

Description and history[edit]

The Heath ward boundaries are coterminous with the community. It is bordered to the north by Ty-wern Road (Rhiwbina ward) and the Cardiff City Line (Llanishen ward), to the east by the Cardiff to Caerphilly railway line (Cyncoed ward), to the south by the Western by-pass (Gabalfa ward) and to the west by the A470 road (Whitchurch & Tongwynlais ward).[1] The Heath ward includes the University Hospital of Wales and the large adjacent area of greenery, Heath Park.

According to the 2011 census the population of the Heath ward was 12,629.[2]

Since the creation of the Cardiff unitary authority in 1995, Heath has elected councillors from the Labour Party, Liberal Democrats, Conservatives and, since 2012, the Heath and Birchgrove Independents.[3]

The ward was created following The City of Cardiff (Electoral Arrangements) Order 1982, coming into effect with the city council elections in 1983.[4]

Cardiff Council elections[edit]

Liberal Democrat councillor, Fenella Bowden, left her party in November 2010 to sit on the Council as an Independent councillor.[5] At the subsequent 2012 and 2017 elections the ward elected Bowden standing as a Heath and Birchgrove Independent, Lyn Hudson for the Conservatives and Graham Hinchey for the Labour Party.[6]

Cardiff Council election, 4 May 2012 [7]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Heath Independent Fenella Bowden * 1,500 12.1%
Labour Graham Hinchey * 1,416 11.4%
Conservative Lyn Hudson 1,270 10.2%
Conservative Roland Page * 1,242 10.0%
Labour Marie John 1,240 10.0%
Heath Independent Steven Bowden 1,151 9.3%
Labour Ewan Moor 1,116 9.0%
Conservative Mark Branton 1,101 8.9%
Heath Independent Katrin O'Malley 888 7.1%
Labour John James 349 2.8%
Plaid Cymru Mali Rowlands 325 2.6%
Heath Independent Robert Smith 262 2.1%
Green Tom Coates 253 2.0%
Liberal Democrats Steven Price 175 1.4%
Liberal Democrats Ashley Wood 140 1.1%
Heath Independent gain from Liberal Democrat
Labour hold Swing
Conservative hold Swing

* = sitting councillor prior to the election

Following the May 2004 elections all three councillors were Liberal Democrat, with Graham Hinchey losing his seat. Hinchey had previously been a Labour councillor for the ward since 1995.[3] After the 1995 elections there were two Labour councillors and one Liberal Democrat. After the 1999 elections there were two Liberal Democrats and one Labour councillor.[3]

Cardiff City Council elections[edit]

The Heath ward was created in 1982. Prior to 1995 Heath was an electoral ward to Cardiff City Council (a district council of South Glamorgan). The ward elected three city councillors. All three city councillors were from the Conservative Party, from the 1983 council elections until the creation of the new Cardiff unitary authority.[8]

Councillors included Ron Watkiss, Conservative leader of the council from 1983.


  1. ^ "Election maps". Ordnance Survey. Retrieved 1 March 2019.
  2. ^ "Heath - Key stats". UKcensusdata.com. Retrieved 1 March 2019.
  3. ^ a b c "Cardiff Council Election Results 1995-2012" (PDF). The Elections Centre. Retrieved 1 March 2019.
  4. ^ The City of Cardiff (Electoral Arrangements) Order 1982 (PDF). legislation.gov.uk. Statutory Instruments. 15 April 1982. Retrieved 1 March 2019.
  5. ^ Hannah Waldram (18 November 2010). "Heath councillor leaves Lib Dem group". theguardian.com. Retrieved 1 March 2019.
  6. ^ "These are all your new councillors in Cardiff". Wales Online. 5 May 2017. Retrieved 1 March 2019.
  7. ^ "Election results for Heath - Cardiff Council Elections 2012 - Thursday, 3rd May, 2012". Cardiff Council. Retrieved 1 March 2019.
  8. ^ "Cardiff Welsh District Council Election Results 1973-1991" (PDF). The Elections Centre. Retrieved 2 March 2019.

Coordinates: 51°30′40″N 3°11′56″W / 51.511°N 3.199°W / 51.511; -3.199