Independent 7, Cynon Valley Party 1. Largest authority in the South Wales Valleys, named after three of the rivers at bottom of them. Ex mining area, now popular for inward investment; largest towns are Aberdare and Pontypridd. Includes Llantrisant, unfairly tagged 'the hole with the Mint' (Royal Mint).
There is an impending vacancy in Hawthorn (held by Labour). Labour gained Ynyshir from Plaid Cymru on 5 December.
Next local elections