Just over two weeks after the May 3rd local elections in Wrexham we can finally reveal the make up of Wrexham Council for the next five years.
This week the horse trading was concluded over who would run the council with Labour and Wrexham Democratic Independents going into coalition.
Labour’s Neil Rogers will be Leader with Wrexham Democratic Independents’ Mark Pritchard as his Deputy.
Now we can finally reveal the proposed composition of the council’s executive board.
Labour will have four members on the executive board as they hold the most seats, the Democratic Independents will have two seats, Wrexham Independents two and the Conservatives and Liberal Democrats will each have one seat.
We have also been told that the mayor will once again be Cllr Ian Roberts who will return for a second term as mayor after the proposed mayor Gwyneth Roberts lost her seat. Deputy Mayor will be Cllr Ian David Bithell from Rhosddu.
The Leader of the Council will get an extra £30,951 on top of their £12,681 allowance and those with special responsibilities e.g. being on the exec board will earn between £3-7K extra.
There has been speculation that a side deal has been done between Labour and the Conservatives, just incase there is a future split in the coalition. There is also the possibility of a motion being moved to state that groups of less than five would not be recognised as a ‘Political Group’. In terms of this council, if true, would mean the Welsh Liberal Democrats would lose their executive board seats.
Subject to approval at next Wednesday’s reconvened full council meeting this is how Wrexham Council will line up for the next five years.
A formal mayor making ceremony will also be held on Tuesday.