Plaid Cymru retain seat in Waunfawr By-election

26/07/2016

There is celebration today in Waunfawr after the announcement that Edgar Owen from Waunfawr has been elected as the new Plaid Cymru Councillor at Gwynedd Council.

Edgar Owen, an active member of the community, succeeded to retain the seat for Plaid Cymru  in the Waunfawr By-election last night (Thursday 21 July), winning 75.8 % of the vote, with Paul Scott from the Labour Party coming  second.

The Waunfawr Ward By Election, which includes Betws Garmon, Rhyd Ddu and Caeathro, was called following the retirement of the former Councillor for the Ward, Eurig Wyn.

Edgar Owen, who works for R & I Jones Company in Caernarfon, has lived in Waunfawr for 38 years and is a native of Caeathro. He has been a Community Councillor on Waunfawr Community Council for 38 years and is also a Trustee of Canolfan Waunfawr and a member of of Canolfan Waunfawr Sports Committee. He is looking forward to the new challenge ahead.

Edgar Owen said: It's an absolute honor to be elected by local residents to represent them on Gwynedd Council. I am grateful to the local people who came out to cast their vote and show their support for me. I look forward to representing the residents of my area and to join the Plaid Cymru Gwynedd team who lead the Council.

As one of the founders of Canolfan Waunfawr 35 years ago, I'm aware of what is important to local people. I am eager to continue the development of a new Medical Center for the village and I am also committed to the task of trying to secure a new football pitch to the area. I would also like to thank Eurig Wyn for all his work over the years and wish him a happy retirement. "

According Gwynedd Plaid Cymru Leader, Councillor Dyfed Edwards said: "We welcome Edgar Owen to the Plaid Team in Gwynedd and look forward to working with him in the weeks and months ahead. He's a man who knows the area and its people inside out, and will work tirelessly for his  community. 

“These are challenging times for local government due to the financial cuts to public services bought to us from the Tory Government at Westminster. Despite the hardship, we will continue to be ambitious for the people of Gwynedd, seeking to ensure that Gwynedd remains a great place to live, work and enjoy. I'm sure Edgar will make a constructive contribution  to this work. "

Plaid Cymru still have a clear majority on Gwynedd Council with 39 councilors out of 75. The Waunfawr victory comes exactly a week after the party won the Y Felinheli seat with Gareth Griffith winning the by-election with 93% of the vote.