Newport Borough Council (1974-1996) Records

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Records of Newport Borough Council, 1974-1996.

Administrative / Biographical History

Newport Borough Council came into existence on 1 April 1974 as one of the five districts of the new county of Gwent. The new Borough of Newport consisted of the former County Borough of Newport and much of Caerleon Urban District and Magor and St Mellons Rural District. It had an area of 70 square miles and a population of about 130,000. The Council comprised 47 elected councillors, including a Mayor and Council Leader. Their work was overseen by various committees, including Policy & Resources, Planning, Housing, Leisure Services, Environment and Economic Development. The principal officers employed by the Council were the Chief Executive, Director of Resources, Director of Works, Director of Community Services and the Director of Development. Newport Borough Council was abolished in 1996. It was succeeded by Newport County Borough which combined the functions of the Borough Council and Gwent County Council.


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Compiled by Rhys Jones for the ANW project. The following sources were used in the compilation of this description: Gwent Record Office, Newport Borough Council, 1974-1996, catalogue; Davis, Haydn, The History of the Borough of Newport: from swamp to super-town (Newport, 1998); HTV Cymru/Wales, The Wales Yearbook (Cardiff, 1995).

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Hard copies of the catalogue are available at Gwent Record Office.

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