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Conwy (county borough)
|Conwy county borough|
- % Water
- Total (April 29, 2001)
97 / km²
- Any skills
|Conwy County Borough Council|
Denise Idris Jones (Constituency)
North Wales (Part), Mid and West Wales (Part) (Regional)
Conwy [County Borough] is a county borough in North Wales. It contains the major settlements of Llandudno, Llandudno Junction, Llanrwst, Betws-y-Coed, Conwy and Colwyn Bay, and has a total population of about 100,000.
The River Conwy (after which the county borough is named) is wholly within the county: rising in Snowdonia and flowing through Llanrwst en route to the Irish Sea by Conwy. The borough straddles the traditional counties of Caernarfonshire and Denbighshire.
Conwy is represented in Parliament by Betty Williams (Lab), Elfyn Llwyd (PC), and Gareth Thomas (Lab), though these members all represent constituencies that only partially cover Conwy. In the National Assembly for Wales, it is represented by Denise Idris Jones (Lab).
The borough was formed on April 1, 1996 by merging the districts of Aberconwy and Colwyn when it was originally named Aberconwy and Colwyn. However, its council renamed the district a day later, on April 1, 1996 to Conwy. The new name has caused confusion with the town of Conwy; for instance, Royal Mail tell people to not use the name 'Conwy' on mail to the area lest it go to the town of the same name (NB: they advise against the use of postal counties generally).
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