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National Library of Wales
Council of Welsh Districts, records

Reference code(s): GB 0210 CWDR

Held at: National Library of Wales

Title: Council of Welsh Districts Records

Short Title: Council of Welsh Districts, records

Creation date(s): 1962-1997 (accumulated 1989-1997)

Level of description: Fonds

Extent: 7.121 cubic metres (359 boxes, 1 file)

Name of creator(s): Association of District Councils, Council of Welsh Districts


Administrative/Biographical history: The Council of Welsh Districts (CWD) was established in 1989 as a successor to the Committee of Welsh District Councils, formed in 1983. Both were autonomous bodies within the Association of District Councils, representing District Councils in England and Wales, and were intended to promote and protect the interests of the Welsh District Councils. The Committee of Welsh District Councils had four sub-committees, but with the advent of CWD a revised committee structure was established consisting of an Economic Development and Tourism Committee, an Environment and Housing Committee and the Finance, Parliamentary and General Services Committee. CWD was an active participant in the debate on local government reform in the early 1990s and, following the Local Government Reform Act 1993, was involved in its implementation. On 1 April 1996, CWD and the Association of Welsh Councils were superseded by the Welsh Local Government Association, part of the new Local Government Association of England and Wales. CWD's first Chairman was Councillor Gwynfryn Davies, Dinefwr, 1989-1990; the last was Councillor Tom Williams, Islwyn, 1993-1996.


Scope and content/abstract: Minutes and papers of the Council, its predecessor body the Committee of Welsh District Councils, and their sub-committees, 1983-1996; papers and correspondence relating to the Association of District Councils' Welsh office, Head Office and various branches within Wales, 1978-1996; correspondence files of staff members, 1983-1995; copies of Government Green Papers, 1986-1989; and files relating to the various organizations and societies with which the Council had dealings, 1982-1996; subject files relating to such matters as waste disposal and the European Community, 1974-1997; housing and home improvement grants, 1983-1996; leisure facilities, tourism, theatres, National Parks etc., 1983-1996; policy, finance and planning, including the rates, the Revenue Support Grant and the Welsh Language Board, 1982-1996.


Language/scripts of material: English

System of arrangement: The records are arranged by deposit: March 1993; September 1994; March 1996; February 1997; and November 1997. The records have been arranged, according to the original file numbers used by the Council, into the following main classes: Association of District Councils, Committee of Welsh District Councils, Economy and Environmental Health, Housing, Leisure, Organisations and Societies, Policy, Finance and Planning and Staff correspondence. In addition to these, the classes Wales Land, Miscellaneous files and finance are found in the March 1993 deposit; later deposits include files for Revenue Support Grant, Green papers, Europe and Tourism, Transport and Economic Strategy, Drafts, CWD meetings and committee papers, Revenue Support Grant and Social Services.

Conditions governing access: Permission must be obtained from the Welsh Local Government Association, 10-11 Raleigh Walk, Atlantic Wharf, Cardiff, CF1 5LN. Readers consulting modern papers in the National Library of Wales are required to sign the 'Modern papers - data protection' form.

Conditions governing reproduction: Usual copyright regulations apply.

Finding aids: A hard copy of the catalogue is available at the National Library of Wales. The catalogue is available online.

Detailed catalogue


Appraisal, destruction and scheduling information: All records deposited at the National Library of Wales have been retained.

Accruals: Accruals are not expected.

Archival history:

Immediate source of acquisition: Deposited by the Council of Welsh Districts, Cardiff, CF1 5LN per Mr Geraint Price-Thomas, Under Secretary (Wales), and the Welsh Local Government Association per Mr John Kingdon, between March 1993 and November 1997.


Related material: Records of its predecessor body, the Committee of Welsh District Councils, and of related bodies, namely the Association of Welsh Local Authorities and the Council of the Principality, are held at NLW.


Note: Title supplied from contents of fonds.

Archivist's note: Compiled by Rhys Jones for the ANW project. The following sources were used in the compilation of this description: NLW, Schedule of Council of Welsh Districts Records; Cadwallader, Mark, The Council of Welsh Districts 1983-1996 - A Story of Achievement (Council of Welsh Districts, 1996).

Rules or conventions: This description follows ANW guidelines based on ISAD(G) second edition, AACR2, and LCSH.

Date(s) of descriptions: August 2003

Association of District Councils. | Committee of Welsh District Councils | Archives
Association of District Councils. | Council of Welsh Districts | Archives
Economic development
Housing policy | Wales
Local government | Wales
National parks and reserves | Wales
Public health | Government policy | Wales
Recreation | Wales
Sanitation | Government policy | Wales
Tourism | Government policy | Wales
Welsh language | Government policy | Wales

Personal names
Williams , Tom , of Blackwood

Corporate names
Association of District Councils
Association of District Councils | Committee of Welsh District Councils
Association of District Councils | Council of Welsh Districts

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