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CONWY COUNTY BOROUGH (Welsh: Bwrdeistref Sirol Conwy) is a unitary authority area in the north of Wales
Wales
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CONTENTS

* 1 Geography * 2 Welsh language
Welsh language

* 3 Government

* 3.1 Politics * 3.2 Coat of arms
Coat of arms

* 4 See also * 5 References * 6 External links

GEOGRAPHY

It contains the major settlements of Llandudno
Llandudno
, Llandudno
Llandudno
Junction , Llanrwst
Llanrwst
, Betws-y-Coed
Betws-y-Coed
, Conwy
Conwy
, Colwyn Bay , Abergele , Penmaenmawr and Llanfairfechan , and has a total population of 115,000, the vast majority of which lives along the coast.

The River Conwy
Conwy
, after which the county borough is named, lies wholly within the area: rising in Snowdonia
Snowdonia
and flowing through Llanrwst
Llanrwst
and Trefriw en route to the Irish Sea
Irish Sea
by Conwy
Conwy
. The river here marks the border between the historic counties of Caernarfonshire and Denbighshire
Denbighshire
.

One third of the land area of the county borough lies in the Snowdonia
Snowdonia
national park , and the council appoint three of the 18 members of the Snowdonia
Snowdonia
National Park Authority. Its total area is 1,130 square km, making it slightly larger than Hong Kong
Hong Kong
.

WELSH LANGUAGE

According to the 2001 Census 39.7% of the population of the county borough have "one or more skills" in the Welsh language
Welsh language
, which ranks it 5th out of 22 principal areas in Wales.

The amount of Welsh spoken in the county borough greatly varies from location to location, with generally the least being spoken on the coastal fringe.

Examples of the percentage speaking Welsh by electoral ward :

* Mostyn (Llandudno) 19.7% * Colwyn 22.6% * Conwy
Conwy
33% * Trefriw 50% * Eglwysbach 63% * Conwy
Conwy
Uwch (Upper Conwy) 66.8% * Llangernyw 69.3% * Cerrigydrudion 76%

GOVERNMENT

Main article: Conwy
Conwy
County Borough Council

The county borough was formed on 1 April 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 2 April 1996 to CONWY.

POLITICS

Conwy
Conwy
is represented in Parliament by Guto Bebb (Con) and David Jones (Con), though David Jones' Clwyd West constituency also covers part of southern Denbighshire. In the National Assembly for Wales
Wales
, it is represented by Janet Finch-Saunders (Con) and Darren Millar
Darren Millar
(Con).

COAT OF ARMS

Conwy
Conwy
County Borough Council was granted a coat of arms by the College of Arms in 2001. The new arms recall those of both Aberconwy and Colwyn Borough Councils. The main part of the shield depicts blue and silver waves for the river from which the county borough takes its name, and also recalls the gold and blue wavy field of Colwyn's arms. On top of the waves is placed a symbolic red tower, representing Conwy Castle . The chief or upper third of the shield is coloured green, the main colour in Aberconwy's arms. In the centre of the chief is a severed head from the heraldry of Marchudd ap Cynan, Lord of Abergele and Rhos. On either side are two black spears embrued, or having drops of blood on their points. These come from the reputed arms of Nefydd Hardd, associated with the Nant Conwy
Conwy
area. In front of each spear is a golden garb or wheatsheaf, for the rural areas of the county borough.

Above the shield, placed on the steel helm usual to British civic arms, is the crest. This takes the form of the Welsh red dragon supporting a Bible, rising from a wreath of oak leaves and acorns. The representation of the Bible
Bible
is to commemorate the fact that the first Welsh language
Welsh language
translation of the book originated in the area, while the oak circlet recalls that an oak tree formed the main charge in the arms of Colwyn Borough Council, and its predecessor the municipal borough of Colwyn Bay.

The motto adopted is "Tegwch i Bawb", meaning "Fairness to All".

SEE ALSO

* List of places in Conwy
Conwy
County Borough for a list of towns and villages. * List of schools in Conwy
Conwy

REFERENCES

* ^ "2011 Census - ONS". * ^ http://www.conwy.gov.uk/doc.asp?cat=2027"> * ^ Letters Patent dated 27 August

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