The Western Vale area is made up of the following wards: St. Bride’s Major, Llandow/Ewenny, Llantwit Major, Cowbridge, Peterston-Super-Ely, St. Athan, Rhoose and Wenvoe.
Almost every area of the Vale of Glamorgan has its own community council, in the Western Vale there are two Town Councils, Llantwit Major and Cowbridge and Llanblethian and 19 community councils.
There are a range of community and cultural facilities in the area including St Donats Art Centre, Dyffryn House and the Cowbridge Physic Garden.
The areas includes the market towns of Cowbridge and Llantwit Major, one of the most important early Christian settlement in Wales; the area exudes history including Iron Age hill forts, fine Tudor buildings, a Roman villa and a medieval grange.
The coast creates unique coastal habitats such as sand dunes, cliffs, maritime grassland, and rocky and sandy beaches; this unique environment is protected through the Heritage coast, which provides opportunities for walking and other outdoor activities for residents and visitors.
Cardiff and Vale College is one of the largest colleges in the country and the International Centre for Aerospace Training (ICAT) is located in Rhoose close to Cardiff Airport and within the Cardiff Airport and St Athan Enterprise Zone.
Other facilities and amenities in the area include:
- 3 GP practices
- 2 Fire Stations
- 5 Libraries
- 6 Community Centres
- 5 Parks
- 20 schools
- 2 Allotment sites
- 2 foodbanks