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Cheshire West and Chester
File:Cheshire West and Chester (logo).jpg
Cheshire West and Chester UK locator map.svg
Cheshire West and Chester shown within Cheshire
Status Unitary Authority; Borough
Origin 2009 structural changes
Region North West England
- Total
Ranked 32nd
918.28 km2 (354.55 sq mi)
Admin HQ Chester/Winsford
ISO 3166-2 GB-CHW
ONS code 00EW
- Total (2006 est.)
- Density
Ranked 18th
359 /km2 (930 /sq mi)
Ethnicity 98.5% White
Cheshire West and Chester Council
Executive Conservative
Members of Parliament
  • Andrew Miller (Lab)
  • Stephen O'Brien (Con)
  • Stephen Mosley (Con)
  • Graham Evans (Con)
  • George Osborne (Con)

Cheshire West and Chester[1][2][3] is a unitary authority area with borough status,[4] in the ceremonial county of Cheshire. It was established in April 2009 as part of the 2009 structural changes to local government in England, by virtue of an order under the Local Government and Public Involvement in Health Act 2007.[5] It replaced the boroughs of Ellesmere Port and Neston, Vale Royal and Chester District and its council took over the function of the former Cheshire County Council within its area. The rest of ceremonial Cheshire is composed of Cheshire East, Warrington and Halton. The decision to create the Cheshire West and Chester unitary authority was announced on 25 July 2007 following a consultation period, in which a proposal to create a single Cheshire unitary authority was rejected.[6] Chester City Council had proposed the new authority be called "The City of Chester and West Cheshire" but this was also rejected.[7]

Politics and administration[]

The electoral wards for the new unitary authority were the same as those used in the former Cheshire County Council elections, with each ward electing 3 councillors.[8] The first elections to the authority took place on 1 May 2008,[9] with the Conservatives gaining control with a majority of 38 councillors.[10] When first contested there were 72 elected councillors in the authority led by Councillor Mike Jones.

Due to boundary changes put into effect prior to 2011 elections, 3 additional councillor seats were created, making a total of 75 councillors in the authority. The new wards are a mixture of single member wards, two member wards and three member wards. The Conservative Party retained control with a diminished majority having won 42 seats whilst Labour won 32 seats and the Liberal Democrats won 1. It is likely that the changes in the ward boundaries favoured the opposition parties when compared with the ward boundaries used for the 2008 which were seen as favouring the Conservative party. The 2008 elections took place when the Labour party nationally was performing particularly badly.

Details of the current councillors can be found using this link: [11] .[12] There was a by-election in October 2011 following the death of Labour Party Leader Derek Bateman in July 2011. Cllr Lynn Clare was duly elected to represent the Ellesmere Port Town ward.

Council wards[]

Cheshire West and Chester Council
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Administration Conservative
Leader Cllr Mike Jones
Political Party Conservative
Deputy Cllr Les Ford
Predecessor None
Leader of Opposition Cllr Justin Madders
Father of the House Cllr Brian Crowe (includes service on Chester City Council)
Chairman Cllr Pamela Booher
chief executive Steve Robinson


The District is divided into 30 wards, listed below in alphabetical order.

  • Blacon
  • Boughton
  • Broxton
  • Chester City
  • Chester Villages
  • Davenham and Moulton
  • Dodleston and Huntington
  • Ellesmere Port Town
  • Elton
  • Farndon
  • Frodsham
  • Garden Quarter
  • Gowy
  • Grange
  • Great Boughton
  • Handbridge Park
  • Hartford and Greenbank
  • Helsby
  • Hoole
  • Kingsley
  • Lache
  • Ledsham and Manor
  • Little Neston and Burton
  • Malpas
  • Marbury
  • Neston
  • Netherpool
  • Newton
  • Rossmore
  • Saughall and Mollington
  • Shakerley
  • St Paul's
  • Strawberry
  • Sutton
  • Tarporley
  • Tarvin and Kelsall
  • Tattenhall
  • Upton
  • Weaver and Cuddington
  • Whitby
  • Willaston and Thornton
  • Winnington and Castle
  • Winsford Over and Verdin
  • Winsford Swanlow and Dene
  • Winsford Wharton
  • Witton and Rudheath[14][15]

Local nature reserves[]

Cheshire West and Chester Council maintains six Local Nature Reserves: Burton Mill Wood (Ellesmere Port), Helsby Quarry (Vale Royal), Marshall's Arm (Vale Royal), Rivacre Valley (Ellesmere Port), Stanney Wood (Ellesmere Port) and Whitby Park (Ellesmere Port).[16]


External links[]

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