Cheshire West and Chester

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Cheshire West and Chester
Borough and Unitary authority
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Cheshire West and Chester highlighted in red on a beige political map of Cheshire
Cheshire West and Chester shown within Cheshire
Coordinates: 53°12′47″N 2°54′07″W / 53.213°N 2.902°W / 53.213; -2.902Coordinates: 53°12′47″N 2°54′07″W / 53.213°N 2.902°W / 53.213; -2.902
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Constituent country England
Region North West England
Ceremonial county Cheshire
Established 1 April 2009
Administrative HQ Chester
Government
 • Type Unitary authority
 • Body Cheshire West and Chester Council
 • Leadership Leader & Cabinet
 • Executive Labour
 • Leader Samantha Dixon
 • Lord Mayor (Chester) Hugo Deynem
 • Chief Executive Steve Robinson
Area
 • Total 353.9 sq mi (916.7 km2)
Area rank 32nd
Population (2011 est.)
 • Total 329,500
 • Rank 18th
 • Density 930/sq mi (359/km2)
 • Ethnicity 98.5% white
Time zone Greenwich Mean Time (UTC+0)
 • Summer (DST) British Summer Time (UTC+1)
GSS code E06000050
ISO 3166-2 GB-CHW
NUTS 3 code UKD63
ONS code 00EW
Website www.cheshirewestandchester.gov.uk

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[edit]

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.[citation needed]

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.[citation needed].[11]

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.[citation needed]

The 2015 election took place on 7 May, on the same day as other local elections and the general election. All 75 seats were being contested. As a result of the election, the council moved from Conservative control to Labour control, and was the only council to change hands in this way in the 2015 elections.[12] In addition, the only Liberal Democrat seat on the council was lost, while an independent was elected to the Parkgate ward.

Details of the current councillors can be found using this link: http://online.cheshirewestandchester.gov.uk/Election2015/CouncillorAtoZ.aspx [13]

Council wards[edit]

The District is divided into 46 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
  • Parkgate
  • 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[edit]

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]

Transport[edit]

Rail[edit]

Chester is the hub of the railway network in the borough, with over four million trips recorded annually. Railway lines in the borough - not necessarily connecting to Chester - include:

Road[edit]

Motorways and trunk roads in the borough which are maintained by Highways England include the M6, M53, M56, A55, A483, A494, A550 and a short section of the A41 in Hooton. Other primary routes maintained by the council include the A41, A49, A51, A54, A56, A483, A530, A533, A534, A556, A5115, A5116, A5117 and A5268.

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