Leighton is a scattered settlement and civil parish in the unitary authority of Cheshire East and the ceremonial county of Cheshire, England, which lies immediately north west of Crewe. The parish also includes the village of Barrows Green (at SJ687579), which lies on the northern outskirts of Crewe, 1½ miles from the centre. Nearby villages include Bradfield Green and Worleston. The total population of the civil parish is just under 5000.
Leighton is administered by Minshull Vernon and District Parish Council, jointly with Minshull Vernon and Woolstanwood. Of 22 parish councillors, seven represent Minshull Vernon, eleven represent Leighton (eight from Leighton Urban and three from Leighton Rural) and four represent Woolstanwood. Current Parish Councillors (as of August 2010) are: Mr A Forrest (Leighton Rural), Mrs L Horne (Leighton Rural), Mr J Parker (Leighton Rural), Mr K Halford (Minshull Vernon) (Vice Chair), Mr R Hollinshead (Minshull Vernon), Mr L Horne (Minshull Vernon), Mr M McGlone (Minshull Vernon), Mr B Palin (Minshull Vernon), Mr J Whittingham (Minshull Vernon), Mr D Preece (Leighton Urban), Mr B Barnes (Leighton Urban), Mr T Beard (Leighton Urban), Mr D Bebbington (Leighton Urban), Mr D Forrest (Leighton Urban) (Chair), Mr J Winstanley (Leighton Urban), Mrs P Butterill (Woolstandwood) and Mr M Wilson (Woolstanwood).
There are currently five seats vacant on the Parish Council; two representing Woolstanwood, one representing Minshull Vernon and two representing Leighton Urban.
From 1974 the civil parish was served by Crewe and Nantwich Borough Council, which was succeeded on 1 April 2009 by the new unitary authority of Cheshire East . Leighton falls in the parliamentary constituency of Eddisbury, and has been represented by Stephen O'Brien since 1999.
Geography and transport
Much of the area is relatively flat, with an average elevation of around 50 metres. The land slopes downwards in the west to the River Weaver, which forms the western boundary of the civil parish, and in the south to Leighton Brook, which forms part of the southern boundary. The western part of the civil parish is predominantly rural, with the major land use being agricultural; a small area of woodland, Red Hall Wood, is located at SJ667580. Urban development is concentrated around Barrows Green in the south east, adjacent to the town of Crewe. A small part of the north-western corner of the parish falls within the Weaver Valley Area of Special County Value.
The A530 runs north–south through the parish and the B5076 runs south-eastwards from Bradfield Green. The Crewe–Chester railway line runs east–west just to the south of the parish and the Crewe–Winsford line runs north–south along its western boundary. The Middlewich branch of the Shropshire Union Canal runs to the north. The Crewe and Nantwich Circular Walk runs through the eastern part of the civil parish.
Leighton Hospital, one of two hospitals in the Mid Cheshire Hospitals NHS Trust, is located on the A530 (at SJ681579). A large general hospital, it provides accident and emergency services covering a wide area of South Cheshire.
- Genuki: Leighton (accessed 14 August 2007)
- Ordnance Survey Explorer 257: Crewe & Nantwich
- Cheshire County Council: Parish Council Details: Minshull Vernon and District Parish Council (accessed 28 January 2009)
- Minshull Vernon & District Parish Council: Parish Councillors (accessed 28 January 2009)
- Cheshire (Structural Changes) Order 2008
- Cheshire County Council: Interactive Mapping: Eddisbury (accessed 28 January 2009)
- Cheshire County Council: Interactive Mapping: Leighton (accessed 28 January 2009)
- Cheshire County Council: Interactive Mapping: Areas of Special County Value: Weaver Valley (accessed 3 March 2009)
- Neighbourhood Statistics: Leighton CP (accessed 28 January 2009)
- NHS Choices: Leighton Hospital (accessed 16 August 2007)
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