Cannock Chase District
|Cannock Chase District|
Cannock Chase shown within Staffordshire
|Sovereign state||United Kingdom|
|Incorporated||1 April 1974|
|• Type||Non-metropolitan district council|
|• Body||Cannock Chase Council|
|• Leadership||Leader & Cabinet (Labour)|
|• MPs||Amanda Milling|
|• Total||30.5 sq mi (78.9 km2)|
|Area rank||244th (of 326)|
|Population (mid-2015 est.)|
|• Rank||242nd (of 326)|
|• Density||3,200/sq mi (1,200/km2)|
|• Ethnicity||97.3% White
|Time zone||GMT (UTC0)|
|• Summer (DST)||BST (UTC+1)|
|ONS code||41UB (ONS)
|OS grid reference|
- Brereton and Ravenhill
- Brindley Heath
- Cannock Wood
- Heath Hayes and Wimblebury
- Norton Canes
Cannock, which covers around 30% of the population, includes the parish of Bridgtown but the rest of Cannock is unparished.
Until the 2010 general election the parliamentary constituency of Cannock Chase consisted of Cannock Chase district plus the adjacent village of Huntington. From 2010 onwards the constituency has exactly the same boundaries as the district.
The district was formed on 1 April 1974 by the merger of Cannock and Rugeley urban districts, and both Brindley Heath from Lichfield Rural District, and Norton Canes from Aldridge-Brownhills Urban District.
Since 2011, Cannock Chase has formed part of both the Greater Birmingham & Solihull Local Enterprise Partnership (along with neighbouring authorities Birmingham, Bromsgrove, East Staffordshire, Lichfield, Redditch, Solihull, Tamworth and Wyre Forest), and Stoke-on-Trent and Staffordshire Local Enterprise Partnership.
Council political composition
The Labour Party has controlled the district council since gaining an overall majority in the 2012 elections. The table below shows the status of the parties since the beginning of 2010. This includes district council election results, highlighted in red, as well as defections.
|5 May 2016||21||13||1||4||1||1|
|7 May 2015||22||12||1||5||0||1|
|23 May 2014||25||5||3||6||0||2|
|22 May 2014||25||6||3||6||0||1|
|18 February 2014||24||9||3||3||0||2|
|30 July 2013||24||9||4||3||0||1|
|22 July 2013||24||10||4||2||0||1|
|4 July 2013||24||12||4||0||0||1|
|3 May 2012||24||12||5||0||0||0|
|5 May 2011||17||13||11||0||0||0|
|26 August 2010||14||10||17||0||0||0|
|6 May 2010||13||11||17||0||0||0|
|22 February 2010||14||7||19||0||0||1|
|26 January 2010||14||9||17||0||0||1|
|22 January 2010||14||9||18||0||0||0|
|18 January 2010||14||10||17||0||0||0|
|1 January 2010||14||12||15||0||0||0|
As Labour currently has an absolute majority on the council, they control all nine of the cabinet portfolios which are as follows:
|Leader of the Council||Cllr George Adamson||Hednesford Green Heath|
|Deputy Leader of the Council||Cllr Gordon Alcott||Cannock North|
|Economic Development and Planning Portfolio Leader|
|Corporate Improvement Portfolio Leader||Cllr John Kraujalis||Cannock South|
|Crime and Partnerships Portfolio Leader||Cllr Carl Bennett||Rugeley - Western Springs|
|Culture and Sport Portfolio Leader||Cllr Christine Mitchell||Cannock East|
|Environment Portfolio Leader||Cllr John Preece||Norton Canes|
|Health and Wellbeing Portfolio Leader||Cllr Muriel Davis||Cannock East|
|Housing Portfolio Leader||Cllr Frank Allen||Cannock North|
|Town Centre Regeneration Portfolio Leader||Cllr Diane Todd||Heath Hayes East and Wimblebury|
- following the defection of Bill Hardman of the Rawnsley ward from UKIP to Independent
- district council election: one third of council to be elected. Lab −1 Greens +1
- district council election: one third of council to be elected. Lab −3 Con +7 UKIP −1 Lib Dem −2 Independent −1
- following the defection of Jodie Jones of the Rawnsley ward from the Conservatives to Independent
- district council election: one third of council to be elected. Lab +1 Con −3 UKIP +3 Independent −1
- following the defection of Danny Davies of the Etching Hill and the Heath ward from the Liberal Democrats to Independent
- following the defection of Linda Whitehouse of the Rawnsley ward from the Conservatives to UKIP
- following the defection of Anne and John Bernard of the Hawks Green ward from the Conservatives to UKIP
- following the defection of Michael Grocott of the Western Springs ward from the Liberal Democrats to Independent
- district council election: one third of council to be elected. Lib Dem –4 Lab +7 Con –1 Liberal –2
- following the defection of Diane Bennett of the Cannock West ward and Tony Williams of the Hagley ward from the Liberal Democrats to the Liberal Party
- district council elections: one third of council to be elected. Lib Dem –6 Lab +3 Con +3.
- following the death of Conservative councillor John Jillings in the Heath Hayes East and Wimblebury ward and subsequent by-election win for Labour's Dianne Todd
- district council elections: one third of council to be elected. Lib Dem –2 Lab –1 Con +3 Ind –1 (Independent Lisa Pearce stood as Conservative but lost her seat).
- following the defection of Michael Freeman of the Cannock West ward and Wendy Yates of the Hednesford Green Heath ward from the Conservatives to Liberal Democrats.
- following the defection of Lisa Pearce of the Hednesford Green Heath ward from the Liberal Democrats to Independent.
- following the defection of Mark Green of the Cannock South ward from the Conservatives to the Liberal Democrats.
- following the defection of Diane Bennet of the Cannock West ward and Keith Bennet of the Hawks Green ward from the Conservatives to the Liberal Democrats.