Cannock Chase District

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Cannock Chase District
Cannock Chase shown within Staffordshire
Cannock Chase shown within Staffordshire
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Constituent countryEngland
RegionWest Midlands
Non-metropolitan countyStaffordshire
StatusNon-metropolitan district
Admin HQCannock
Incorporated1 April 1974
Government
 • TypeNon-metropolitan district council
 • BodyCannock Chase Council
 • LeadershipLeader & Cabinet
 • MPsAmanda Milling
Area
 • Total30.5 sq mi (78.9 km2)
Area rank239th (of 317)
Population
 (mid-2019 est.)
 • Total100,762
 • Rank241st (of 317)
 • Density3,300/sq mi (1,300/km2)
 • Ethnicity
97.3% White
1.2% S.Asian
Time zoneUTC0 (GMT)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+1 (BST)
ONS code41UB (ONS)
E07000192 (GSS)
OS grid referenceSK0200614806
Websitewww.cannockchasedc.gov.uk

Cannock Chase is a local government district in Staffordshire, England. Its council is based in the town of Cannock; other notable towns are Rugeley, Bridgtown and Hednesford. The district covers a large part of the Cannock Chase Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, from which it takes its name.

The district was formed on 1 April 1974 by the merger of Cannock and Rugeley urban districts, along with Brindley Heath from Lichfield Rural District, and Norton Canes from Aldridge-Brownhills Urban District. 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.

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.

Areas of Cannock Chase District[edit]

There are many villages and suburbs along with four towns in the entire Cannock Chase District. Towns:

Villages:

Areas:

Other areas built around Cannock Chase District:

Politics[edit]

Council political composition[edit]

The Labour Party controlled the district council from the 2012 election, when it gained an overall majority, until the 2019 election when the council entered no overall control. For the 2019/20 civic year, the Labour Party ran the council with an informal confidence-and-supply agreement with the Green Party. In June 2020, four Green councillors and a former Labour councillor formed the Chase Community Independent Group which led to Labour forming a minority administration with confidence and supply from two Liberal Democrat councillors and one former Labour independent councillor.

The table below shows the number of seats held by each party since the beginning of 2010. This includes district council election results, highlighted in red, as well as defections and by-elections.

Date Labour Conservative Chase Inds Lib Dem Greens UKIP Independent
15 June 2020[1] 17 14 5 2 1 0 1
8 June 2020[2] 17 14 2 5 0 2
7 May 2020[3] 18 14 2 5 0 1
2 May 2019[4] 18 15 2 5 0 1
3 May 2018[5] 21 15 1 3 0 1
7 September 2017[6] 21 13 1 2 1 3
18 August 2017[7] 20 15 1 1 1 3
6 July 2017[8] 21 15 1 1 1 2
September 2016[9] 21 13 1 1 3 2
5 May 2016[10] 21 13 1 1 4 1
7 May 2015[11] 22 12 1 0 5 1
23 May 2014[12] 25 5 3 6 2
22 May 2014[13] 25 6 3 6 1
18 February 2014[14] 24 9 3 3 2
30 July 2013[15] 24 9 4 3 1
22 July 2013[16] 24 10 4 2 1
4 July 2013[17] 24 12 4 1
3 May 2012[18] 24 12 5 0
February 2012[19] 17 13 9 2
5 May 2011[20] 17 13 11 0
26 August 2010[21] 14 10 17 0
6 May 2010[22] 13 11 17 0
22 February 2010[23] 14 7 19 1
26 January 2010[24] 14 9 17 1
22 January 2010[25] 14 9 18
18 January 2010[26] 14 10 17
1 January 2010 14 12 15

Cabinet members 2020/21[edit]

Position Councillor Ward represented
Leader of the Council Cllr George Adamson Hednesford Green Heath
Deputy Leader of the Council Cllr Gordon Alcott Cannock North
Town Centre Regeneration Portfolio Leader
Corporate Improvement Portfolio Leader Cllr John Preece Norton Canes
Crime and Partnerships Portfolio Leader Cllr Alan Pearson Hednesford North
Culture and Sport Portfolio Leader Cllr Christine Mitchell Cannock East
Economic Development and Planning Portfolio Leader Cllr Tony Johnson Cannock East
Environment and Climate Change Portfolio Leader Cllr Josh Newbury Norton Canes
Health and Wellbeing Portfolio Leader Cllr Christine Martin Hagley
Housing Portfolio Leader Cllr John Kraujalis Cannock South

Shadow Cabinet members 2020/21[edit]

Position Councillor Ward represented
Leader of the Opposition Cllr Olivia Lyons Western Springs
Deputy Leader of the Opposition Cllr Paul Startin Etching Hill and The Heath
Economic Development and Planning Shadow Portfolio Leader
Corporate Improvement Shadow Portfolio Leader Cllr Michael Sutherland Etching Hill and The Heath
Crime and Partnerships Shadow Portfolio Leader Cllr Bryan Jones Hednesford Green Heath
Culture and Sport Shadow Portfolio Leader Cllr Martyn Buttery Heath Hayes East and Wimblebury
Environment and Climate Change Shadow Portfolio Leader Cllr Justin Johnson Etching Hill and The Heath
Health and Wellbeing Shadow Portfolio Leader Cllr Val Jones Cannock West
Housing Shadow Portfolio Leader Cllr Adrienne Fitzgerald Hawks Green
Town Centre Regeneration Shadow Portfolio Leader Cllr Phil Hewitt Hawks Green

Footnotes[edit]

  1. ^ following the defection of Paul Woodhead and Stuart Crabtree of the Hednesford South ward, Mandy Dunnett of the Hednesford North ward and Claire Wilkinson of the Rawnsley ward from the Greens to the Chase Community Independent Group and Andrea Layton of the Cannock North ward from Independent to the Chase Community Independent Group
  2. ^ following the defection of Andrea Layton of the Cannock North ward from Labour to Independent
  3. ^ following the resignation of Dan Snape of the Hawks Green ward (Conservative)
  4. ^ district council election, one third of council to be elected: Lab -3 Greens +2 LD +1
  5. ^ district council election: one third of council to be elected. Con +2 Greens +1 UKIP -1 Independents -2
  6. ^ following the death of Conservative councillor Graham Burnett of the Hednesford Green Heath Ward and subsequent by-election win for Linda Tait of the Labour Party, and the disqualification of Conservative councillor Joanne Christian of the Hednesford South and subsequent by-election win for Stuart Crabtree of the Green Party
  7. ^ following the defection of Maureen Freeman of the Cannock South ward from Labour to Independent
  8. ^ following the defection of Martyn Buttery of the Hawks Green Ward and Stephanie Whitehouse of the Etching Hill and the Heath wards from UKIP to the Conservatives
  9. ^ following the defection of Bill Hardman of the Rawnsley ward from UKIP to Independent
  10. ^ district council election: one third of council to be elected. Lab −1 Greens +1
  11. ^ district council election: one third of council to be elected. Lab −3 Con +7 UKIP −1 Lib Dem −2 Independent −1
  12. ^ following the defection of Jodie Jones of the Rawnsley ward from the Conservatives to Independent
  13. ^ district council election: one third of council to be elected. Lab +1 Con −3 UKIP +3 Independent −1
  14. ^ following the defection of Danny Davies of the Etching Hill and the Heath ward from the Liberal Democrats to Independent
  15. ^ following the defection of Linda Whitehouse of the Rawnsley ward from the Conservatives to UKIP
  16. ^ following the defection of Anne and John Bernard of the Hawks Green ward from the Conservatives to UKIP
  17. ^ following the defection of Michael Grocott of the Western Springs ward from the Liberal Democrats to Independent
  18. ^ district council election: one third of council to be elected. Lib Dem –4 Lab +7 Con –1 Liberal –2
  19. ^ 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
  20. ^ district council elections: one third of council to be elected. Lib Dem –6 Lab +3 Con +3.
  21. ^ following the death of Conservative councillor John Jillings in the Heath Hayes East and Wimblebury ward and subsequent by-election win for Diane Todd of the Labour Party
  22. ^ 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).
  23. ^ 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.
  24. ^ following the defection of Lisa Pearce of the Hednesford Green Heath ward from the Liberal Democrats to Independent.
  25. ^ following the defection of Mark Green of the Cannock South ward from the Conservatives to the Liberal Democrats.
  26. ^ 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.

Coordinates: 52°43′50″N 1°58′13″W / 52.73056°N 1.97028°W / 52.73056; -1.97028