Cheshire East Council

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Cheshire East Council
Arms of Cheshire East Council
Founded1 April 2009
Preceded byCheshire County Council
Congleton Borough Council
Crewe and Nantwich Borough Council
Macclesfield Borough Council
Mayor of Cheshire East
Cllr Barry Burkhill[1]
since 22 May 2019
Leader of the Council
Cllr Sam Corcoran, Labour
since 22 May 2019
Chief executive
Kath O'Dwyer (Acting)
since April 2017
Seats82 councillors[2]
UK Cheshire East Council 2019.svg
Political groups
     Labour (25)
     Independent (8)
     Residents of Wilmslow (4)
     Bollington First (2)
     Alderley Edge First (1)
     Handforth Ratepayers (1)
Other parties
     Conservative (34)
     Liberal Democrats (4)
     'Real Independent Group' (2)
     Independent Conservative (1)
Length of term
4 years
Last election
2 May 2019
Next election
4 May 2023

Cheshire East Council is the local authority of Cheshire East, Cheshire, England. It is a unitary authority, having the powers of a non-metropolitan county and district council combined. It provides a full range of local government services including Council Tax billing, libraries, social services, processing planning applications, waste collection and disposal, and it is a local education authority. The council was first elected on 1 May 2008, a year before coming into its powers on 1 April 2009. After an election in May 2019, no party holds overall control.[3]

Powers and functions[edit]

The local authority derives its powers and functions from the Local Government Act 1972 and subsequent legislation. For the purposes of local government, Cheshire East is within a non-metropolitan area of England. As a unitary authority, Cheshire East Council has the powers and functions of both a non-metropolitan county and district council combined. In its capacity as a district council it is a billing authority collecting Council Tax and business rates, it processes local planning applications, it is responsible for housing, waste collection and environmental health. In its capacity as a county council it is a local education authority, responsible for social services, libraries and waste disposal.

Political control[edit]

Since the first election to the council in 2008 political control of the council has been held by the following parties:[4]

Executive Leader Term of office Elections
Conservative Wesley Fitzgerald 2008–2012[5] 2008, 2011
Conservative Michael Jones 2012–2016 2015
Conservative Rachel Bailey[6] 2016–2019[7]
No Overall Control Sam Corcoran[3] 2019–present 2019

In May 2019, following local elections, the Conservatives lost control of the council for the first time since it was created in 2008. On 22 May 2019, the newly appointed councillors met for the first time and elected Labour's Sam Corcoran as leader, after the party came to an agreement with independent councillors.[3] The following cabinet positions were announced on 22 May 2019:[8]

Cheshire East Council
Post Cabinet Opposition
Leader Sam Corcoran TBC
Deputy Leader Craig Browne TBC
Children and Families Dorothy Flude TBC
Adult Social Care and Health Laura Jeuda TBC
Public Health and Corporate Services Jill Rhodes TBC
Communities Mick Warren TBC
Planning Toni Fox TBC
Highways and Waste Brian Roberts TBC
Environment and Regeneration Nick Mannion TBC
Finance, IT and Communications Amanda Stott TBC


  1. ^ "The Mayoral Team". Cheshire East Council. 22 May 2019. Retrieved 23 May 2019.
  2. ^ "Local Democracy- Voting and Elections". Cheshire East Council. Retrieved 2014-08-26. Italic or bold markup not allowed in: |publisher= (help)
  3. ^ a b c Phil McCann (22 May 2019). "Cheshire East Council elects first Labour leader". BBC. Retrieved 22 May 2019.
  4. ^ "Cheshire East". BBC News Online. 2008-04-19. Retrieved 2009-11-20.
  5. ^ "Cheshire East Council leader Wesley Fitzgerald to resign". Macclesfield Express. Trinity Mirror. 23 February 2012. Retrieved 3 September 2016.
  6. ^ "Cabinet Members". Cheshire East Council. Retrieved 2016-03-22. Italic or bold markup not allowed in: |publisher= (help)
  7. ^ Howarth, Rachel (29 February 2016). "Cllr Rachel Bailey is Cheshire East Council's new leader after landslide vote". Middlewich Guardian. Retrieved 3 September 2016.
  8. ^ "Cabinet members". Cheshire East Council. 22 May 2019. Retrieved 23 May 2019.