Cheshire East Council

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Cheshire East Council
Whole council elected every four years
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Coat of arms
Founded 1 April 2009
Preceded by Macclesfield Borough, Congleton Borough, Crewe and Nantwich Borough and Cheshire County Council
Cllr Rachel Bailey[1]
Since 2016
Cllr Hilda Gaddum
Since 2015
Seats 82 councillors [2]
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Political groups

Executive (42)

Opposition (40)

  •      Labour (33)
  •      Independent (2)
  •      Bollington First (2)
  •      Handforth Ratepayers (1)
  •      Alderley Edge First (1)
  •      Residents of Wilmslow (1)

Cheshire East Council is the local authority of Cheshire East. 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. As of 2017, the council is Conservative-controlled, and is currently facing four ongoing police investigations, forcing the Department for Communities and Local Government to consider placing it under special measures.

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:[3]

Executive Leader Term of office Elections
Conservative Wesley Fitzgerald 2008–2012[4] 2008, 2011
Conservative Michael Jones 2012-2016 2015
Conservative Rachel Bailey 2016–present[5]


  1. ^ "Cabinet Members". Cheshire East Council. Retrieved 2016-03-22. 
  2. ^ "Local Democracy- Voting and Elections". Cheshire East Council. Retrieved 2014-08-26. 
  3. ^ "Cheshire East". BBC News Online. 2008-04-19. Retrieved 2009-11-20. 
  4. ^ "Cheshire East Council leader Wesley Fitzgerald to resign". Macclesfield Express. Trinity Mirror. 23 February 2012. Retrieved 3 September 2016. 
  5. ^ Howarth, Rachel (29 February 2016). "Cllr Rachel Bailey is Cheshire East Council's new leader after landslide vote". Middlewich Guardian. Retrieved 3 September 2016.