Cheshire East Council

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Cheshire East Council
Arms of Cheshire East Council council
Founded1 April 2009
Preceded byCheshire County Council
Congleton Borough Council
Crewe and Nantwich Borough Council
Macclesfield Borough Council
Cllr Lesley Smetham
Since 23 May 2018
Leader of the Council
Cllr Rachel Bailey, Conservative
Since 25 February 2016
Seats82 councillors [1]
Cheshire East Council composition
Political groups
     Conservative (51)
     Labour (16)
     Independent (4)
     Middlewich First (3)
     Bollington First (2)
     Handforth Ratepayers (2)
     Liberal Democrats (2)
     Alderley Edge First (1)
     Residents of Wilmslow (1)
Length of term
4 years
Last election
7 May 2015
Next election
2 May 2019

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:[2]

Executive Leader Term of office Elections
Conservative Wesley Fitzgerald 2008–2012[3] 2008, 2011
Conservative Michael Jones 2012-2016 2015
Conservative Rachel Bailey[4] 2016–present[5]


  1. ^ "Local Democracy- Voting and Elections". Cheshire East Council. Retrieved 2014-08-26.
  2. ^ "Cheshire East". BBC News Online. 2008-04-19. Retrieved 2009-11-20.
  3. ^ "Cheshire East Council leader Wesley Fitzgerald to resign". Macclesfield Express. Trinity Mirror. 23 February 2012. Retrieved 3 September 2016.
  4. ^ "Cabinet Members". Cheshire East Council. Retrieved 2016-03-22.
  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.