Cheshire West and Chester Council

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Cheshire West and Chester Council
Founded 1 April 2009[a]
Preceded by Cheshire County Council
Cllr Alex Black, Labour
Since May 2018
Chairman of Council
Cllr Bob Rudd, Labour
Since 21 May 2015
Leader of the Council
Cllr Samantha Dixon, Labour
Since 21 May 2015
Chief Executive
Andrew Lewis
Since August 2018
Seats 75 councillors
Cheshire West and Chester Council composition
Political groups
     Labour (38)
Other parties
     Conservative (35)
     Independent (2)
Committees 13 (excluding the cabinet)
Joint committees
Cheshire and Warrington Local Enterprise Partnership
Cheshire Fire Authority
Cheshire Police and Crime Panel
Shared Services Joint Committee (with Cheshire East Council)
First past the post (single-member wards)
Plurality-at-large (multi-member wards)
Last election
7 May 2015
Next election
2 May 2019
Meeting place
Chester Town Hall, Chester
HQ, Chester
Wyvern House, Winsford

Cheshire West and Chester Council is the local authority of Cheshire West and Chester. 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 legal powers on 1 April 2009.

Powers and functions[edit]

HQ, the headquarters of Cheshire West and Chester Council.

The local authority derives its powers and functions from the Local Government Act 1972 and subsequent legislation. It has a 'general power of competence' as described in the Localism Act 2011, i.e. it is permitted to act in any manner whatsoever which is not unlawful. For the purposes of local government, Cheshire West and Chester is one of the fifty-five unitary authorities in England. This means that is the only principal authority in its territorial jurisdiction, and it has the statutory powers and functions of both a non-metropolitan county and a non-metropolitan district council. The only exceptions to this are the fire and police services, which are still provided on a Cheshire-wide basis by joint boards composed of elected councillors and are funded by a Council Tax precept. Conversely, it is unnecessary for Cheshire West and Chester Council to set a precept for itself as it is also a billing authority.

Political control[edit]

Since the first election of the council in 2008, political control has been held by the following parties:[1]

Executive Leader Term of office Elections won
Conservative Mike Jones 15 May 2008 – 21 May 2015 2008, 2011
Labour Samantha Dixon 21 May 2015 – present 2015
Cheshire West and Chester Council
Post Cabinet Opposition
Leader Samantha Dixon Lynn Riley
Deputy Leader Louise Gittins Margaret Parker
Adult Social Care Paul Dolan Andrew Dawson
Children and Young People Nicole Meardon Margaret Parker
Communities and Wellbeing Louise Gittins Stuart Parker
Democracy and Workforce Paul Donovan Pamela Hall
Economic Development and Infrastructure Brian Clarke Mark Stocks
Education and Skills Lynn Gibbon
Environment Karen Shore John Leather
Housing Angela Claydon Helen Weltman
Legal and Finance David Armstrong Neil Sullivan

Colour key (for political parties):   Conservative   Labour

Election Conservative Party Independent Labour Party Liberal Democrats UK Independence Party References
2008 55 0 13 4 0
2011 42 0 32 1 0
2015 36 1 38 0 0
Current 35 2 38 0 0 [2]

Committees, boards, panels and working groups[edit]


Health and Wellbeing board
Samantha Dixon
Other councillors
Andrew Dawson
Louise Gittins
Paul Dolan
Other bodies
Cheshire and Wirral Partnership NHS Foundation Trust
Cheshire Constabulary
Countess of Chester Hosiptal
East Cheshire NHS Trust
Healthwatch Cheshire West
Mid Cheshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
NHS England
Vale Royal Clinical Commissioning Group
West Cheshire Clinical Commissioning Group
Alternative Futures Group
Cheshire Fire and Rescue Service
Chester Voluntary Action
ForViva Group
Weaver Vale Housing Trust
Licensing committee
Deputy chair
Brian Jones
Other councillors
Alex Black
Tom Blackmore
Keith Board
Brian Crowe
Myles Hogg
Eleanor Johnson
Tony Lawrenson
Jane Mercer
Peter Rooney
Harry Tonge
Andy Williams
Paul Williams
Norman Wright

Other committees[edit]

  • Appeals
  • Audit and Governance
  • Community Governance Review
  • Local Plan
  • Staffing
  • Standards Dispensation



Ward Councillor Political party Year first elected
Blacon Carol Gahan Labour Party 2015
Marie Nelson 2008
Ben Powell 2017[b]
Boughton Martyn Delaney 2014
Chester City Samantha Dixon 2011
Chester Villages Margaret Parker Conservative Party
Stuart Parker 2008
Davenham and Moulton James Pearson 2015
Gaynor Sinar 2011
Helen Weltman 2008
Doddleston and Huntington Mark Williams
Ellesmere Port Town Jess Crook Labour Party 2015
Mike Edwardson 2018
Elton Stephen Smith Labour Party 2015
Farndon Howard Greenwood Conservative Party 2011
Frodsham Andrew Dawson 2008
Lynn Riley
Garden Quarter Bob Rudd Labour Party 2011
Gowy Eleanor Johnson Conservative Party 2008
Grange Tony Sherlock Labour Party
Great Boughton Keith Board Conservative Party
Pamela Hall
Handbridge Park Razia Daniels
Neil Sullivan 2011
Hartford and Greenbank Susan Kaur 2015
Patricia Parkes
Helsby Alan McKie 2008
Hoole Alex Black Labour Party 2011
Angie Chidley 2015
Kingsley Ralph Oultram Conservative Party 2008
Lache Jane Mercer Labour Party 2015
Ledsham and Manor Gareth Anderson Conservative Party 2008
Peter Rooney Labour Party 2015
Little Neston and Burton Louise Gittins 2011
Nige Jones Conservative Party 2015
Malpas Chris Whitehurst
Marbury Lynn Gibbon
Don Hammond 2011
Norman Wright 2008
Neston Andy Williams Labour Party 2011
Netherpool Diane Roberts
Newton Richard Beacham 2015
Gill Watson
Parkgate Martin Barker Independent
Rossmore Pat Merrick Labour Party 2008
Saughall and Mollington Brian Crowe Conservative Party
Shakerley Mark Stocks
St Paul's Robert Bisset Labour Party 2015
Angela Claydon 2008
Strawbery Mark Henesy 2011
Sutton Paul Donovan 2008
Nicole Meardon 2011
Tarporley Eveleigh Moore Dutton Independent
Tarvin and Kelsall Hugo Deynem Conservative Party 2008
John Leather 2011
Tattenhall Mike Jones 2008
Upton Matt Bryan Labour Party 2015
Jill Houlbrook Conservative Party 2008
Weaver and Cuddington Charles Fifield 2011
Harry Tonge 2015
Paul Williams
Whitby Brian Jones Labour Party 2011
Karen Shore 2015
Willaston and Thornton Myles Hogg Conservative Party 2008
Winnington and Castle Paul Dolan Labour Party 2011
Sam Naylor 2014
Winsford Over and Verdin Michael Baynham Conservative Party 2015
Don Beckett Labour Party 2008
Tom Blackmore 2011
Winsford Swanlow and Dene David Armstrong
Stephen Burns
Winsford Wharton Pamela Booher 2008
Brian Clarke
Witton and Rudheath Val Armstrong 2015
Tony Lawrenson 2011


  1. ^ The first elections to the then shadow authority were held on 1 May 2008, the first meeting was held on 15 May 2008.
  2. ^ Elected as a councillor for St Paul's in 2011, then resigned in 2015.


  1. ^ "Cheshire West and Chester". BBC News Online. 10 May 2011. Retrieved 15 February 2013.
  2. ^ "Your Councillors by Party". Cheshire West and Chester Council. Retrieved 17 September 2016.
  3. ^ "Your Councillors by Ward". Cheshire West and Chester Council. Retrieved 22 April 2017.