Cheshire West and Chester Council

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Cheshire West and Chester Council
Whole council elected every four years
Cheshire West and Chester (logo).jpg
Houses 1 (Unicameral)
Term limits
Founded 1 April 2009
New session started
19 May 2016 (Municipal year)
Samantha Dixon, Labour
Since 21 May 2015
Bob Rudd, Labour
Since 21 May 2015
Chief Executive
Gerald Meehan
Since July 2016
Seats 75
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)
38 / 75
36 / 75
1 / 75
First past the post (single-member wards)
Plurality-at-large (multi-member wards)
Last election
Next election
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 2008–2015 2008, 2011
Labour Samantha Dixon 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 Jill Houlbrook
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 Lynn Gibbon
Environment Karen Shore John Leather
Housing Angela Claydon Helen Weltman
Legal and Finance David Armstrong Eveleigh Moore Dutton

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 36 1 38 0 0 [2]



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


  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.