Cheshire West and Chester Council

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Cheshire West and Chester Council
Cheshire West and Chester (logo).jpg
Council logo
Houses 1
Founded 1 April 2009
Samantha Dixon, Labour
Bob Rudd, Labour
Chief Executive
Gerald Meehan
Seats 75 councillors
38 / 75
36 / 75
1 / 75
First past the post
Last election
Next election
Meeting place
HQ, Chester

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 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
Conservative Mike Jones 2008–2015 2008, 2011
Labour Samantha Dixon 2015–present 2015
Cheshire West and Chester Council
Post Executuve 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 Lynn Gibbon
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]


  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.