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9 June: In the general election, the Labour party gains Crewe and Nantwich, Warrington South and Weaver Vale and holds City of Chester, Ellesmere Port and Neston, Halton and Warrington North, while the Conservative party retains Congleton, Eddisbury, Macclesfield and Tatton.

11 May: Chester Storyhouse, a new theatre, cinema and library complex, opens in a grade-II-listed, Art Deco former cinema.

26 April: Esther McVey is selected as the Conservative candidate for the constituency of Tatton.

20 April: The North Approach Viaduct to the Mersey Gateway is completed.

19 April: George Osborne, former Chancellor of the Exchequer, and recently appointed editor of the London Evening Standard, decides not to stand for re-election to the constituency of Tatton.

23 January: The Prime Minister, Theresa May, chairs a regional cabinet meeting at Daresbury Laboratory near Warrington at which she unveils her industrial strategy for the UK.

19 January: Cheshire Constabulary announces that it is investigating more than 200 reports of alleged sex abuse involving 83 young footballers. BBC

10 January: Cheshire East, Cheshire West and Chester and Warrington gain "cultural destination" recognition from the Arts Council and VisitEngland, with a £300,000 grant to improve arts and culture provision across the county. Cheshire East, Arts Council England

2 January: Government plans for a new garden village in North Cheshire are announced. BBC


15 December: The first phase of the Barons Quay retail and leisure complex opens in Northwich. BBC

15 December: Cheshire East's revised local plan, including 36,000 new houses, is approved by the government planning inspector. BBC

5 December: The Macclesfield-born sculptor Helen Marten wins the Turner Prize, shortly after winning the inaugural Hepworth Prize. BBC

29 November: Chester wins the EC's Access City Award for the city's ease of access by the elderly or disabled. Cheshire West & Chester

28 November: Cyclists Jason Kenny, Laura Kenny and Sarah Storey are shortlisted for the BBC Sports Personality of the Year Award. BBC

16 November: Dee Valley Water, which supplies the Chester area, is bought by Severn Trent. BBC

15 November: Phase 2 of the high-speed HS2 rail line, including a link between Crewe and Manchester, will go ahead. BBC

8 November: The Chester Castle Propylaeum reopens after restoration. Cheshire West & Chester

2 November: Foundations believed to be of the gateway to the Roman fortress of Deva are discovered during repairs to the Northgate of Chester city walls. Cheshire West & Chester

27 October: The first cable is installed on the Mersey Gateway bridge.

19 October: The trial starts of eight people who campaigned against test drilling at Upton by Chester, a potential fracking site. BBC

3 October: Debt across Cheshire's NHS trusts increased from £5 million in 2014–15 to £77 million in 2015–16. BBC

30 September: A silver Roman pendant with a carved carnelian depicting a gladiator or soldier is found at Farndon. BBC

21 September: The restoration of Nantwich Aqueduct, Acton, wins the restoration and historic environment category of the Living Waterways Awards. Cheshire East

9 & 19 September: University technical colleges open in Crewe and Warrington. Crewe Guardian, Warrington Guardian

16 September: A £300 million redevelopment of the Northgate area of Chester, to include a cinema and market hall, gains approval. Cheshire West & Chester

8–17 September: Disley cyclist Sarah Storey and Poynton cyclist Sophie Thornhill win gold medals in the Paralympics, with Storey becoming the most successful female British Paralympian. BBC 12

6 September: The Tour of Britain men's cycling race third stage, from Congleton to Tatton Park in Cheshire East, is won by Ian Stannard. Cheshire East, BBC

12–17 August: In the Summer Olympics, Knutsford cyclists Laura Trott and Jason Kenny win two and three gold medals, respectively; Cheshire rower Matthew Langridge wins a gold medal in the men's eight; and Crewe-born trampolinist Bryony Page wins a silver medal. BBC 1,2, 3

12 August: Chester Zoo successfully breeds the Montserrat tarantula, Cyrtopholis femoralis, for the first time in captivity. BBC

10 August: The Lion Salt Works wins the best heritage project in the National Lottery Awards. BBC

9 August: Cheshire landowner Gerald Grosvenor, 6th Duke of Westminster, of Eaton Hall, dies suddenly at the age of 64. BBC

6 August: A history-of-medicine museum, 'Sick to Death', opens in the Water Tower and Bonewaldesthorne's Tower on Chester's city walls. Cheshire West & Chester

6 August: The newly rebuilt and extended museum at Norton Priory opens.

5 August: Six months after Warrington band Viola Beach's members died in a car accident, their debut album reaches number one. BBC

3 August: Four further education colleges – South Cheshire College, Crewe, West Cheshire College, Chester and Ellesmere Port, Mid Cheshire College, Hartford, and Warrington Collegiate – announce that they will merge in 2017–18. Crewe Chronicle

27 July: The King's School, Macclesfield, gains planning permission to build a new school on a green-belt site in Prestbury. BBC

13 July: GHA Coaches, which provided school bus services across the county, stops operating. Cheshire West & Chester

26 June: Daresbury Hall, a grade II* listed building, is severely damaged by fire.

22 June: The Lion Salt Works is shortlisted for the best heritage project in the National Lottery Awards. Cheshire West & Chester

5 May: David Keane is elected police commissioner for Cheshire. Liverpool Echo

21 March: An exhibition on the Gothic Revival in Cheshire opens at the Grosvenor Museum in Chester. Cheshire West and Chester

20 March: An exhibition commemorating the 75th anniversary of Macclesfield Synagogue opens in Macclesfield. Cheshire East

4 March: The Lion Salt Works restoration wins the conservation award at the Civic Trust Awards. Civic Trust Awards

4 March: Consultation opens on Cheshire East's revised local plan. Cheshire East

1 March: Disused offices in Runcorn are going to be converted into a "healthy new town" providing 800 dwellings.

29 February: Cheshire East includes an extra 7,000 houses in its local plan, to include greenbelt sites near Knutsford, Macclesfield and Wilmslow. BBC

25 February: Listed railway viaducts at Holmes Chapel and Peover Superior, as well as railway bridges at Crewe, Rudheath and Davenham, reopen after refurbishment. Place North West

22 February: DONG Energy announce the first plant to convert unsorted household waste into biogas, to be built in Northwich. CIWM Journal

22 February: Restoration work commences on the Chester Castle Propylaeum. Cheshire West and Chester

21 February: An exhibition celebrating the fiftieth anniversary of the Brazilian World Cup football team's visit to Lymm opens. BBC

13 February: The four members of Warrington band Viola Beach are killed in a car accident in Sweden. BBC

13 February: Two hoards of Roman and Iron Age coins and jewellery found in Knutsford and Malpas go on display at the Museum of Liverpool. BBC

7 February: Retired gymnast Beth Tweddle is injured participating in the reality show, The Jump. BBC

3 February: SSE announces its intention to close three of the four units at Fiddlers Ferry power station in Widnes. BBC

1 February: Chester Zoo announces the successful breeding of tuatara lizards for the first time outside New Zealand. BBC

26 January: The Victorian public baths in Chester reopen after repairs to the glass roofs. Cheshire West

18 January: The Cheshire Show becomes the Royal Cheshire County Show. Wilmslow Guardian

15 January: Rachel Bailey is elected leader of the Conservatives, the largest party in Cheshire East Council, after Michael Jones stood down in December. BBC

12–15 January: Stargazing Live is broadcast from the Jodrell Bank Observatory. BBC

15 January: Children's shoes are found during archeological excavations in Quarry Bank Mill gardens. BBC

12 January: Police evict anti-fracking protesters who have camped at Upton by Chester since April 2014. BBC

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