Coat of arms
Emblem of Cheshire East Council
Cheshire East shown within Cheshire
|Sovereign state||United Kingdom|
|Region||North West England|
|Established||1 April 2009|
|Administrative HQ||Sandbach (Westfields)|
|• Type||Unitary authority|
|• Body||Cheshire East Council|
|• Leadership||Leader and cabinet|
|• Executive||Labour and Independent coalition|
|• Leader||Sam Cocoran|
|• Mayor||Barry Burkhill|
|• Chief Executive||Kath O'Dwyer (Acting)|
|• Total||450 sq mi (1,166 km2)|
|• Density||840/sq mi (324/km2)|
|• Ethnicity||96.7% white|
|Time zone||UTC+0 (Greenwich Mean Time)|
|Dialling codes||01260 (Congleton)|
01477 (Holmes Chapel)
|NUTS 3 code||UKD62|
|MPs||Fiona Bruce (C)|
Laura Smith (L)
Antoinette Sandbach (C)
David Rutley (C)
Esther McVey (C)
|European Parliament||North West England|
|Ambulance service||North West|
The borough council was established in April 2009 as part of the 2009 structural changes to local government in England, by virtue of an order under the Local Government and Public Involvement in Health Act 2007. It is an amalgamation of the former boroughs of Macclesfield, Congleton and Crewe and Nantwich, and includes the functions of the former Cheshire County Council. The residual part of the disaggregated former County Council, together with the other three former Cheshire borough councils (Chester City, Ellesmere Port & Neston and Vale Royal) were, similarly, amalgamated to create the new unitary council of Cheshire West and Chester.
Cheshire East lies within North West England. It borders Cheshire West and Chester to the west, Greater Manchester to the north, Derbyshire to the east as well as Staffordshire and Shropshire to the south. It is home to the Cheshire Plain and the southern hills of the Pennines. The local geology is mostly glacial clay, as well as glacial sands and gravel.
|All totals rounded to nearest hundred|
According to the 2011 Census, ethnic white groups (British, Irish, Other) account for 96.7% of the population (357,940 people), with 3.3% of the population (12,187 people) being in ethnic groups other than white (Asian, Black, Other).
A breakdown of religious groups and denominations:
The 52 wards of Cheshire East are:
|Ward||Civil parishes[Note 1]
and unparished areas
|House of Commons|
|Alderley Edge||Alderley Edge||Tatton|
|Dodcott cum Wilkesley|
|Warmingham||Crewe and Nantwich|
|Broken Cross and Upton||Macclesfield||Macclesfield|
|Aston juxta Mondrum|
|Crewe Central||Crewe||Crewe and Nantwich|
|Shavington cum Gresty|
|Crewe St Barnabas||Crewe|
|Leighton||Crewe||Crewe and Nantwich|
|Macclesfield West and Ivy||Macclesfield|
|Nantwich North and West||Nantwich||Crewe and Nantwich|
|Nantwich South and Stapeley||Batherton|
|Prestbury||Mottram St Andrew||Macclesfield|
|Sandbach Ettiley Heath and Wheelock||Sandbach|
|Sandbach Heath and East||Sandbach|
|Shavington||Shavington cum Gresty||Crewe and Nantwich|
|Willaston and Rope||Rope|
|Wilmslow Dean Row||Wilmslow||Tatton|
|Wilmslow Lacey Green||Styal|
|Wilmslow West and Chorley||Chorley|
|Wistaston||Willaston||Crewe and Nantwich|
|Marbury cum Quoisley|
|Wrenbury cum Frith|
|Wybunbury||Blakenhall||Crewe and Nantwich|
|Checkley cum Wrinehill|
|Constituency||Member of Parliament||Political party||Year first elected||Notes||Website||Parliamentary profile|
|Congleton||Fiona Bruce||Conservative Party||2010||Website||Profile|
|Crewe and Nantwich||Laura Smith||Labour Party||2017||Shadow Minister (Cabinet Office)||Website||Profile|
|Eddisbury||Antoinette Sandbach||Conservative Party||2015||Website||Profile|
|Macclesfield||David Rutley||2010||Lord Commissioner of the Treasury||Website||Profile|
|Tatton||The Rt Hon. Esther McVey||2017||Website||Profile|
|MPs in Cheshire East, 2008 onwards[Note 2]|
|Congleton||Ann Winterton||Fiona Bruce|
|Crewe and Nantwich||Edward Timpson||Laura Smith|
|Eddisbury||Stephen O'Brien||Antoinette Sandbach|
|Macclesfield||Sir Nicholas Winterton||David Rutley|
|Tatton||George Osborne||Esther McVey|
|Constituency||Member of the European Parliament||National political party||European political party||European Parliament group||Year first elected[Note 2]||Website||Parliamentary profile|
|North West England||Jane Brophy||Liberal Democrats||Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe Party||Renew Europe||2019||Website||Profile|
|David Bull||Brexit Party||None||Non-Inscrits||2019||Website||Profile|
|Chris Davies||Liberal Democrats||Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe Party||Renew Europe||1999
|Gina Dowding||Green Party of England and Wales||European Green Party||The Greens - European Free Alliance||2019||Profile|
|Claire Fox||Brexit Party||None||Non-Inscrits||2019||Profile|
|Theresa Griffin||Labour Party||Party of European Socialists||Progressive Alliance of Socialists and Democrats||2014||Website||Profile|
|Henrik Overgaard-Nielsen||Brexit Party||None||Non-Inscrits||2019||Profile|
|Julie Ward||Labour Party||Party of European Socialists||Progressive Alliance of Socialists and Democrats||2014||Website||Profile|
|Last election||Next election|
At the last Cheshire County Council election in 2005 there were 15 Conservative controlled wards, 6 Labour controlled wards, 5 Liberal Democrat controlled wards and 1 ward controlled by an independent within the unitary authority boundaries.
The first elections for Cheshire East Council took place on 1 May 2008, with the Conservative Party taking overall control. The Conservatives took 59 of the 81 seats with the others being held by the Liberal Democrats (12), Labour (6), 3 members of Middlewich First and one Independent. The first leader of the authority was Wesley Fitzgerald who was elected at Cheshire East's inaugural meeting on 13 May 2008. Wesley Fitzgerald is a Councillor for the Wilmslow South ward. Having decided in February 2012 to step down, a leadership contest was triggered. Michael Jones – a relatively new councillor having been elected in the May 2011 elections – was elected as the Leader of the Conservative Group on 17 March 2012.
The administrative centre for Cheshire East Council is Westfields in Sandbach, the former Headquarters of Congleton Borough Council. The site could be expanded if needed as there is space around the newly built centre. Cheshire East is an observer member of the Association of Greater Manchester Authorities of Greater Manchester, which borders Cheshire to the north.
Motorways and primary routes in the borough which are maintained by Highways England (trunk roads de jure) include the M6, M56 and the A556. Other primary routes which are maintained by the council (principal roads de jure) include the A6, A34, A49, A50, A51, A54, A56, A500, A523, A525, A530, A534, A536, A537, A538, A555, A556, A5020 and A5033.
A556 Knutsford to Bowdon Improvement: A new five-mile four-lane dual-carriageway bypass of Bucklow Hill and Mere Crossroads on the A556 is currently under construction by Highways England at a cost of between £165-£221 million. The new road will also contain the first 'green bridge' wildlife crossing in the United Kingdom. The existing road will be narrowed to one lane in each direction and re-designated as the B5569 under the maintenance of Cheshire East Council.
M6 Junctions 16-19: Smart Motorway: Highways England are preparing to convert the hard shoulder to a permanent running lane and introduce a variable speed limit along this section of the M6, meaning that it will become the first smart motorway in Cheshire. The scheme is expected to cost between £192-£274 million.
Crewe Green Link Road South: A dual-carriageway extension of Crewe Green Link Road is being constructed between the A5020 and Weston Gate Roundabout on the A500 by Cheshire East Council at a cost of £26.5 million.
LED improvements: The Cheshire East Council, for multiple years now, has been investing in LEDs (light emitting diodes) as they are energy-efficient lights that are more likely to avoid sleepiness on the road as of their blue tint.
The area is home to a large number of sites of public interest:
Twinning remains active in the Crewe and Nantwich area. The town of Crewe began twinning with the town of Mâcon in France in 1957. This continued when the borough of Crewe and Nantwich was formed in 1974. The borough added the town of Bischofsheim in Germany in 1991. In 2003 the administration of twinning was passed to CANTA, the Crewe and Nantwich Twinning Association, a voluntary association supported by the borough. The association immediately added Dzierżoniów in Poland as a Friendship Town. The association has received continuing support from Cheshire East after the borough became part of the new authority.
Elections to the newly created Cheshire East Council took place on 1 May 2008. Elections occurred in all 27 wards, with each ward returning three councillors to the council. The wards were identical to the former Cheshire County Council wards.
From May 2008 until April 2009, the elected members formed a "shadow" council, which made preparations for the changeover from the county and borough structure to the new unitary authority structure. Thereafter, the members serve for two years from May 2009 with the next elections are scheduled for May 2011.2011 Cheshire East Council election
Elections to Cheshire East Council took place on Thursday 5 May 2011. Elections occurred in all 52 wards, with each ward returning between one and three councillors to the council.
The wards were all new, having been created in a boundary review which took effect in January 2011. They replaced the previous 27 three-seat wards used in the 2008 election, which were identical to the former Cheshire County Council wards.2015 Cheshire East Council election
The 2015 Cheshire East Council election took place on 7 May 2015 to elect members of the Cheshire East Council in England. They occurred on the same day as other local elections.2019 Cheshire East Council election
Elections to Cheshire East Council took place on Thursday 2 May 2019 in all 52 wards, with each ward returning between one and three councillors to the council. The Conservative party party lost overall control of the council, losing 17 seats; the Labour party gained 9 seats, independents gained 6 and the Liberal Democrats gained 2.Agden, Cheshire East
Agden is a civil parish in the Borough of Cheshire East and the ceremonial county of Cheshire, England. It is near High Legh, and about 15 miles (24 km) south-west from Manchester City Centre. It is the site of Agden Hall. According to the 2001 census, the population of the civil parish was 142. Because the population is so small, it does not have a parish council, instead, relying on a parish meeting.Cheshire East (European Parliament constituency)
Prior to its uniform adoption of proportional representation in 1999, the United Kingdom used first-past-the-post for the European elections in England, Scotland and Wales. The European Parliament constituencies used under that system were smaller than the later regional constituencies and only had one Member of the European Parliament each.
The constituency of Cheshire East was one of them.
From 1979 to 1984, it consisted of the Westminster Parliament constituencies of Crewe, Hazel Grove, Knutsford, Macclesfield, Newton, Runcorn, and Warrington. From 1984 to 1994, it consisted of Congleton, Crewe and Nantwich, Macclesfield, Staffordshire Moorlands, Tatton, Warrington North, and Warrington South. From 1994 to 1999, it consisted of Altrincham and Sale, Halton, Macclesfield, Manchester Wythenshawe, Tatton, Warrington North, and Warrington South.Cheshire East Council
Cheshire East Council is the local authority of Cheshire East, Cheshire, England. 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. After an election in May 2019, no party holds overall control.Cheshire East Council elections
Cheshire East is a unitary authority in Cheshire, England. It was created on 1 April 2009 replacing Congleton, Crewe and Nantwich, Macclesfield and Cheshire County Council.Chorley, Cholmondeley
Chorley is a hamlet (at SJ574511) and civil parish in the unitary authority of Cheshire East and the ceremonial county of Cheshire, England. The hamlet lies 5 miles to the west of Nantwich and 6 miles to the north east of Malpas. The total population is a little over a hundred people. Nearby villages include Faddiley, Norbury, Ravensmoor and Wrenbury.
It should not be confused with the civil parish of Chorley near the town of Alderley Edge, also in Cheshire East.Chorlton, Cheshire East
Chorlton is a village SJ728504 and civil parish in the unitary authority of Cheshire East and the ceremonial county of Cheshire, England. The village lies 4 miles to the south east of Crewe. Nearby villages include Betley, Hough, Shavington, Weston and Wybunbury. The Crewe to Stafford railway line runs north to south through the parish.
According to the 2001 census, the parish had a population of 113, increasing to 897 at the 2011 Census.Civil parishes in Cheshire
A civil parish is a country subdivision, forming the lowest unit of local government in England. There are 333 civil parishes in the ceremonial county of Cheshire, most of the county being parished. At the 2001 census, there were 565,259 people living in 332 parishes, accounting for 57.5 per cent of the county's population.Eaton, Cheshire East
Eaton is a village and civil parish in the unitary authority of Cheshire East and the ceremonial county of Cheshire, England. According to the 2001 census, the population of the civil parish was 289. Congleton is the nearest large town.Grade II* listed buildings in Cheshire
The county of Cheshire is divided into four unitary authorities: Cheshire West and Chester, Cheshire East, Warrington, and Halton.
As there are 390 Grade II* listed buildings in the county they have been split into separate lists for each unitary authority.
Grade II* listed buildings in Cheshire West and Chester
Grade II* listed buildings in Cheshire East
Grade II* listed buildings in Warrington
Grade II* listed buildings in Halton (borough)List of Cheshire settlements by population
This is a list of settlements in Cheshire by population based on the results of the 2011 census. The next United Kingdom census will take place in 2021. In 2011, there were 25 built-up area subdivisions with 5,000 or more inhabitants in Cheshire, shown in the table below.List of schools in Cheshire East
This is a list of schools in Cheshire East, a unitary authority in Cheshire, England.Macclesfield College
Macclesfield College is a Further Education College in Macclesfield, Cheshire which primarily offers BTEC and NVQ qualifications. The college is noted within the local area as an aerospace engineering college as it possesses a small plane for its engineering students.
The college also offers A levels, which are primarily sited in the LZ6 block on campus. The college also shares its campus with The Macclesfield Academy. Other local high schools include Fallibroome High School, Tytherington High School, Henbury High School. The College Principal is Simon Andrews.Moston, Cheshire East
Moston is a civil parish, containing the small village of Moston Green in the unitary authority of Cheshire East and the ceremonial county of Cheshire, England. According to the 2001 Official UK Census, the population of the entire civil parish was 375, increasing to 405 at the 2011 Census.Sutton Lane Ends
Sutton Lane Ends or Sutton is a semi-rural village and civil parish, approximately one mile south of Macclesfield; it includes the hamlets of Gurnett and Jarman. Sutton is in the unitary authority of Cheshire East and the ceremonial county of Cheshire, England. The rivers Bollin and Rosendale run through Sutton Lane Ends, as does the Macclesfield Canal.
The population of the entire civil parish is 2,464. In the past, the community was centred on farming, forestry and textiles; however, since these industries declined, most of the population now travel to nearby Macclesfield or Manchester for employment.Sutton Lane Ends has had an Anglican church, Sutton St. James, since 1840. The community of Sutton is served by a village shop, primary school (Hollinhey Primary School) and five public houses.Willaston, Cheshire East
Willaston is a civil parish and village in the unitary authority of Cheshire East and the ceremonial county of Cheshire, in north-west England. It has a population of 2,277 people according to the 2001 census, increasing to 3,104 at the 2011 Census.
It is approximately three miles west of Crewe town centre and two miles east of Nantwich town centre.
Neighbouring ceremonial counties and principal areas