Warrington Borough Council is the local authority of Warrington. 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.
In September 2016, Warrington Borough Council became one of the first local councils in the UK to buy clean-tech bonds in Swindon Solar Park through its owner, specialist investment management firm Rockfire Capital.
Warrington Borough Council
Mayor of Warrington
Cllr Wendy Johnson, Labour
since 21st May 2019
Leader of the Council
Cllr Russ Bowden, Labour
since 30th November 2018
Length of term
|5 May 2016|
|7 May 2020|
|Town Hall, Warrington|
The local authority derives its powers and functions from the Local Government Act 1972 and subsequent legislation. For the purposes of local government, the Warrington is within a non-metropolitan area of England. As a unitary authority, Warrington Borough Council has the powers and functions of both a non-metropolitan county and district council combined. In its capacity as a district council it is a billing authority collecting Council Tax and business rates, it processes local planning applications, it is responsible for housing, waste collection and environmental health. In its capacity as a county council it is a local education authority, responsible for social services, libraries and waste disposal.
Elections to Warrington Borough Council were held on 5 May 2011. Twenty seats out of the total of fifty-seven were up for election. The Labour Party gained control of the council which had been run by a Liberal-Democrat/Conservative coalition.2012 Warrington Borough Council election
The 2012 Warrington Borough Council election took place on 3 May 2012 to elect 19 of the 57 members of the Warrington Borough Council in England. They comprised part of the United Kingdom's local elections of 2012.2014 Warrington Borough Council election
The 2014 Warrington Borough Council election took place on 22 May 2014 to elect 19 of the 57 members of the Warrington Borough Council in England. They formed part of the United Kingdom's local elections of 2014.2015 Warrington Borough Council election
The 2015 Warrington Borough Council election took place on 7 May 2015 to elect members of Warrington Borough Council in England. This was on the same day as other local elections.2016 Warrington Borough Council election
The 2016 Warrington Borough Council election took place on 5 May 2016 to elect members of Warrington Borough Council in England. This was on the same day as other local elections.
Following a boundary review, all Warrington Borough Council seats were up for election, for a term of four years. The number of seats rose from 57 to 58.
The Labour Party retained overall control of Warrington Borough Council after taking 45 of the 58 seats.Beamont Collegiate Academy
Beamont Collegiate Academy (formerly William Beamont Community High School) is a mixed secondary school in the Orford area of Warrington, Cheshire, England. The school is named after William Beamont, a Victorian philanthropist and the first mayor of Warrington.
Previously a community school administered by Warrington Borough Council, William Beamont Community High School converted to academy status in 2013 and was renamed Beamont Collegiate Academy. The school is now sponsored by Warrington Collegiate, however the school continues to coordinate with Warrington Borough Council regarding its admissions.
The school moved into a new building in 2016, funded by the Government’s Priority Schools Building Programme, on the same site and constructed by Wates Group.Birchwood Community High School
Birchwood Community High School is a coeducational secondary school and sixth form with academy status, located in the Birchwood area of Warrington in the English county of Cheshire.Previously a community school administered by Warrington Borough Council, Birchwood Community High School converted to academy status on 1 July 2013. However, the school continues to coordinate with Warrington Borough Council regarding its admissions.
Birchwood Community High School offers GCSEs and BTECs as programmes of study for pupils, while students in the sixth form (named Birchwood College) have the option to study from a range of A-levels and further BTECs.David Keane (politician)
David Keane is an English politician, and the current Police and Crime Commissioner for Cheshire, representing the Labour Party. He was elected to the post on 5 May 2016, succeeding the previous incumbent, John Dwyer. He has served as a councillor on Warrington Borough Council since 2001.List of parks and open spaces in Cheshire
This is a list of parks and open spaces in the ceremonial county of Cheshire. It includes urban parks, country parks, woodlands, commons, lakes, walking trails, local nature reserves and other green spaces that are open to the public. Small neighbourhood parks and pocket parks are not included.Rixton Clay Pits
Rixton Clay Pits (also known as Rixton Claypits) is a former clay extraction site in Rixton, near Hollins Green, Warrington, England. Formerly farmland, boulder clay extraction started in the 1920s for brick making in the adjacent brickworks, and ceased in 1965 - since when it has been allowed to return to nature. It is now an area of ponds, scrub, woodland and damp grassland. It is owned and managed by Warrington Borough Council as a local amenity.Two large sections of Rixton Clay Pits, 15 hectares (37 acres) in total, are a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) and a designated Special Area of Conservation, on account of its calcareous grassland communities and because it supports the largest breeding population of Great Crested Newts in Cheshire. The whole was established as a local nature reserve in 1996, and has waymarked paths and a visitor centre.Fishing is permitted on the lake between the two sections of SSSI, and is controlled by the Warrington Anglers Association, the main stock being tench, bream and roach. Carp and pike are also present.Thelwall
Thelwall is a suburban village in Warrington, Cheshire, England, close to the Lymm junction of the M6 motorway.University Academy Warrington
Padgate Academy is a coeducational secondary school with academy status, located in the Padgate area of Warrington in the English county of Cheshire.It was first known as Padgate Community High School and then became Lysander Community High School. The school converted to academy status on 1 January 2013 and was renamed University Academy Warrington. Previously it was a community school under the direct control of Warrington Borough Council. The school continues to coordinate with Warrington Borough Council regarding its admissions.
As of December 2018, the school was rebrokered and became Padgate Academy, sponsored by The Challenge Academy Trust.Walton, Cheshire
Walton is a village and civil parish in Warrington, Cheshire, England.
Walton is at the southwest edge of the town, next to the parish of Stockton Heath. It is also close to Daresbury and Moore, although these are in the neighbouring borough of Halton. Walton is part of the council ward of Hatton, Stretton and Walton.
Walton is divided into Lower Walton and Higher Walton. Higher Walton is south-west of Lower Walton, and is the location of Walton Hall. The estate of Walton Hall and its surrounding gardens, previously owned by the Greenall family, was bought by Warrington Borough Council in 1941 and is now a park with a zoo and municipal golf course.Walton shares its annual church walking day parade with Stockton Heath. The nearest schools are Stockton Heath Primary School and Bridgewater High School.
The name Walton comes from settlement/farmstead of Wealas - native Celts which is what the new Anglo Saxon speaking peoples called the native inhabitants of England.
There is strong evidence that in many areas of England taken over by Germanic speaking settlers, the native British (Wealas) remained undisturbed, farming the same land they did when the Romans left.
Over time they just adopted or forgot their Celtic tongue (similar to Old Welsh/Cornish) for the language and culture of the newcomers in order to climb the social ladder or were coerced to do so.
It was in the Anglo Saxon interest that the native British carry on as usual to ensure the economy produced food and goods for the new landowners.
Higher Walton was the site of a railway accident. On 29 June 1867 two trains collided at Walton Junction due to signal error. The collision killed eight people and injured 73.Walton Hall, Cheshire
Walton Hall is a country house in Walton, Warrington, Cheshire, England. It is recorded in the National Heritage List for England as a designated Grade II listed building. The hall and its surrounding garden and grounds are owned and administered by Warrington Borough Council.Walton Lea Walled Garden
Walton Lea Walled Garden is a walled garden in Warrington, Cheshire, England. The garden is owned by Warrington Borough Council and managed by the Walton Lea Project.Warrington
Warrington () is a large town and unitary authority area in Cheshire, England, on the banks of the River Mersey. It is 20 miles (32 km) east of Liverpool, and 20 miles (32 km) west of Manchester. The population in 2017 was estimated at 209,700, more than double that of 1968 when it became a New Town. Warrington is the largest town in the county of Cheshire.
Warrington was founded by the Romans at an important crossing place on the River Mersey. A new settlement was established by the Saxons. By the Middle Ages, Warrington had emerged as a market town at the lowest bridging point of the river. A local tradition of textile and tool production dates from this time.Historically part of Lancashire, the expansion and urbanisation of Warrington coincided with the Industrial Revolution, particularly after the Mersey was made navigable in the 18th century. The West Coast Main Line runs north to south through the town, and the Liverpool to Manchester railway (the Cheshire Lines route) west to east. The Manchester Ship Canal cuts through the south of the borough (west to east). The M6, M56 and M62 motorways form a partial box around the town.
The modern Borough of Warrington was formed in 1974 with the amalgamation of the former County Borough of Warrington, part of the Golborne Urban District, the Lymm Urban District, part of the Runcorn Rural District, the Warrington Rural District and part of the Whiston Rural District.Warrington Borough Council elections
Warrington is a unitary authority in Cheshire, England. Until 1 April 1998 it was a non-metropolitan district.Warrington Town Hall
Warrington Town Hall is in the town of Warrington, Cheshire, England. It consists of a house, originally called Bank Hall, flanked by two detached service wings at right angles to the house, one on each side. The house and the service wings are each recorded in the National Heritage List for England as designated Grade I listed buildings. Being in that part of the town north of the River Mersey, the house falls within the historic county of Lancashire. The architectural historian Nikolaus Pevsner declared it to be "the finest house of its date in south Lancashire".Warrington West railway station
Warrington West railway station is currently under construction and is planned to serve the Omega Development Site and Chapelford urban village housing estate in Great Sankey, Warrington, England. It will also feature an interchange for bus services as well as a park and ride with parking for 287 cars.The station is to be located west of central Warrington on the existing southern Liverpool to Manchester Line route between Sankey and Warrington Central stations.
Warrington Borough Council applied for funding from the government's New Stations fund but the bid failed. However, the council secured part of the funding through other sources and a planning application was approved in 2015, and it was hoped that construction could begin in 2016, until Network Rail increased the estimated cost by £4 million. A fresh bid to the New Stations Fund was successful, and the station is expected to open in summer 2019.