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 constituency|
|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|
|Congleton||Fiona Bruce||Conservative Party||2010||URL|
|Crewe and Nantwich||Laura Smith||Labour Party||2017||URL|
|Eddisbury||Antoinette Sandbach||Conservative Party||2015||URL|
|Macclesfield||David Rutley||2010||Lord Commissioner of the Treasury||URL|
|Tatton||Esther McVey||2017||Secretary of State for Work and Pensions||URL|
|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 1]||Website|
|North West England||Louise Bours||UK Independence Party||Alliance for Direct Democracy in Europe||Europe of Freedom and Direct Democracy||2014||URL|
|Jacqueline Foster||Conservative Party||Alliance of European Conservatives and Reformists||European Conservatives and Reformists||1999[Note 2]||URL|
|Theresa Griffin||Labour Party||Party of European Socialists||Progressive Alliance of Socialists and Democrats||2014||URL|
|Sajjad Karim||Conservative Party||Alliance of European Conservatives and Reformists||European Conservatives and Reformists||2004||URL|
|Wajid Khan||Labour Party||Party of European Socialists||Progressive Alliance of Socialists and Democrats||2017||URL|
|Paul Nuttall||UK Independence Party||Alliance for Direct Democracy in Europe||Europe of Freedom and Direct Democracy||2009||URL|
|Julie Ward||Labour Party||Party of European Socialists||Progressive Alliance of Socialists and Democrats||2014||URL|
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 Tuesday 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.
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.