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Cheshire East is a unitary authority area with borough status in the ceremonial county of Cheshiremarker, Englandmarker.

The borough 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 was an amalgamation of the boroughs of Macclesfieldmarker, Congletonmarker and Crewe and Nantwichmarker, with the other three boroughs of Cheshire County Council making up the authority of Cheshire West and Chestermarker. The decision to create the two unitary authorities was announced on 25 July 2007 following a consultation period, in which a proposal to create a single Cheshire unitary authority was rejected.

Politics and administration

Mayor of Cheshire East ,Councillor Mrs Margaret Simon,at Sandbach Transport Festival
The electoral wards for the new unitary authority currently use the same boundaries as the outgoing Cheshire County Council's electoral divisions, with each ward electing 3 councillors and representing between 8,800 and 12,000 people.. 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 the new 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) and four Independents. The leader of the new authority is 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. The next elections for Cheshire East will be in 2011 when it is anticipated that the current three Councillors per ward system will be replaced by smaller wards (consisting of 3,000 - 3,500 electors) each represented by one Councillor .

The administrative centre for the new council is at Westfields in Sandbachmarker, the former Headquarters of Congleton Borough Councilmarker. The site could be expanded if needed as there is space around the newly built centre.

Local sites of interest

The area is home to a large number of sites of public interest:

  • Tatton Parkmarker is the venue for a variety of events: classical concerts; fireworks displays; classic car shows; open air theatre and the Country Show (massed pipes and drums, sheepdog trials, competitions, crafts fair, and dancing).


  • Gawsworth Hallmarker is a half-timbered hall, and possibly once home to Shakespeare's 'Dark Lady'. Concerts are held in the grounds, and each summer there is an open air theatre season, featuring Shakespearean classics and light opera, comedy, jazz, and drama.






  • Capesthorne Hallmarker is a Jacobean-style stately home which plays host to a variety of events.


  • Alderley Edge is a great sandstone escarpment that overlooks the Cheshire plain. The Edge itself has been mined for copper since at least the time of the Roman invasion, and is the centre of the legend of the Wizard of Alderley, made famous by local author Alan Garner's books The Weirdstone of Brisingamen and The Moon of Gomrath. Nowadays it is said that the Wizard was Merlin, but this is an addition that only appeared over the past thirty years. Tours of the mines are available, but should not be attempted without an experienced guide - the Edge is riddled with mineshafts.




  • Knutsfordmarker is best known as the site where King Canute forded the Lily Stream, and as the home of Victorian author Elizabeth Gaskell, and the town puts on a May Day parade and festival every year.




  • Little Moreton Hallmarker is one of the country's best-preserved half-timbered and moated manor houses.




  • Old Hall Hotelmarker is a Grade I listed building. The Hall is on English Heritage’s Buildings at Risk Register as priority A, this is the highest grading.




Twin town

The former borough of Macclesfield was twinned with Eckernfördemarker, Germany.

References

  1. http://www.cheshireeast.gov.uk/your_council/communication/press_releases/2009/april_2009/mayor-making_launches_ce.aspx
  2. Cheshire (Structural Changes) Order 2008
  3. "People and Places" proposed electoral wards. Retrieval Date: 9 August, 2007.
  4. Cheshire county council elections 2005. Retrieval Date: 9 August, 2007.
  5. Cheshire East home page
  6. Cheshire East elections
  7. Wilmslow Express Council's seat of power is Sandbach
  8. Tatton Park website. Retrieval Date: 1 September 2007.
  9. Gawsworth Hall website. Retrieval Date: 1 September 2007.
  10. Arley Hall and Gardens website. Retrieval Date: 1 September 2007.
  11. Quarry Bank Mill website. Retrieval Date: 1 September 2007.
  12. Capesthorne Hall website. Retrieval Date: 1 September 2007.
  13. Information site about Alderley Edge. Retrieval Date: 1 September 2007.
  14. Wizard of Alderley information. Retrieval Date: 1 September 2007.
  15. St James' and St Paul's Church, Marton information. Retrieval Date: 1 September 2007.
  16. History of Knutsford. Virtual Knutsford website. Retrieval date: 1 September 2007.
  17. Lyme Park Information. National Trust website. Retrieval Date: 1 September 2007.
  18. Details of twinning arrangements. Macclesfield Borough Official Website. Retrieval Date: 25 September, 2007.


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