The single tier, unitary, structure
On 1st April 2009 a single tier, or unitary, structure was introduced to Cheshire. Cheshire West & Chester (CWCC) and Cheshire East (CEC) were established. These two councils are entirely autonomous. Bollington is served by Cheshire East.
The Cheshire East council area encompasses Macclesfield, Congleton and Crewe & Nantwich. This is a piece of land stretching from the north east to the south west of the whole county of Cheshire.
Cheshire East Council is the third-largest unitary authority in the North West by area, after Liverpool and Manchester. Cheshire East has a population of 360,700, and the council employs c.14,000 staff. The budget in 2009/10 was £234.1 million. This has been significally reduce in the years since. The headquarters is Westfields, a modern office building off Middlewich Road, Sandbach. It is also close to the centre of the new area. There is no council chamber at Westfields, so meetings are held in Macclesfield, Congleton and Crewe. Cheshire East is a Borough, having its own mayor. There are also thoughts to have Town Councils (like Bollington’s) in the major towns each with a mayor – Macclesfield has now set this up.
The political representation on the council comprises 81 councillors, led by a Conservative majority. The leadership is organised into a Cabinet of nine, each specialising in a particular subject portfolio. The portfolios are:
Strategic Communities, Environment, Children & Family Services, Health & Adult Social Care, Corporate Policy, Communities & Regulatory Services, Housing Planning Economic Development & Regeneration, Performance, Finance,
A mayor of East Cheshire is appointed by the council each year in May.
Whither Cheshire county?
As a geographic county Cheshire continues to exist as it has done for centuries. It just no longer has a single council governing all of it.
Bollington Town Council continues as the lowest level of local government, having Parish Council status. Town councillors and their staff relate to CEC. Bollington Town Council web site.
3 Bollington town councillors representing each ward (East, Central or West Bollington).
2 CEC councillors representing Bollington & Higher Hurdsfield.