WE have now received the official poll card
and a leaflet about the May 1 elections for an 81-councillor shadow
Cheshire East Council. That's three councillors for each of the 27
The leaflet includes a map
showing the new council area covering three of the six current district council
areas of Cheshire - Crewe and Nantwich District (8 unitary wards), Congleton District
(7) and Macclesfield
District (12), along with the current unitary
wards. In Crewe and Nantwich, Cholmondeley, in the west, is the largest
about two thirds of the district and Doddington, in the east, covering
nearly a quarter.
The remaining part of the
district is taken up with the four Crewe wards - north, south, east and
west - Nantwich and Rope. These are, as I say, the current wards and
districts of Cheshire County Council. There is no indication about
whether these will stay in existence after the new council comes into
being on April 1, 2009, or whether it will become just one large area.
On May 1, voters in the Nantwich
unitary ward will be voting for three councillors to the Shadow
Council. This council will make arrangements for the functions of the current
councils to be transferred to the new authority. Until next year, the
present councils will continue to deliver the services.