A Letter from Nantwich update 

April 2008                                                 Update: Result | Update: the new Council

The first step

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 wards.

   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 ward, covering 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.

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How they did in the Nantwich Unitary Ward

  • Arthur Moran (Nantwich Independent), 1,786 votes (15.2% of the votes cast)

  • Andrew Edwin Martin (Conservative), 1,776 votes (15.1%)

  • Brian Herbert Dykes (Conservative), 1,546 votes (13.1%)

The turnout was 37.9%


lA third Conservative candidate, Richard Charles McCay (Conservative) received 1,368 (11.6%) giving him the fourth highest number of votes.

lThe first two listed are both members of Nantwich Town Council.

lFor the full results go to the Cheshire East Joint Committee website.


Seats in the Shadow Cheshire East Council


Conservatives  59

Liberal Democrats  12

Labour  6

Middlewich First  3

Nantwich Independent  1

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