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The Council

Cheshire West and Chester is a council that helps you to play your part to make a difference.  We have a great reputation locally and nationally, made possible by amazing colleagues working together to achieve great things and with ambitious plans for the future.

Our vital services touch people’s lives every day. With almost 3,500 employees, we are responsible for well-known services such as social care, schools, housing, planning and waste collection, but there is much more to what we do, such as supporting businesses, registering births, deaths and marriages, pest control and more.


We are at the cutting edge of doing things differently. We work closely with a range of organisations and local people to make our area fairer, greener and stronger.

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Covering an area of 354 square miles with 344,000 residents, we are located at the heart of the North West of England. We have strong urban and rural communities. Chester, the borough’s city, is a site of historical importance as one of the UK’s best‐preserved walled cities.

The wider borough is characterised by a distinct rural/urban identity. The industrial towns of Ellesmere Port, Winsford and Northwich stand alongside remarkable countryside.  This contributes to 37 million people who visit the borough each year.  Strategically placed alongside the major conurbations of Merseyside and Greater Manchester, the borough also benefits from strong relationships with North Wales. 

With Liverpool and Manchester airports just 30 minutes away, London just two hours by train and easy access to the M6 and M56 motorways, you are always just a short journey away from wherever you want to be.

Our vision

We will play our part in building greener, fairer and stronger communities.

Working alongside our residents, public services, and businesses, we will harness the strengths, hopes and dreams of communities, so that fewer people will be held back or left behind.

Our vision presents an exciting future where we work together with our partners, charities, businesses and communities to build a thriving borough.

We believe that lasting change
is needed to:

  • tackle the climate emergency

  • deliver a fairer future for all

  • see more children and young people have a better start in life

  • create more good jobs

  • have healthier communities living longer, more independent lives

  • see more neighbourhoods that are great places to call home

  • ensure the Council is efficient and empowering.


Find out more about the Council in our Council Plan 2020-2024, Play your part to thrive.

You can also read about our plans for recovery and renewal following COVID-19, Stronger Futures.

Our values

Developed in collaboration with our colleagues, our THRIVE values underpin how we act in everything we do.

These values give us purpose and direction.  They ensure that all employees can contribute to the Council’s vision and play their part in helping achieve it. 


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