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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

A stronger future where we all play our part in thriving, caring and sustainable communities.

Our six missions

Starting well:

The best start for our children and young people, with improved opportunity, a healthier start, greater resilience in families and the best possible support and care when it is needed.

Tackling hardship and poverty:

More people feel more financially secure as the causes and impact of hardship and poverty are addressed by working alongside residents.

Resilient people living their best lives:

Local people are enabled to flourish, be healthy, happy and independent for longer in supportive communities.

Opportunity in a fair local economy:

Local people and businesses contribute to and benefit from a strong and fair local economy.

Neighbourhood pride:

Residents live in well maintained, connected and safe places with good and affordable homes.

Greener communities:

Individuals, public services and businesses take action to move to tackle the climate emergency, achieve net zero, protect the natural environment and adapt to the impact of climate change.

Find out more about the plan for the Borough 2024 - 2028, Play your part towards a Stronger Future.

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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