Congleton (borough)


Congleton was, from 1974 to 2009, a local government district with borough status in Cheshire, England. It included the towns of Congleton, Alsager, Middlewich and Sandbach. The headquarters of the borough council were located in Sandbach.

Borough of Congleton

Shown within Cheshire
History
  OriginCongleton Municipal Borough
Alsager Urban District
Middlewich Urban District
Sandbach Urban District
Congleton Rural District.
  Created1 April 1974
  Abolished31 March 2009
  Succeeded byCheshire East
StatusNon-metropolitan district
ONS code13UC
  HQWestfields, Sandbach

Creation


The borough was formed on 1 April 1974 under the Local Government Act 1972 by the merger of the former borough of Congleton, the urban districts of Alsager, Middlewich and Sandbach, and the Congleton Rural District.

Chairmen of Congleton Rural District Council (1894-1974)

Civil parishes


Congleton was divided into 23 civil parishes and included no unparished areas. Of the 23 civil parishes, four were administered at this level of local government by town councils: Alsager, Middlewich, Sandbach, and Congleton; with the remainder having parish councils.[1] There are two pairs of civil parishes that are grouped together so that they share a parish council. These are Hulme Walfield and Somerford Booths, whose single parish council is called "Hulme Walfield and Somerford Booths Parish Council", and Newbold Astbury and Moreton cum Alcumlow, whose single parish council is called "Newbold Astbury-cum-Moreton Parish Council".[1]

The following civil parishes were included in the borough:

Demographics


The resident population of the borough, as measured in the 2001 Census, was 90,655, of which 49 per cent were male and 51 per cent were female.

Religion

The percentage of people of each religion in the borough (trom the Census 2001):[2]

Stated religionPercentage
Christian81.46%
Buddhist0.12%
Hindu0.11%
Jewish0.06%
Muslim0.17%
Sikh0.04%
Other religions0.16%
No religion11.46%
Religion not stated6.43%

Elections and political control


Congleton was divided into 20 borough wards which elected a total of 48 councillors to the borough council. The following tables provide the names of these wards and show the composition of the council by political party at 31 March 2009.[3]

Ward Number of
Councillors
Ward Number of
Councillors
Alsager Central 2 Alsager East 2
Alsager West 2 Astbury 1
Brereton 1 Buglawton 2
Congleton Central 2 Congleton North 2
Congleton North West 2 Congleton South 3
Congleton West 3 Dane Valley 2
Holmes Chapel 3 Lawton 2
Middlewich Cledford 3 Middlewich Kinderton 3
Odd Rode 3 Sandbach East 3
Sandbach North 3 Sandbach West 3

The office of mayor was filled by one of the councillors after a ballot amongst all the councillors, and the last holder of the position was a member of the Liberal Democrat party.

Party Councillors
Conservative 25
Liberal Democrat 13
Middlewich First 6
Independent 4

Education in the Borough of Congleton


Abolition


In 2006 the Department for Communities and Local Government considered reorganising Cheshire's administrative structure as part of the 2009 structural changes to local government in England. The decision to merge the boroughs of Congleton, Macclesfield, and Crewe and Nantwich to create a single unitary authority was announced on 25 July 2007, following a consultation period in which a proposal to create a single Cheshire unitary authority was rejected.[4]

The Borough of Congleton was abolished on 1 April 2009, when the new Cheshire East unitary authority was formed.[5]

Freedom of the Borough


The following people and military units have received the Freedom of the Borough of Congleton.

Individuals

Glyn Chambers Chief Executive Congleton Borough Council : 2009

Military Units

[6]

References


  1. "Parish Councils". Congleton Borough Council. Archived from the original on 9 November 2007. Retrieved 1 December 2008.
  2. "Key Figures for 2001 Census: Census Area Statistics". neighbourhood.statistics.gov.uk. Retrieved 28 June 2008.
  3. "Your Councillors". Congleton Borough Council. Archived from the original on 20 October 2007. Retrieved 27 November 2008.
  4. BBC News, 25 July 2007 - County split into two authorities. Retrieval Date: 25 July 2007.
  5. Cheshire (Structural Changes) Order 2008 Archived 17 May 2009 at the Wayback Machine
  6. Alcock, Joan P. (2014). Congleton Through Time. ISBN 9781445635736.