Cannock Chase District
Cannock Chase, the landscape which gives its name to the district.
Cannock Chase, the landscape which gives its name to the district.
Cannock Chase shown within Staffordshire
Cannock Chase shown within Staffordshire
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Constituent countryEngland
RegionWest Midlands
Non-metropolitan countyStaffordshire
StatusNon-metropolitan district
Admin HQCannock
Incorporated1 April 1974
 • TypeNon-metropolitan district council
 • BodyCannock Chase Council
 • MPAmanda Milling
 • Total30.5 sq mi (78.9 km2)
 • Rank219th (of 296)
 • Total100,590
 • Rank239th (of 296)
 • Density3,300/sq mi (1,300/km2)
Ethnicity (2021)
 • Ethnic groups
Religion (2021)
 • Religion
Time zoneUTC0 (GMT)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+1 (BST)
ONS code41UB (ONS)
E07000192 (GSS)
OS grid referenceSK0200614806

Cannock Chase is a local government district in Staffordshire, England. It is named after and covers a large part of Cannock Chase, a designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. The council is based in the town of Cannock. The district also contains the towns of Hednesford and Rugeley, as well as a number of villages and surrounding rural areas.

The district borders South Staffordshire to the west, the Borough of Stafford to the north, Lichfield District to the east, and the Metropolitan Borough of Walsall to the south.


The district was created on 1 April 1974 under the Local Government Act 1972, covering two former districts plus a single parish from a third, which were all abolished at the same time:[3]

The new district was named Cannock Chase after the landscape and former royal forest which covers much of the area.[4]


Cannock Chase Council
Alan Pearson,
since 24 May 2023[5]
Tony Johnson,
since 24 May 2023
Tim Clegg[a]
since 1 June 2021[6]
Seats41 councillors
Political groups
Administration (23)
  Labour (18)
  Green (5)
Other parties (18)
  Conservative (18)
First past the post
Last election
4 May 2023
Next election
2 May 2024
Meeting place
Civic Centre, Beecroft Road, Cannock, WS11 1BG

Cannock Chase District Council, which styles itself "Cannock Chase Council", provides district-level services. County-level services are provided by Staffordshire County Council. Much of the district is also covered by civil parishes, which form a third tier of local government.[7][8]

Since 2011, Cannock Chase Council has been a member of two local enterprise partnerships, being the Greater Birmingham and Solihull Local Enterprise Partnership and the Stoke-on-Trent and Staffordshire Local Enterprise Partnership.

The council's logo is a deer, referencing the area's past as a royal hunting forest and the fact that deer are common in the area. A survey in 2022 found that the deer population was growing.[9]

Political control

The council has been under no overall control since the 2023 election, being run by a coalition of Labour and the Greens, led by Labour councillor Tony Johnson.[10]

The first elections to the council were held in 1973, initially operating as a shadow authority alongside the outgoing authorities before coming into its powers on 1 April 1974. Political control of the council since 1974 has been as follows:[11][12]

Party in control Years
Labour 1974–1982
No overall control 1982–1987
Labour 1987–2003
No overall control 2003–2012
Labour 2012–2019
No overall control 2019–2021
Conservative 2021–2023
No overall control 2023–present


The leaders of the council since 2005 have been:[13]

Councillor Party From To
Neil Stanley[14] Liberal Democrats pre-2005 8 May 2011
George Adamson Labour 25 May 2011 19 May 2021
Olivia Lyons Conservative 19 May 2021 24 May 2023
Tony Johnson Labour 24 May 2023


Following the 2023 election and a subsequent change of allegiance in September 2023, the composition of the council was:[15]

Party Councillors
Labour 18
Conservative 18
Green 5
Total 41

The next election is due in 2024.


See also: Cannock Chase District Council elections

Since the last boundary changes in 2002 the council has comprised 41 councillors representing 15 wards, with each ward electing two or three councillors. Elections are held three years out of every four, with roughly a third of the council elected each time for a four-year term of office. Staffordshire County Council elections are held in the fourth year of the cycle when there are no district council elections.[16] New ward boundaries have been drawn up to take effect from the 2024 election, reducing the number of councillors to 36.[17]

The district covers the same area as the Cannock Chase (UK Parliament constituency). Until the 2010 general election the constituency also included the adjacent village of Huntington in South Staffordshire. From 2010 onwards the constituency has exactly the same boundaries as the district.[8]


The council is based at the Civic Centre on Beecroft Road in Cannock.[18] The building was purpose-built for the council between 1978 and 1981.[19]


According to data from the 2011 United Kingdom census, Cannock Chase has a population of 100,600, with 49,500 males and 51,100 females. 62.5% of the population is between the ages of 16–64, of which 88.7% is economically active, 11.2% above the West Midlands regional average.[20]

Towns and parishes

Much of the district is covered by eight civil parishes. The exception is certain parts of Cannock, which are unparished.[8] The parish councils for Hednesford and Rugeley have declared their parishes to be towns, allowing them to take the style "town council".[21]

When the district was created in 1974 it only contained one parish, being Brindley Heath; the former Rugeley Urban District and Cannock Urban District were both unparished. In 1988 two parishes called Rugeley and Brereton were created covering the former Rugeley Urban District, and four parishes called Bridgtown, Cannock Wood, Heath Hayes and Wimblebury, and Norton Canes were created covering parts of the former Cannock Urban District.[22] The parish of Hednesford was subsequently created in 2000 from another part of the former Cannock Urban District.[23]

The parishes are:

Other areas and settlements include:


  1. ^ Joint chief executive with Stafford Borough Council
  1. ^ a b UK Census (2021). "2021 Census Area Profile – Cannock Chase Local Authority (E07000192)". Nomis. Office for National Statistics. Retrieved 5 January 2024.
  2. ^ "Walsall Demographics | Age, Ethnicity, Religion, Wellbeing". Varbes. Retrieved 10 February 2023.
  3. ^ "The English Non-metropolitan District (Definition) Order 1972",, The National Archives, SI 1972/2039, retrieved 17 November 2023
  4. ^ "The English Non-metropolitan Districts (Names) Order 1973",, The National Archives, SI 1973/551, retrieved 31 May 2023
  5. ^ "Council minutes, 24 May 2023" (PDF). Cannock Chase Council. Retrieved 27 December 2023.
  6. ^ Ashdown, Kerry (22 May 2021). "Councils to share chief executive despite concern over splitting time between two boroughs". Stoke-on-Trent Live. Retrieved 27 December 2023.
  7. ^ "Local Government Act 1972",, The National Archives, 1972 c. 70, retrieved 31 May 2023
  8. ^ a b c "Election Maps". Ordnance Survey. Retrieved 27 December 2023.
  9. ^ "Cannock Chase deer count suggests growing population". BBC News. 15 April 2013. Retrieved 28 May 2022.
  10. ^ Lawson, Eleanor (25 May 2023). "Labour forms coalition with Greens and Lib Dems in Cannock Chase to run council". Express and Star. Retrieved 27 December 2023.
  11. ^ "Compositions calculator". The Elections Centre. Retrieved 9 September 2022.
  12. ^ "Cannock Chase". BBC News Online. 19 April 2008. Retrieved 17 October 2009.
  13. ^ "Council minutes". Cannock Chase District Council. Retrieved 17 September 2022.
  14. ^ "Cannock Lib Dem leader loses to Labour's Gordon Brown". BBC News. 6 May 2011. Retrieved 17 September 2022.
  15. ^ "Local elections 2023: live council results for England". The Guardian.
  16. ^ "The District of Cannock Chase (Electoral Changes) Order 2001",, The National Archives, SI 2001/1442, retrieved 27 December 2023
  17. ^ "The Cannock Chase (Electoral Changes) Order 2023",, The National Archives, SI 2023/1023, retrieved 27 December 2023
  18. ^ "Cannock Chase Council". Retrieved 27 December 2023.
  19. ^ "Royal brick graces new HQ". Rugeley Times. 1 August 1981. p. 3. Retrieved 27 December 2023.
  20. ^ "Labour market profile - Cannock Chase". Nomis. Retrieved 6 July 2023.
  21. ^ "Parish and Town Councils". Cannock Chase Council. Retrieved 27 December 2023.
  22. ^ "Cannock Chase (Parishes) Order 1987" (PDF). Local Government Boundary Commission for England. The National Archives. Retrieved 27 December 2023.
  23. ^ Langston, Brett. "Cannock Chase Registration District". UKBMD. Retrieved 27 December 2023.

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