|Borough of Crewe and Nantwich|
Shown within Cheshire
|• Origin||Crewe Municipal Borough|
Nantwich Urban District
Nantwich Rural District
|• Created||1 April 1974|
|• Abolished||31 March 2009|
|• Succeeded by||Cheshire East|
Crewe and Nantwich was, from 1974 to 2009, a local government district with borough status in Cheshire, England. It had a population (2001 census) of 111,007. It contained 69 civil parishes and one unparished area: the town of Crewe. It now forms part of the unitary authority of Cheshire East.
The Borough of Crewe and Nantwich was created on 1 April 1974 under the Local Government Act 1972 by the merger of the borough of Crewe (an industrial town), the urban district of Nantwich (a smaller market town), and Nantwich Rural District. The new district was proposed to be called just "Crewe", but the shadow authority elected in 1973 to oversee the transition to the new system successfully petitioned the government to change the name to "Crewe and Nantwich" before the district came into being. The new district was awarded borough status from its creation, allowing the chairman of the council to take the title of mayor.
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 Crewe and Nantwich, Congleton and Macclesfield 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.
The Borough of Crewe and Nantwich was abolished on 1 April 2009, when the new Cheshire East unitary authority was formed.
The former Crewe Municipal Borough was unparished, but the rest of the Crewe and Nantwich district included the following civil parishes:
From the Census 2001:
According to 2003 figures, Crewe had the lowest crime rate and highest detection levels in Cheshire.
The first elections to the council were held in 1973, initially operating as a shadow authority until the new arrangements came into effect on 1 April 1974. Political control of the council from 1974 until its abolition in 2009 was held by the following parties:
|Party in control||Years|
|No overall control||1976–1990|
|No overall control||2002–2009|
The leaders of the council from 1974 were:
|Donald Holt||Labour||1979||11 Mar 1983|
|Anne Blacklay||Conservative||18 May 1983||May 1984|
|Brian Silvester||Conservative||May 1984||May 1990|
|Peter Kent||Labour||May 1990||7 May 2006|
|Brian Silvester||Conservative||17 May 2006||14 May 2008|
|John Hammond||Conservative||14 May 2008||31 Mar 2009|
On 4 May 2006 a referendum was held to decide whether the "Leader and Cabinet" form of local government would be replaced by an elected mayor. The proposal was rejected by 18,768 (60.8%) votes to 11,808 (38.2%) on a 35.3% turnout.
Crewe and Nantwich is twinned with:
|Liberal Democrats||Bernadette Baker||77||5.0|
|Liberal Democrats||Andrew Brown||92||11.9||-2.9|
|Liberal Democrats||Robert Parker||304||47.3||+26.4|
|Liberal Democrats hold||Swing|
The Secretary of State for the Environment has consented to the name of Crewe District Council being changed to Crewe and Nantwich District Council...