Coordinates: 53°16′34″N 2°58′08″W / 53.276°N 2.969°W / 53.276; -2.969

Borough of
Ellesmere Port and Neston
Ellesmere Port and Neston

Shown within Cheshire
 • OriginEllesmere Port Municipal Borough
Neston Urban District
 • Created1 April 1974
 • Abolished31 March 2009
 • Succeeded byCheshire West and Chester
StatusNon-metropolitan district
ONS code13UE
 • HQEllesmere Port

Ellesmere Port and Neston was, from 1974 to 2009, a local government district with borough status in Cheshire, England. It covered the southern part of the Wirral Peninsula, namely that part which is not included in the Metropolitan Borough of Wirral.

The district had a population of about 81,800 (2006 estimate).[1] Its main town was Ellesmere Port, an industrial town on the Manchester Ship Canal, which connects at Eastham locks to the River Mersey. The rest of the district was partly rural and partly residential including the town of Neston and village of Parkgate, both on the River Dee. It also included a number of villages such as Great Sutton and Willaston.


The district was created on 1 April 1974 under the Local Government Act 1972 by the merger of the borough of Ellesmere Port and the urban district of Neston. The district was known simply as Ellesmere Port until the name was changed by the council effective 21 June 1976.

Civil parishes

The entire borough was initially unparished, but in 1987 just one civil parish, Ince, was created. The remaining area of the borough remained unparished.

Elections and political control

The political composition of the council at its abolition in 2009 was:

Party Councillors
Labour 23
Conservative 17
Liberal Democrat 2


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 Ellesmere Port and Neston with the districts of Chester and Vale Royal 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.[2]

Ellesmere Port and Neston was abolished on 1 April 2009, when the new Cheshire West and Chester unitary authority was formed.[3]


  1. ^ Ellesmere Port & Neston population estimate (mid 2006), Office for National Statistics, retrieved 24 May 2008
  2. ^ "County split into two authorities", BBC News, 25 July 2007, retrieved 27 July 2007
  3. ^ Cheshire (Structural Changes) Order 2008, Office of Public Sector Information, archived from the original on 17 May 2009, retrieved 4 April 2009