Cannock Chase District
Cannock Chase is a local government district in Staffordshire, England. Its council is based in the town of Cannock; other notable towns are Rugeley and Hednesford. The district covers a large part of the Cannock Chase Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, from which it takes its name.
Cannock Chase District
Cannock Chase shown within Staffordshire
|Sovereign state||United Kingdom|
|Incorporated||1 April 1974|
|• Type||Non-metropolitan district council|
|• Body||Cannock Chase Council|
|• Leadership||Leader & Cabinet (Labour)|
|• MPs||Amanda Milling|
|• Total||30.5 sq mi (78.9 km2)|
|Area rank||239th (of 317)|
|• Rank||242nd (of 317)|
|• Density||3,300/sq mi (1,300/km2)|
|• Ethnicity||97.3% White|
|Time zone||UTC0 (GMT)|
|• Summer (DST)||UTC+1 (BST)|
|ONS code||41UB (ONS)|
|OS grid reference|
The district was formed on 1 April 1974 by the merger of Cannock and Rugeley urban districts, along with Brindley Heath from Lichfield Rural District, and Norton Canes from Aldridge-Brownhills Urban District.
- Brereton and Ravenhill
- Brindley Heath
- Cannock Wood
- Heath Hayes and Wimblebury
- Norton Canes
Cannock, which covers around 30% of the population, includes the parish of Bridgtown but the rest of Cannock is unparished.
Until the 2010 general election the parliamentary constituency of Cannock Chase consisted of Cannock Chase district plus the adjacent village of Huntington. From 2010 onwards the constituency has exactly the same boundaries as the district.
Since 2011, Cannock Chase has formed part of both the Greater Birmingham & Solihull Local Enterprise Partnership (along with neighbouring authorities Birmingham, Bromsgrove, East Staffordshire, Lichfield, Redditch, Solihull, Tamworth and Wyre Forest), and Stoke-on-Trent and Staffordshire Local Enterprise Partnership.
Council political compositionEdit
The Labour Party has controlled the district council since gaining an overall majority in the 2012 elections. Following the results of the district elections in May 2019, the council is being controlled by the Labour Party as part of an informal coalition with the Green Party.
The table below shows the number of seats held by each party since the beginning of 2010. This includes district council election results, highlighted in red, as well as defections.
|2 May 2019||18||15||5||2||0||1|
|3 May 2018||21||15||3||1||0||1|
|7 September 2017||21||13||2||1||1||3|
|18 August 2017||20||15||1||1||1||3|
|6 July 2017||21||15||1||1||1||2|
|5 May 2016||21||13||1||1||4||1|
|7 May 2015||22||12||0||1||5||1|
|23 May 2014||25||5||0||3||6||2|
|22 May 2014||25||6||0||3||6||1|
|18 February 2014||24||9||0||3||3||2|
|30 July 2013||24||9||0||4||3||1|
|22 July 2013||24||10||0||4||2||1|
|4 July 2013||24||12||0||4||0||1|
|3 May 2012||24||12||0||5||0||0|
|5 May 2011||17||13||0||11||0||0|
|26 August 2010||14||10||0||17||0||0|
|6 May 2010||13||11||0||17||0||0|
|22 February 2010||14||7||0||19||0||1|
|26 January 2010||14||9||0||17||0||1|
|22 January 2010||14||9||0||18||0||0|
|18 January 2010||14||10||0||17||0||0|
|1 January 2010||14||12||0||15||0||0|
Cabinet members 2019/20Edit
|Leader of the Council and Cabinet||Cllr George Adamson||Hednesford Green Heath|
|Deputy Leader of the Council and Cabinet||Cllr Gordon Alcott||Cannock North|
|Town Centre Regeneration Portfolio Leader|
|Corporate Improvement Portfolio Leader||Cllr Alan Pearson||Hednesford North|
|Crime and Partnerships Portfolio Leader||Cllr Carl Bennett||Western Springs|
|Culture and Sport Portfolio Leader||Cllr Christine Mitchell||Cannock East|
|Economic Development and Planning Portfolio Leader||Cllr Tony Johnson||Cannock East|
|Environment Portfolio Leader||Cllr John Preece||Norton Canes|
|Health and Wellbeing Portfolio Leader||Cllr Christine Martin||Hagley|
|Housing Portfolio Leader||Cllr John Kraujalis||Cannock South|
|Non-voting Observer||Cllr Paul Woodhead||Hednesford South|
Shadow Cabinet members 2019/20Edit
|Leader of the Opposition and Shadow Cabinet||Cllr Olivia Lyons||Western Springs|
|Deputy Leader of the Opposition and Shadow Cabinet||Cllr Paul Startin||Etching Hill and The Heath|
|Economic Development and Planning Shadow Portfolio Leader|
|Corporate Improvement Shadow Portfolio Leader||Cllr Michael Sutherland||Etching Hill and The Heath|
|Crime and Partnerships Shadow Portfolio Leader||Cllr Bryan Jones||Hednesford Green Heath|
|Culture and Sport Shadow Portfolio Leader||Cllr Martyn Buttery||Heath Hayes East and Wimblebury|
|Environment Shadow Portfolio Leader||Cllr Justin Johnson||Etching Hill and The Heath|
|Health and Wellbeing Shadow Portfolio Leader||Cllr Doug Smith||Cannock West|
|Housing Shadow Portfolio Leader||Cllr Adrienne Fitzgerald||Hawks Green|
|Town Centre Regeneration Shadow Portfolio Leader||Cllr Phil Hewitt||Hawks Green|
- district council election, one third of council to be elected: Lab -3, Greens +2, LD +1 (changes compared to political composition as at 23/05/18)
- district council election: one third of council to be elected. Con +2 Greens +1 UKIP -1 Independents -2
- following the death of Conservative councillor Graham Burnett of the Hednesford Greenheath Ward and subsequent by-election win for Linda Tait of the Labour Party, and the disqualification of Conservative councillor Joanne Christian of the Hednesford South and subsequent by-election win for Stuart Crabtree of the Green Party
- following the defection of Maureen Freeman of the Cannock South ward from Labour to Independent
- following the defection of Martyn Buttery of the Hawks Green Ward and Stephanie Whitehouse of the Etching Hill and the Heath wards from UKIP to the Conservatives
- following the defection of Bill Hardman of the Rawnsley ward from UKIP to Independent
- district council election: one third of council to be elected. Lab −1 Greens +1
- district council election: one third of council to be elected. Lab −3 Con +7 UKIP −1 Lib Dem −2 Independent −1
- following the defection of Jodie Jones of the Rawnsley ward from the Conservatives to Independent
- district council election: one third of council to be elected. Lab +1 Con −3 UKIP +3 Independent −1
- following the defection of Danny Davies of the Etching Hill and the Heath ward from the Liberal Democrats to Independent
- following the defection of Linda Whitehouse of the Rawnsley ward from the Conservatives to UKIP
- following the defection of Anne and John Bernard of the Hawks Green ward from the Conservatives to UKIP
- following the defection of Michael Grocott of the Western Springs ward from the Liberal Democrats to Independent
- district council election: one third of council to be elected. Lib Dem –4 Lab +7 Con –1 Liberal –2
- following the defection of Diane Bennett of the Cannock West ward and Tony Williams of the Hagley ward from the Liberal Democrats to the Liberal Party
- district council elections: one third of council to be elected. Lib Dem –6 Lab +3 Con +3.
- following the death of Conservative councillor John Jillings in the Heath Hayes East and Wimblebury ward and subsequent by-election win for Diane Todd of the Labour Party
- district council elections: one third of council to be elected. Lib Dem –2 Lab –1 Con +3 Ind –1 (Independent Lisa Pearce stood as Conservative but lost her seat).
- following the defection of Michael Freeman of the Cannock West ward and Wendy Yates of the Hednesford Green Heath ward from the Conservatives to Liberal Democrats.
- following the defection of Lisa Pearce of the Hednesford Green Heath ward from the Liberal Democrats to Independent.
- following the defection of Mark Green of the Cannock South ward from the Conservatives to the Liberal Democrats.
- following the defection of Diane Bennet of the Cannock West ward and Keith Bennet of the Hawks Green ward from the Conservatives to the Liberal Democrats.