BOSSES in the new Cheshire West and Chester council are expected to be at their desks in the new year.

The council takes over on April 1 when Cheshire County Council, Chester City Council and Ellesmere Port and Neston and Vale Royal borough councils are abolished.

“Our structure is being built with more and more names against it,” said council leader Cllr Mike Jones (Con, Broxton).

“The directors will all be starting in the new year and our heads of service are virtually all appointed, with many starting in January.

“The fourth- and fifth- tier management structures are agreed and appointments will be made during the next three months.”

Joining chief executive Steve Robinson are Charlie Seward, director of regeneration and culture, Ian Whitehead, adult social care and health, Steve Kent, environment, John Stephens, children’s and young people’s services, Julie Gill, resources and Mike Lewis, area and community services.