IT SOUNDS like something sinister, perhaps a throwback to Stalin’s Russia.
But room 51 in Chester’s County Hall is a glimpse of the future.
The ground floor room, toward the back of the riverside building, is the starting block for the new Cheshire West and Chester Council.
The distinctly low-key office is temporary home to shadow council leader Cllr Mike Jones (Con, Broxton).
He and a small team of seconded staff are among those with the job of creating a massive new £500m authority by next April 1.
The new council, the fourth largest in the north west, will provide services to 327,500 people in Chester, Ellesmere Port and Neston and Vale Royal.
It will be responsible for those provided by the present county council together with the city and district councils.