CHESHIRE West and Chester’s management board and executive will be outlining the new council’s key priorities at a public event being held on Thursday (January 22).

Residents, businesses, voluntary groups and partner organisations are all invited to meet the top team at the event being held at the Holiday Inn, Ellesmere Port, from 7pm to 8.30pm.

This is the first of three opportunities to meet key officers and councillors and learn more about Cheshire West and Chester, with events also being held in Winsford Civic Hall on Wednesday, January 28, 7pm-8.30pm, and Chester Guild Hall on Thursday, January 29, 7pm-8.30pm.

Council Leader Cllr Mike Jones and Chief Executive Steve Robinson will be introducing the new council’s portfolio holders and directors who will be spearheading Cheshire West and Chester’s drive to become one of the country’s best performing councils when it takes over the running of local services in Cheshire West from April.

People will be able to ask questions of the key decision makers and provide feedback about what they hear.

The Leader of Cheshire West and Chester Shadow Authority Cllr Mike Jones said: “Working closely with our communities is key to Cheshire West and Chester’s success, which is why we would encourage as many residents and stakeholders as possible to come along to these events.”

Steve Robinson, Cheshire West and Chester’s Chief Executive, added: “People who attend will learn more about Cheshire West and Chester’s plans and approach, as well as being able to get involved in discussion groups being led by directors and portfolio holders. It’s a great opportunity to put faces to names and continue the process of building strong links with our communities.”

All three events will include:

An introductory presentation from Cllr Mike Jones and Steve Robinson tackling issues such as the new council’s corporate priorities, area working and major service issues.

Facilitated group discussions covering:

Jobs and enterprise: Cllr Herbert Manley, Prosperity Portfolio Holder, and Charlie Seward, Director of Regeneration and Culture, expected to attend.

Children and young people: Cllr Arthur Harada, Education and Children Portfolio Holder, and senior officers from Children and Young People’s Services, expected to attend.

Stronger communities: Cllr John Grimshaw, Area Neighbourhood and Community Portfolio Holder, Cllr Keith Musgrave, Public Protection Portfolio Holder, and Mike Lewis, Director of Area and Community Services, expected to attend.

Adult health and wellbeing: Cllr Brenda Dowding, Adult and Health Services Porfolio Holder, and Ian Whitehead, Director of Adult Social Care and Health Services, expected to attend.

Environmental sustainability: Cllr Neil Ritchie, Environment Portfolio Holder, and Steve Kent, Director of Environment, expected to attend.

Round up session led by Cllr Mike Jones and Steve Robinson to close.

If you would like to attend one of the planned events, please contact Tracey Brown by email: or tel: 01244 972214.