IT SOUNDS like something sinister, perhaps a throwback to Stalin’s Russia.
But room 51 at Chester’s County Hall is a glimpse of the future.
The ground-floor room towards the back of the riverside building is the starting blocks 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 almost impossible job of creating a massive new half-billion-pound authority by next April 1.
Meanwhile, it’s heads down to achieve a seamless handover so far as the public are concerned.
The new council, the fourth largest in the North West, will provide services to 327,500 people in Ellesmere Port & Neston, Chester and Vale Royal.
It will be responsible for those provided by the present county council together with the city and district councils.