Cheshire West and Chester is nestled in the North West of England and has a proportion of rural areas that Children’s Social Care cover in their districts. We have a population of 330,900 which covers 350 square miles and includes the historic city of Chester and the industrial and market towns of Ellesmere Port, Frodsham, Helsby, Malpas, Neston, Northwich and Winsford. Within the borough we have over 11,000 students and have a number of Higher Educational Institutes including the University of Chester.
About a third of the population live in rural areas. According to Government’s ‘Indices of Deprivation’, the overall quality of life is good for many residents. Our population has an ageing profile and the numbers of people over 85 will more than double by 2035. Within this we are also expecting to see increasing numbers of children over this period and people of working age. We want to support this growth within our communities, the Council’s vision for a thriving economy, residents and communities and ensure that our vulnerable adults and children feel safe and protected.
Our local plan is ambitious. We are seeking growth in employment across the borough to invest and support this vision and as part of this will deliver 4,400 new houses by 2020, £277 million pounds of investment into regeneration and key infrastructure, 1,780 new businesses in the borough and much more.