Cheshire East

Cheshire East has a population of 370,700 and an area of 116,638 hectares, making it the third largest unitary council in the North West. Approximately 40% of the population live in rural areas and the remainder in the two major towns of Crewe and Macclesfield and smaller towns of Wilmslow, Congleton, Sandbach, Poynton, Nantwich, Middlewich, Knutsford and Alsager.

The area has excellent national and international communications by rail from Crewe Junction on the renewed West Coast line, by road on the M6 and M56 and by air from Manchester Airport on its northern edge. In Cheshire East, there are 47 grade I listed and 179 grade II* listed buildings, giving it a rich and valuable historic heritage.

While the north area of Cheshire East is one of the most prosperous parts of the country with low unemployment, a thriving economy and well-educated workforce, it does have small pockets of deprivation. In the south of the unitary area, 10 of the most deprived areas are within Crewe.

Cheshire East has a higher than average older population, with 19% of residents aged over 65 compared with 16.4% nationally. The issue is most significant in Nantwich and Knutsford, while Crewe and Middlewich have a higher than average.

Key Statistics from the Cheshire East area between 2013 and 2016

Key Statistics from the Cheshire East area between 2013 and 2016, such as Primary Fires, Deliberate Primary Fires, Accidental Dwelling fires, Fires in Non Domestic Properties per 1,000 non domestic properties and HSAs completed to High Risk Households.

2015/2016*

  • Primary Fires per 100,000 pop - 92.0

  • Deliberate Primary Fires per 10,000 pop - 5.6

  • Accidental Dwelling fires per 10,000 dwellings - 7.8

  • Fires in Non Domestic Properties per 1,000 non domestic properties - 4.8

  • HSAs completed to High Risk Households - 9,023

*Projected as at 28th February 2016

2014/2015

  • Primary Fires per 100,000 pop - 100.5

  • Deliberate Primary Fires per 10,000 pop - 5.0

  • Accidental Dwelling fires per 10,000 dwellings - 8.5 

  • Fires in Non Domestic Properties per 1,000 non domestic properties - 5.4

  • HSAs completed to High Risk Households - 7,109

2013/2014

  • Primary Fires per 100,000 pop - 114.3

  • Deliberate Primary Fires per 10,000 pop - 7.4

  • Accidental Dwelling fires per 10,000 dwellings - 8.2

  • Fires in Non Domestic Properties per 1,000 non domestic properties - 5.8

  • HSAs completed to High Risk Households - 6,087 

Unitary Performance Area Plan

Cheshire East Unitary Performance Area Plan 2018-19 (new window, PDF 657KB)

Cheshire East Unitary Performance Area Plan 2017-18 (new window, PDF 471KB)

Cheshire East Unitary overview 2017-18 (new window, PDF 26KB)

Cheshire East Unitary Performance Area Plan 2016-17 (new window, PDF 489KB)

Cheshire East Unitary Performance Area Plan 2014-15 (new window, PDF 497KB)

Cheshire East Unitary Performance Area Plan 2013-14 (new window, PDF 607KB)

Stations in Cheshire East

Nantwich

Audlem

Crewe

Sandbach

Holmes Chapel

Congleton

Macclesfield

Bollington

Poynton

Wilmslow

Knutsford 

Middlewich

Alsager