Cheshire West and Chester

Cheshire West and Chester (CW&C) covers an area of 350 square miles and has a population of 340,502 with the number of residents aged over 65 years to increase by over 50% by 2029.

It holds a complex mixture of risks, with a significant transport network comprising motorway, mainline railway and the shipping canal all over flown by the approach to three airports. There are major chemical, oil and nuclear risks as well as international manufacturing companies servicing the car industry. Chester has become a banking capital for the north of England and the city is a significant national heritage site. The retail centre at Ellesmere Port (Cheshire Oaks) and Chester Zoo are both national attractions, with thousands of visitors each year.

CW&C also has several Sites of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) and this conflict between industry and nature means our pre-planning for responding to incidents has to take into account the impact on the environment.

Flooding is a major risk to our communities with the Sealand Estuary, Dee Valley, Elton, Ince marshes, Weaver Valley and areas around Northwich all built on flood plains.

Key Statistics from the Cheshire West and Chester Area for 2019/20

  • Primary Fires per 100,000 pop - 93.28

  • Deliberate Primary Fires per 10,000 pop - 2.04

  • Deliberate Secondary Fires per 10,000 pop - 4.20

  • Accidental Dwelling fires per 10,000 dwellings - 6.88

  • Fires in Non Domestic Properties per 1,000 non domestic properties - 4.88

  • All Home Safety Assessments Completed - 10,756

Unitary Performance Area Plan

Cheshire West and Chester Unitary Performance Area Plan 2021-22 (new window, PDF 1242KB)

Stations in Cheshire West and Chester


Ellesmere Port


Powey Lane





Last updated: Thursday 15 July 2021