Cannock Chase District
|Sovereign state||United Kingdom|
|Incorporated||1 April 1974|
|• Type||Non-metropolitan district council|
|• Body||Cannock Chase Council|
|• Leadership||Leader & Cabinet|
|• MPs||Amanda Milling|
|• Total||30.5 sq mi (78.9 km2)|
|• Rank||219th (of 296)|
|• Rank||239th (of 296)|
|• Density||3,300/sq mi (1,300/km2)|
|• Ethnicity||97.3% White|
|Time zone||UTC0 (GMT)|
|• Summer (DST)||UTC+1 (BST)|
|ONS code||41UB (ONS)|
|OS grid reference|
Cannock Chase is a local government district in Staffordshire, England. Its council is based in the town of Cannock; other notable towns are Rugeley, Bridgtown and Hednesford. The district covers a large part of the Cannock Chase Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, from which it takes its name.
The district was formed on 1 April 1974 by the merger of Cannock and Rugeley urban districts, along with Brindley Heath from Lichfield Rural District, and Norton Canes from Aldridge-Brownhills Urban District. Cannock, which covers around 30% of the population, includes the parish of Bridgtown but the rest of Cannock is unparished. Until the 2010 general election the parliamentary constituency of Cannock Chase consisted of Cannock Chase district plus the adjacent village of Huntington. From 2010 onwards the constituency has exactly the same boundaries as the district.
Since 2011, Cannock Chase has formed part of both the Greater Birmingham & Solihull Local Enterprise Partnership (along with neighbouring authorities Birmingham, Bromsgrove, East Staffordshire, Lichfield, Redditch, Solihull, Tamworth and Wyre Forest), and Stoke-on-Trent and Staffordshire Local Enterprise Partnership.
According to data from the 2011 United Kingdom census, Cannock Chase has a population of 100,600, with 49,500 males and 51,100 females. 62.5% of the population is between the ages of 16–64, of which 88.7% is economically active, 11.2% above the West Midlands regional average.
Areas of Cannock Chase District
There are many villages and suburbs along with three towns in the Cannock Chase District.
- Cannock Wood
- Heath Hayes and Wimblebury
- Norton Canes
- Prospect Village
- Slitting Mill
- Brindley Heath
- Church Hill
- Goosemoor Green
- Green Heath
- Hawks Green
- High Town
- Little Wyrley
- North Lanes
- Pye Green
- Rumer Hill
- Stoney Lea
Council political composition
Following the district elections held in May 2023, no single political party represented on the Council held a majority of seats. At the Annual Council meeting held on 24th May, it was announced that the Council would be run by a formal coalition between the Labour Party and the Green Party.
The table below shows the number of seats held by each party since the beginning of 2010. This includes district council election results, highlighted in red, as well as defections and by-elections.
|Date||Labour||Conservative||Chase Inds||Lib Dem||Greens||UKIP||Independent||Vacant|
|13 September 2023||18||18||0||5||0|
|18 August 2023||17||18||0||5||1|
|4 May 2023||17||18||1||5||0|
|20 March 2023||12||21||1||2||2||1||2|
|28 February 2023||12||22||2||2||2||1|
|19 February 2023||10||22||3||2||2||2|
|5 January 2023||10||23||3||2||2||1|
|11 November 2022||9||23||3||2||2||1||1|
|10 November 2022||9||24||3||2||2||1|
|8 September 2022||9||24||3||2||2||1|
|1 September 2022||8||23||3||2||2||1||2|
|11 July 2022||8||24||3||2||2||1||1|
|5 May 2022||8||25||3||2||2||1|
|6 May 2021||8||25||5||2||1||0|
|15 June 2020||17||14||5||2||1||1||1|
|8 June 2020||17||14||2||5||2||1|
|7 May 2020||18||14||2||5||1||1|
|2 May 2019||18||15||2||5||0||1|
|3 May 2018||21||15||1||3||0||1|
|7 September 2017||21||13||1||2||1||3|
|18 August 2017||20||15||1||1||1||3|
|6 July 2017||21||15||1||1||1||2|
|1 September 2016||21||13||1||1||3||2|
|5 May 2016||21||13||1||1||4||1|
|7 May 2015||22||12||1||0||5||1|
|23 May 2014||25||5||3||6||2|
|22 May 2014||25||6||3||6||1|
|18 February 2014||24||9||3||3||2|
|30 July 2013||24||9||4||3||1|
|22 July 2013||24||10||4||2||1|
|4 July 2013||24||12||4||1|
|3 May 2012||24||12||5||0|
|5 May 2011||17||13||11||0|
|26 August 2010||14||10||17||0|
|6 May 2010||13||11||17||0|
|22 February 2010||14||7||19||1|
|26 January 2010||14||9||17||1|
|22 January 2010||14||9||18|
|18 January 2010||14||10||17|
|1 January 2010||14||12||15|
Cabinet members 2023/24
|Councillor||Position||Political Group||Ward Represented|
|Tony Johnson||Leader of the Council||Labour||Cannock East|
|Josh Newbury||Deputy Leader of the Council and Regeneration & High Streets Portfolio Leader||Labour||Norton Canes|
|Jo Elson||Community Wellbeing Portfolio Leader||Green||Rawnsley|
|Andrea Muckley||Environment and Climate Change Portfolio Leader||Green||Rawnsley|
|Sue Thornley||Housing Portfolio Leader||Labour||Cannock North|
|John Preece||Parks, Culture, and Heritage Portfolio Leader||Labour||Norton Canes|
|Jacquie Prestwood||Resources and Transformation Portfolio Leader||Labour||Cannock East|
Shadow Cabinet members 2023/24
|Councillor||Position||Political Group||Ward Represented|
|Olivia Lyons||Leader of the Opposition||Conservative||Western Springs|
|Philippa Haden||Deputy Leader of the Opposition and Housing Shadow Portfolio Leader||Conservative||Hawks Green|
|Val Jones||Community Wellbeing Shadow Portfolio Leader||Conservative||Cannock West|
|Charlie Frew||Environment and Climate Change Shadow Portfolio Leader||Conservative||Western Springs|
|Adrienne Fitzgerald||Parks, Culture, and Heritage Shadow Portfolio Leader||Conservative||Hawks Green|
|Martyn Buttery||Regeneration & High Streets Shadow Portfolio Leader||Conservative||Heath Hayes East & Wimblebury|
|Paris Theodorou||Resources and Transformation Shadow Portfolio Leader||Conservative||Hawks Green|
- "Cannock Chase deer count suggests growing population". BBC News. 15 April 2013. Retrieved 28 May 2022.
- "Labour market profile - Cannock Chase". Nomis. Retrieved 6 July 2023.
- Defection of Paul Fisher (Brereton & Ravenhill Ward) from Independent to Labour
- Defection of Paul Fisher (Brereton & Ravenhill Ward) from Liberal Democrats to Independent
- Resignation from the Council of Johnny McMahon (Conservative) - Cannock East ward, and Paul Woodhead (Chase Community Independents) - Hednesford South ward.
- Defection of Lisa Wilson (Heath Hayes East & Wimblebury ward) from Independent to Labour and Mandy Dunnett (Hednesford North ward) from the Chase Community Independents to Labour.
- Defection of Lisa Wilson (Heath Hayes East & Wimblebury ward) from the Conservatives to Independent
- Election of Darren Foley (Labour & Co-operative) to the Etching Hill and The Heath ward in a by-election held following the resignation of James Fletcher.
- Resignation from the Council of James Fletcher (Conservative) - Etching Hill and The Heath ward
- Election of Bill Kenny (Conservative) to the Cannock West ward in a by-election held following the resignation of Doug Smith.
- Election of Pam Johnson (Labour) to the Hednesford North ward in a by-election held following the resignation of Matt McCall.
- Resignation from the Council of Doug Smith (Conservative) - Cannock West ward
- Resignation from the Council of Matt McCall (Conservative) - Hednesford North ward
- district council election. one third of council to be elected. Labour -1, Conservatives +1 (compared to 2018 results)
- district council election, one third of council to be elected: Lab -9 Cons+10 Ind-1.
- following the defection of Paul Woodhead and Stuart Crabtree of the Hednesford South ward, Mandy Dunnett of the Hednesford North ward and Claire Wilkinson of the Rawnsley ward from the Greens to the Chase Community Independent Group and Andrea Layton of the Cannock North ward from Independent to the Chase Community Independent Group.
- following the defection of Andrea Layton of the Cannock North ward from Labour to Independent.
- following the resignation of Dan Snape of the Hawks Green ward (Conservative).
- district council election, one third of council to be elected: Lab -3 Greens +2 LD +1.
- district council election: one third of council to be elected. Con +2 Greens +1 UKIP -1 Independents -2.
- following the death of Conservative councillor Graham Burnett of the Hednesford Green Heath Ward and subsequent by-election win for Linda Tait of the Labour Party, and the disqualification of Conservative councillor Joanne Christian of the Hednesford South and subsequent by-election win for Stuart Crabtree of the Green Party.
- following the defection of Maureen Freeman of the Cannock South ward from Labour to Independent.
- following the defection of Martyn Buttery of the Hawks Green Ward and Stephanie Whitehouse of the Etching Hill and the Heath wards from UKIP to the Conservatives.
- following the defection of Bill Hardman of the Rawnsley ward from UKIP to Independent.
- district council election: one third of council to be elected. Lab −1 Greens +1.
- district council election: one third of council to be elected. Lab −3 Con +7 UKIP −1 Lib Dem −2 Independent −1.
- following the defection of Jodie Jones of the Rawnsley ward from the Conservatives to Independent.
- district council election: one third of council to be elected. Lab +1 Con −3 UKIP +3 Independent −1.
- following the defection of Danny Davies of the Etching Hill and the Heath ward from the Liberal Democrats to Independent.
- following the defection of Linda Whitehouse of the Rawnsley ward from the Conservatives to UKIP.
- following the defection of Anne and John Bernard of the Hawks Green ward from the Conservatives to UKIP.
- following the defection of Michael Grocott of the Western Springs ward from the Liberal Democrats to Independent.
- district council election: one third of council to be elected. Lib Dem –4 Lab +7 Con –1 Liberal –2.
- following the defection of Diane Bennett of the Cannock West ward and Tony Williams of the Hagley ward from the Liberal Democrats to the Liberal Party.
- district council elections: one third of council to be elected. Lib Dem –6 Lab +3 Con +3.
- following the death of Conservative councillor John Jillings in the Heath Hayes East and Wimblebury ward and subsequent by-election win for Diane Todd of the Labour Party.
- district council elections: one third of council to be elected. Lib Dem –2 Lab –1 Con +3 Ind –1 (Independent Lisa Pearce stood as Conservative but lost her seat).
- following the defection of Michael Freeman of the Cannock West ward and Wendy Yates of the Hednesford Green Heath ward from the Conservatives to Liberal Democrats.
- following the defection of Lisa Pearce of the Hednesford Green Heath ward from the Liberal Democrats to Independent.
- following the defection of Mark Green of the Cannock South ward from the Conservatives to the Liberal Democrats.
- following the defection of Diane Bennet of the Cannock West ward and Keith Bennet of the Hawks Green ward from the Conservatives to the Liberal Democrats.
- Wise, M. J. (November 1951). "Some notes on the growth of population in the Cannock Chase coalfield". Geography. Geographical Association. 36 (4): 235–248. JSTOR 40563131.