Macclesfield (borough)

Macclesfield was, from 1974 to 2009, a local government district with borough status in Cheshire, England. It included the towns of Bollington, Knutsford, Macclesfield and Wilmslow and within its wider area the villages and hamlets of Adlington, Disley, Gawsworth, Kerridge, Pott Shrigley, Poynton, Prestbury, Rainow, Styal, Sutton and Tytherington.

Borough of Macclesfield

Shown within Cheshire
  OriginMacclesfield Municipal Borough
Alderley Edge Urban District
Bollington Urban District
Knutsford Urban District
Wilmslow Urban District
Disley Rural District
Macclesfield Rural District
Bucklow Rural District (part of)
  Created1 April 1974
  Abolished31 March 2009
  Succeeded byCheshire East
StatusNon-metropolitan district
ONS code13UG


The district was formed on 1 April 1974 under the Local Government Act 1972. It was a merger of Macclesfield municipal borough, Alderley Edge, Bollington, Knutsford and Wilmslow urban districts, along with the single parish Disley Rural District, Macclesfield Rural District and part of Bucklow Rural District.

Civil Parishes

The borough contained 52 civil parishes and 2 discrete unparished areas (namely, the towns of Macclesfield and Wilmslow). Of the 52 civil parishes, five (Agden, Little Bollington, Macclesfield Forest and Wildboarclough, Tatton, and Wincle) held parish meetings rather than elect a parish council.[1] Of the remaining 47 civil parishes, two contained towns (Bollington and Knutsford) and so had town councils rather than parish councils administering them.[1] A number of adjacent or abutting civil parishes were grouped together under a single parish council: Ollerton with Marthall, Plumley with Toft and Bexton, and Tabley (for the parishes of Tabley Inferior and Tabley Superior) The remaining 37 civil parishes had their own parish council.[1]

The following civil parishes were included in the borough:

Elections and political control

The political composition of the council at its abolition in 2009 was:

Party Councillors
Conservative 38
Liberal Democrat 12
Labour 6
Handforth Ratepayer 2
Independent 2


In 2006 the Department for Communities and Local Government considered reorganising Cheshire's administrative structure as part of the 2009 structural changes to local government in England. The decision to merge the boroughs of Macclesfield, Congleton and Crewe and Nantwich to create a single unitary authority was announced on 25 July 2007, following a consultation period in which a proposal to create a single Cheshire unitary authority was rejected.[2]

The Borough of Macclesfield was abolished on 1 April 2009, when the new Cheshire East unitary authority was formed.[3]

Notes and references

  1. "Parish Clerks". Borough of Macclesfield. Archived from the original on 11 April 2008. Retrieved 25 November 2008.
  2. BBC News, 25 July 2007 - County split into two authorities. Retrieval Date: 25 July 2007.
  3. Cheshire (Structural Changes) Order 2008
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