Elton, Cheshire

Elton, Cheshire

infobox UK place
latitude= 53.276559
longitude= -2.816821
official_name= Elton
map_type= Cheshire
population = 3,528 (2001 Census)citeweb|url=http://neighbourhood.statistics.gov.uk/dissemination/LeadTableView.do?a=3&b=792456&c=elton&d=16&e=15&g=427501&i=1001x1003x1004&o=1&m=0&r=1&s=1207010047734&enc=1&dsFamilyId=779|title=2001 Census: Elton|work=Office for National Statistics|accessdate=1 April|accessyear=2008]
civil_parish= Elton
shire_district= Chester
shire_county = Cheshire
region= North West England
country = England
constituency_westminster= Ellesmere Port and Neston
post_town= CHESTER
postcode_district = CH2
postcode_area= CH
dial_code= 01928
os_grid_reference= SJ456758

Elton is a village and civil parish in Chester District, Cheshire, England. It is situated approximately 13 km (8 miles) to the northeast of Chester, between Helsby and Ellesmere Port, near to the River Mersey. Its proximity to the River Mersey and the Manchester Ship Canal have contributed to its industrial character. The village is on the north-western edge of the Cheshire plain, approximately 2.5 km (1.5 miles) from Stanlow Refinery, a Shell facility and the seventh largest oil refinery in Europe. The refinery produces one-sixth of the United Kingdom's petrol.

The village of Ince is just over the border in the Ellesmere Port and Neston district.

The ward is part of Chester City Council and is represented by Conservative and Labour councillors. At the time of the 2001 Census, the village of Elton had a population of 3,528.

Elton was briefly in the media spotlight in 1997 when one of its residents, Louise Woodward, went on trial for murder in the USA.

By 2007, 65 hectares of the former Ince Power Station site near the Mersey had been redeveloped as part of a large bottle production factory owned by Quinn Glass, containing two glass melting furnaces and 13 bottle production lines. It was estimated that £250 million was invested into this project and the factory outputs 1.2 billion bottles per year. [citeweb|url=http://www.packaging-technology.com/projects/quinn/ |title=Quinn Glass Bottle Production Facility, Elton|work=packaging-gateway.com|accessdate=12 September|accessyear=2007]

It has recently been proposed that a 95 kilowatt power station and various recycling plants be sited on a water meadow near Elton. This is a controversial project. The land is owned by Peel Holdings and the proposal is in its embryonic stage.Fact|date=April 2008

Transport Links

Ince and Elton railway station serves both Ince and Elton villages. There are infrequent Monday - Saturday services to Ellesmere Port, Stanlow & Thornton, Helsby, Liverpool Lime Street, and Warrington Bank Quay. The nearest station with better services and facilities is either Ellesmere Port or Helsby.

The number 36 bus visits Elton hourly in each direction, and operates from Ellesmere Port bus station with a destination of Runcorn. This service is operated by GHA Coaches, but supported financially by Cheshire County Council.

Public transport in Elton is supported by two rail user groups, Merseyside & Cheshire Railways Campaign, [http://www.mcrc.co.nr] known as MCRC, and the North Cheshire Rail User Group, (NCRUG). [http://www.ncrug.org.uk] They campaign for better rail services and improved public transport interchange.


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