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3.—(1) A new non-metropolitan county and a new non-metropolitan district, each to be known as Cheshire East, shall be constituted comprising (in each case) the area of the East Cheshire districts.
(2) A new district council, to be known as the Cheshire East Council, shall be established as the sole principal authority for the non-metropolitan district of Cheshire East.
(3) Except for the purposes of Part 4 of this Order (electoral matters), until 1st April 2009—
(a)the Cheshire East Council shall not be a local authority for the purposes of the 1972 Act or any other enactment relating to local government; and
(b)subsection (2) of section 2 of the 1972 Act (constitution of principal councils in England) shall have effect in relation to that Council as if the words from “and the council” to the end of that subsection were omitted.
(4) In relation to the county of Cheshire East, section 2(1) of the 1972 Act (which provides that every county shall have a council) shall not apply.
(5) On 1st April 2009—
(a)the East Cheshire districts shall be abolished as local government areas; and
(b)the East Cheshire councils shall be wound up and dissolved.
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