Saltney was the gateway to Wales for the Roman Legions based in Deva (Chester) and still is one of the most used routes into North Wales today. The name is derived from the former salt marshes on which it is built, lying on the bank of the River Dee. It was once the terminus of Sir John Glynne's Canal and was famous for shipbuilding and chain making. Saltney grew in the late nineteenth century and throughout the twentieth century to its present population of just under 6,000 inhabitants.
Formerly known as East Saltney Community Council it was re-named Saltney Community Council under the Special Community Review Order with effect from 1 April 1985 and adopted Town Council status with effect from 1 May, 1985.