Wilmslow Town Council state opposition to Parish Council merger

At the Town Council meeting on Monday 4th October, Wilmslow Town Council voted to oppose the merger of Wilmslow Town Council, Handforth Town Council and Chorley Parish Council.

Cheshire East Council’s key proposals for the Wilmslow area are as follows:

  • Wilmslow, Handforth and Chorley parishes should merge to become a single community called Wilmslow.
  • Handforth would be one of five wards making up the enlarged Council area.
  • The number of seats on Wilmslow Town Council should be increased from 15 to 20.

Wilmslow Town Council Chairman, Martin Watkins, stated, “Cheshire East’s proposals are based on the incorrect assumption that Wilmslow, Handforth and Chorley are a single community. This is not the case. Wilmslow, Handforth and Chorley are three distinct and separate communities and should be represented by their own, separate Councils.

As recently as 2011, Wilmslow and Handforth residents voted on local council arrangements, leading to the present, satisfactory, parish areas. The formation of Wilmslow and Handforth Councils has strengthened the community identities of these two areas. Chorley has never been part of Wilmslow and does not identify itself as part of the Wilmslow area.

We urge all residents to comment on the consultation - a basic response takes around five minutes to do.”

Comments can be submitted online at https://surveys.cheshireeast.gov.uk/s/CGReview2/

The full proposals for the Wilmslow area (Wilmslow, Handforth, Chorley and Styal) can be found via the PDF below. 

Paper copies of the full consultation can also be obtained from local libraries.

The deadline for comments on the consultation is 28th November 2021.