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Welcome to the website of the
Handforth Town Council

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Handforth is a fast-growing community connecting Cheshire to Greater Manchester, with a major retail centre and luxury car outlets, and easy access to Manchester Airport.

The aim of this website is to provide you with information about how the Council operates, detailing decisions it has made in the past and what it hopes to achieve in the future. 

The Council was formed in May 2011 and consists of seven councillors representing three wards.  Meetings are held in public and time is always set aside for public participation on agenda items.

In addition the Council holds committee meetings dealing with specific areas, Finance, Employment and Planning & Environment.  As the work load in these areas varies throughout the year, meetings are held as and when required, with planning meetings being the ones held most frequently.  

The timings, agendas and minutes for all meetings are displayed further down on this page together with all the principal activities of the council and details of its members.


Cheshire East residents need photo ID to vote at elections in May

For the first time, residents in Cheshire East will need to show photographic ID to vote at this year’s local elections.

Residents are being urged to make sure they are ready to vote in May by checking they have an accepted form of ID.

Accepted forms of ID include a UK, European Economic Area (EEA) or Commonwealth passport; a UK, EEA or Commonwealth drivers’ licence; and some concessionary travel passes, such as an older person’s bus pass or an Oyster 60+ card. Voters will be able to use expired ID if they are still recognisable from the photo.

Anyone who does not have one of the accepted forms of ID will be able to apply for free ID online via the website, or by completing a paper form.

The full list of accepted ID is available on the Electoral Commission’s website, along with more information about the new requirement and details of how to apply for the free ID, at:

Ailsa Irvine, director of electoral administration and guidance at the Electoral Commission, said: “Anyone voting at a polling station in England this May will need to show photo ID before they can be given their ballot paper. It’s important that everyone understands what types of ID they can use, and how to apply for free ID if they need it.

“You can find information about the new requirement and what to expect at the polling station on the Electoral Commission’s website.”

Dr Lorraine O’Donnell, Returning Officer at Cheshire East Council and its chief executive, said: “With elections taking place in Cheshire East on 4 May 2023, it is important that those who want to vote make sure they have an accepted form of ID. It may seem early but checking now means you will be ready to vote in May.

“Residents who do not have one of the accepted forms of ID can apply for free ID either online or by completing a paper application form and sending this to Cheshire East Council’s electoral services team. If you need any help with applying for the free ID or want to request an application form, contact the electoral services team on 0300 123 5016 or email:

Anyone who wants to have their say in the elections this May must also be registered to vote. It only takes five minutes to register online at Voters wishing to apply to their council for free ID should first make sure they are registered to vote.

Eligible voters can, alternatively, vote by post. It’s easy to apply and you can find out how by visiting the Electoral Commission website.

The requirement to show photo ID at the polling station, is a new requirement, introduced by the UK Government’s Elections Act, which was passed last year and comes into effect for the first time this May.

Spring Newsletter

The Handforth Spring Newsletter is now available

There are two versions:

Normal Version

Accessible Text Only Version

The Cheshire East Council
Open Data and Transparency
Investigation Reports

At its meeting of 10 March 2022, The Audit & Governance Committee resolved that the Council should publish copies

of the independent investigation reports into alleged councillor misconduct at Handforth Parish Council.

A total of 6 investigation reports were produced:

Report 1 - Clerk v BB  BT  Clerk v AB 30 May 2021 - for publication (PDF, 10MB)

Report 2 - CS JS SM v AB BB BT 30 May 2021 for publication (PDF, 5.3MB)

Report 3 - AB BB BT v CS JS SM 30 May 2021 for publication (PDF, 1.7MB)

Report 4 - Multiple Complaints against Cllr Tolver 27 May 2021 - for publication (PDF, 4.4MB)

Report 5 - Multiple Complaints against Cllr Brewerton 27 May 2021 for publication (PDF, 3.1MB)

Report 6 - Multiple Complaints against Cllr Burkhill 27 May 2021 for publication (PDF, 4.7MB)


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