Handforth Parish Council represents the residents of Handforth and is the most local level of government.
The work of Handforth Parish Council falls into three areas:
Representing the community
Commenting on planning applications
Delivering services at a local level
eg. Christmas lighting, floral displays, litter picking, grounds maintenance, organising activities for young people and the elderly whilst striving to improve life for the residents of Handforth as a whole.
The Parish Council will often works in partnership with Cheshire East Council but is independent of it and whilst the Cheshire East Council is reducing the number of non-statutory services that it provides this results in an increased workload to town and parish councils who are being asked to take on more services.
Parish councillors are usually either elected or co-opted and normally serve for a period of four years. They meet on a regular basis to discuss the immediate work of the council and plans for the future, the meetings are open to the public.
Handforth Parish Council is funded by the ‘Precept’, a local tax collected on the council’s behalf by Cheshire East Council. There are strict rules about how parish councils spend money and the accounts are audited on an annual basis. The results of the audit and the activities of the council are available, on this website, for inspection by residents. More information about the operation of Handforth Parish Council can be obtained on pages of this website or from the Parish Clerk.