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Handforth Parish Council could be abolished, following a review of parish and town council boundaries in Cheshire East.

The review, which was started before the infamous ‘Jackie Weaver’ clip went viral, was published last week.

It proposes a raft of boundary changes, including the merger of the Wilmslow and Handforth parishes into one larger authority.

The report said: “The new [Clay Lane and Sagars Road] development is adjacent to the existing Handforth settlement area and so will form part of the wider community of Wilmslow — Handforth.

“It is therefore proposed that this area should be transferred from the parish of Styal to the proposed enlarged parish of Wilmslow, which the Borough Council also proposes to include the existing parish of Handforth.

“Cheshire East Council considers that there will be merit in merging the existing parish of Handforth with the parish of Wilmslow as, to all intents and purposes, they form a single community. It will be appropriate to consider whether there should be separate representation of the electors of Handforth on the merged parish council.”

Other options on the table for the area include the merger of Wilmslow and Chorley.

The news has prompted a notable reaction on Twitter, with Weaver Vale MP Mike Amesbury joking councillors ‘will have to revise the standing orders’.

Although the changes have been suggested, they are far from final, as residents will be able to voice their views in an upcoming 12-week consultation.

Once that feedback has been received, it will go for full approval.

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