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Handforth is superbly located, just minutes from Manchester International Airport, minutes from the excellent North-West motorway network, and sitting astride the high-speed train service to London. We’ve got great facilities, lots of places to eat and relax, and businesses of every sector. Amongst our superb portfolio, we have Aston Martin, BMW, Ferrari, Porsche and Rolls-Royce; we have three of the biggest M&S, Next and Tesco stores and a host of other industries. We have bustling Manchester on one side, and the lush peaceful Cheshire countryside on the other.

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Handforth Parish Council videos go viral…….

Millions of people watched a YouTube extract from a video of a Handforth Parish Council meeting of December 10th, 2020, when councillors told Jackie Weaver she had no legal authority to eject councillors from a meeting using her Zoom host system to do it.

Very few people realise there were two meetings that evening, and that they’ve only seen (part of) the second one.

The first meeting (of the Planning Committee) was in some ways more interesting, because it shows how the dispute came about in the first place.

 

The clip that “went viral” was from the second meeting, but the problems happened at the first meeting. The Chairman of the Council, Brian Tolver, has released a 15-minute video to Cheshire East Councillors, explaining what really happened at the two meetings to cause the dispute with the representative from ChALC, Jackie Weaver – click the link below to see his video……

https://1drv.ms/u/s!ApAW21OEqdKQu3pKklpaLlecjJwQ?e=to8VN6

 

You can see the full first meeting via the link below you have to key in an Access Passcode which is a little bit tricky – it’s  1%jjqo8&

(Note you can bypass the first 7 1/2 minutes, it’s just chatter as the guests assemble)

https://zoom.us/rec/share/WyUOfd6CQu2x7rx6jEUI3iSsi8BvGa28rKSffV8Kgdr3M6Q85gaGqvySTj2L8d36.bJSdWH6IJEN3r01Q

 

The second meeting followed shortly after, and that’s the one you’ve probably seen an extracted or modified version of. For the full official version, here’s the Passcode .0Q1rDwk  (note the full-stop at the beginning)

https://zoom.us/rec/share/jwuxyyOeQf71do7nfXLEspFLr6oj43d0F6ZZOMZhjnp49Zznnxka63DDUEckbn6N.dQTMOdcYw4erQuYI

 

 

In fact, Jackie Weaver had no authority at all. The legal position is extremely simple and clear (not always a common thing in British law!) It says: “At a meeting of a parish council the chairman, if present ,shall preside. “ (That’s from the Local Government Act of 1972 – Schedule 12, Section 11 (1) – Page 301:)

She also had no legal right to hit the Eject button on her Zoom system. People can only be expelled from any council meeting if the Chairperson calls them for being disruptive/disorderly, and then if they repeat it, he can ask the councillors present to vote on whether to expel them. So no single individual person EVER has the right to eject anyone, and certainly not a member of the public, as Jackie Weaver was at that point. (In a council meeting, you are either a councillor, or the appointed clerk to the meeting, or a member of the public).

Of course, even more amazing was that  she did this TWICE in the same evening – first at the Planning Committee meeting, then at the full Council meeting half-an-hour later. 

 

Handforth council to merge with Wilmslow ????

 

Proposals are being considered by Cheshire East Council (CEC) to revise boundaries of towns and parishes across the Borough. One major change being proposed, is for Handforth and Chorley councils  to be merged with Wilmslow. If this is approved by the next committee stages, it will go out to a 12-week public consultation, possibly starting April/May. 

 

We will bring you updates on progress, and information to help you decide whether to support this change or object to it.

Next update: probably late March / early April when CEC decide whether to approve the consultation phase. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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