A new Parish or Town Council is created when the Principal Authority (Borough, District, Unitary or County) for the area decides to create one.
The Principal Authority’s decision to create follows completion of an extensive and detailed process – much of which involves local consultation and is open to public scrutiny – known as a Community Governance Review (CGR).
In May 2011, town and parish councillors were elected to newly created local councils in Wilmslow, Styal and Handforth (Cheshire East) and in Kingsmead (Cheshire West & Chester).
In Cheshire East, a Community Governance Review is currently underway in Crewe and, after this; Cheshire East Council has undertaken to hold a CGR for Macclesfield.
The creation of a new local council is not the only possible outcome of a CGR.