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Millennium Bursary 2018

Since 2000 the Town Council and Knutsford Lions have offered a bursary of £500 to a second-year student from Knutsford to assist with their studies. This bursary is often supported by further smaller awards from the Knutsford Lions.

The bursary is open to all second-year university students whose term-time address is in Knutsford or Toft. To apply, you simply need to complete a short form which gives us a background to your studies and details how the bursary will help you achieve more at university.

The deadline for applications is 31st October. You can download an application form from: www.knutsfordtowncouncil.gov.uk/services/millennium-bursary

All applicants will be invited to an interview over the Christmas holidays where the interviewers (Cllr Peter Coan, Mayor of Knutsford, Ms Jennifer Holbrook, former Mayor and Mr Michael Goldman, Knutsford Lions) will seek to better understand how the bursary can help your studies. We have only had around 3 students apply for the bursary for the past few years – so your chances of success are quite high.

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Dedication of the Centennial War Memorial

Saturday (6th October) sees the dedication of Knutsford’s Centennial War Memorial. The new war memorial, which is being installed to commemorate the centenary of the end of World War I was a project led by Knutsford Town Council working with representatives of the Knutsford Royal British Legion.

The memorial will feature a new roll of honour, researched by volunteers and featuring names missed from existing memorials around Knutsford – including two names of Knutsfordians who gave their lives since the end of the second world war.

The dedication ceremony takes place at 11am on Saturday 6th October in the Knutsford Library Gardens. The ceremony will be led by Rev Phillip Robinson, padre to the Knutsford Royal British Legion and will include students from the Knutsford Academy who will read the roll of honour and two wartime poems.

The new memorial incorporates the statue of Haron Baronian, a private statue commissioned by the Baronian family which once stood in the gardens of the family home on Legh Road – Brae Cottage. In the 1970s the statue was installed in front of the War Memorial Cottage Hospital. Two of Haron’s nephews will be attending the service, having flown from New Zealand specially for the occasion.

 

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Public feedback Highways Priorities

A call for residents’ input to the Highways working group review prompted feedback from dozens of residents, assisting the group in identifying over 20 areas for improvement.

Speeding issues and rat runs raised particular concern and the areas identified will all be monitored using the speed indicator device, which not only records speed, but also shows volume of traffic on the road. The SID is currently located on Longridge, an area which residents have expressed concern that drivers are breaking the 30mph speed limit. This data will feed in to police monitoring and longer-term traffic management strategies.

Parking caused a number of residents’ concern where vehicles parking on the pavement and grass verges are causing an obstruction to pedestrians and other vehicular access points. It is recognised that this is often the result of limited parking on roads, in particular those which are only suitable for one vehicle to pass. Resident parking schemes can be challenging to implement as if introduced must see vehicles parked wholly in a marked bay – meaning that on some of Knutsford’s streets (such as Queen Street) it would half the number of cars able to park.

Residents are reminded that parking on the pavement is unnecessary where there is enough space for another vehicle to pass and that consideration should be always given for a wheelchair or pushchair to pass on the pavement. Obstructive parking should be reported to the police who can issue penalty notices or remove the vehicle.

Other problems raised in the review included the high numbers of HGVs travelling through the town, some residents calling for a bypass and town centre restrictions.  Suggestions for new and improved pedestrian crossings were given and concerns were raised about the bus stop provision on Longridge, where passengers are now boarding and alighting on to grass verges due to new service routes.

The working group would like to thank all the residents who participated in this review and welcome feedback at any time. All of the issues reported will be considered when the Council gives feedback on consultations and will be reviewed to establish priorities for funding.

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Come Dine with the Mayor on 4 October!

Cllr Peter Coan, Mayor of Knutsford, today launched his third fundraising event a “Come Dine with the Mayor” which will take place in the evening of Thursday 4th October.  King Street’s Gusto is hosting a delicious three course meal which includes a glass of Prosecco on arrival.

Tickets are priced at £25 per person and all proceeds raised go to support the Mayor’s local charities: Friends of the Moor, Knutsford Community First Responder Trust, The Welcome and Knutsford Heritage Centre.

For more information visit: http://www.knutsfordtowncouncil.gov.uk/council/town-mayor/fundraising or contact the Mayor’s PA Annabel Irvine: 01565 653 929; Annabel.irvine@knutsfordtowncouncil.gov.uk.

Cllr Peter Coan the Mayor said: “I do hope you will be able to join me for a relaxed evening of food, drink at one of my favourite Knutsford restaurants.  All welcome!”

Standing L-R: from Gusto: Fernando Poveda, Manager and Lucy Wood, Sales and Events Manager

Seated L-R: Mrs Ann Coan, Mayoress of Knutsford, Cllr Peter Coan, Mayor of Knutsford

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Minor Highway Improvements

In the coming months Knutsford Town Council’s Highways Working group will be reviewing Knutsford’s roads to put forward suggestions for minor highways improvements to Cheshire East Council.

Whilst the larger junctions in the town centre are already earmarked for improvements through s106 contributions from the housing developments, the Town Council is focusing on the minor improvements in residential areas, such as improvements to parking or changes to traffic flows.

The council is keen to hear from residents on any small highways issues they have encountered in the Town.

Deputy Town Clerk, Sarah Morgan said “We are seeking your views on Knutsford’s traffic in residential areas, particularly in relation to traffic flow, rat runs and problem parking areas – but not major infrastructure such as a bypass or maintenance issues such as potholes”

Pot holes are not part of the review, but the council urges people to report these directly to Cheshire East Council using their online reporting service.

The speed indicator device purchased by the Town Council earlier in the year is in constant use for monitoring speeding problems around the town. Suggestions for new monitoring locations are always welcomed and previous data capture can be viewed on the Council website at www.knutsfordtowncouncil.gov.uk/speed-monitoring

If you know a problem area or have any suggestions for minor improvements for the Highways Working Group, please email sarah.morgan@knutsfordtowncouncil.gov.uk or call 01565 653929

 

 

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Town Council responds to airport Noise Action Plan consultation

Knutsford Town Council has responded to the Manchester Airport consultation on its new Noise Action Plan to cover the period 2019-2023. The plan is described as its ‘strategy for reducing aircraft noise to reduce impacts on communities living around the Airport’

The Town Council’s Airport working group prepared a response to the consultation with local experts on airport operations.

The Town Council considers that further actions should be taken in all areas of the plan and that the new Action Plan does not fulfil the Airport’s obligations to reduce the harmful health effects of noise, especially at night time.

With an increasing number of flights arriving and departing from the airport, retaining a fixed percentage restriction on total movements allows for increased noise disturbance to residents within the maximum quota count which has not yet been reached. The Town Council is asking for this number to reduce, particularly in relation to the use of Runway 2 at night, removing pricing incentives which entice the no frills airlines to make flights at night during the summer.

Residents living within the 63dB contour are currently eligible for the Sound Insulation Grant scheme. The Town Council also requests a programme of works to reduce to impact of noise discernible at ground level to those who live within the 54dB contour.

The council has suggested that the Airport commissions independent specialists to measure and report its performance against its legislative and regulatory requirements each year, as this would ensure openness and transparency on quality assured data in the future.

The consultation on the Draft Noise Action Plan runs until Tuesday 21st August. Further information can be found at https://www.manchesterairport.co.uk/community/environment/environmental-management/

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Front Garden Competition winners are announced

Green-fingered Knutsford residents showed even the smallest of gardens can impress the judges during Knutsford Town Council’s front garden competition.

All shapes and sizes of green spaces were entered into community contest, judged by the Mayor of Knutsford, Cllr Peter Coan, Bijal Mistry, manager of Fryer’s Garden Centre and Yvonne Bancroft, chair of Knutsford in Bloom.

With a cherry tree in full fruit, beautiful hanging baskets, lighting, bird feeders and baths and a small seating area, judges were in complete agreement that Peter Holt’s garden in Middle Walk was the winning entry.

A strong second place went to Susan Edwards and Richard Ankers in Lilac Avenue who had created a modern design with slate and wooden sleepers, impressing judges with their colour schemes, design, bird feeders and range of planting which was buzzing with bees.

Gina Cross won third place with her spectacular hanging baskets and potted displays outside her first floor flat in Middle Walk which, alongside Peter’s garden, make a wonderful floral walk down Middle Walk to the Moor.

Cllr Pete Coan said, ‘’It is absolutely wonderful that the local residents take such a pride in making Knutsford look lovely and there were so many gardens to judge, it was difficult to choose a winner.  however, pride of place has to be given to Peter for his wonderful all year-round display. His garden was absolutely outstanding, and I hope it gives as much pleasure to passers-by as it did for me to judge’’

The Mayor presented winners with a certificates and gift vouchers which were kindly donated by Fryer’s Garden Centre.

 

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Welcome Planters are In Bloom

Knutsford is in full bloom with a new welcome for visitors.

Large wooden planters have now been set around the ‘Welcome to Knutsford’ signs in Northwich Road, Knutsford Road and Chelford Road.

A smaller hanging planter is also on display on the Toft Road entry sign as part of the town’s submission for the North West in Bloom competition.

RHS judges were in Knutsford on 18th July to assess the town in the categories of horticultural achievement, environmental responsibility and community involvement for its entry.

Over the past two years Knutsford has won gold at North West in Bloom thanks to the hard work of the volunteers who maintain planters and beds around the town. Their efforts are supported by the Town Ranger, ANSA Environmental Services (Cheshire East) and the Town Council.

This year the judges were greeted by some traditional Knutsford street sanding at the council offices before embarking on a tour which took in Sparrow Lane allotments, Bexton Primary School’s garden and the floral displays in the town centre. Along the way the judges met volunteers from Friends of the Heath, Friends of the Moor, Knutsford in Bloom, Knutsford Heritage Centre garden volunteers and Town Ranger Bob Garner to talk about their contributions to the ‘In Bloom’ campaign.

The ‘Welcome to Knutsford’ flowers, planted by sponsor T & S Riley, will be replanted to bloom throughout the seasons and watered by the Town Ranger.

The Mayor of Knutsford, Cllr Pete Coan, said ‘’I would personally like to thank all the residents and businesses who worked so hard to make the town look splendid. It really does make such a difference to see the town coming together, yet again to show off their civic pride’’

Cllrs and Power and Coan watering the Northwich Road planter before the judges arrive

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Floral Walk – Results!

Knutsford shops and businesses, as usual, put on a beautiful Floral Walk display to celebrate the RHS Flower Show which took place in Tatton Park last week.

Two competitions make up the “Floral Walk”.  The formal RHS competition, judged by RHS with strict criteria for those who enter, and the informal competition led by the Town Council with winners chosen by the public on social media.

The formal RHS competition winner was Clare & Illingworth and they were presented with their prize on Wednesday 18th July.

The public vote was quite different with:

1st Place               Old Sessions House

2nd Place              Wine and Wallop

3rd Place               Pulse of Perfumery

Mayor of Knutsford, Councillor Peter Coan, presented the top three with their certificates on Tuesday 24th July and the winner gets the illustrious trophy to display for the year.

Councillor Coan said, “The whole week has been absolutely inspiring.  The amount of time and effort shown by local businesses is amazing and seems to get better with each passing year.  Our town looks fantastic and is a credit to all involved.  Well done everybody!”

Stephen Evans, Chief Executive of Carrwood Limited, who own The Old Sessions House, said, “The team of The Old Sessions House are delighted to have participated and won this year’s competition.  We never underestimate the importance of fully participating in local initiatives, as this helps to promote our fabulous town.  It was a total team effort and a big thank you to all who voted for us!”

Mayor and Mayoress of Knutsford with the team from The Old Sessions House

With Jemma from Wine and Wallop

With Peter and Danielle from Pulse of Perfumery

 

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Mayor leads Civic Sunday

Town Mayor Cllr Peter Coan welcomed dignitaries from across the county for his Civic Parade and Service on Sunday.  The parade was led by Rode Hall Silver Band who played various marches as the parade walked from King Street car park to Princess Street to Knutsford Methodist Church, announcing the arrival of the new Mayor to Knutsfordians.

Revd Rob Cotton gave a service which emphasised the importance of community service, support and volunteering. The Mayor opened the service with a short prayer and Cllr Andrew Malloy, Deputy Mayor and Cadet Max Risley the Mayor’s Cadet both gave readings during the service. The service featured a short video that was produced to showcase the work of their onsite Friendship Café for dementia sufferers.  The congregation of Knutsford Methodist Church welcomed the civic guests to their church and church volunteers helped organise the service and refreshments. 

Cllr Peter Coan said: “The weather was ideal for the parade and I was delighted that many notables from the town as well as so many Civic Dignitaries from Cheshire were able to join us.  They all looked resplendent in their chains.  The Civic Parade was rousingly led by Rode Hall Silver Band.  Thank you to Reverend Rob Cotton for leading an uplifting service on the theme of service to the community and helping others.”

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