Council

The Town Council comprises 15 members elected every four years to represent the four wards of Knutsford. In order to manage Council business and expand resources in a way that delivers best value for money, the Council has adopted a committee structure. Whilst the full Council still makes the most important decisions, such as setting the precept, committees have delegated authority to make decisions in certain areas themselves.

All meetings of the Town Council and its committees are open to the public and press, except when items of a confidential nature are being discussed.

 

Committees

Environment

The Environment and General Purposes Committee is responsible for maintaining the Town’s environment. This covers things such as town centre benches and working with partners including Knutsford in Bloom and Cheshire East Council.

  • Cllr Power (Chairman)
  • Cllr Nicholson (Deputy Chairman)
  • Cllr Beswick
  • Cllr Hutchence
  • Cllr Malloy
  • Cllr Wells-Bradshaw
Events

The Events and Town Management Committee is responsible for delivering a programme of events across the year both directly and with partners. They are also responsible for other activities designed to improve the economic vibrancy of Knutsford.

  • Cllr Malloy (Chairman)
  • Cllr Power (Deputy Chairman)
  • Cllr Beswick
  • Cllr Coan
  • Cllr Farber
  • Cllr Hutchence
  • Cllr Mrs Wells-Bradshaw
  • Cllr Wells-Bradshaw
Finance
The Finance Committee is responsible for the management and oversight of all matters related to the Council finances. This includes the reviewing of applications to the Councils Community Grant Scheme.

  • Cllr Dean (Chairman)
  • Cllr Forbes (Deputy Chairman)
  • Cllr Coan
  • Cllr Gardiner
  • Cllr Gray
  • Cllr Mrs Gray
  • Cllr Malloy
  • Cllr Nicholson
Neighbourhood Plan

The Neighbourhood Plan Committee is tasked with developing a Neighbourhood Plan for Knutsford; it comprises both members of the Council and co-opted community representatives

  • Cllr Gardiner (Chairman)
  • Cllr Dean (Deputy Chairman)
  • Cllr Coan
  • Cllr Forbes
  • Cllr Malloy
  • Cllr Power
  • Mr Brian Chaplin
  • Mrs Sylvia Chapin
  • Dr John Coffey
  • Mrs Lesley Dalzell
  • Mrs Debbie Jamison
  • Mr Kevin Griffiths
  • Mr Keith Thompson

For more information visit www.knutsfordneighbourhoodplan.org.uk

Assets & Operations

The Assets and Operations Committee is responsible for the running of the Council’s businesses operations including the Council Offices, Allotments, Markets and Public Toilets.

  • Cllr Goodrich (Chairman)
  • Cllr Mrs Gray (Deputy Chairman)
  • Cllr Coan
  • Cllr Farber
  • Cllr Forbes
  • Cllr Gray
  • Cllr Malloy
  • Cllr Nicholson
  • Cllr Wells-Bradshaw
  • Cllr Mrs Wells-Bradshaw

Personnel

The Personnel Committee is responsible for the oversight of all personnel related matters including recruitment and staff management.

  • Cllr Goodrich (Chairman)
  • Cllr Mrs Gray (Deputy Chairman)
  • Cllr Coan
  • Cllr Forbes
  • Cllr Malloy
  • Cllr Nicholson
Planning

The Planning and Licensing Committee is responsible for the Council’s function as a consultee on Planning applications, and submits responses to Cheshire East Council on all applications made within the town. It also responds to national planning consultations on behalf of the Town Council.

  • Cllr Farber (Chairman)
  • Cllr Dean (Deputy Chairman)
  • Cllr Beswick
  • Cllr Coan
  • Cllr Gardiner
  • Cllr Gray
  • Cllr Malloy
  • Cllr Wells-Bradshaw

The Council has one sub-committee, the Council Offices sub-committee which comprises Cllrs Goodrich, Mrs Gray, Forbes and Malloy.

How the Council Operates

The Council operates a committee structure whereby the majority of decisions made are made by a committee. For more important decisions, such as creating new employment posts, taking on assets and setting the precept, the decision is made by the Full Council.

Most committees and the  Council meet every six weeks to consider matters as detailed on the agendas. There are rules specifying a minimum number of Councillors must be present in order for decisions to me made (quorum) which varies between 3 (Personnel, Planning and Neighbourhood Plan) and 5 (Assets and Full Council).

The Council employs the Town Clerk and other officers to carry out the decisions  routine administration of the Council. The Town Clerk is responsible for managing all other employees and ensuring the Council follows correct procedure and legislation.

Committees may from time to time establish working groups of Councillors. Working groups cannot make decisions on behalf of the Council and usually are established to research projects and make recommendations back to the parent committee.

Council and Committee meetings are open to the public to attend and time is set aside for members of the public to address the Council. You can also share your views by contacting your Councillors or the Town Clerk.

Working Groups

The Council or Committees may from time to time establish working groups to research and develop ideas or projects. Working groups are informal but governed by a terms of reference. Working groups cannot make decisions on behalf of the Council and usually comprise of around 3-4 councillors and an officer. Sometimes referred to as ‘task-and-finish’ groups as they generally disband after their work is complete. Working group meetings are not formally documented, but on occasion a memo of the outcomes of the meeting may be produced. For any queries contact the Town Clerk.