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

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 Forbes (Chairman)
  • Cllr Malloy (Deputy Chairman)
  • Cllr Coan
  • Cllr Dean
  • Cllr Gardiner
  • Cllr Gray
  • Cllr Nicholson
  • vacancy
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. The committee also oversees the Town Ranger role and organises the Town Guide.

  • Cllr Coan (Chairman)
  • Cllr Power (Deputy Chairman)
  • Cllr Forbes
  • Cllr Greenstein
  • Cllr Goodrich
  • Cllr Hutchence
  • Cllr Nicholson
  • vacancy
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 Coan
  • Cllr Mrs Gray
  • Cllr Greenstein
  • Cllr Forbes
  • Cllr Nicholson
  • Cllr Wells-Bradshaw
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
  • Cllr Farber
  • Cllr Forbes
  • Cllr Gray
  • Cllr Nicholson
  • vacancy
  • vacancy

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 Malloy
  • Cllr Nicholson
  • Cllr Wells-Bradshaw
  • vacancy
  • vacancy

Personnel

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

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

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, 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.

Working Group Reports To Members TOR
War Memorial WG Environment Cllrs Bancroft, Coan, Hutchence & Dean War Memorial WG TOR
Empty Spaces WG Operations Cllrs Forbes, Farber & Malloy Empty Spaces WG TOR
Cemetery WG Operations Cllrs Mrs Gray, Goodrich, Nicholson & Bancroft Cemetery WG TOR
ICT WG Operations Cllrs Goodrich, Malloy & Farber ICT WG TOR
Health & Social Care WG Council Cllrs Malloy, Gardiner, Wells-Bradshaw and Mrs Gray Health + SC WG TOR
Internal Audit WG Finance Cllrs Dean, Coan and Bancroft Internal Audit TOR
Conservation Area Review WG Planning Cllrs Bancroft & Greenstein Conservation WG TOR
Asset Transfer WG Operations Cllrs Forbes, Wells-Bradshaw, Bancroft, Coan & Power Asset Transfer WG TOR
Listed Building Review WG Planning Cllrs Gardiner & Bancroft tbc

For Neighbourhood Plan working groups, please see the Neighbourhood Plan Website.