One of the major town council projects since 2010 has been a programme of asset transfers from Cheshire East Council in the spirit of localism. To date, the Council has taken ownership of two town centre toilet blocks which were refurbished (and subsequently awarded Gold in the Loo of the Year awards), the market hall and the Warren Avenue and Sparrow Lane allotments. The Town Council also now holds the market rights for the town.
The Council is currently developing the business case for the transfer of the Town Council Offices and open spaces at Ashworth Park, Stanley Road and Longridge/North Downs.
Town Centre War Memorial
The idea of creating a new, central war memorial for Knutsford has formed the focus of the council’s commemoration of the First World War centenary. Knutsford Town Council has been working with the Knutsford Royal British Legion to relocate the Haron Baronian Statue to form a new War Memorial for Knutsford and a 2015 consultation gave strong support to this proposal(see here). The Town Council has recently sought quotations for creating the new memorial which will feature the names of the fallen from WWI, WWII and subsequent conflicts.
The Town Council owns the Tabley Hill Cemetery but it is operated by Cheshire East Council. The Town Council has increased up efforts to improve the cemetery over recent years and has a dedicated working group which works with CEC to monitor the condition of the cemetery and seek additional improvements. Recent improvements have included the re-standing of over 50 grave stones and removal of large shrubs to open the cemetery back out. The council is now looking to further improvements, such as a garden of remembrance and improved usage of the cemetery chapel.
Following the transfer of the two toilet blocks at Bexton Road and King Street, the Town Council arranged for the installation of brand new toilet facilities. The new toilet cubicles take up far less space within the footprint of the buildings than the former toilet units and the Operations committee is looking at how the empty space might be used.
The committee is looking to install a Changing Places toilet facility at the Bexton Road site and looking at options for commercially renting out the space at the King St site.