Archive for August, 2018

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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