Archive for February, 2019

Town Meeting and Town Awards 2019

Knutsford’s community volunteers will be recognised next week at the annual Town Awards. The awards, now in their 6th year, recognise the contributions made to the community of Knutsford including businesses, community organisations and individuals.

The awards accompany the Annual Town Meeting, an annual open meeting of the community chaired by the Town Mayor. The meeting provides an opportunity for any resident to raise any issues they believe need discussing in Knutsford.

The Town Meeting and Town Awards takes place at 7pm on Thursday 7th March in St John’s Church.

“These awards recognise the outstanding work that many in our community do for the good of Knutsford, just being shortlisted for an award is a great achievement in itself” Town Mayor Cllr Peter Coan.

The nominations were judged by a panel comprising Cllrs Peter Coan, Andrew Malloy and James Power with Town Clerk Adam Keppel-Green and award sponsor Ian Cass from the Forum of Private Business.


Youth Award

  • Jake Phillips, Lenny Turner and Eleanor Woods
  • Samuel Rees

Business Award

  • Oliver Valves
  • Living Ventures
  • Mobberley Brewhouse

Community Award

  • Canute Lunch Club
  • Knutsford Air Cadets
  • The Toy Appeal
  • League of Hospital Friends

Civic Award

  • Ronnie and John Mills
  • Rob Walley
  • Beryl Jenyons
  • Kevin Griffiths
  • Valerie Bryant
  • Bob Garner

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Neighbourhood Plan goes to Referendum

Voters in Knutsford will be going to the polls on Thursday 14th March to answer the YES/NO question: “Do you want Cheshire East Council to use the Neighbourhood Plan for Knutsford to help it decide planning applications in the neighbourhood area?”.

This referendum is the final stage of four years of work led by the Town Council to create a Neighbourhood Plan. The development of the plan has been spearheaded by a group of councillors and volunteer residents with the advice of professional planners.

The plan started life in 2014 when a public meeting was held to discuss creating a Neighbourhood Plan; a group of councillors and residents then took this forward through the council’s Neighbourhood Plan Committee. Working groups were formed to look at specific areas in detail and in total around 100 volunteers were involved in drafting the plan.

An initial consultation took place in 2016 and this was followed by further consultation in 2017 with the publication of our emerging policies. A consultation on the draft plan then took place in May 2018 when the volunteers hand delivered a summary and invitation to review the plan through every door in Knutsford.  The aim has always been to inject a community voice into the planning system.

An approved Neighbourhood Plan is a statutory planning document – applications will be expected to comply with its policies and Cheshire East Council must use the plan to make its decisions. The town is set to expand over the next decade with almost 1000 houses being allocated in the CEC Local Plan; whilst the Neighbourhood Plan cannot prevent this growth, it seeks to ensure that the development will be in keeping with and meet the needs of Knutsford.

The Neighbourhood Plan does not promote any additional loss of greenbelt or development on our green spaces.

The referendum is like an election – it’s a YES/NO question and decided by a simple majority. If the majority vote YES, the plan is immediately brought into force. If the majority vote is NO the Town Council and community representatives will have to go back to the drawing board.

The plan contains policies covering all aspects of the town: Design, Education and Community Infrastructure, Employment and Retail, Environment, Health and Wellbeing, Heritage, Housing, Sports, Leisure, the Town Centre and Traffic and Transport.

You can read the full plan online at or view a copy in print at Knutsford Library. If you have any specific queries on the plan you can email

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Can you Beat the Mayor?

If you need a little something to get that grey matter working, why not head down to The Angel on King Street on Wednesday 20 February for Knutsford Town Mayor’s Charity Fun Quiz?  Starting at 7 pm, it’s just £2 per person to enter with lots of prizes on offer including a draw to win a bottle of wine just for pre-registering your team.

Mayor of Knutsford, Cllr Peter Coan said: “I invite you to test your trivia, and that’s not a medical term!  My thanks to Sabrina at The Angel for hosting the quiz at her pub.  We hope to see lots of you there where there will be lots of prizes to be won and all proceeds will go to the Mayor’s charities.”

All money raised from the Mayor’s fundraising this year will go to Knutsford Heritage Centre, Friends of the Moor, Knutsford Community First Responder Trust and The Welcome.

Register your team in advance by calling Annabel on 01565 653929 or email with the name of your team and number of players.  For more information visit:



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