Archive for March, 2019

Town Council Elections 2019

The notice of the 2019 Town Council elections has now been published, giving potential candidates until 4pm on Wednesday 3rd April to stand for election.

Elections are being held for all 15 seats on the Town Council – all existing councillors retire from the council and must stand for election if they wish to continue and a number of the current councillors will not be seeking re-election.

The election for any contested wards will take place on Thursday 2nd May.

Can I stand for election?

To stand for election you must be at least 18 years old, a British citizen, European Union citizen or eligible Commonwealth citizen. You must meet one of the following qualifications

  1. Be a registered elector in Knutsford OR
  2. Have occupied  as owner/tenant land or premises in Knutsford for the whole of the past 12 months OR
  3. Knutsford is your only or main place of work during the past 12 months OR
  4. You lived within three miles of the parish boundary during the whole of the past 12 months

You would be disqualified for standing if you are employed by the council, are subject to bankruptcy restrictions, have been sentenced to more than three months in prison during the last five years or if you have ever been disqualified for corrupt or illegal electoral practises.

How do the wards affect the election?

Knutsford is divided into four electoral wards – Over, Bexton, Nether and Norbury Booths. You can view a map of the wards here: Knutsford Ward Map.

Each ward elects 3 councillors, except Over which elects 6. Candidates must stand in any ward – they don’t have to live in that specific part of town. Voters in each ward will chose from the candidates standing in their area – Over Ward can vote for up to six councillors, the others up to three.

How do I stand?

To stand you must complete a nomination form, which you can download here: Nomination Forms.

You will need an elector from the ward you wish to stand in to propose you and a second person to second you. You then need to hand deliver your form to the elections staff at Cheshire East Council’s Sandbach office – by 4pm on Wednesday 3rd April.

 

 

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Neighbourhood Plan approved at Referendum

The Knutsford Neighbourhood Plan has been approved at a referendum held yesterday (14th March). The culmination of over four years of work by the Town Council and volunteer residents, the Neighbourhood Plan now forms part of the development plan for Knutsford, meaning it must be used by Cheshire East Council to make planning decisions.

2100 voters turned out to cast ballots at the referendum, representing a turnout of 19.97%. 1744 votes were cast in favour with 349 against and 7 ballot papers rejected.

Town Clerk, Adam Keppel-Green said “I am delighted that the community has given the Neighbourhood Plan the seal of approval. The plan injects Knutsford’s voice into the planning system and gives more influence to community in shaping how Knutsford will develop over the coming years.”

Developing the plan was a key strategic aim of the council and saw  hundreds of hours of volunteer, councillor and officer time dedicated to its creation since 2014.

“On behalf of the whole council, I would like to thank all the volunteers who have been involved in the working groups which helped create the policies in the plan and all the residents who have taken part in the consultations, attended meetings or asked questions that have helped shape this plan.” Adam added.

 

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Community heroes recognised at Town Awards

Knutsford’s community heroes were recognised at the Knutsford Town Awards, which took place at the annual town meeting on Thursday 7th March. A shortlist of nominees was invited for each category, with the winners announced live on the night.

The awards were presented by Ian Cass, managing director of the Knutsford based Town Awards sponsor the Forum of Private Business and Town Mayor Cllr Peter Coan.

The Youth Award went to Lenny Turner, Jake Phillips and Eleanor Woods for organising an annual charity concert which has raised thousands of pounds for charities.

Oliver Valves, based on Parkgate Industrial Estate received the Business Award for their continued support of local charities, most recently contributing towards the cost of a new boiler for the Welcome Café.

The Canute Lunch Club received the Community Award for their work combating loneliness through providing a weekly lunch club for the older residents of Knutsford.

A special award went to the Knutsford Air Cadets in recognition of their establishing a Marching Band in time for the 2018 Remembrance Parade.

The Welcome volunteer Beryl Jenyons received the first Civic Award in recognition of her volunteering five-days a week at the centre. Rob Walley, group leader at 2nd Knutsford Scouts received the second Civic Award for what was described by his nominations as “transformational leadership” which saw fundraising, membership and volunteering increase.

The final Civic Award went to Ronnie and John Mills for their work with Knutsford Stroke Club where they have held a number of roles for almost 30 years.

The Town Council announced the launch of a new award category, the Extra Mile award which will go to someone who is employment but goes above and beyond their duties to the benefit of the community. The inaugural award went to the council’s own Town Ranger, Bob Garner who has engendered true community though his entertaining use of twitter and we know he takes huge pride in everything he does.

Speaking at the awards, Cllr Coan said “The judging panel is always blown away by the volume and variety of nominations received and it is always humbling to read about the fantastic work that goes on in our community. Truly, as Mayor, it makes me so proud knowing that so many give so much to our town”

A gallery of photographs from the event can be found on the council’s Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com//knutsfordtowncouncil/

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Town Mayor Looking Forward to his Fundraising Ball on 23 March

Knutsford Town Mayor, Cllr Peter Coan is looking forward to his Charity Ball which takes place on Saturday 23 March at The Courthouse.  The ball is the Mayor’s biggest fundraising event of the year and is on target to raise over £5,000 for the Mayors Charities: Knutsford Heritage Centre, Friends of the Moor, Knutsford Community First Responder Trust and The Welcome.

 

This has been a record-breaking year for sponsorship, and we are delighted to have the support of: Fisher German, Bentley Manchester, Bridgfords, Event Buddha, WA16:PR,  Watterson Financial Planning, Michael McDonald, Ultimate Creative Communications, VME, Packaging Automation Ltd, Eleven Recruitment, Knutsford Admin, KDR Recruitment, Elite Health, Hewitt Interiors and Knutsford Veterinary Surgery.

 

Cllr Peter Coan, Mayor of Knutsford said: “It has been great to have your support over the year, I really do hope you can continue your support by attending my premier event to raise vital funds for our very local charities.  I hope to see you there on the night for what is sure to be a fantastic evening.”

 

Tickets are available for the night at £48 per person for a delicious 3-course meal, arrival drink, close-up magician, Singer Alex Ashe and Decades Disco DJ.  Contact Mayor’s PA by calling Annabel on 01565 653929 or email annabel.irvine@knutsfordtowncouncil.gov.uk to book your place.

 

Raffle tickets are on sale now for the Mayor’s Prize Draw at £2 each.  We have over 30 amazing prizes which will be drawn on the night.  Tickets are available from Knutsford Heritage Centre and the Council Offices or contact Annabel Irvine (details above).  We are grateful to all the local shops and businesses who have donated prizes for the ball.  If you would like to make a prize donation please get in touch Annabel.

Picture from L – R: Ann Coan, Mayoress of Knutsford, Cllr Peter Coan, Mayor of Knutsford, Ruben Pita, The CourthouseMayor

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