Archive for April, 2019

Co-option of a Councillor

Following the uncontested elections, a vacancy exists for a councillor for Over Ward.

The Town Council will co-opt to fill this vacancy at its meeting on Monday 3rd June at 7pm in the Council Offices.

If you would like to be considered for co-option as a councillor for the 2019-2023 term, please complete the application form below and return by email to: by Monday 20th May.

Application for Co-Option

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Update on 60 King Street

Knutsford Town Council is the freehold owner of the property at 60 King Street, commonly known as the Belle Epoque. Since 2015 the Town Council has encountered numerous problems with its former tenant at 60 King Street, La Belle Epoque Limited. These have included non-payment of rent, frustration of essential maintenance, unauthorised alterations to the building and numerous court proceedings. The council had tried to work with La Belle Epoque to reach resolution on issues to no resolve.

La Belle Epoque Limited entered into a Company Voluntary Arrangement (CVA) which was accepted by their notified creditors on 19th February 2019.  The Town Council was not included or notified of the CVA.

In entering into the CVA, La Belle Epoque Limited, by their own action, have forfeited their lease for 60 King Street.  Following legal advice and conscious of our responsibilities to the taxpayers of Knutsford the council does not deem it wise to enter into a new lease with an insolvent company and as such the decision was taken to issue possession proceedings against La Belle Epoque for return of the premises.

The relationship of landlord and tenant between the Town Council and La Belle Epoque is at an end. La Belle Epoque remain in the premises effectively as a trespasser until the Court grant formal possession of 60 King Street to the Town Council. The possession hearing is due to take place on 15th May 2019. It is therefore likely that La Belle Epoque will need to vacate the premises by the end of May and the building will then revert to the Council.

In June, following the newly elected councillors coming into office in late May, the Town Council will discuss the long-term management of the property. There will be a period of time, likely between 3-6 months, where the property is unoccupied, and the Town Council is unfortunately unable to offer the premises to hire during this period.

The Town Council has spoken with a number of wedding parties who had bookings at the property. Our advice is:

  • If you have wedding insurance, speak with your insurers
  • If you made payments to the company on credit card, speak with your card providers
  • Seek legal advice
  • Speak with Cheshire East Council’s registration department – changing premises will require new notice be given for the marriage


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Town Council Elections Uncontested

No polls will be held for the Town Council elections in May with all wards being uncontested. This means the persons detailed below will automatically be elected on May 2nd and come into office the following week.

There remains one vacancy for Over Ward, which the Town Council will fill by co-option in June/July. You can express interest in filling this vacancy by emailing the Town Clerk:

Bexton Ward

COAN, Barbara24 Mansion DriveThe Conservative Party Candidate
HOUGHTON, Mike167 Ashworth ParkThe Conservative Party Candidate
POWER, James9 County Terrace, Stanley RoadThe Conservative Party Candidate

Nether Ward

FLETCHER, Katherine83 Manchester RoadThe Conservative Party Candidate
GARDINER, Stewart23 Queen StreetThe Conservative Party Candidate
GRAY, Christopher 8 Glebelands RoadThe Conservative Party Candidate

Norbury Booths Ward

ABEL, Quentin11 St John's RoadIndependent
NICHOLSON, Jan39 Warren AvenueThe Conservative Party Candidate
ROBERTSON, Matthew17 Beggarman’s LaneThe Conservative Party Candidate

Over Ward

COAN, PeterMerridale, Plumley Moor Road, PlumleyThe Conservative Party Candidate
DALZELL, Lesley2 Leycester RoadIndependent
FORBES, Neil69 Westfield DriveThe Conservative Party Candidate
MALLOY, Andrew29 Thorneyholme DriveIndependent
MCCULLOCH, James10 Gaskell RiseThe Conservative Party Candidate


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