Cllrs Su Russel and Gus Watson sat on swings, with Cllr James McCulloch stood behind holding them

Win £100 by sharing your views on green space

Knutsford residents could win £100 to spend in the town centre by sharing their views on the town’s parks and open spaces in a survey that launches today.

The survey, which has been created by Knutsford Town Council, asks residents a series of questions about how they use green spaces and what improvements or changes (if any) are needed to encourage use.

The data will feed into a Green Spaces Strategy which will help guide and secure investment in public open space across the town. The aim of the strategy will be to ensure Knutsford has a diverse network of open spaces to support the needs of all the community and the evidence gathered from the survey can be used to support applications for external funding.

Launching the survey, Town Mayor Cllr Colin Banks said “Whether its walking your dog, picnics or play we are keen to better understand how residents use their green spaces and what changes could be made to make them better”

“We are keen to hear from as many residents as possible so as an added incentive you could win £100 of Knutsford Vouchers – that could be a great meal at Evuna, some jewellery from Clarity or PR Jones or essentials at Woods Butchers.”

The survey includes optional sections on facilities for young people, the community orchard, heath and Moor. The survey is open for six weeks and closes on Friday 12th July. It can be completed online at Paper surveys are also available at The Welcome and Knutsford Library.

Flower Planters on a Roadside Barriers

Notice of Public Rights and Publication of Unaudited Annual Governance and Accountability Return


Local Audit and Accountability Act 2014 Sections 26 and 27
The Accounts and Audit Regulations 2015 (SI 2015/234)

1. Date of announcement Wednesday 29 May 2024

2. Each year the smaller authority’s Annual Governance and Accountability Return (AGAR) needs to be reviewed by an external auditor appointed by Smaller Authorities’ Audit Appointments Ltd.  The unaudited AGAR has been published with this notice. As it has yet to be reviewed by the appointed auditor, it is subject to change as a result of that review.

Any person interested has the right to inspect and make copies of the accounting records for the financial year to which the audit relates and all books, deeds, contracts, bills, vouchers, receipts and other documents relating to those records must be made available for inspection by any person interested. For the year ended 31 March 2024, these documents will be available on reasonable notice by application to:

Adam Keppel-Green, Town Clerk
Council Offices, Toft Road, Knutsford, WA16 6TA / 01565 653 929

commencing on Monday 3 June 2024
and ending on Friday 12 July 2024

3. Local government electors and their representatives also have:

  • The opportunity to question the appointed auditor about the accounting records; and
  • The right to make an objection which concerns a matter in respect of which the appointed auditor could either make a public interest report or apply to the court for a declaration that an item of account is unlawful. Written notice of an objection must first be given to the auditor and a copy sent to the smaller authority.

The appointed auditor can be contacted at the address in paragraph 4 below for this purpose between the above dates only.

4. The smaller authority’s AGAR is subject to review by the appointed auditor under the provisions of the Local Audit and Accountability Act 2014, the Accounts and Audit Regulations 2015 and the NAO’s Code of Audit Practice 2015.  The appointed auditor is:

PKF Littlejohn LLP (Ref: SBA Team)
1 Westferry Circus, Canary Wharf, London,  E14 4HD

5. This announcement is made by Adam Keppel-Green, Town Clerk and Responsible Financial Officer      

You can view the unaudited Annual Governance and Accountability Return here.

Knutsford Town Council and The Royal Cheshire County Show

Knutsford Town Council partners with The Royal Cheshire County Show to boost tourism

Knutsford Town Council is excited to announce a new partnership with the prestigious Royal Cheshire County Show, with the aim of promoting Knutsford as a premier destination under the newly launched Discover Knutsford brand. This contra-deal is designed to enhance the visibility of Knutsford and attract a wide audience of visitors to explore the town’s unique offerings.

The agreement will see The Royal Cheshire Show promoting Discover Knutsford on their platforms. In return, Knutsford Town Council will promote the Cheshire Show to enhance the event’s reach and impact in the local community. This collaborative effort aims to highlight Knutsford’s charm, history, and attractions to the thousands of attendees at the Cheshire Show.

“We are thrilled to partner with the Cheshire Show,” said Sandra Curties, Town Centre Manager at Knutsford Town Council.

“This collaboration is a fantastic opportunity to showcase the best of Knutsford to a diverse audience. With the new Discover Knutsford brand, we aim to highlight our town’s rich heritage, vibrant community, and unique experiences, and this is an excellent platform to help us achieve this.”

The Discover Knutsford brand was launched on social media earlier this month to encapsulate the essence of the town, offering visitors insights into its historical landmarks, picturesque settings, and a variety of events and activities. A website will follow later this year.

Rob Davenport the show Director said “The Cheshire Agricultural Society is thrilled to appoint Knutsford Town Council as Principal Partner of The Royal Cheshire County Show.”

“The new partnership will enable us to forge closer links with our local community and to provide mutually beneficial promotional opportunities for both parties. Visitors to the Show come from all over the UK and we look forward to encouraging them to explore the wonderful town of Knutsford as part of their visit, playing our part in boosting the local economy and raising the profile of the of the beautiful area in which the Show is based.”

For more information on The Royal Cheshire County Show visit their website and for more information on Knutsford follow Discover Knutsford on Instagram @discoverknutsford and Facebook Discover Knutsford.

Flash Fashion Photo Credit John Horsely

Flash Fashion highlights Knutsford as a destination shopping town

ITV presenter Katy Rickitt hosted the third Flash Fashion Knutsford catwalk show on Saturday 18th May. Once again, the fashion show attracted a remarkable turnout, with The Lost & Found packed with spectators both inside and out. Organised by Knutsford Town Council, this event had the town centre a buzz with shoppers.

Spectators queued up to get a glimpse of the outfits showcased at the event, reflecting the enthusiasm surrounding this fashionable affair. The vibrant atmosphere was further enhanced by the diverse collection of boutiques featured, cementing Knutsford’s reputation as a destination for shopping.

After the show attendees visited the shops and appreciated the dynamic retail scene that Knutsford has to offer. With shops covering multiple fashion categories, the event highlighted what a broad spectrum of fashion retail there is available in Knutsford.

An example of the unique shopping experience you can encounter in Knutsford comes from Redress who holds regular ‘Swap Shop’ pop ups at Dexter and Jones.

Owner of Redress Fiona Jackson-Gray said “Flash Fashion has become an unmissable event of Knutsford and Redress is so honoured to be a part of it.  We had a fantastic day at the fashion show and later in Dexter and Jones for our Swap Shop event.”

“To be able to be invited to walk alongside the boutiques of Knutsford with our preloved brand and for people to not only accept but absolutely relish in its unique qualities is an exciting concept and we hope to be a key part of the event for many years to come.  Thank you to the whole team for putting together a true fashion extravaganza and to everyone that came along to support our local independents.”

Sally Feeke from local designer footwear boutique said “We’ve been involved in every Flash Fashion event since 2019. 

“It is a great day and both the town and our shop had a real buzz meeting customers old and new. We love the event and we’ve benefited hugely from it so thank you to everyone involved.” 

Clare & Illingworth showcased their designer sunglasses, highlighting the premium brands that Knutsford has on offer. Richard Clare said. “Participating in the Flash Fashion event was a fantastic experience for Clare & Illingworth Opticians. The show brilliantly highlighted the amazing independent shops in Knutsford and we had the opportunity to meet many new people plus remind everyone that you can find luxury sunglasses right here locally, without the need to travel.”

For more information about Knutsford’s upcoming events and shopping opportunities follow the Discover Knutsford socials: Instagram @discoverknutsford, Facebook Discover Knutsford.

The top of a statue of a saluting soldier

Memorial Service to mark 80th anniversary of D-Day

Knutsford will join towns and villages across the UK and commonwealth as it commemorates the 80th anniversary of D-Day on Thursday 6th June.

D-Day was the large-scale invasion of Normandy, France by Allied forces during World War II on 6th June 1944. It was a pivotal moment in the war; after years of planning, troops stormed the heavily fortified beaches beginning the liberation of German-occupied Western Europe. The success of D-Day paved the way for the eventual Allied victory in Europe and the end of World War II the following year.

A memorial service will commence at 8:45pm at the Centennial War Memorial with a beacon being lit at 9:45pm. The service will be led by the Town Mayor, Cllr Colin Banks and his chaplain Rev Paul Deakin, all are welcome.

Town Ranger with Bug Hotel in Wallwood

Search is on for a Town Ranger Apprentice

The search is on for an apprentice to work alongside Knutsford’s Town Ranger.

The Town Ranger Apprenticeship is being offered by Knutsford Town Council and will see the apprentice completing a Level 2 Horticultural Operative apprenticeship with Reaseheath College in Nantwich.  Applications for the role opened today (23rd May) and close on Friday 14th June.

An apprenticeship offers the opportunity to ‘earn while you learn’. Apprentices spend 20% of the working week completing a formal qualification alongside learning on the job.

The Town Ranger Apprenticeship will help set the apprentice up for a career working outdoors in landscaping or grounds maintenance. The apprenticeship is initially for two years and in the first year the apprentice will earn £6.90 per hour.

The role will support the Town Ranger (and Cemetery Groundskeeper too) across a broad range of duties, from cutting grass and maintaining hedges, planting flowerbeds and maintaining barrier planters and keeping Knutsford clean and tidy with responsive maintenance.

Town Ranger Bob Garner has been with the council since 2018 and is looking forward to supporting the new apprentice.  “KTC offers so much variety and opportunity… plus you get to work with me” Bob said.

“It’s like community pay back but without wearing a tag, an opportunity to give something back to the community and be proud of what you achieved.

“If I can make one person’s life happier and easier today, that’s enough for me.”

The apprenticeship has been introduced to expand the Town Ranger service so the council can tackle more of the jobs that “somebody” should do across Knutsford, such as clearing overgrown paths and sweeping leaves in autumn.  The council chose an apprenticeship to enable it to do this whilst also offering someone the opportunity to build a career and develop a formal qualification and new skills.

The council is looking for someone who enjoys working outside, takes pride in their work and has a positive “can do” attitude.

An application form can be found online at

Alfresco Dining Knutsford

Alfresco Dining

Alfresco dining will take place in Knutsford on four summer Sundays in July and August this year.

Minshull Street will close on 9th June and 11th August from 9.30am to 10.30pm, and on Sunday 28th July and 18th August a section of King Street will do the same. This will allow restaurants, bars, and cafes to place tables and chairs outside for outdoor dining.

Knutsford Town Council has collaborated with town centre restaurants and cafes to organise the road closures and allow for large scale outdoor dining days throughout the summer. Core Highways will be providing traffic management services, and the roads will re-open at 10:30pm ready for the next day’s trading.

The first alfresco evenings took place in September 2021 as part of the Town Council’s work supporting local business during post lockdown recovery. The event returned in 2022 and 2023 with less success due to poor weather.

Sandra Curties, Town Centre Manager said, “We are pleased to be working with our hospitality venues on this event. Last year was a disappointment due to the weather and after reviewing the event with those involved, it was agreed to move them to a Sunday. This gives the venues more time to welcome dog walkers and Sunday shoppers as well as more time for the rain to stop!”

The Minshull Street and Princess Street closure and covers the following:

  • The entire length on Minshull Street
  • The section of Princess Street outside Lost & Found.

The King Street, road closure takes place on and covers the following areas:

  • King Street from the junction with Church Hill to the junction with Minshull Street.

The following venues will be providing alfresco dining or drinking tables from 9.30am to 10.30pm –

Princess & Minshull Street (9th June and 11th August)

  • Café on the Corner
  • Lost & Found
  • April’s Kitchen
  • Linden Stores
  • The Angel

King Street (28th July and 18th August)

  • Morgan Edwards
  • Gusto
  • Smokehouse and Cellar
  • King Street Kitchen
  • Wine and Wallop

Sandra continues “These road closures provide additional outside space to venues for their customers to enjoy the amazing food and drink Knutsford offers while also enjoying the iconic surroundings of Knutsford town centre. We hope these sessions are busy and give the town centre a lively continental atmosphere during the summer months. August 11th also coincides with FamilyFest, so this is definitely a date for the diaries”.

Patrons are urged to contact their chosen venue direct to see whether they need to book a space in advance. If the evenings are cancelled due to adverse weather, the cancellation will be announced across the following social media platforms; Discover Knutsford, Knutsford Town Council, and the participating venues.

Cllr Peter Coan presents a cheque to Neil Forbes of Knutsford GROW

Cllr Coan raises £7,500 for mayoral charities 

As his term of office came to an end at last week’s Mayor Making ceremony, outgoing Town Mayor Cllr Peter Coan announced the success of his fundraising efforts, raising £7,500 to be split between two good causes.

Cllr Coan had been raising funds for Knutsford GROW and the establishment of a Knutsford Men in Shed’s initiative and hosted series of fundraising events including a Summer BBQ, a beer tasting at Dexter & Jones, Dine with the Mayor at Linden Stores and guests discovered a Winter Wonderland at Tatton Park in November.

In December the Town Mayor ran a charity raffle stall at Knutsford Christmas Market with two lucky winners walking away with hampers that were kindly donated by the market traders at the Christmas market.

The mayor’s annual quiz night at The Angel was a roaring success, with many laughs and lots of money raised! Katy Collins and team walked away with the winner’s trophy.

The highlight of every Town Mayor’s year is the Mayor’s Charity Ball which, this year, was a glittering affair at Cottons Hotel and Spa.  With entertainment kindly sponsored by Mesoestetic, and drinks sponsored by Georgina Chase from Slater and Gordon. Local band “The Avenue” got everyone up on the dancefloor, whilst DJ Pete Deane entertained us with his DJ set and ice breaker games.

Prizes for the raffle and auction were generously donated by local businesses, the evening started with a bang as guests popped helium balloons, sponsored by Love the Dentist, inside which were vouchers for amazing nights out at restaurants, hotels, and the cinema.  The first prize winner of the raffle was treated to an overnight spa break at Cottons hotel & spa, whilst the silent auction included a signed Manchester United shirt, Bespoke shirt from King & Allen and a signed Everton FC shirt.

Cllr Peter Coan said “I would like to thank everyone who has supported me over the past 12 months. To each of the businesses who have sponsored or hosted my events, my fundraising efforts would not be possible without you.

I would like to personally thank everyone who has attended my events, I hope you enjoyed yourselves whilst raising much needed funds for my two charities.

I would like to congratulate Cllr Colin Banks on being elected as Knutsford’s new Town Mayor and I hope you will support him as much you have supported me throughout my term”.

Neil Forbes, trustee of Knutsford GROW “I’d like to thank Cllr. Coan and Civic Events Officer Gemma on behalf of Knutsford GROW’s Trustees, volunteers and especially our beneficiaries for the year of hard work building up to this donation.  It means a great deal to smaller charities like ‘GROW’ where every penny counts.  For example, we intend buying some extra rechargeable batteries for our equipment.  If you attended or hosted or contributed to any of the events, well done and our grateful thanks to you too”.

Rachel Meadows of UK Men’s shed association “Thank you to Peter and all those involved in supporting the progression of the Shed Movement in Knutsford for this generous donation. The UK Men’s Sheds Association believe there should be a Shed available for every person who wishes to access one and we are thrilled that Knutsford will soon have its own. The new Shed at Knutsford will be a valuable community space where people can socialise, share skills and support their mental health. We wish them every success in the future.”

L to R – Charlotte Jones and Tessa Blakemore (Bella Design & Marketing), Cllr Gus Watson, Cllr Peter Coan and Cllr Su Russell (Knutsford Town Council), Tobias Tew (Bella Design & Marketing), Cllr Bryan Hartley and Sandra Curties (Knutsford Town Council)

Explore Knutsford’s hidden gems with Discover Knutsford

A new place brand to promote Knutsford has been launched by Knutsford Town Council.

Discover Knutsford has been developed with funding from UK Government Shared Prosperity Fund and aims to elevate Knutsford’s profile on a regional and national scale.

Designed by the team at Knutsford’s own Bella Design and Marketing the Discover Knutsford brand captures the essence of the charming market town. With a focus on exploration the brand invites individuals to uncover the hidden gems and heritage that makes Knutsford a special destination.

Tessa Blakemore, Account Director at Bella Design and Marketing said “Our creative studio really enjoyed working with the team at Knutsford Town Council to create the new brand identity for Discover Knutsford. Our designers produced a contemporary, stylish brand which takes inspiration from the traditional architectural features and colour palette of the environment. It was important to respect the heritage whilst positioning Knutsford as a forward-thinking, multi-faceted place to visit. The emblem of the archway invites visitors to look beyond the obvious and discover everything our vibrant town has to offer.”

Discover Knutsford has been launched on social media to provide information on upcoming events and offering insights into everything Knutsford has to offer. It aims to be a resource for both residents and tourists, helping all to discover more of what Knutsford has to offer.

The UK Government Shared Prosperity Fund is also funding the development of a Discover Knutsford website and the creation of video and photography content to help market Knutsford and support the local economy. 

Sandra Curties, Town Centre Manager at Knutsford Town Council said “Ultimately the aim of Discover Knutsford is to increase awareness and encourage visitors to Knutsford. This will help Knutsford businesses and visitor attractions thrive and ensure we continue to have a vibrant and diverse town.”

“We are excited to use Discover Knutsford as a platform to showcase the unique charm of our town and put Knutsford on the map.”

For more details follow Discover Knutsford on Instagram @discoverknutsford and Facebook: Discover Knutsford. The website will launch later this year.

Aerial view of development off Northwich Road

Workshop to inform Town Council’s response to first Local Plan Consultation

Knutsford Town Council is inviting the community to help shape its response to the first consultation on a new local plan for Cheshire East.

The Local Plan is a major strategic plan that guides development across the borough. The current (2010-2030) plan allocated over 900 houses to be built in Knutsford. Cheshire East Council is now consulting on “issues” for its new local plan which would set out development needs across Cheshire East for a further 15+ years.

Cheshire East Council has published 13 topic based issues papers covering rural matters, homes for everyone, towns and villages, historic environment, transport and infrastructure and more. These documents can be read on the Cheshire East Council website at: Cheshire East Council’s consultation closes on 1st July.

To inform the Town Council’s response to the consultation, the Town Council is hosting a workshop where residents, businesses and other stakeholders are invited to discuss the topics and what is important for Knutsford. This takes place on Wednesday 5th June at 7pm in St John’s Church.

The evening will see the community discuss seven of the topics each in 15-minute rounds with each topic facilitated by the Town Council to capture everyone’s input. The output of the workshop will then shape the Town Council’s response to the consultation which it will agree in late June.

“The Local Plan is an incredibly important document that will determine how Knutsford develops over the coming years. It is vital that we, as a community, are switched on to the local plan process and play an active role in shaping this plan from this first stage all the way through to the end” said Town Clerk Adam Keppel-Green.

“The objective of this workshop is to engage more people in the local plan process and for you to inform the Town Council’s own submission to the consultation. We know this isn’t the most exciting way to spend a Wednesday evening, but it is important and as a Town we have to be actively engaged in the whole local plan process ”

Attendees are encouraged to read the topic papers published by Cheshire East Council for the areas they are interested in discussing, though each topic will be facilitated by the Town Council to enable all to participate and share their views. The meeting will run from 7pm to 9:30pm. Refreshments will be provided. The community is also encouraged to respond to the consultation directly with Cheshire East Council.