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Man convicted after flouting Lantern Parade road closure

The Town Council is proud to host a number of community events every year and we naturally take the safety of visitors very seriously. Some of these events involve the temporary closure of roads to allow parades to pass through and we do our best to ensure that these closures are publicised in advance through signage and our social media and we seek to minimise disruption to residents and local businesses.

At the 2018 Lantern Parade a car ignored the road closure signage, verbally abused a member of Town Council staff and breached the road closure order to drive up King Street, in the process striking said member of staff on the hip, but fortunately not encountering the parade as he drove off.

This incident was immediately reported to Cheshire Police and on Wednesday 25th September Mr Paul Lockton appeared at Chester Crown Court charged with dangerous driving. Mr Lockton was found guilty and sentenced to two months imprisonment suspended for 12 months, 150 hours of community service and a 12-month driving disqualification.

In sentencing, Mr Recorder Atkinson said: “You drove your Audi R8 dangerously on a dark and rainy winters night in Knutsford Town Centre. The road was closed appropriately, and signs had been placed on King Street. It was explained to you by the marshall, Mr Garner, that a children’s lantern parade was due to emerge onto the road at any moment.

You responded with abusive language to the marshall who was there to enforce the road closure and protect the children and adults in the parade. You drove at speed in the very direction the parade was due to emerge from and in doing so struck with Mr Garner with your car. You were highly culpable and placed others at risk. Thankfully the injury to Mr Garner was minor but your actions were shocking to those that witness them.”

Town Clerk, Adam Keppel-Green said “Mr Lockton’s actions endangered the public at our event. When roads are closed, they are closed for a reason and drivers should not attempt to just proceed past barriers. We like this to serve as an example of the potential implications for those who consider that the rules do not apply to them.”

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Neighbourhood Plan Commended by RTPI

Planning experts at the Royal Town Planning Institute have commended Knutsford’s Neighbourhood Plan in their annual Planning Excellence Awards. The Knutsford Neighbourhood Plan received a commendation in the Spatial Planning category for the North West region, with judges praising the level of volunteer involvement from the community in developing the plan with the town council.

Bev Watson, Regional Co-Ordinator of the North West Royal Town Planning Institute said “Judges were impressed with the wide range of planning policies within the plan and the clear diagrams which hep to create a more user-friendly document. It is a good example of a community led plan, which has provided opportunities for engagement and which has helped to raise the awareness and understanding of planning issues across the community.”

The Neighbourhood Plan, which was developed by Knutsford Town Council working with representatives of the wider community, was approved at a referendum in March and sits alongside the Local Plan for use by Cheshire East planners making decisions about development in the Town.

RPTI Award Logo

Supported by Urban Imprint, the Macclesfield based planning consultants who helped create the plan, Neighbourhood Plan Committee Chairman Cllr Stewart Gardiner and Mr Brian Chaplin, who led the Housing and Employment working group, were interrogated by RTPI judges on the content and development of the plan.

Cllr Gardiner said “’As a member of the Royal Town Planning Institute I am extremely proud to have been the lead councillor in the team that delivered the Knutsford Neighbourhood Plan and to have been judged by my peers to secure this commendation.

However, this award is not about me, but an affirmation of all the hours of hard work and effort put into the process by my Town Council colleagues, The team at Urban Imprint and so many Knutsford residents; too many to name here but a big THANKS to you all- please share my pride”

Cllr Stewart Gardiner with the Neighbourhood Plan Posters

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Conclusion of Audit

The audit of accounts for Knutsford Town Council for the year ended 31 March 2019 has been completed and the accounts have been published. No issues have been raised by the council’s external auditor, PKF Little John.

No issues were raised by the council’s internal auditor’s JDH Business Services.

You can view the audit papers here: 2018/19 Annual Governance and Accounting Records

And the Notice of Conclusion of Audit here: Notice of Conclusion of Audit

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Commemoration of the 80th Anniversary of WWII

Knutsfordians are invited to join Town Mayor Cllr Andrew Malloy for a short service of remembrance at the Centennial War Memorial on Toft Road to recognise the 80th anniversary of the start of World War II. The service takes place at 6pm on Tuesday 3rd September.

The Mayor will be joined by his chaplain, Reverend Paul Deakin for prayers and readings to commemorate this significant anniversary.

Town Mayor Cllr Andrew Malloy said: “Please join me at the centennial memorial to commemorate 80 years since the start of World War II.  This service will be a solemn reminder of the conflict that was never meant to happen, ahead of more celebratory events in May 2020 to recognise the 75th anniversary of VE day.”

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Front Garden Competition

Knutsford is already blooming with the RHS Tatton Flower Show in town, floral shop window displays plus an upcoming visit from the Northwest In Bloom Competition judges, and now Knutsford Town Council is inviting residents to get involved by nominating gardens for the 2019 Knutsford Front Garden Competition.

The competition, organised by the council in 2019, encourages residents to get involved with the In Bloom campaign and either show off their own beautiful front gardens or maybe nominate a neighbour.

The competition is open to any garden which is on view to members of the public, and anything can be nominated from window boxes to large landscaped gardens. Residents are encouraged to snap a photo of their favourite Knutsford front gardens and enter them into the competition by emailing the picture to the council. Residents can nominate their own gardens, a neighbour’s garden or a garden that they have passed on their travels.

The competition has once again been sponsored by Fryers Garden Centre on Manchester Road who will be providing prizes for the three winners. The competition will be judged by the Town Mayor with representatives from Knutsford in Bloom and Fryers.

“Whether you’re proud of your own garden or think your neighbour’s efforts have been paying off all you need to do is send us a picture to enter it – it’s a fun, local competition focused on recognising the spaces that brighten people’s days” said Town Clerk, Adam Keppel-Green.

The competition opened on Monday 15th July and will be open for one month until Friday 16th August. To enter just send a photograph and the address of the garden to alex.brown@knutsfordtowncouncil.gov.uk. You can enter as many gardens as you’d like, and can also submit entries in person to the Council Offices on Toft Road.

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Third Music Festival hailed a success

Knutsford was alive with the sound of music this weekend as the Music Festival took place across the Town. The third annual Festival, organised by Knutsford Town Council, has been hailed a success as residents and visitors alike enjoyed a wide range of musical entertainment in venues across the Town.

Music on the Moor on Saturday afternoon proved particularly popular as families enjoyed live music from acts including Modjango, Gigi and Sam Lyon, African drumming workshops with Drumroots and making their own musical instruments with Kate’s Craft Parties!

Deputy Town Clerk, Lisa Benskin said “it was brilliant to see so many people enjoying this community event and we were very relieved to see the sunshine arrive in time after a lot of rain so far this month! We have received many messages saying how lovely it was to see the Moor so busy and how similar events should be done more often!”

With events featuring Blues, Folk, Alternative and Classical across the weekend, there really was something for everyone.  The Folk at the Theatre event curated by Mark Radcliffe was very popular with an extremely high calibre of well know Folk artists, such as John Smith, fresh from his American tour.

The festival featured 44 acts across 20 venues across four days and organisers were quick to thank those that made the event possible. Knutsford Town Mayor and Lead Member of the Music Festival working Group Cllr Andrew Malloy said “I am delighted with the success of this year’s Knutsford Music Festival, helped by the good weather, but not possible without the hard work of Council Officers, volunteers from Knutsford Hosts, and the support of the good people and businesses of Knutsford and surrounding areas. All the performers I was able to get to see were amazing, I can’t wait to see what 2020 has to offer.”

Lisa added, “without the support of our sponsors Bella Design and Marketing, Wine and Wallop, Glaisyers and Dexter and Jones alongside the venue hosts and businesses taking part in the fringe events, and of course those who bought tickets and came out to support the event, the festival would not be possible, so a huge thank you!”

Cllr James Power, Deputy Chairman of the Events Committee added “The Knutsford music festival shows the very best of this great town. From drumming workshops and performances on the Moor to the superb folk nights with the brilliant Mark Radcliffe to sublime classical music. We have seen so many talented musicians and it’s inspiring to see new artists making their debuts here. This festival was a huge success – a massive thank you to everyone involved.”

Organisers are now undertaking a review of the festival in order to improve it for 2020, if you have any feedback you would like to provide or suggestions to make for 2020 please email lisa.benskin@knutsfordtowncouncil.gov.uk

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Market Hall excels in LYLM

Knutsford Market Hall have been specially commended by National Association of British Markets Authorities (NABMA) for their contribution to its annual Love your Local Market campaign.

Love your Local Market started on 17th May and lasted for two weeks.  During this time Knutsford Market Hall hosted Egerton School Choir, a Face Painter, Competitions and had a ‘sample’ day offering visitors to the town a taste of all the products the market offers.  There was also a strong social media campaign across Twitter and Facebook.  All traders took part in the campaign.  NABMA gave special praise to Knutsford Market Hall for its strong participation nationally for LYLM with specific mention for photography (Tatton Photography) and trader engagement (The Market Café).  The market overall topped the list of special mentions nationally for its campaign as well.

Sandra Curties, Town Centre Manager, said, “Everyone at The Market Hall was really pleased with the way the campaign went this year.  It has been great to see new faces in the market and our different mix of stalls.  We hope people are realising what a gem the Market is. We host supper clubs, quiz nights and take part in community events all year round.  If you work elsewhere and don’t have time to pop in all our traders are on our website and can be contacted for pre-orders and in many cases delivery. We love our LYLM mugs as well!

Knutsford Market Hall is open every Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday from 8am to 4pm. The Market Café also open on Wednesday. Shoppers at Knutsford Market can find everything for dinner from, fruit and veg, wine and a great range of meat, poultry and fish.  There is a café and you can buy women’s and children’s clothing and accessories and gifts.  There is also a stall offering a weigh and save and eco products. Alongside this is a photography stall offering a full range of both consumer and corporate photography services.

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Town Council gains vacant possession of 60 King Street

Knutsford Town Council has now gained vacant possession of 60 King Street. La Belle Epoque Limited vacated the premises by 4pm on Sunday (16th) when the Town Council entered the building and took possession. This marked the end of four challenging years between the council as landlord and La Belle Epoque Limited as tenant which had included the non-payment of rent, unauthorised alterations and frustration of essential repairs.

Notwithstanding the message, the council was extremely disappointed that La Belle Epoque put the public at risk by hanging two banners off the Gaskell Memorial Tower on Friday afternoon. When the banners were removed it was apparent that the wood used to weight the banners was close to falling off and down onto King Street. 

Moving Forward

Following an options appraisal, the Town Council has resolved to progress finding a new tenant to occupy the building. It is anticipated that the building will be let on a full repairing and insuring lease, removing the obligation on the town council of being responsible for the building’s maintenance. It is anticipated that as a result of the change in lease the council will save taxpayers money by offsetting the required council tax.

During the next few weeks the Town Council will be agreeing the heads of terms for a new leasing arrangement and appointing a commercial estate agent to market the property. It is anticipated that the property will be advertised in late July/early August.

Whilst the property is empty, the council will utilise the window space for local businesses to host pop-up window displays, something the council encourages other landlords with vacant properties to do, to reduce the visual impact of empty shops on the high street.

Cllr Andrew Malloy, Town Mayor said “This marks the end of four years of dispute with our former tenant. The council takes no joy in the outcome but looks to the future in securing a new occupier for this iconic Knutsford building”. 

Cllr Peter Coan, Chairman of the council’s Assets and Operations Committee added “This presents us with an opportunity to re-let the property on more favourable terms for the local council tax payers. We look forward to a new occupancy with a tenant that will secure for the town a vibrant centre piece we can truly be proud of”. 

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Publication of Unaudited Accounts

NOTICE OF PUBLIC RIGHTS AND PUBLICATION OF
UNAUDITED ANNUAL GOVERNANCE & ACCOUNTABILITY RETURN

ACCOUNTS FOR THE YEAR ENDED 31 MARCH 2019

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

1.Date of announcement Monday 10th June 2019

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 2019, these documents will be available on reasonable notice by application to:

Adam Keppel-Green, Town Clerk
Council Offices, Toft Road, Knutsford, WA16 6TA
townclerk@kntusfordtowncouncil.gov.uk – 01565 653 929

commencing on Monday 17 June 2019
and ending on Friday 26 July 2019

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
sba@pkf-littlejohn.com

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

You can view the unaudited AGAR here: 2018/19 Annual Governance  and Accounting  Records

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D-Day Commemorations – Thursday 6th June

Mayor of Knutsford Cllr Andrew Malloy will be leading a short act of remembrance to mark the 75th anniversary of D-Day. The Mayor, joined by town councillors and representatives of the Knutsford Royal British Legion, will be laying a wreath at the Centennial War Memorial at 5:30pm on Thursday 6th June.

Two Knutsfordians remembered on the memorial died on D-Day, Lieutenant George Frederick Peters and Private Sydney Stringer Walton, both of the Parachute Regiment Air Army Corps.

Members of the public are invited to join this short act of remembrance.

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