The examination of the Knutsford Neighbourhood Plan has now commenced, following a six week consultation.
In a letter from the appointed inspector, Andy Mead, it has been confirmed that the examination will be undertaken by written representations and a hearing is unlikely. The Inspector is aiming to issue his draft report withing 4-6 weeks.
You can view the Inspector’s letter here: Inspector’s Letter to Knutsford Town Council.
This year, Remembrance Sunday (11th November) marks 100 years since the end of the First World War. The timetable of Remembrance for 2018 is as follows:
0845 Service at St Cross Church
0920 Wreath laying and Prayers at Cross Town war memorial
1000 Parade assembles at Drury Lane
1015 Parade from Drury Lane to St Johns Church
1045 Remembrance Service at St Johns Church
1145 Parade to Centennial War Memorial
1200 Wreath laying and prayers at Centennial War Memorial
1220 Parade back Drury Lane
1245 Wreath laying and prayers at the War Memorial Cottage Hospital
1345 Wreath laying and prayers at the Tatton Park Parachute Regiment Memorial
1430 Refreshments at Council Offices
Knutsford Town Council’s Neighbourhood Plan Committee is celebrating as it reaches the key milestone of submitting the final draft of the Neighbourhood Plan to Cheshire East Council. The Neighbourhood Plan has been painstakingly prepared by a team of councillors and volunteer residents over the past four years and has been informed by three public consultations.
The submission of the plan to Cheshire East brings the plan sees its adoption on the horizon with it now being subject a final statutory consultation which runs until November 23rd. Members of the public can view the Neighbourhood Plan and its supporting documents on the Neighbourhood Plan website – www.knutsfordneighbourhoodplan.org.uk and comments on the policies can be submitted to Cheshire East Council.
The plan will go to examination by a planning expert in December with a public referendum on its adoption expected in February, but by reaching this crucial stage the policies already begin to have some weight in making planning decisions.
Town Clerk Adam Keppel-Green said “We are proud to be reaching this key stage and moving a step closer to the Neighbourhood Plan being brought into force. Once again we would like to place on record our thanks to all those who have taken the time to contribute to the plan and especially to the volunteers on our working groups who have helped us create a Neighbourhood Plan”
Nearly 100 residents have worked on the detail of the polices and hundreds more have fed into the process at consultations over the past few years. The Town Council was supported by Macclesfield based Urban Imprint who provided technical knowledge and have helped ensure the plan meets its statutory requirements.
Since 2000 the Town Council and Knutsford Lions have offered a bursary of £500 to a second-year student from Knutsford to assist with their studies. This bursary is often supported by further smaller awards from the Knutsford Lions.
The bursary is open to all second-year university students whose term-time address is in Knutsford or Toft. To apply, you simply need to complete a short form which gives us a background to your studies and details how the bursary will help you achieve more at university.
The deadline for applications is 31st October. You can download an application form from: www.knutsfordtowncouncil.gov.uk/services/millennium-bursary
All applicants will be invited to an interview over the Christmas holidays where the interviewers (Cllr Peter Coan, Mayor of Knutsford, Ms Jennifer Holbrook, former Mayor and Mr Michael Goldman, Knutsford Lions) will seek to better understand how the bursary can help your studies. We have only had around 3 students apply for the bursary for the past few years – so your chances of success are quite high.
Saturday (6th October) sees the dedication of Knutsford’s Centennial War Memorial. The new war memorial, which is being installed to commemorate the centenary of the end of World War I was a project led by Knutsford Town Council working with representatives of the Knutsford Royal British Legion.
The memorial will feature a new roll of honour, researched by volunteers and featuring names missed from existing memorials around Knutsford – including two names of Knutsfordians who gave their lives since the end of the second world war.
The dedication ceremony takes place at 11am on Saturday 6th October in the Knutsford Library Gardens. The ceremony will be led by Rev Phillip Robinson, padre to the Knutsford Royal British Legion and will include students from the Knutsford Academy who will read the roll of honour and two wartime poems.
The new memorial incorporates the statue of Haron Baronian, a private statue commissioned by the Baronian family which once stood in the gardens of the family home on Legh Road – Brae Cottage. In the 1970s the statue was installed in front of the War Memorial Cottage Hospital. Two of Haron’s nephews will be attending the service, having flown from New Zealand specially for the occasion.
Knutsford Market Hall has welcomed its newest trader, Serendipity. Serendipity begun trading at the Market Hall at the end of June.
Visitors to the Market Hall won’t miss Serendipity’s huge range of affordable gifts. The range includes beautiful vases and ornaments for the home as well as more ‘quirky’ items suitable as gifts for friends and family. Price is key, and this impressive range is competitively priced. Knutsford Market Hall traders like to offer a high-level customer service and Serendipity is no exception with owner Tom Hughes happy to pre-order and deliver direct to the customer.
Sandra Curties, Town Centre Manager for Knutsford Town Council said, “It is great to be able to provide a space for Tom’s business and I hope that it helps draw more visitors to our little gem of a Market Hall”.
Knutsford Market Hall is open every Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday from 8am to 4pm. Shoppers at Knutsford Market can find everything for dinner from wines, women’s clothing, fruit and veg and a great range of meat, poultry and fish.
With the RHS Tatton flower show fast approaching and the North West in Bloom judges coming to town in July, Knutsford Town Council is launching a ‘Front Garden Competition’. The Council is asking for members of the public to come forward with nominations of gardens which have caught their eye and brightened their day, perhaps on their daily commute to work, on the way to the shops, or from a window at home or work.
Nominations can be any garden which is on view to members of the public and can include anything from window boxes to larger landscaped gardens. Depending on the number of entries, the entries will be categorised, and judges will tour the finalists in July to select the winners, who will receive a prize donated by Fryer’s Garden Centre.
To submit an entry to the competition, please send a photo of the garden and its address along with your details to email@example.com by Friday 20th July. Entries may also be submitted directly to the Council Offices on Toft Road.
Months of preparation, glorious sunshine and the support of a BBC broadcaster helped make Knutsford Music Festival a big success at the weekend.
Knutsford Town Council hosted the event for the second year with more than 40 events in 18 venues.
Headliner Miles Hunt performed at The Courthouse on Saturday which had people off their seats and dancing before the end of the show.
The 200-year-old former crown court was a new venue for the festival which has recently been transformed into a restaurant, hotel and community function space.
Meanwhile, Mark Radcliffe hosted three folk nights and even performed himself at Knutsford’s Little Theatre to packed crowds.
The Radio 2 and 6 Music DJ usually presents the BBC’s Glastonbury coverage during the festival but was able to lend his support due to Glastonbury’s ‘fallow year’.
He brought a number of BBC Folk Award winners and nominees to the town including Mike McGoldrick, Greg Russell and Ciaran Algar and Pilgrims’ Way.
Mark said: “We had three nights of amazing music and copious imbibing of session ale at the Little Theatre and I feel proud of what we achieved.
“I want to thank everyone at the theatre, all the council staff and volunteers who helped so much, all the artists who appeared for reduced fees.
“But mostly to the people of Knutsford who came out and supported us as we try to build live music as part of what the town has to offer.”
Also new for 2018 was family friendly music activities on The Moor including an eclectic range of acoustic performances, drumming workshops and a singalong with Elsa from Disney’s Frozen which was well attended in the sunshine.
On top of that there was a blues night with the acclaimed duo Mat Walklate and Tom Attah and classical and choral performances including an evening with Halle Brass as part of Knutsford Music Festival’s emphasis on providing something for everybody.
A group of Year 12 media students from Knutsford Academy visited Knutsford Market Hall on Friday to film ‘a typical afternoon’ at the market.
The idea behind the filming was two-fold: firstly, to have an historical archive of Knutsford Market Hall as it is now (pending the potential re-development) and for Knutsford Town Council to have promotional videos of each trader that can be used across multimedia platforms.
Sandra Curties, Knutsford Town Council’s Town Centre Manager visited the school earlier in the month and briefed the students on what was required. The students then worked together to film the market, before putting each trader at so they were ready for the one-to-one filming.
Gareth Barker, Media Teacher at the Academy said, “This is a fantastic opportunity for our Year 12 Media students to have some hands-on experience and produce something worthwhile for our local community”.
Helena Searle, one of the student commented, “This project has been a real eye opener to both the practicalities of filming and the importance of engaging with your audience”.
The finished films will be used across the Market Hall’s social media accounts and website in the coming months.
Cllr Peter Coan, Mayor of Knutsford today launched his first fundraising event a “Fundraising Summer BBQ” which will take place in the evening of Friday 6th July. The Market Café will be providing delicious BBQ food, salads and desserts. The event will be held on the gardens next to the Council Offices on Toft Road.
Tickets are priced at £20 per person. A cash bar will be available on the night. All proceeds raised go to support the Mayor’s local charities: Friends of the Moor, Knutsford Community First Responder Trust, The Welcome and Knutsford Heritage Centre.
For more information visit: https://www.knutsfordtowncouncil.gov.uk/council/town-mayor/fundraising or contact the Mayor’s PA Annabel Irvine: 01565 653 929; Annabel.firstname.lastname@example.org.