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Come Dine with the Mayor on 4 October!

Cllr Peter Coan, Mayor of Knutsford, today launched his third fundraising event a “Come Dine with the Mayor” which will take place in the evening of Thursday 4th October.  King Street’s Gusto is hosting a delicious three course meal which includes a glass of Prosecco on arrival.

Tickets are priced at £25 per person and 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: http://www.knutsfordtowncouncil.gov.uk/council/town-mayor/fundraising or contact the Mayor’s PA Annabel Irvine: 01565 653 929; Annabel.irvine@knutsfordtowncouncil.gov.uk.

Cllr Peter Coan the Mayor said: “I do hope you will be able to join me for a relaxed evening of food, drink at one of my favourite Knutsford restaurants.  All welcome!”

Standing L-R: from Gusto: Fernando Poveda, Manager and Lucy Wood, Sales and Events Manager

Seated L-R: Mrs Ann Coan, Mayoress of Knutsford, Cllr Peter Coan, Mayor of Knutsford

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Minor Highway Improvements

In the coming months Knutsford Town Council’s Highways Working group will be reviewing Knutsford’s roads to put forward suggestions for minor highways improvements to Cheshire East Council.

Whilst the larger junctions in the town centre are already earmarked for improvements through s106 contributions from the housing developments, the Town Council is focusing on the minor improvements in residential areas, such as improvements to parking or changes to traffic flows.

The council is keen to hear from residents on any small highways issues they have encountered in the Town.

Deputy Town Clerk, Sarah Morgan said “We are seeking your views on Knutsford’s traffic in residential areas, particularly in relation to traffic flow, rat runs and problem parking areas – but not major infrastructure such as a bypass or maintenance issues such as potholes”

Pot holes are not part of the review, but the council urges people to report these directly to Cheshire East Council using their online reporting service.

The speed indicator device purchased by the Town Council earlier in the year is in constant use for monitoring speeding problems around the town. Suggestions for new monitoring locations are always welcomed and previous data capture can be viewed on the Council website at www.knutsfordtowncouncil.gov.uk/speed-monitoring

If you know a problem area or have any suggestions for minor improvements for the Highways Working Group, please email sarah.morgan@knutsfordtowncouncil.gov.uk or call 01565 653929

 

 

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Town Council responds to airport Noise Action Plan consultation

Knutsford Town Council has responded to the Manchester Airport consultation on its new Noise Action Plan to cover the period 2019-2023. The plan is described as its ‘strategy for reducing aircraft noise to reduce impacts on communities living around the Airport’

The Town Council’s Airport working group prepared a response to the consultation with local experts on airport operations.

The Town Council considers that further actions should be taken in all areas of the plan and that the new Action Plan does not fulfil the Airport’s obligations to reduce the harmful health effects of noise, especially at night time.

With an increasing number of flights arriving and departing from the airport, retaining a fixed percentage restriction on total movements allows for increased noise disturbance to residents within the maximum quota count which has not yet been reached. The Town Council is asking for this number to reduce, particularly in relation to the use of Runway 2 at night, removing pricing incentives which entice the no frills airlines to make flights at night during the summer.

Residents living within the 63dB contour are currently eligible for the Sound Insulation Grant scheme. The Town Council also requests a programme of works to reduce to impact of noise discernible at ground level to those who live within the 54dB contour.

The council has suggested that the Airport commissions independent specialists to measure and report its performance against its legislative and regulatory requirements each year, as this would ensure openness and transparency on quality assured data in the future.

The consultation on the Draft Noise Action Plan runs until Tuesday 21st August. Further information can be found at https://www.manchesterairport.co.uk/community/environment/environmental-management/

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Front Garden Competition winners are announced

Green-fingered Knutsford residents showed even the smallest of gardens can impress the judges during Knutsford Town Council’s front garden competition.

All shapes and sizes of green spaces were entered into community contest, judged by the Mayor of Knutsford, Cllr Peter Coan, Bijal Mistry, manager of Fryer’s Garden Centre and Yvonne Bancroft, chair of Knutsford in Bloom.

With a cherry tree in full fruit, beautiful hanging baskets, lighting, bird feeders and baths and a small seating area, judges were in complete agreement that Peter Holt’s garden in Middle Walk was the winning entry.

A strong second place went to Susan Edwards and Richard Ankers in Lilac Avenue who had created a modern design with slate and wooden sleepers, impressing judges with their colour schemes, design, bird feeders and range of planting which was buzzing with bees.

Gina Cross won third place with her spectacular hanging baskets and potted displays outside her first floor flat in Middle Walk which, alongside Peter’s garden, make a wonderful floral walk down Middle Walk to the Moor.

Cllr Pete Coan said, ‘’It is absolutely wonderful that the local residents take such a pride in making Knutsford look lovely and there were so many gardens to judge, it was difficult to choose a winner.  however, pride of place has to be given to Peter for his wonderful all year-round display. His garden was absolutely outstanding, and I hope it gives as much pleasure to passers-by as it did for me to judge’’

The Mayor presented winners with a certificates and gift vouchers which were kindly donated by Fryer’s Garden Centre.

 

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Welcome Planters are In Bloom

Knutsford is in full bloom with a new welcome for visitors.

Large wooden planters have now been set around the ‘Welcome to Knutsford’ signs in Northwich Road, Knutsford Road and Chelford Road.

A smaller hanging planter is also on display on the Toft Road entry sign as part of the town’s submission for the North West in Bloom competition.

RHS judges were in Knutsford on 18th July to assess the town in the categories of horticultural achievement, environmental responsibility and community involvement for its entry.

Over the past two years Knutsford has won gold at North West in Bloom thanks to the hard work of the volunteers who maintain planters and beds around the town. Their efforts are supported by the Town Ranger, ANSA Environmental Services (Cheshire East) and the Town Council.

This year the judges were greeted by some traditional Knutsford street sanding at the council offices before embarking on a tour which took in Sparrow Lane allotments, Bexton Primary School’s garden and the floral displays in the town centre. Along the way the judges met volunteers from Friends of the Heath, Friends of the Moor, Knutsford in Bloom, Knutsford Heritage Centre garden volunteers and Town Ranger Bob Garner to talk about their contributions to the ‘In Bloom’ campaign.

The ‘Welcome to Knutsford’ flowers, planted by sponsor T & S Riley, will be replanted to bloom throughout the seasons and watered by the Town Ranger.

The Mayor of Knutsford, Cllr Pete Coan, said ‘’I would personally like to thank all the residents and businesses who worked so hard to make the town look splendid. It really does make such a difference to see the town coming together, yet again to show off their civic pride’’

Cllrs and Power and Coan watering the Northwich Road planter before the judges arrive

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Floral Walk – Results!

Knutsford shops and businesses, as usual, put on a beautiful Floral Walk display to celebrate the RHS Flower Show which took place in Tatton Park last week.

Two competitions make up the “Floral Walk”.  The formal RHS competition, judged by RHS with strict criteria for those who enter, and the informal competition led by the Town Council with winners chosen by the public on social media.

The formal RHS competition winner was Clare & Illingworth and they were presented with their prize on Wednesday 18th July.

The public vote was quite different with:

1st Place               Old Sessions House

2nd Place              Wine and Wallop

3rd Place               Pulse of Perfumery

Mayor of Knutsford, Councillor Peter Coan, presented the top three with their certificates on Tuesday 24th July and the winner gets the illustrious trophy to display for the year.

Councillor Coan said, “The whole week has been absolutely inspiring.  The amount of time and effort shown by local businesses is amazing and seems to get better with each passing year.  Our town looks fantastic and is a credit to all involved.  Well done everybody!”

Stephen Evans, Chief Executive of Carrwood Limited, who own The Old Sessions House, said, “The team of The Old Sessions House are delighted to have participated and won this year’s competition.  We never underestimate the importance of fully participating in local initiatives, as this helps to promote our fabulous town.  It was a total team effort and a big thank you to all who voted for us!”

Mayor and Mayoress of Knutsford with the team from The Old Sessions House

With Jemma from Wine and Wallop

With Peter and Danielle from Pulse of Perfumery

 

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Mayor leads Civic Sunday

Town Mayor Cllr Peter Coan welcomed dignitaries from across the county for his Civic Parade and Service on Sunday.  The parade was led by Rode Hall Silver Band who played various marches as the parade walked from King Street car park to Princess Street to Knutsford Methodist Church, announcing the arrival of the new Mayor to Knutsfordians.

Revd Rob Cotton gave a service which emphasised the importance of community service, support and volunteering. The Mayor opened the service with a short prayer and Cllr Andrew Malloy, Deputy Mayor and Cadet Max Risley the Mayor’s Cadet both gave readings during the service. The service featured a short video that was produced to showcase the work of their onsite Friendship Café for dementia sufferers.  The congregation of Knutsford Methodist Church welcomed the civic guests to their church and church volunteers helped organise the service and refreshments. 

Cllr Peter Coan said: “The weather was ideal for the parade and I was delighted that many notables from the town as well as so many Civic Dignitaries from Cheshire were able to join us.  They all looked resplendent in their chains.  The Civic Parade was rousingly led by Rode Hall Silver Band.  Thank you to Reverend Rob Cotton for leading an uplifting service on the theme of service to the community and helping others.”

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Mayor’s BBQ a Sizzling Success

Cllr Peter Coan, Mayor of Knutsford hosted a fundraising BBQ on Friday night to raise money for his four chosen charities.  Over 50 guests enjoyed an evening of delicious food from the Market Café with a pop-up bar from Tatton Brewery.  Event Buddha sponsored the production of the event providing outdoor furniture, gazebos, sound and lighting.  The overall feel was friendly and relaxed with guests enjoying a balmy summer’s evening.

Cllr Peter Coan said: “My first Mayoral fundraiser was a roaring success, the informal setting allowed all of us to mingle and have a fantastic time whilst enjoying the Market Café’s superb food.  I would like to thank Civic guests the Lord Mayor of Chester, Cllr Alex Black and the Mayor of Bollington Cllr Jon Weston for attending the event along with their Consorts.  I am delighted to have been able to raise £300 for my local charities.”

Funds raised over the course of the Mayor’s year will support the following local charities: Knutsford Heritage Centre, Friends of the Moor, The Welcome and Knutsford Community First Responder Trust.  Visit https://www.knutsfordtowncouncil.gov.uk/council/town-mayor/fundraising for details of future fundraising events.

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Civic Parade and Service this Sunday

Knutsfordians are being encouraged to come out to see their new Mayor Cllr Peter Coan during his Civic Sunday parade this week. The parade that starts assembles at 10am and sets off at 10.15am on Sunday 8th July.  It will start from King St car park before working its way along King St, Tatton St, Canute Place, Princess St finishing at Knutsford Methodist Church, where the Civic Service will take place led by Revd Rob Cotton.

The Parade will be led by the Rode Hall Band and include dignitaries and Mayors from Town and Parish Councils across Cheshire as well as groups such as ATAC 2056 Squadron Air Cadets.

Town Mayor Cllr Peter Coan said “the Civic Sunday parade is one of the highlights of the Mayoral calendar. Historically this was the opportunity for the town to find out who their Town Mayor was and welcome them to the role. Now thanks to newspapers, internet and social media, news of my appointment was circulated immediately but it would be lovely from my point of view to see as many of the town as possible coming out to say, “hello” and wish me well in my Mayoral year.”

For more information about the above events contact Mayor’s PA Annabel Irvine on 01565 653929 or email annabel.irvine@knutsfordtowncouncil.gov.uk.

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New trader at Knutsford Market Hall

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.

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