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Santa’s Grotto supported by Ivy Cottage Tree Farm

A child’s visit to Knutsford Christmas Market wouldn’t be complete without a visit to see Santa and his Elves.

Situated on Silk Mill Street, Santa’s grotto will be open throughout the Christmas Market, closing before the reindeer parade at 5pm on 1st December to allow Santa to prepare his reindeer and sleigh before arriving in Canute Place to switch on the new Christmas lights.

Tony Riley of Ivy Cottage Tree Farm, supplier of the town’s shop front Christmas trees has kindly agreed to help decorate the grotto this year, donating a Christmas tree and decorations.

“We are very pleased to support Knutsford Town Council and, of course, Father Christmas in their efforts to raise funds for such a great charity. Every child deserves to have a magical Christmas and the Children’s Adventure Farm Trust do a great job of trying to ensure that is the case”

Ivy Cottage Tree Farm, Cheshire’s biggest grower of Christmas trees, encourages residents to buy Christmas trees direct and is and based on Racecourse Road, Wilmslow. Open 7 days a week from 20th November.

The grotto will raise funds for the Children’s Adventure Farm Trust.

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Gold Award winning Knutsford in Bloom seeks new volunteers

Knutsford has won the sought-after Gold Award in the North West in Bloom competition for the third year running. Volunteers from Knutsford in Bloom worked in partnership with the Town Council to provide stunning displays around the town.

Knutsford in Bloom is a volunteer group established in 2009 which is made up of 10 dedicated members. The success of this year’s entry is even more impressive given the long drought that preceded the judging day in July this year.

The group is now looking for new members to join, offering opportunities to be involved in larger projects such as planting a wildflower meadow as well as the opportunity to work on displays in prominent town centre locations.

Sam Youd, member of the group and former Head Gardener at Tatton Park, is particularly keen to see younger people involved in the projects, inviting interest from local schools and youth groups such as the Scouts and Guides.

Cllr James Power, Chairman of the Town Council Environment Committee said “A massive thank you to the incredible volunteers who have won gold again for Knutsford. I would encourage anyone who is interested in joining Knutsford in bloom to get in touch”

If you or your group would like to know more about how you could be involved, contact the Town Council to register your interest in taking part on 01565 653929 or email townclerk@knutsfordtowncouncil.gov.uk

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Remembrance Sunday 2018

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

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Come Dine with the Mayor on 13 November!

Cllr Peter Coan, Mayor of Knutsford, today launched his latest fundraising event a “Come Dine with the Mayor” which will take place in the evening of Tuesday 13th November.  Brasserie Blanc is hosting a seasonal two course meal which includes a glass of wine on arrival.

Tickets are priced £17.50 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 Brasserie Blanc to help me to raise money for my local charities.  All welcome!”

From Left: Cllr Peter Coan, Mayor of Knutsford, James Billson, Manager, Brasserie Blanc (standing), Ann Coan, Mayoress of Knutsford

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Neighbourhood Plan Submitted

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.

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Millennium Bursary 2018

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.

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Dedication of the Centennial War Memorial

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.

 

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Public feedback Highways Priorities

A call for residents’ input to the Highways working group review prompted feedback from dozens of residents, assisting the group in identifying over 20 areas for improvement.

Speeding issues and rat runs raised particular concern and the areas identified will all be monitored using the speed indicator device, which not only records speed, but also shows volume of traffic on the road. The SID is currently located on Longridge, an area which residents have expressed concern that drivers are breaking the 30mph speed limit. This data will feed in to police monitoring and longer-term traffic management strategies.

Parking caused a number of residents’ concern where vehicles parking on the pavement and grass verges are causing an obstruction to pedestrians and other vehicular access points. It is recognised that this is often the result of limited parking on roads, in particular those which are only suitable for one vehicle to pass. Resident parking schemes can be challenging to implement as if introduced must see vehicles parked wholly in a marked bay – meaning that on some of Knutsford’s streets (such as Queen Street) it would half the number of cars able to park.

Residents are reminded that parking on the pavement is unnecessary where there is enough space for another vehicle to pass and that consideration should be always given for a wheelchair or pushchair to pass on the pavement. Obstructive parking should be reported to the police who can issue penalty notices or remove the vehicle.

Other problems raised in the review included the high numbers of HGVs travelling through the town, some residents calling for a bypass and town centre restrictions.  Suggestions for new and improved pedestrian crossings were given and concerns were raised about the bus stop provision on Longridge, where passengers are now boarding and alighting on to grass verges due to new service routes.

The working group would like to thank all the residents who participated in this review and welcome feedback at any time. All of the issues reported will be considered when the Council gives feedback on consultations and will be reviewed to establish priorities for funding.

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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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