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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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La Belle Epoque, 60 King Street – Update

Further to our update on 16th April, the Town Council and La Belle Epoque Limited have agreed the following:

  • La Belle Epoque has accepted that its lease for 60 King Street has been forfeit
  • It has been agreed that the company will vacate the premises by 4pm on 16th June 2019.

This is the culmination of four years of problems with the company as tenant which have included non-payment of rent, unauthorised alterations to the building and numerous court proceedings. There remains a substantial amount of money owed to the Town Council by La Belle Epoque in respect of legal fees owed to us in enforcing the former lease.

Any individuals with bookings with the company after this date should be in contact with La Belle Epoque. For the avoidance of doubt, booking agreements are solely between the company and the hirer and not with the Town Council.

There will be a period of time, likely between 3-6 months, where the property is unoccupied, and the Town Council is unfortunately unable to offer the premises to hire during this period.

In June, the Assets and Operations Committee of the Town Council will discuss the long-term management of the property.

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Final Come Dine with the Mayor

Cllr Peter Coan, Mayor of Knutsford, today launched his final fundraising event of his Mayoral term: “Come Dine with the Mayor” which will take place in the evening of Thursday 16 May.  Giovanni’s are hosting the meal and will be offering a delicious 3 course menu with tea and coffee and an arrival glass of Prosecco.

Tickets are priced £23.00 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: 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 my final fundraising event.  I’ve had an amazing year and am set to raise a record amount for my local charities.  Book now and help me to end my Mayoral year in style!”

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Co-option of a Councillor

Following the uncontested elections, a vacancy exists for a councillor for Over Ward.

The Town Council will co-opt to fill this vacancy at its meeting on Monday 3rd June at 7pm in the Council Offices.

If you would like to be considered for co-option as a councillor for the 2019-2023 term, please complete the application form below and return by email to: townclerk@knutsfordtowncouncil.gov.uk by Monday 20th May.

Application for Co-Option

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Update on 60 King Street

Knutsford Town Council is the freehold owner of the property at 60 King Street, commonly known as the Belle Epoque. Since 2015 the Town Council has encountered numerous problems with its former tenant at 60 King Street, La Belle Epoque Limited. These have included non-payment of rent, frustration of essential maintenance, unauthorised alterations to the building and numerous court proceedings. The council had tried to work with La Belle Epoque to reach resolution on issues to no resolve.

La Belle Epoque Limited entered into a Company Voluntary Arrangement (CVA) which was accepted by their notified creditors on 19th February 2019.  The Town Council was not included or notified of the CVA.

In entering into the CVA, La Belle Epoque Limited, by their own action, have forfeited their lease for 60 King Street.  Following legal advice and conscious of our responsibilities to the taxpayers of Knutsford the council does not deem it wise to enter into a new lease with an insolvent company and as such the decision was taken to issue possession proceedings against La Belle Epoque for return of the premises.

The relationship of landlord and tenant between the Town Council and La Belle Epoque is at an end. La Belle Epoque remain in the premises effectively as a trespasser until the Court grant formal possession of 60 King Street to the Town Council. The possession hearing is due to take place on 15th May 2019. It is therefore likely that La Belle Epoque will need to vacate the premises by the end of May and the building will then revert to the Council.

In June, following the newly elected councillors coming into office in late May, the Town Council will discuss the long-term management of the property. There will be a period of time, likely between 3-6 months, where the property is unoccupied, and the Town Council is unfortunately unable to offer the premises to hire during this period.

The Town Council has spoken with a number of wedding parties who had bookings at the property. Our advice is:

  • If you have wedding insurance, speak with your insurers
  • If you made payments to the company on credit card, speak with your card providers
  • Seek legal advice
  • Speak with Cheshire East Council’s registration department – changing premises will require new notice be given for the marriage

 

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Town Council Elections Uncontested

No polls will be held for the Town Council elections in May with all wards being uncontested. This means the persons detailed below will automatically be elected on May 2nd and come into office the following week.

There remains one vacancy for Over Ward, which the Town Council will fill by co-option in June/July. You can express interest in filling this vacancy by emailing the Town Clerk: townclerk@knutsfordtowncouncil.gov.uk.

Bexton Ward

CandidateAddressDescription
COAN, Barbara24 Mansion DriveThe Conservative Party Candidate
HOUGHTON, Mike167 Ashworth ParkThe Conservative Party Candidate
POWER, James9 County Terrace, Stanley RoadThe Conservative Party Candidate

Nether Ward

CandidateAddressDescription
FLETCHER, Katherine83 Manchester RoadThe Conservative Party Candidate
GARDINER, Stewart23 Queen StreetThe Conservative Party Candidate
GRAY, Christopher 8 Glebelands RoadThe Conservative Party Candidate

Norbury Booths Ward

CandidateAddressDescription
ABEL, Quentin11 St John's RoadIndependent
NICHOLSON, Jan39 Warren AvenueThe Conservative Party Candidate
ROBERTSON, Matthew17 Beggarman’s LaneThe Conservative Party Candidate

Over Ward

CandidateAddressDescription
COAN, PeterMerridale, Plumley Moor Road, PlumleyThe Conservative Party Candidate
DALZELL, Lesley2 Leycester RoadIndependent
FORBES, Neil69 Westfield DriveThe Conservative Party Candidate
MALLOY, Andrew29 Thorneyholme DriveIndependent
MCCULLOCH, James10 Gaskell RiseThe Conservative Party Candidate

 

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Town Council Elections 2019

The notice of the 2019 Town Council elections has now been published, giving potential candidates until 4pm on Wednesday 3rd April to stand for election.

Elections are being held for all 15 seats on the Town Council – all existing councillors retire from the council and must stand for election if they wish to continue and a number of the current councillors will not be seeking re-election.

The election for any contested wards will take place on Thursday 2nd May.

Can I stand for election?

To stand for election you must be at least 18 years old, a British citizen, European Union citizen or eligible Commonwealth citizen. You must meet one of the following qualifications

  1. Be a registered elector in Knutsford OR
  2. Have occupied  as owner/tenant land or premises in Knutsford for the whole of the past 12 months OR
  3. Knutsford is your only or main place of work during the past 12 months OR
  4. You lived within three miles of the parish boundary during the whole of the past 12 months

You would be disqualified for standing if you are employed by the council, are subject to bankruptcy restrictions, have been sentenced to more than three months in prison during the last five years or if you have ever been disqualified for corrupt or illegal electoral practises.

How do the wards affect the election?

Knutsford is divided into four electoral wards – Over, Bexton, Nether and Norbury Booths. You can view a map of the wards here: Knutsford Ward Map.

Each ward elects 3 councillors, except Over which elects 6. Candidates must stand in any ward – they don’t have to live in that specific part of town. Voters in each ward will chose from the candidates standing in their area – Over Ward can vote for up to six councillors, the others up to three.

How do I stand?

To stand you must complete a nomination form, which you can download here: Nomination Forms.

You will need an elector from the ward you wish to stand in to propose you and a second person to second you. You then need to hand deliver your form to the elections staff at Cheshire East Council’s Sandbach office – by 4pm on Wednesday 3rd April.

 

 

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Neighbourhood Plan approved at Referendum

The Knutsford Neighbourhood Plan has been approved at a referendum held yesterday (14th March). The culmination of over four years of work by the Town Council and volunteer residents, the Neighbourhood Plan now forms part of the development plan for Knutsford, meaning it must be used by Cheshire East Council to make planning decisions.

2100 voters turned out to cast ballots at the referendum, representing a turnout of 19.97%. 1744 votes were cast in favour with 349 against and 7 ballot papers rejected.

Town Clerk, Adam Keppel-Green said “I am delighted that the community has given the Neighbourhood Plan the seal of approval. The plan injects Knutsford’s voice into the planning system and gives more influence to community in shaping how Knutsford will develop over the coming years.”

Developing the plan was a key strategic aim of the council and saw  hundreds of hours of volunteer, councillor and officer time dedicated to its creation since 2014.

“On behalf of the whole council, I would like to thank all the volunteers who have been involved in the working groups which helped create the policies in the plan and all the residents who have taken part in the consultations, attended meetings or asked questions that have helped shape this plan.” Adam added.

 

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Community heroes recognised at Town Awards

Knutsford’s community heroes were recognised at the Knutsford Town Awards, which took place at the annual town meeting on Thursday 7th March. A shortlist of nominees was invited for each category, with the winners announced live on the night.

The awards were presented by Ian Cass, managing director of the Knutsford based Town Awards sponsor the Forum of Private Business and Town Mayor Cllr Peter Coan.

The Youth Award went to Lenny Turner, Jake Phillips and Eleanor Woods for organising an annual charity concert which has raised thousands of pounds for charities.

Oliver Valves, based on Parkgate Industrial Estate received the Business Award for their continued support of local charities, most recently contributing towards the cost of a new boiler for the Welcome Café.

The Canute Lunch Club received the Community Award for their work combating loneliness through providing a weekly lunch club for the older residents of Knutsford.

A special award went to the Knutsford Air Cadets in recognition of their establishing a Marching Band in time for the 2018 Remembrance Parade.

The Welcome volunteer Beryl Jenyons received the first Civic Award in recognition of her volunteering five-days a week at the centre. Rob Walley, group leader at 2nd Knutsford Scouts received the second Civic Award for what was described by his nominations as “transformational leadership” which saw fundraising, membership and volunteering increase.

The final Civic Award went to Ronnie and John Mills for their work with Knutsford Stroke Club where they have held a number of roles for almost 30 years.

The Town Council announced the launch of a new award category, the Extra Mile award which will go to someone who is employment but goes above and beyond their duties to the benefit of the community. The inaugural award went to the council’s own Town Ranger, Bob Garner who has engendered true community though his entertaining use of twitter and we know he takes huge pride in everything he does.

Speaking at the awards, Cllr Coan said “The judging panel is always blown away by the volume and variety of nominations received and it is always humbling to read about the fantastic work that goes on in our community. Truly, as Mayor, it makes me so proud knowing that so many give so much to our town”

A gallery of photographs from the event can be found on the council’s Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com//knutsfordtowncouncil/

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Town Mayor Looking Forward to his Fundraising Ball on 23 March

Knutsford Town Mayor, Cllr Peter Coan is looking forward to his Charity Ball which takes place on Saturday 23 March at The Courthouse.  The ball is the Mayor’s biggest fundraising event of the year and is on target to raise over £5,000 for the Mayors Charities: Knutsford Heritage Centre, Friends of the Moor, Knutsford Community First Responder Trust and The Welcome.

 

This has been a record-breaking year for sponsorship, and we are delighted to have the support of: Fisher German, Bentley Manchester, Bridgfords, Event Buddha, WA16:PR,  Watterson Financial Planning, Michael McDonald, Ultimate Creative Communications, VME, Packaging Automation Ltd, Eleven Recruitment, Knutsford Admin, KDR Recruitment, Elite Health, Hewitt Interiors and Knutsford Veterinary Surgery.

 

Cllr Peter Coan, Mayor of Knutsford said: “It has been great to have your support over the year, I really do hope you can continue your support by attending my premier event to raise vital funds for our very local charities.  I hope to see you there on the night for what is sure to be a fantastic evening.”

 

Tickets are available for the night at £48 per person for a delicious 3-course meal, arrival drink, close-up magician, Singer Alex Ashe and Decades Disco DJ.  Contact Mayor’s PA by calling Annabel on 01565 653929 or email annabel.irvine@knutsfordtowncouncil.gov.uk to book your place.

 

Raffle tickets are on sale now for the Mayor’s Prize Draw at £2 each.  We have over 30 amazing prizes which will be drawn on the night.  Tickets are available from Knutsford Heritage Centre and the Council Offices or contact Annabel Irvine (details above).  We are grateful to all the local shops and businesses who have donated prizes for the ball.  If you would like to make a prize donation please get in touch Annabel.

Picture from L – R: Ann Coan, Mayoress of Knutsford, Cllr Peter Coan, Mayor of Knutsford, Ruben Pita, The CourthouseMayor

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