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Planning a Street Party?

The Annual Town Meeting is held tonight at the Cranford Suite from 7pm; we have a number of short talks and presentations from local community organisations including the Town Council. This is a fully open meeting for residents to share their thoughts and suggestions on all matters Knutsford.

We have published a street party guide to help residents plan their own celebrations on the Queen’s official birthday in June. The guide provides all the information you need from arranging a road closure, inviting the Mayor and even applying for a £100 grant from Cheshire East Council.

The Town Council has submitted its comments to Cheshire East Council on the revised Local Plan raising a number of points on the allocated sites and infrastructure requirements for Knutsford. On May 9th the Planning Committee will be responding to the draft Cheshire East Design Guide.

If you live next to Town Council land, you may be interested to know we have adopted a policy on works to council owned trees; we will be writing to all residents directly and the policy will be on our website.

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Listed Buildings Review and Annual Town Meeting

The Full Town Council has met twice in the past weeks, discussing two particularly important issues. Last week it met to form a response to the consultation on the Cheshire East Local Plan Strategy and we were pleased to receive input from a number of members of the public to help shape our response. The minutes of this meeting, which will form the basis of our response are on the Town Council website.

On Monday the Council discussed the sale of the War Memorial Cottage Hospital; a working group has been established to enter into discussions with the British Red Cross, Crown Estates and the NHS about the sale to seek a return for the town on the basis that the hospital was built by the public subscriptions of Knutsford.

The Planning Committee has outlined 14 historic buildings it plans to apply to have listed as a building of special architectural or historic interest with Historic England. The list includes the only remaining Gas Lamp installed by the Knutsford Freeholders in 1844 and the War Memorial Cottage Hospital on Northwich Road. The Town Council identified a further seven buildings it will apply to have added to the schedule of Locally Listed buildings too. You can see the list on our website, and If anyone has any additional suggestions for buildings which they believe should be listed, please let us know.

The Annual Town Meeting this year will be held on Wednesday 20th April at 7pm at the Curzon. This is YOUR meeting, not a meeting of the Council and will feature updates from community organisations and an open forum for residents to raise any points for discussion. I look forward to seeing as many residents attending as possible.

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Local Plan and Advent Live

A special Town Council meeting has been called for Tuesday 29th to discuss the Local Plan where we will consider a response to the current consultation. We encourage all residents to consider responding to the consultation themselves and more information can be found on the Cheshire East Council website.

At our next Planning Committee meeting, the Town Council will be considering representations to Historic England to seek additional historic buildings being protected through listing. The buildings we are putting forward are published as part of the agenda for this meeting on our website.

The Events Committee is considering a new festive event, Knutsford Advent Live, following suggestions from a King Street resident. If you have an idea for an event in Knutsford, let us know – it could be the next big thing. The committee is also working closely with the Tour of Britain organisers to ensure the event brings maximum benefit to Knutsford.

A date for your diary; the Annual Town Meeting will be held on April 20th at 7pm. This is a meeting of the residents of Knutsford where you hear updates from the Town Council and community organisations as well as an opportunity for residents to raise comments, concerns and suggestions on all matters Knutsford.

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King Canute Way

The Town Council will be applying to name the new A556 Relief Road; putting forward three suggestions of ‘Knutsford Way’, ‘Tatton Way’ and ‘King Canute Way’. The Town Council is also opening dialogue with Cheshire East to look at how the bridge over the river Lily can be improved.

We are beginning to pull together the 2016/17 Knutsford official Town Guide. If you have any suggestions for how we can improve on the last edition please let me know.

Work on the Knutsford Neighbourhood Plan is continuing and the committee is currently pulling together the first consultation to help shape the direction it will take.

The Operations Committee has commissioned improvements to the lighting of the Market Hall; the new LED lights will lower operational costs and make a big improvement to the level of lighting in the market.

Two working groups of the Town Council have been busy working over the past few months; the Asset Transfer working group expects to present business cases for the transfer of two assets from Cheshire East Council at the next Operations Committee meeting whilst the Empty Space working group has been investigating options for utilising redundant space within the toilet buildings.

Our Town Ranger has a number of jobs lined up this week, from removing weeds to collecting litter. If you’ve spotted something in Knutsford that needs his attention, please do let me know.

Finally, National Butchers Week starts on 14th March. We have two fantastic butchers in Knutsford, Woods on Princess Street and Edwards & Emmess in the Market Hall – both offer fantastic products at great prices.

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February Run Down

There will be no 2016 Town Awards; the Events Committee took the decision to make it a biennial event with the idea that it will make the awards more prestigious. The Events Committee has also been making plans for the celebration of HM The Queen’s 90th Birthday; we will be publishing a street party guide and planting a commemorative tree.

The Full Council met this week, where we heard from the Knutsford Vikings about their problems with the leisure centre insisting they stop swimming lessons – the issue is being taken up by Councillor Dean who has arranged to meet with the Chief Executive of Everybody Sport and Leisure.

The Council has also agreed changes to our monthly surgeries which has been replaced by our stall at the Makers’ Market supported by bookable appointments – you can find out more on our website.

Our Town Ranger has been out litter-picking recently and I am amazed at the amount of litter he has collected from hedges. If you know an area where litter is bad – please do let us know.

Finally, I’m delighted to be able to announce that we will soon have a bakery opening in the Market Hall! It’s exactly what the market needed so keep your eyes peeled for the opening date!

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Open Space, Wallwood and Cemetery Improvements

Wallwood is looking a little smarter now with the installation of three new wooden bins which replace the grotty plastic ones. The Town Council is also looking at options for planting to encourage more wildlife and give the area a more natural feel.

In September last year the Town Council undertook an Open Spaces Survey, asking nearby residents what improvements they sought on their open spaces. The results show how valued these spaces are and this information will help inform the Neighbourhood Plan. You can view the report on our website.

The Town Council continues to have a watchful eye on Tabley Hill Cemetery where through working more closely with Cheshire East we have seen a great improvement to the standard of maintenance.

The Cemetery working group reported into the Operations Committee with its plans for improvements over the next year which includes investigating increased usage of the cemetery chapel, the re-standing of more fallen gravestones and the creation of a remembrance garden for the scattering of ashes.

Finally, you may have seen last week that the Town Council is now directing the parking wardens – if you spot a parking problem around town – let us know.

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Children’s Centre

The hot topic at this week’s Council meeting was the de-designation of the Children’s Centre with representatives of Cheshire East Council having been invited to explain the proposals. Councillors were extremely grateful to the residents who attended and shared their stories on why the services delivered from the centre are so important to them. The Council will be submitting a response to the consultation which will be published on our website in due course.

The Council has reaffirmed its support for the newly renamed Mid Cheshire Rail Link Campaign which could see the line from Northwich to Crewe re-opened, connecting passengers from Knutsford with the West Coast Main Line. Cllrs Dean and Malloy are both keyed in on the issue and continue to lobby for this for the benefit of Knutsford.

The Open Spaces Survey which was undertaken in autumn is being presented to the Environment Committee on Monday where the councillors will discuss the suggested improvements, protections and actions required.

Finally, if you are part of a Community Group in need of funding the next deadline for grant applications is Friday 22nd January. You can find out more on our website under the Community section.

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Neighbourhood Plan and Surgeries

In January we will be publishing the proposed list of names for the new War Memorial; this will be to ensure we haven’t missed any before plans develop further. I wish to thank, on behalf of the Council, Sylvia Chaplin and Derek Empson who have each put a huge amount of effort into researching the fallen from Knutsford.

The Neighbourhood Plan is now beginning to make good progress through the eight strategic working groups. The Neighbourhood Plan will give real power to Knutsford through writing some of the detailed planning policies used to determine applications in Knutsford and giving residents a say in how the town develops covering topics such as open space, play areas, heritage and education. It is not too late to get involved – visit the Neighbourhood Plan website (www.knutsfordneighbourhoodplan.org.uk) to find out more information.

In January we will be discussing our engagement with the public through Council surgeries. These have been poorly attending in the past and I have been tasked with making recommendations for future arrangements; so, to aid me – what do you believe is the most effective method of engaging with you council? Do let me know as we are always keen to ensure we are actively communicating with residents.

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Budgets and Big Christmas Events

The Committees have been developing their budgets over the past few months and the Finance Committee will be considering the draft Council budget on Monday. It might not sound like the most exciting aspect of the council’s work, but if you are interest you can view the budget online and time is allocated at our meeting for you to raise comments.

The Finance Committee has agreed to award a grant to the Heritage Centre to support their ambitious plans for celebrations of the Canute Millennial and councillors from the Events Committee will be working closely with the organisers.

The working groups for the Neighbourhood Plan are currently developing some early questions for a survey in the new year – there is still time to join in if you are interested in shaping the future of Knutsford; whether it’s the plans for King St and the town centre, parks and recreation, cycle routes or preserving heritage – it’s all covered by the Neighbourhood Plan.

Our Christmas Events look set to be even better than last year with more stalls at the market, new lights, a refurbished crib and fantastic entertainment lined up on Silk Mill Street and at the Switch On.

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King St Enhancement and Millennium Bursary

The Full Council met on Monday where we received a presentation on the King Street Enhancement Scheme; it was decided at the meeting to progress this through the Neighbourhood Plan, so if you would like to work on developing the scheme please contact me to get involved.

Our Millennium Bursary provides a £500 grant to a second year university student to help with their forthcoming final year project. If you know of someone who would qualify please send them to our website where they can apply.

It was great to hear how successful a start the latest addition to the Market Hall, Café 64, has had. Along with some of the improvements the Council has made to the entrance area it’s now a much more welcoming environment.

The Christmas Crib is undergoing refurbishment this year and I would like to thank the local churches who have made donations towards the cost of this.

On Monday the Events Committee will be discussing how to work closer with Tatton Park to promote the Town, discussing plans for HM The Queen’s Birthday celebrations as well as receiving an update from the Heritage Centre on the Canute Millennial Plans.

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