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Grants and Burseries

Visitors to the town will soon notice a collection of new plaques being installed; the Environment Committee has approved six new blue plaques on buildings such as the Gaskell Tower and former Royal George Hotel. You can make a nomination for a new blue plaque on the Council website.

The next deadline for Grant Applications is 9th November; so if you represent a community group thinking of making an application for funds please ensure it is in by then. Our next applications are not until February.

Applications for the Millennium Bursary are now open. The Bursary is for 2nd year University Students and more information can be found on our website and in next week’s Knutsford Guardian.

Working groups for the Neighbourhood Plan are now beginning to meet regularly – it’s not too late to get involved so if you have an interest in shaping the future development of Knutsford please do get in touch.

Finally, you may have noticed that the triangle on Hollow Lane has been receiving attention from our Town Ranger. This previously neglected area has had the bench and bin refurbished and the railings given a lick of paint. If you spot another neglected area of town do let me know.

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Open Spaces, CAB and Neighbourhood Plans

Thank you to everyone who took part in our Open Spaces survey where we received well over 100 comments on numerous open spaces across the town. We will be compiling the responses to develop a plan of how the suggestions made can be implemented.

The Town Council has committed to funding the Knutsford CAB service for the next four years, securing its future in the town. At the Council meeting on Monday 28th the Council also supported a campaign against the closure of the Macclesfield Courts.

The Neighbourhood Plan is now making progress with the working groups beginning to meet. We are still looking for volunteers so if you are interested in finding out more about visit www.knutsfordneighbourhoodplan.org.uk where you can find dates for meetings and information on the different working groups.

Robin, our Town Ranger, has been busy refurbishing the triangular woodland area on Hollow Lane recently. The bench and the bin have been refurbished; overgrowth on the trees trimmed back and the railings will now be painted. Robin has also been working in Tabley Hill Cemetery, removing rouge bushes and trees which have begun to obscure gravestones.

Finally, in February 2014 the Town Council supported a campaign to see a share of Business Rates returned to Parish Councils; it will be interesting to see whether, following the Chancellor’s announcement this week, this will be implemented as part of the changes.

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Market Hall Refurbishment and Christmas in September

Knutsford Market Hall is receiving a minor internal facelift with the entrance area being repainted to provide a more welcoming place for shoppers. The Council will also be installing some festoon lighting on the market this Christmas and we’ve set out to improve promotion of the market in neighbouring parishes to bring more shoppers. All part of our commitment to improve the assets we take on from Cheshire East Council.

The Town Ranger has continued to be busy renovating more town centre bins, refurbishing the benches on Paradise Green and generally undertaking a multitude of small tasks that help keep the town tidier. Do let me know if you spot an issue that Robin can tackle.

At our Full Council meeting on Monday 28th we have speakers from Highways England to address the Council on the M6 widening scheme and any impact it may have on Knutsford. The Council will also be considering supporting a campaign against the closure of the courts in Macclesfield.

Plans for the Christmas Events (I know, it’s still only September!) are proceeding well and we have some fantastic stalls booked in for this year’s Christmas Market and the entertainment for the Switch On is beginning to be planned with some excellent local acts performing again.

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Complete the Open Spaces Survey

We’ve had many fantastic responses to our Open Spaces survey which asks your thoughts on how Knutsford’s open and green spaces can be preserved or enhanced –if you haven’t yet responded, please do get your comments to me by the end of September.

Our Town Ranger has been busy around town the past few weeks, refurbishing more bins and benches and generally working to help keep Knutsford that little bit cleaner and tidier. If you spot an issue for him to tackle – let me know.

The Finance Committee awarded four more organisations with Community Grants recently which you will be able to find out more about in a future edition of the Guardian. If you are involved in a community group that needs funding, the deadline for the next round of applications is Friday 2nd October.

On behalf of the councillors who manned the Town Council stall at the September Maker’s Market I would like to thank all those residents who stopped and spoke with the Council. It proved to be a great opportunity for residents to raise issues, make suggestions and generally discuss matters with their councillors and will be repeated at the October Market!

Finally, if you are a keen golfer and haven’t yet registered a team for the Mayor’s Charity Golf Day on September 22nd – contact Clare at the Council Offices.

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Christmas in August

Christmas is already being planned by the Town Council with the first allocations for stalls at the Christmas Market having been announced last week. If you are a Knutsford trader and would like the opportunity to trade at the market, visit our website.

This year will also see some changes to the Christmas lights in the town centre – I’ve seen the visuals and they look great – you’re in for a treat!

Robin, our Town Ranger, has been busy tidying up a number of areas around town, from overgrown ginnels to cleaning road signs. If you’ve spotted anything that needs attention, let me know and we can either get Robin to deal with it or arrange it with Cheshire East. Robin is currently refurbishing the benches on Paradise Green and the Mobberley Road triangle.

Have you visited the Indoor Market recently? There have been a number of improvements since the Town Council took it over in 2014, and there are more planned. You will see that the Town Council is consulting on improvements to Knutsford’s open spaces. I’ve already had some fantastic responses and it really shows how valuable these areas are to the communities they serve.

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Queen’s 90th Birthday and new Market Stall

There have been a couple of new additions to the Town Council website in the past few weeks.

Firstly, we have added councillor attendance figures, which are updated every few weeks, allowing residents to view up-to-date data on member attendances. Secondly, we have added a map of the council wards.

A street party is on the cards for 2016 to celebrate the 90th birthday of The Queen, with a working group set up to prepare plans – if you have any thoughts please do let me know. The events committee has also established a working group to look into developing a music festival for Knutsford in 2017.

Thank you to everyone who has volunteered to help with the development of the Neighbourhood Plan or to receive updates, following the recent flyer that was distributed across the town. The working groups are now beginning to meet and flesh out the topics that the themes will cover – if you want to be involved please visit knutsfordneighbourhoodplan.org.uk for more information.

Finally, last Friday saw the opening of the newest stall in Knutsford Market Hall, Mimi’s Baby Boutique, which I am sure will be an asset to the market. For more information visit knutsfordtowncouncil.gov.uk or call 01565 653929.

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Finger Posts to Neighbourhood Planning

Knutsford will soon be easier to navigate for visitors, with the environment committee arranging the renovation of the town centre finger posts. There are currently four in the town centre, which will be renovated and new fingers installed. These will direct visitors to the market, the Moor, public toilets and the like.

Progress is being made with the Neighbourhood Plan with the first meetings of the working groups being coordinated and a leaflet being distributed to all homes to help raise awareness and seeking volunteers. If you would like to be involved please visit the neighbourhood plan website for more information.

Don’t miss the King Street enhancement exhibitions on Silk Mill Street this week. The town council will be discussing the plans at our next meeting on Monday, July 20, in the Jubilee Hall.

The Town Ranger has been working hard over the past few weeks to begin a series of general improvements in the town centre; this has included beginning to repaint the cast iron bins, cleaning town centre maps, signs, etc, and weeding a range of overgrown areas. If you’ve spotted something that needs doing please do let me know.

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King St Plans and Town Awards

Knutsford Town Council’s new Town Ranger is now out in Knutsford working to make the town cleaner and tidier. If you spot a ‘grot spot’ around town, give us a call and we will get it sorted, either by chasing Cheshire East or by sending Robin out.

If you want a say in the plans for King Street make sure you get down to the exhibition on Silk Mill Street this week – maybe coupled with a visit to the Makers Market on Sunday! The Town Council will be responding to the consultation at our meeting on July 20.

All committees have now had their first meeting of the new council and the chairman of these committees elected. You can find out who they are on the Town Council website. Also new on the website is information about allotments in the town.

A big thank you to everyone who attended the Mayor’s Civic Sunday parade and service and those who attended the town awards. For more read this week’s Guardian. Make a note of who you think should receive an award next year ready for the nominations in May, 2016.

Finally, who else is excited for the Knutsford promenades? It’s going to be fantastic so don’t miss it this Saturday.

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Town Awards, Town Ranger and Town Rights of Way!

The shortlist for the 2015 Knutsford Town Awards was decided last week – and the panel definitely had a difficult time settling on the winners. We’ll be announcing the shortlist the week before Civic Sunday but invite everyone to attend the Town Awards Ceremony at 1pm on Sunday, June 28, at the Methodist Church.

You will soon see a Town Council van around town as the new Town Ranger takes up his post next week. Robin will become regular site around town as he works to make the town a cleaner and tidier place. If you’ve spotted an issue around town let us know.

We’ve published a new page on our website featuring a map of the public rights of way and footpaths which we have around Knutsford. This is part of our 2020 vision in promoting alternatives to driving around town – maybe there’s a shortcut you hadn’t known about? If you spot anything missing, please drop me an e-mail.

The events committee had a positive first meeting, with a number of ideas for new events floated around. If you’ve got an idea for an event for Knutsford please do give me a call. I’ve the pleasure of sitting on the committee of the Promote Knutsford Forum alongside the Town Mayor. This newly reconstituted group has some great plans coming up this year so do keep your eyes peeled.

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Reviewing the 2020 Vision

Firstly a thank you to everyone who took the time to make a nomination in the 2015 Town Awards. There are some fantastic nominations and the decision panel will have another tough set of decisions to make.

The first meeting of the committees in the new civic year sees each committee review its 2020 Vision aims. To date, the Town Council has completed 21 per cent of the actions in our 2020 Vision and the committees are working on the next steps. The Planning Committee will be reviewing the list of listed buildings and making recommendations to English Heritage, so if you know of a building that is of architectural or historical interest that isn’t already listed, please do let me know.

The Environment Committee will be consulting community organisations to gather an insight both into the needs for community meeting spaces and for what organisations need to develop further. This is part of our commitment to developing the voluntary sector in Knutsford. The Environment Committee is also going to be looking outdoors – consulting residents on how public spaces can be protected or enhanced for public use, as well as looking at the trees in the town with a view to ensuring that all important ones are protected.

Finally, do you have an idea for a town event? The Events Committee will be discussing ideas for new events at its meeting on June 15 so get in touch.

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