A (BRIEF) HISTORY OF KNUTSFORD TOWN COUNCIL
Knutsford Town Council was formed in 1974 as part of a local government reorganisation. Under the new Local Government Act 1972 urban district councils were replaced with new larger districts and where appropriate new parish councils were created for the towns. Knutsford Parish Council was officially formed in 1973 as a shadow council (now powers, and comprising the members of the KUDC). The Knutsford Parish Council resolved to be styled as a Town – and thus Knutsford Town Council was born and the title of Mayor of Knutsford was recreated.
The new Town Council was given little responsibility under this reorganisation, with responsibility for parks, markets, toilets, allotments and much more being placed under the new Macclesfield District Council (later given borough status). In the 1970s the council successfully argued that 60 King Street (then home to La Belle Epoque restaurant) belonged to the Town Council and not Macclesfield BC under a statutory provision that vested ‘parish property’ in the hands of the new town councils. At a similar time, Monkton Properties gifted Wallwood to the town and vested it in the trust to Knutsford Town Council.
Over the next 30 or so years, the Town Council’s role was one of representing the townsfolk with other organisations and delivering few services directly. This began to change in 2011 when a drive from the newly formed Cheshire East Council (unitary authority established in 2009) and the new coalition government pushed for localism – more services to be delivered locally. This also coincided with austerity measures which meant Cheshire East Council had to carefully focus its spending.
Between 2012-2020 the council’s responsibilities grew greatly, taking on responsibility for town centre management, public toilets, markets, allotments and the cemetery. It also recruited a new Town Ranger and began undertaking responsive maintenance across the town as well as generally becoming more directly involved in a wider array of services as Cheshire East Council stepped back.
Annie Jayne Leigh
1924-1926 and 1928-1929
KNUTSFORD URBAN DISTRICT COUNCIL CHAIRMEN
|Term of Office||Chairman||Term of Office||Chairman||Term of Office||Chairman|
|1895-98||R Longridge||1938/39||E Thomas||1958-59||J Walley|
|1898-02||F Ashworth||1939-40||A Percy||1959-60||W Shaw|
|1902-09||L Bentley||1940-41||W Shaw||1960-61||J Bancroft|
|1909-20||J Cox||1941-42||E Waldron||1961-63||M Chorlton|
|1920-24||M Penn||1942-43||J Norbury||1963-64||J Gledhill|
|1924-26||A Leigh||1943-44||P Harwood||1964||J Kendrick|
|1926-28||F Wildgoose||1944-47||F Johnson||1964-65||J Walley|
|1928-30||A Leigh||1946-47||A Percy||1965-66||I Stevenson|
|1929-31||W Johnson||1947-49||F Floyd||1966-67||R Shepherd|
|1931-32||H Darlington||1949-50||A Percy||1967-68||G Butler|
|1932-33||W Fisher||1950-51||E Thomas||1968-69||H Fish|
|1933-34||F Jennings||1951-52||H Darlington||1969-70||M Chorlton|
|1934-35||H Stell||1952-54||A Hart||1970-71||G Whalley|
|1935-36||T Beswick||1954-55||F Floyd||1971-72||F Atkinson|
|1936-37||S Cake||1955-57||T Meachin||1972-73||D Page|
|1937-38||G Mason||1957-58||J Gledhill||1973-74||H Glidewell|