This policy sets out how the council manages its Blue Plaque Scheme.
The policy is overseen by the Environment and General Purposes Committee and was last updated in 2015.
Knutsford Town Council recognises the importance of commemorative blue plaques in helping visitors and residents identify with the history of the town and aims to promote the recognition and awareness of people, places and events which have been of lasting significance in the life of Knutsford or more widely.
The Town Council encourages suggestions from members of the public for suitable plaques. A decision to install a blue plaque will be made by the Environment Committee following a recommendation of the appraisal panel.
The following eligibility criteria will guide the appraisal panel in their recommendations to the Environment Committee.
1.1 In order to be eligible for a commemorative plaque an individual must have been deceased for a period of 20 years OR the centenary of their birth has passed.
1.2 An individual must also:
- Have been an eminent member of their profession or calling OR made a significant contribution to human welfare or happiness
- Be re recognizable to the well-informed passerby or deserve national recognition
- Have distinguished themselves by a significant public service, act of bravery or committed a notorious act
1.3 For plaques commemorating buildings the building must be either locally or nationally known as of special significance and worth of lasting recognition.
1.4 For plaques commemorating events, a period of 10 years must have elapsed since the occurrence of the event
When locating plaques, the following key principles should be adhered to. A recommendation to locate a plaque which does not meet the three principles must be accompanied by sufficient explanation as to the reason it is deemed acceptable by the appraisal panel.
2.1 Plaques should be visible from the public highway
2.2 Plaques for individuals should only be placed on a residence or site – not a redeveloped site
2.3 Plaques should be installed on buildings rather than gates or boundary walls
3.1 The appraisal panel shall be a working group of the town council comprising three members of the Environment Committee and one representative of each the Knutsford Conservation and Heritage Group and Knutsford Heritage Centre.
3.2 The appraisal panel shall consider any suggestions received by members of the public for the installation of a new blue plaque and shall first appraise its suitability under the eligibility criteria
3.3 The appraisal panel may consult any individual or body it deems necessary in order to appraise the suitability of a commemorative plaque
3.4 The appraisal panel shall undertake any research necessary including; liaising with the owner of the building to which a plaque would be affixed, recommended locations for the plaque and drafting the text for the plaque
3.5 The appraisal panel shall make a recommendation to the Environment Committee as to whether a plaque should be installed.
4.1 The Council shall retain ownership of all installed plaques
4.2 The Council shall enter into an agreement with the owner of the location where a plaque is installed as to the maintenance of the plaque
4.3 Should a plaque be removed from a building it will be returned to the Town Council.