These are draft minutes that have not yet been approved by the council. The minutes are subject to change and will be confirmed at the next meeting.

24/000 PRESENT

Councillors Coan, Banks, Dalzell, Forrest, Gardiner, Gray, Hartley, Johnson, Lowe, McCulloch, Mears, Robertson, Russell, Watson and Wood

In attendance: A Keppel-Green (Town Clerk)

 

24/001 ELECTION OF THE TOWN MAYOR

It was proposed by Cllr Mears, seconded by Cllr Hartley and RESOLVED that Cllr Banks be elected Town Mayor.

Cllr Banks signed the declaration of acceptance of office and was invested with the chain of office.

 

24/002 ELECTION OF THE DEPUTY TOWN MAYOR

It was proposed by Cllr Forrest, seconded by Cllr Robertson and RESOLVED that Cllr McCulloch be elected Deputy Town Mayor.

Cllr McCulloch signed the declaration of acceptance of office and was invested with the chain of office.

 

24/003 APPOINTMENT OF THE MAYOR’S CADET

Cllr Banks announced the appointment of Lucas Cronan of the 1st Knutsford Scouts as Mayor’s Cadet 2024/25, Mstr Cronan gave a declaration of acceptance of office and was presented with the badge of office.

 

24/004 APPOINTMENT OF REPRESENTATIVES TO OUTSIDE BODIES

It was RESOLVED to make the following appointments:

 

Organisation Representative
Cheshire Association of Local Councils AGM Cllrs Banks and McCulloch
Crosstown Community Orchard Cllr Dalzell
Friends of College Wood Cllr Coan
Friends of St John’s Wood Cllr McCulloch
Friends of the Heath Cllr Watson
Friends of the Moor Cllr Johnson
Knutsford Heritage Centre Cllr Banks
Knutsford in Bloom Cllr Hartley
Knutsford Old Folks Club Committee (Jubilee Hall) Cllr Johnson
Manchester Airport Consultative Committee Cllr Banks and Cllr Coan (sub)
Mid Cheshire Line Community Rail Partnership Steering Group Cllr Forrest
The Knutsford Fund Cllr McCulloch
Knutsford and District Schools Council Cllrs Dalzell and Wood
Rural Market Towns Group Cllr Johnson
Knutsford Partnership Cllr Johnson

 

24/005 APPOINTMENT OF COMMITTEES, SUB-COMMITTEES AND BANK SIGNATORIES

It was noted that the Town Mayor and Deputy Town Mayor are ex-officio members of all committees.

It was RESOLVED to make the appointments detailed below, authorise the CIL Projects Advisory Committee to co-opt to fill any arising non-councillor member vacancies and increase the membership of the Council Offices sub-committee to six members.

 

Assets and Operations Committee

Cllrs Dalzell, Gardiner, Gray, Lowe and Wood

Chairman Cllr Coan

Deputy ChairmanCllr Gray

 

Community Committee

Cllrs Dalzell, Forrest, Gardiner, Hartley, Russell and Watson.

Chairman Cllr Forrest

Deputy Chairman Cllr Hartley

 

Environment and Transport Committee

Cllrs Johnson, Lowe, Mears, Robertson, Russell and Watson

Chairman Cllr Mears

Deputy Chairman Cllr Johnson

 

Events Committee

Cllrs Dalzell, Hartley, Forrest, Russell, Watson and Wood.

Chairman Cllr Hartley

Deputy Chairman Cllr Forrest

 

Finance Committee

Cllrs Coan, Johnson, Mears, Robertson and Wood

Chairman Cllr Robertson

Deputy Chairman Cllr Wood

 

Personnel Committee

Cllrs Coan, Dalzell, Forrest, Gardiner and Mears.

Chairman Cllr Dalzell

Deputy Chairman Cllr Gardiner

 

Planning and Committee

Cllrs Dalzell, Gray, Johnson, Lowe, Mears and one vacancy.

Chairman Cllr McCulloch

Deputy Chairman Cllr Gray

 

Town Centre Committee

Cllrs Coan, Gray, Hartley, Johnson, Robertson, Russell and Watson.

Chairman Cllr Gray

Deputy Chairman Cllr Johnson

 

CIL Projects Advisory Committee

Cllrs Dalzell, Gray, Hartley, Johnson, Lowe and Wood

 

Council Offices sub-committee

Cllrs Coan, Dazell, Gardiner, Gray, Johnson and McCulloch

 

Grievances and Appeals sub-committee

Cllrs Banks, Dalzell and Gardiner

Reserve 1Cllr Coan

Reserve 2Cllr Forrest

Reserve 3Cllr Russell

 

Bank Signatories

The Town Mayor, Deputy Town Mayor, Finance Committee Chairman, Finance Committee Deputy Chairman and the Town Clerk (for administrative purposes).

 

24/006 APOLOGIES FOR ABSENCE

All members were present.

 

24/007 DECLARATIONS OF MEMBERS’ INTERESTS

Cllr Banks declared a pecuniary interest in 24/012 on the grounds of being recipient of the allowance.

 

24/008 STATEMENT FROM THE NEWLY ELECTED TOWN MAYOR

Cllr Banks thanked his fellow councillors for the honour of being elected Town Mayor and gave a short speech announcing that during his term of office he would be raising funds for Just Drop In and The Welcome.

Cllr Banks named his wife, Christine, as Mayoress.

Cllr Banks announced the appointment of Rev Paul Deakin as Mayor’s Chaplain.

 

24/009 STATEMENT FROM THE OUTGOING TOWN MAYOR

Cllr Coan gave a short speech, thanking councillors and officers for their support during the year and reflecting on work the council has undertaken during the preceding twelve months including campaigning against the closure of the leisure centre, coordinating meetings to progress the new medical centre and working to preserve green spaces.  Cllr Coan announced that his fundraising efforts had raised £7,500 to be split between Knutsford Grow and the Men in Sheds Knutsford.

It was proposed by Cllr Gardiner and RESOLVED that the council record its thanks to Cllr Coan for his service as Town Mayor. Cllr Banks then presented Cllr Coan with his Past Mayor’s Medal.

 

24/010 CONFIRMATION OF PREVIOUS MINUTES

It was RESOLVED to confirm the minutes of the meeting held 25th March 2024.

 

24/011 ANNUAL GOVERNANCE AND ACCOUNTABILITY REVIEW

It was RESOLVED to approve the annual governance statements 2023/24.

It was RESOLVED to approve the annual accounting statements 2023/24.

 

24/012 MAYORAL ALLOWANCE

Cllr Banks left the meeting.

It was RESOLVED to pay an allowance of £800 to the Town Mayor.

Cllr Banks re-joined the meeting.

 

24/013 PUBLIC PARTICIPATION

The Town Clerk read a statement from the Chair of Knutsford GROW thanking Cllr Coan and the Civic Events Officer for their fundraising efforts over the preceding year, highlighting how much it means to their small charity.

A resident expressed thanks to the council for listening to residents and amplifying resident voices to Cheshire East Council and others, particularly thanking the council for its work in connection with the Leisure Centre and opposition to the loss of playing field connected with the refused Longridge proposals.

 

24/014 DATE OF THE NEXT MEETING

It was noted that the next scheduled meeting will be held on Monday 8th July 2024 at 7pm.