Councillors McCulloch, Beswick, Abel, Dalzell and Gardiner.
A Keppel-Green (Town Clerk)
APOLOGIES FOR ABSENCE
Apologies were received from Cllrs Houghton, Power and Robertson (personal business)
DECLARATIONS OF MEMBERS’ INTERESTS
Cllr Dalzell declared a personal interest with respect to the Nature Action Plan as a trustee of the Crosstown Community Orchard. Cllr McCulloch declared a personal interest with respect to the Friends of St John’s Wood as a committee member and to the Coronation Tree Plaque as a committee member of Friends of the Heath.
No members of the public were present.
REVIEW OF YEAR-TO-DATE INCOME AND EXPENDITURE
The report was noted.
NATURE ACTION PLAN
The updated was noted and members expressed support for replacing the tree planting area near St John’s Wood with a wildflower meadow.
COMMITTEE WORKING GROUPS
The appointment of Cllrs Beswick, Dalzell and Houghton to the Nature Action Plan WG and Cllrs Beswick, Dalzell, Houghton and Nicholson to the Blue Plaques Appraisal Panel was supported.
FRIENDS OF ST JOHN’S WOOD
Members expressed support for commissioning an ecological survey of St John’s Wood to support the development of a masterplan for the site.
CHESHIRE EAST COUNCIL WEED SPRAYING
It was agreed the matter required more detailed exploration and that a balance between the general maintenance and environment needed to be found. It was agreed that before the next meeting members would consider:
- Do they want a complete stop on all herbicide use in Knutsford/the borough?
- Do they want to stop the yellowing/killing of areas around obstacles?
- Would it be content for weeds to grow in areas where weed spraying currently takes place e.g. along highways, in the town centre etc.
- Do they wish to invest Town Council resources (staff time and/or budget) in undertaking works to reduce the necessity for weed spraying e.g. strimming, planting or mulching
The speeding data for Beggarmans Lane was noted. It was agreed to send a note to the Head of Bexton School asking they remind parents of the 20mph zone at school times.
SOCIAL MEDIA POLICY
The proposed addition to policy was supported by members.
KING EDWARD VII CORONATION TREE PLAQUE
Members agreed that the existing plaque should be retained and a new additional plaque added with the precise wording to be agreed.
TOWN MAINTENANCE LOG
The log was noted.
The log was noted.