Man convicted after flouting Lantern Parade road closure

The Town Council is proud to host a number of community events every year and we naturally take the safety of visitors very seriously. Some of these events involve the temporary closure of roads to allow parades to pass through and we do our best to ensure that these closures are publicised in advance through signage and our social media and we seek to minimise disruption to residents and local businesses.

At the 2018 Lantern Parade a car ignored the road closure signage, verbally abused a member of Town Council staff and breached the road closure order to drive up King Street, in the process striking said member of staff on the hip, but fortunately not encountering the parade as he drove off.

This incident was immediately reported to Cheshire Police and on Wednesday 25th September Mr Paul Lockton appeared at Chester Crown Court charged with dangerous driving. Mr Lockton was found guilty and sentenced to two months imprisonment suspended for 12 months, 150 hours of community service and a 12-month driving disqualification.

In sentencing, Mr Recorder Atkinson said: “You drove your Audi R8 dangerously on a dark and rainy winters night in Knutsford Town Centre. The road was closed appropriately, and signs had been placed on King Street. It was explained to you by the marshall, Mr Garner, that a children’s lantern parade was due to emerge onto the road at any moment.

You responded with abusive language to the marshall who was there to enforce the road closure and protect the children and adults in the parade. You drove at speed in the very direction the parade was due to emerge from and in doing so struck with Mr Garner with your car. You were highly culpable and placed others at risk. Thankfully the injury to Mr Garner was minor but your actions were shocking to those that witness them.”

Town Clerk, Adam Keppel-Green said “Mr Lockton’s actions endangered the public at our event. When roads are closed, they are closed for a reason and drivers should not attempt to just proceed past barriers. We like this to serve as an example of the potential implications for those who consider that the rules do not apply to them.”

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Mayor of Knutsford’s 100 Mile Cycle Tour Raises over £2,000!

The Mayor and Mayoress of Knutsford have raised over £2,000 having completed an epic 100 mile cycle tour of Cheshire East this Saturday (21st). Cllr Andrew Malloy and his wife Nicole undertook the challenge to raise funds for Knutsford youth sports and a new skate park for Knutsford.

The sun shone as they visited 16 Cheshire towns and villages, meeting representatives of the local councils as they cycled through. They were joined on the ride by Cllr Suzie Akers Smith, Cheshire East Council’s Cycle and Walking Champion, along with Melissa Reddy, Andy Coatsworth and Simon Crump.

The cycle tour was a key part of Andrew’s theme for his year as Town Mayor of promoting and supporting health living and leisure activities for the youth of Knutsford.  His aim is to encourage and support physical activity, whether that be walking, running, cycling, swimming, football, tennis, cricket or anything else.  Andrew also aims to establish a starter fund for a skate park.

The cycle ride was sponsored by Tatton Group, Bruntwood and Bikes n Gear and along the ride Cllr Malloy was delighted to receive a donation of £250 from Sunrise of Mobberley and £100 from So Cheshire, who greeted them at the end of the ride in Knutsford.

Andrew set up a JustGiving page to enable residents to sponsor the ride and, alongside offline donations and sponsorship, has now raised over £2,000.

Andrew said: “Thank you to each Mayor, Chairman and councillor who welcomed us to their patch along the ride and to Knutsford Tri Club who joined us from Wilmslow to Dean Row, and the Alsager Harlequins Cycling Club who joined us from Alsager to Nantwich. 

But most of all, thanks to the cyclists who did the entire ride with my wife and I; Simon, Andy, Suzie and Melissa; we could not have completed this epic journey without their support.”

Along the route Cllr Malloy met with:

  • Cllr Janet Cookson, Chairman, Mobberley Parish Council
  • Cllr Mike Dudley-Jones, Chairman, Alderley Edge Parish Council
  • Cllr Martin Watkins, Chairman, Wilmslow Parish Council
  • Cllr Barry Burkhill, Mayor of Cheshire East & Cllr for Handforth Parish Council
  • Cllr Sarah-Jane Gilmore, Mayor of Poynton
  • Cllr Roland Edwards, Mayor of Bollington
  • Cllr Liz Braithwaite, representing Macclesfield Central for Cheshire East Council
  • Cllr Paul Woods, Chairman, Gawsworth Parish Council
  • Cllr Sally Ann Holland, Mayor of Congleton
  • Cllr Sue Helliwell, Alsager Town Council
  • Cllr Steve Boyes, Chairman of Audlem Parish Council and Cllr Paul Barrett
  • Cllr Arthur Moran, Mayor of Nantwich
  • Cllr Benn Minshall, Mayor of Crewe
  • Cllr Mike Muldoon, Mayor of Sandbach
  • Mr Dave Roberts, Community Mayor of Middlewich
  • Cllr Brian Bath, Chairman, Holmes Chapel Parish Council.

To sponsor the Mayor visit: https://www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/cllrandrewmalloymayorofknutsford

Start of Tour: L-R: Colin Kemshed, Stephen Edmonson, Mike Peacock (chair of the Great Race committee, just joined us to see us off), Cllr Suzie Akers Smith, Simon Crump, Melissa Reddy, Andy Coatsworth, Cllr Andrew Malloy, Mayor of Knutsford, Nicole Malloy, Mayoress of Knutsford
Having cake with Alsager Harlequins Cycling Club
The finishers: Cllr Andrew Malloy, Simon Crump, Nicole Malloy, Steve Johnson, Melissa Reddy, Cllr Suzie Akers Smith, Andy Coatsworth

Press contact:                  Annabel Irvine, 01565653929

                                           annabel.irvine@knutsfordtowncouncil.gov.uk

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Neighbourhood Plan Commended by RTPI

Planning experts at the Royal Town Planning Institute have commended Knutsford’s Neighbourhood Plan in their annual Planning Excellence Awards. The Knutsford Neighbourhood Plan received a commendation in the Spatial Planning category for the North West region, with judges praising the level of volunteer involvement from the community in developing the plan with the town council.

Bev Watson, Regional Co-Ordinator of the North West Royal Town Planning Institute said “Judges were impressed with the wide range of planning policies within the plan and the clear diagrams which hep to create a more user-friendly document. It is a good example of a community led plan, which has provided opportunities for engagement and which has helped to raise the awareness and understanding of planning issues across the community.”

The Neighbourhood Plan, which was developed by Knutsford Town Council working with representatives of the wider community, was approved at a referendum in March and sits alongside the Local Plan for use by Cheshire East planners making decisions about development in the Town.

RPTI Award Logo

Supported by Urban Imprint, the Macclesfield based planning consultants who helped create the plan, Neighbourhood Plan Committee Chairman Cllr Stewart Gardiner and Mr Brian Chaplin, who led the Housing and Employment working group, were interrogated by RTPI judges on the content and development of the plan.

Cllr Gardiner said “’As a member of the Royal Town Planning Institute I am extremely proud to have been the lead councillor in the team that delivered the Knutsford Neighbourhood Plan and to have been judged by my peers to secure this commendation.

However, this award is not about me, but an affirmation of all the hours of hard work and effort put into the process by my Town Council colleagues, The team at Urban Imprint and so many Knutsford residents; too many to name here but a big THANKS to you all- please share my pride”

Cllr Stewart Gardiner with the Neighbourhood Plan Posters
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Conclusion of Audit

The audit of accounts for Knutsford Town Council for the year ended 31 March 2019 has been completed and the accounts have been published. No issues have been raised by the council’s external auditor, PKF Little John.

No issues were raised by the council’s internal auditor’s JDH Business Services.

You can view the audit papers here: 2018/19 Annual Governance and Accounting Records

And the Notice of Conclusion of Audit here: Notice of Conclusion of Audit

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Front Garden Competition winners are announced

Green-fingered Knutsford residents showed even the smallest of gardens can impress the judges during Knutsford Town Council’s annual front garden competition.

All shapes and sizes of garden were entered into the community contest, judged by the Deputy Mayor of Knutsford, Cllr Stewart Gardiner and Christine Skinner representing Knutsford in Bloom.

With a cherry tree in full fruit, beautiful hanging baskets, lighting, bird feeders and baths and a small seating area, judges were in complete agreement that Peter Holt’s garden in Middle Walk was the winning entry and he received a certificate and a gift voucher for a Christmas Tree kindly donated by Fryers Garden Centre.

A strong second place went to Terence and Jean Austin’s garden in Meadow Drive – a beautiful garden with well tended flowers and a lush green lawn.

Third place was a tie between two very different front gardens: Jacqui Elliott, who’s small but perfectly formed paved garden on George Street impressed the judges with a variety of potted plants, climbers and a window box and Lorraine Dorset’s beautiful garden on Woodside featured abundant flowering beds and a well-tended lawn. 

The Residents of Ella Grove were presented with a Community Garden certificate to acknowledge their maintenance and upkeep of this communal space for the enjoyment of all local residents.

Cllr Andrew Malloy, Mayor of Knutsford said, ‘’I was delighted to hand out certificates to some worthy winners this weekend and see the gardens they’ve clearly spent a lot of time nurturing over many months.  Thanks also to Jonathan Farber for taking photographs of the gardens, across the town, and to Cllr Stewart Gardiner for assisting in judging the competition while I was on holiday.”

Knutsford Town Council look forward to receiving even more entries for next year’s competition in the Summer of 2020.

First Prize: Peter Holt from Middle Walk (photograph by Jonathan Farber)
Second Prize: Terence Austin from Middle Drive (photograph by Jonathan Farber)
Joint Third Prize: Jacqui Elliott from George Street (photograph by Jonathan Farber)
Third Prize: Lorraine Dorset from Woodside (photograph by Jonathan Farber)
Community Award: Residents of Ella Grove (photograph by Jonathan Farber)
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Mayor of Knutsford’s Cycle Tour of East Cheshire Saturday 21 September

Mayor of Knutsford Cllr Andrew Malloy and Mayoress Nicole, are embarking on a Cycle Tour of East Cheshire this Saturday, 21st September.  The ride will be completed in a day and cover over 100 miles in a circuit around the whole of Cheshire East.  Andrew is hoping to raise £2,000 towards his fundraising via JustGiving page.

The cycle tour is a key part of Cllr Malloy’s theme for his year in office of promoting and supporting healthy living and leisure activities for the youth of Knutsford.  His aim is to encourage and support physical activity, whether that be walking, running, cycling, swimming, football, tennis, cricket or anything else.  Andrew also aims to establish a starter fund for a skate park.

The Mayor is grateful to Tatton Group, Bruntwood and Bikes’N’Gear for their sponsorship of his cycling jersey and support of his Cycle Tour.

Cllr Andrew Malloy said: “I’m looking forward to touring the borough with some like-minded cyclists, including Cheshire East’s Cycling and Walking Champion Suzie Akers-Smith, promoting an active lifestyle, and hopefully improving the image of cycling for all to try, we all need to try our best to get out of our cars when we can, as our roads become more and more congested.  If you’d like to join us for part of the ride, do please get in touch.  It will also be great to see strengthen links with many towns and villages across the borough.”

The Mayor will pass through the following Towns and villages on Saturday 21 September at the approximate times below.  Where possible he will be greeted by the Town Mayor, Chairman or a local Councillor.  If you are in the area please come out and wave him and his follow riders on as they go past:

Knutsford Town Council Offices: 08:00         Mobberley Rajar Building: 08:17

Alderley Edge Festival Hall: 08:50            Wilmslow Parish Hall:  09:10   

Handforth Youth Centre: 09:25                 Poynton Civic Hall: 10:10

Bollington Town Hall: 10:50                       Macclesfield Town Hall: 11:35

Gawsworth Community Hub: 12:00         Congleton Town Hall: 12:55

Alsager Civic: 14:10                                     Audlem Square: 16:00

Nantwich Civic Hall: 16:45                        Crewe Town Council: 17:25

Sandbach Literary Institute: 18:05           Westfields Sandbach: 18:10

Middlewich Victoria Buildings: 18:50     Holmes Chapel Parish Council: 19:35

Chelford St John’s Evangelist Church: 20:15   Knutsford Town Council Offices: 20:45

To sponsor the Mayor visit: https://www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/cllrandrewmalloymayorofknutsford

L-R Julie Ault, Bruntwood, Nicole Malloy, Mayoress of Knutsford, Cllr Andrew Malloy, Mayor of Knutsford, Paul Bonner, Bikes N Gear (Photo by Jonathan Farber)
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Commemoration of the 80th Anniversary of WWII

Knutsfordians are invited to join Town Mayor Cllr Andrew Malloy for a short service of remembrance at the Centennial War Memorial on Toft Road to recognise the 80th anniversary of the start of World War II. The service takes place at 6pm on Tuesday 3rd September.

The Mayor will be joined by his chaplain, Reverend Paul Deakin for prayers and readings to commemorate this significant anniversary.

Town Mayor Cllr Andrew Malloy said: “Please join me at the centennial memorial to commemorate 80 years since the start of World War II.  This service will be a solemn reminder of the conflict that was never meant to happen, ahead of more celebratory events in May 2020 to recognise the 75th anniversary of VE day.”

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Town Mayor’s Fundraising BBQ a Sizzling Success Despite the Rain!

Mayor of Knutsford Cllr Andrew Malloy hosted a fundraising BBQ on Friday night to raise money to support the Mayor’s fundraising and 2nd Knutsford Scouts. The Mayor’s fundraising this year is raising money for a Skate Park project in Knutsford and supporting local charitable community sports groups promoting youth activity.

Over 60 guests and families braved the rain for the BBQ kindly prepared and served by 2nd Knutsford Scouts.  All the meat, fruit and vegetables came from Edwards and Emmess Butchers and Jonty’s Fruit & Veg in Knutsford Market Hall.  The beer from Tatton Brewery went down well on the bar and the guests still drank Pimms despite the grey skies!

Cllr Andrew Malloy said: “I am delighted to have been able to raise over £540 at my first fundraising event. A big thank you to 2nd Knutsford Scouts who manned the BBQ with a team of fantastic volunteers (both young and old!).  Thank you also to the Deputy Mayor of Cheshire East and the Mayor of Crewe for attending and to my Deputy Cllr Stewart Gardiner for your help on the night.”

The Mayor’s next fundraising event is a Spanish night at Evuna, taking place on Tuesday 10th September. Tickets are £23 and available from Mayor’s PA Annabel Irvine (01565 653 929).

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Front Garden Competition

Knutsford is already blooming with the RHS Tatton Flower Show in town, floral shop window displays plus an upcoming visit from the Northwest In Bloom Competition judges, and now Knutsford Town Council is inviting residents to get involved by nominating gardens for the 2019 Knutsford Front Garden Competition.

The competition, organised by the council in 2019, encourages residents to get involved with the In Bloom campaign and either show off their own beautiful front gardens or maybe nominate a neighbour.

The competition is open to any garden which is on view to members of the public, and anything can be nominated from window boxes to large landscaped gardens. Residents are encouraged to snap a photo of their favourite Knutsford front gardens and enter them into the competition by emailing the picture to the council. Residents can nominate their own gardens, a neighbour’s garden or a garden that they have passed on their travels.

The competition has once again been sponsored by Fryers Garden Centre on Manchester Road who will be providing prizes for the three winners. The competition will be judged by the Town Mayor with representatives from Knutsford in Bloom and Fryers.

“Whether you’re proud of your own garden or think your neighbour’s efforts have been paying off all you need to do is send us a picture to enter it – it’s a fun, local competition focused on recognising the spaces that brighten people’s days” said Town Clerk, Adam Keppel-Green.

The competition opened on Monday 15th July and will be open for one month until Friday 16th August. To enter just send a photograph and the address of the garden to alex.brown@knutsfordtowncouncil.gov.uk. You can enter as many gardens as you’d like, and can also submit entries in person to the Council Offices on Toft Road.

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Mayor Launches Sizzling Summer Fundraiser

Cllr Andrew Malloy, Mayor of Knutsford has today launched the first of his fundraising events a Summer BBQ which will take place in the evening of Friday 19th July.  2nd Knutsford Scouts will be running the BBQ which will be held in the library gardens, next door to the council offices next to the Council Offices on Toft Road. 

Tickets are priced at just £10 per person (£5 for children aged 12 and under) and a cash bar will be available on the night.  All proceeds raised will support the Mayor’s Charitable Fund and 2nd Knutsford Scouts. The Mayor’s Charitable fund this year  is raising money for a Skate Park for Knutsford and supporting local charitable community sports groups promoting youth activity.

Andrew said: “Please join me and my family for this family friendly event and help raise money for a skate park and local youth sports clubs.  Come and chat to me about my activities during the year, and perhaps your kids can speak to me about mine and their hopes for the town too.”

For more information visit: http://www.knutsfordtowncouncil.gov.uk/council/town-mayor/fundraising or contact the Mayor’s PA Annabel Irvine: 01565 653 929; Annabel.irvine@knutsfordtowncouncil.gov.uk.

Photo: Cllr Andrew Malloy, Mayor of Knutsford (back) with members of 2nd Knutsford Scouts, Cubs and Beavers:

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