Knutsford Town Council is appealing for volunteers to help regenerate a community garden in the town centre. The garden area behind Booths on Stanley Road is currently owned by Cheshire East Council, with the Town Council having expressed interest in improving the area for the community.
The Town Council recognises that this space has potential as a calm oasis in the centre of town and is keen to explore ways it can improve this area for residents and visitors. One option currently being explored is building a core of volunteers to help maintain a regenerated area.
“We have ideas of how the space could be improved for users, primarily by opening the space out, planting flowerbeds and relocating the benches to the centre of the garden” said Town Clerk, Adam Keppel-Garner.
The Town Council would look to organise a number of ‘clear up’ days to prepare the site which could then be maintained by volunteers with support from the both the Borough and Town Councils.
Cheshire East Council would continue to maintain the majority of the site, including tending to the trees, grass and bushes whilst the Town Council would step in to deliver the enhancement of the area.
“We have written to nearby residents and already had some fantastically enthusiastic responses, but need a core of volunteers to make this sustainable” Adam added.
“At this stage we are appealing for volunteers to offer their time either for a clear-up day or to support the ongoing maintenance of the garden”.
If you are interested in volunteering, please contact the Town Clerk on firstname.lastname@example.org or 01565 653 929 by February 29th.
The third asset transfer from Cheshire East Council to Knutsford Town Council has now completed with two allotment sites now under Town Council control.
Paul Howard with Cllr Tony Dean at the Warren Avenue Allotments
The Allotments at Sparrow Lane and Warren Avenue have been transferred through a 125 year lease to the Town Council; this follows the freehold transfer of public toilets and markets.
Town Mayor, Cllr Tony Dean said “I am delighted to see the third asset transfer complete and the Council looks forward to working with the Allotment Society on improving these Allotments. It is great to see there is such a demand for allotments in Knutsford.”
The Town Council will be working closely with the Allotment Society to improve facilities at the two sites and promote the allotments to residents. After a small investment to improve the sites from the town council the allotments will cover their own costs with all money generated through allotment rents being invested back into the two sites.
Chairman of the Allotment Society, Paul Howard said “Knutsford Allotment Society is looking forward to working with its new landlords, Knutsford Town Council, in continuing to manage its allotment gardens at Warren Avenue and Sparrow Lane. The Society will also be seeking, in partnership with Knutsford Town Council, to enhance allotment provision in Knutsford & to improve the existing sites. Any Knutsford resident who wishes to join the current waiting list for an allotment should visit the Knutsford Town Council website for details”
The Town Council is now working towards to the transfer of the Town Council Offices and three areas of public open space.
The transfer documents for the Market Hall and rights to hold markets in Knutsford have been sealed by Knutsford Town Council. Following the transfer of the two toilet blocks in 2013, the Town Council have been working on the transfer of the Market Hall, outdoor market and market rights.
The documents were sealed by Town Mayor Cllr Neil Forbes and Deputy Town Mayor Cllr Tony Dean. Cllr Dean, lead member for the transfer of markets said “I am delighted that we have now signed the legal documents for the transfer with completion expected on June 30th”.
“We have plans to improve the Market Hall and promote the use of the market to the community. The Council will also be looking into re-invigorating the weekly outdoor market” said Cllr Dean.
Cllr Forbes added “This is another historic moment as the running of the market returns to Knutsford for the first time since 1974 and I look forward to working with my fellow councillors to improve the facilities just like we did with the public toilets”.
Knutsford Town Council was flushed with success on Friday 6th when the Deputy Mayor, Cllr Neil Forbes attended the UK Loo of the Year Awards which saw Knutsford’s public toilets achieving Gold.
The Town Council announced the completion of the refurbishment works to the two toilet blocks at King St and Bexton Road in November. The toilets, which transferred to the Town Council in July, have now been completely refurbished by leading UK toilet company DANFO in partnership with the Town Council.
Cllr Forbes said “I’m pleased we have been able to save these facilities from closure for our residents and many visitors at the same time as improving their quality and keeping the overall cost to council tax payers low.”
Now under Town Council control the two blocks benefit from increased opening hours – now 6am to midnight every day. The toilet blocks both comprise of three toilets, unisex accessible, unisex & female and cost 20p to use which offsets the cost of maintenance and refurbishment.
Town Mayor Barbara Coan said “These are the first set of assets to be transferred back to the Town Council under the drive for localism. For the first time in a long time the town council have direct control over the standards and quality of what is provided for Knutsfordians”.
The first asset transfer from Cheshire East to Knutsford Town Council has completed today. The public toilets at Bexton Road and King Street are now owned by the Town Council,and will undergo complete refurbishment by Danfo, the leading public toilet provider in the UK, who will operate the toilets for the Town Council.
The toilets at Bexton Road are the first to undergo renovation, which is set to start today with a completion target of September. Once Bexton Road toilets are operational, the refurbishment at King Street will begin.
The new toilet facilities, which at both sites will include an accessible toilet and baby changing facilities, will cost 20p to use.
Cllr Neil Forbes, lead member for the toilet transfer at Knutsford Town Council said “I’m pleased the town will soon have facilities for our residents and visitors to be proud of.”
The Council hopes that the renovated toilets will end the years of complaints the current toilet facilities receive.
Town Mayor, Cllr Barbara Coan said “These are the first set of assets to be transferred back to the Town Council under the drive for localism. More are to follow e.g. the market. For the first time in a long time the town council will have direct control over the standards and quality of what is provided for Knutsfordians ”