Knutsford Town Council marked the turn of the new year by becoming a burial authority as Knutsford Cemetery returned to local control; this followed a review of options which took place in September 2018 when the council decided to terminate the service agreement with Cheshire East Council.
The five-acre site on Tabley Road opened in January 1902 and whilst it had been managed by Cheshire East Council and the former Macclesfield Borough Council since 1974 the ownership of the site has always been held by Knutsford Town Council.
“Our aim is to have a place of remembrance in which we can all commemorate, remember and spend time with our loved ones, a place which the community can be truly proud of and we believe the town council is best placed to deliver this.”
Cllr Andrew Malloy, Mayor of Knutsford
During 2020 the council will be introducing a number of changes as part of ambitious plans to make the cemetery the best in Cheshire. The council’s plans include:
of new bins across the cemetery to make it easier for visitors to dispose of
new flower beds at the entrance to the cemetery
additional benches to provide a place for visitors to sit and reflect
trees to replace those which have been felled in the past
fallen grave stones
existing ‘road blocks’ made with old grave stones and replacing them with
part-time post of Cemetery Groundskeeper has been created and will start in
March with the mission of ensuring the cemetery is continually well cared for.
On top of the essential maintenance the groundskeeper will be levelling lawns
and tackling areas which have been overtaken by weeds. The groundskeeper will
help the council minimise costs and cut carbon emissions by composting all
green waste generated at the cemetery, creating compost which will be used on
The transfer of the cemetery operation is
being delivered at no cost to the Knutsford taxpayer as costs are forecast to
be covered by the fees charged for burials.
“We have been exploring the options on how best to manage the cemetery for a number of years and with it now back under direct town council control we are looking forward to making improvements and maintaining a quality cemetery for our residents”
Cllr Jan Nicholson, Deputy Chairman of the council’s Assets and Operations Committee and member of the council’s cemetery working group
The council welcomes feedback on all the services it offers and especially suggestions as to how it can work it make the cemetery as welcoming and pleasant as possible.
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
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
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.”
In honour of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth’s 90th Birthday the Knutsford Town Council Events Committee have planted an oak tree at Higher Town Green, on Chelford Rd. The tree was dedicated to the Queen by the Lord Lieutenant of Cheshire, Mr David Briggs MBE KStJ in a ceremony on 21st April, the date of the Queen’s actual 90th Birthday.
Cllr Tony Dean planting the Tree
The Tree was planted by the Knutsford Town Mayor, Cllr Tony Dean who said “It was a delight to plant the Tree in the Queen’s honour to recognise her many years of public service. I hope I live to 90!”
The Events Committee considered numerous locations in the Town for the oak tree to be planted and took advice from Barletts Tree Experts to ensure that the location chosen was suitable and most likely to allow the tree to remain and prosper, continuing to mark the occasion in the Town for hundreds of years.
Cllr Andrew Malloy, Chairman of the Council Events Committee commented “the Committee wanted to recognise this significant birthday of our Monarch and thought the planting of an oak tree was an appropriate and lasting way to do so.”
In addition the Town Council have produced a Street Party Guide to help Knutsford residents plan parties to celebrate the auspicious occasion across the weekend of 11th/12th June 2016, when the Queen will celebrate her official 90th birthday and the Patron’s Lunch will take place on the Mall. Cllr Malloy added “A street party is a great opportunity to engage with your neighbours and celebrate this national event together. We hope this guide makes organising a street party easier for the Town’s residents.”