Green-fingered Knutsford residents showed even the smallest of gardens can impress the judges during Knutsford Town Council’s front garden competition.
All shapes and sizes of green spaces were entered into community contest, judged by the Mayor of Knutsford, Cllr Peter Coan, Bijal Mistry, manager of Fryer’s Garden Centre and Yvonne Bancroft, chair of 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.
A strong second place went to Susan Edwards and Richard Ankers in Lilac Avenue who had created a modern design with slate and wooden sleepers, impressing judges with their colour schemes, design, bird feeders and range of planting which was buzzing with bees.
Gina Cross won third place with her spectacular hanging baskets and potted displays outside her first floor flat in Middle Walk which, alongside Peter’s garden, make a wonderful floral walk down Middle Walk to the Moor.
Cllr Pete Coan said, ‘’It is absolutely wonderful that the local residents take such a pride in making Knutsford look lovely and there were so many gardens to judge, it was difficult to choose a winner. however, pride of place has to be given to Peter for his wonderful all year-round display. His garden was absolutely outstanding, and I hope it gives as much pleasure to passers-by as it did for me to judge’’
The Mayor presented winners with a certificates and gift vouchers which were kindly donated by Fryer’s Garden Centre.
Town Mayor Cllr Peter Coan welcomed dignitaries from across the county for his Civic Parade and Service on Sunday. The parade was led by Rode Hall Silver Band who played various marches as the parade walked from King Street car park to Princess Street to Knutsford Methodist Church, announcing the arrival of the new Mayor to Knutsfordians.
Revd Rob Cotton gave a service which emphasised the importance of community service, support and volunteering. The Mayor opened the service with a short prayer and Cllr Andrew Malloy, Deputy Mayor and Cadet Max Risley the Mayor’s Cadet both gave readings during the service. The service featured a short video that was produced to showcase the work of their onsite Friendship Café for dementia sufferers. The congregation of Knutsford Methodist Church welcomed the civic guests to their church and church volunteers helped organise the service and refreshments.
Cllr Peter Coan said: “The weather was ideal for the parade and I was delighted that many notables from the town as well as so many Civic Dignitaries from Cheshire were able to join us. They all looked resplendent in their chains. The Civic Parade was rousingly led by Rode Hall Silver Band. Thank you to Reverend Rob Cotton for leading an uplifting service on the theme of service to the community and helping others.”
Knutsfordians are being encouraged to come out to see their new Mayor Cllr Peter Coan during his Civic Sunday parade this week. The parade that starts assembles at 10am and sets off at 10.15am on Sunday 8th July. It will start from King St car park before working its way along King St, Tatton St, Canute Place, Princess St finishing at Knutsford Methodist Church, where the Civic Service will take place led by Revd Rob Cotton.
The Parade will be led by the Rode Hall Band and include dignitaries and Mayors from Town and Parish Councils across Cheshire as well as groups such as ATAC 2056 Squadron Air Cadets.
Town Mayor Cllr Peter Coan said “the Civic Sunday parade is one of the highlights of the Mayoral calendar. Historically this was the opportunity for the town to find out who their Town Mayor was and welcome them to the role. Now thanks to newspapers, internet and social media, news of my appointment was circulated immediately but it would be lovely from my point of view to see as many of the town as possible coming out to say, “hello” and wish me well in my Mayoral year.”
For more information about the above events contact Mayor’s PA Annabel Irvine on 01565 653929 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Cllr Peter Coan studying the draft plan
Knutsford’s journey to a Neighbourhood Plan has made a leap forward as the first full draft plan has been published by the Town Council for public consultation.
The draft plan is the culmination of hundreds of hours of work by councillors and volunteers from the community who have been working on the plan since 2014. The plan deals with a range of land use issues in Knutsford across core themes spanning everything from traffic and education to housing and sports.
Monday (21st May) saw the start of the formal regulation 14 consultation on the draft plan and residents, local businesses and other stakeholders are invited to review the plan and provide feedback. The plan, and a suite of supporting documents and evidence, can be found online at www.knutsfordnp.org.uk.
To support the consultation the Town Council has produced an eight-page summary document which is being delivered to every home in Knutsford by a team of volunteers as well as a series of supporting events.
The Town Council is hosting three themed events which will examine different areas of the plan in detail. The events, at Knutsford Methodist Church from 7pm to 9pm over the next three weeks, offer an opportunity to hear about aspects of the plan and discuss issues with the council’s planning advisers, Urban Imprint.
|Weds 30th May
||Focus on Transport, Sports and Leisure, Health, Community and Education
|Weds 6th June
||Focus on Design, Heritage, Environment, Open Spaces and the Town Centre
|Thurs 14th June
||Meeting Local Needs
||Focus on Housing and Employment
Chairman of the Neighbourhood Plan Committee, Cllr Stewart Gardiner, is encouraging all residents to engage in the consultation process as he said “It is your chance to help preserve the character of our historic Town, whilst ensuring that any new developments seek to compliment all that Knutsford offers the residents of today, whilst helping to meet the aspirations of the current younger generation and those to come”
Hard copies of the Draft Neighbourhood Plan can be accessed at the Library, Council Offices, Market Hall and Welcome Café. The consultation runs until Monday 2nd July.
At the annual ‘Mayor Making’ ceremony on Monday 14th May 2018 the Town Council elected Cllr Peter Coan as Mayor of Knutsford for the ensuing year with Cllr Andrew Malloy being elected as Deputy Mayor.
Cllr Peter Coan has been a member of the Town Council for the last 12 years and served as Mayor in 2010. In addition to chairing Full Council meetings, the Mayor represents the Town at a variety of events both in Knutsford and the surrounding areas. Peter is a retired Firefighter from Cheshire Fire Service and served as Deputy to outgoing Mayor Cllr Neil Forbes.
The Mayor has nominated four local charities/good causes to support with his fundraising events which will run throughout the year: Knutsford Heritage Centre, The Welcome Café, Friends of the Moor and Knutsford Community First Responder Trust. His first event will be a BBQ on Thursday 5th July at the Council Offices.
Cllr Coan said “I’m looking forward to seeing all our council’s latest initiatives come to fruition including the Centennial war memorial, the new market hall and the refurbishment of our cemetery chapel. I look forward to the new and improved community use of our council office building, the improved support to local businesses that our specialist Town Centre Manager will provide, and, of course, our fabulous music festival next month.”
The Mayor will be supported by his wife Ann as Mayoress. Cllr Coan has chosen Air Cadet Max Risley as his Mayor’s Cadet for his term. The Cadet will represent the Mayor and the Town at Civic Functions including Civic Sunday on Sunday 8 July and Remembrance Sunday.
Revd Rob Cotton was appointed as Mayor’s Chaplain and will lead the Civic Service at Knutsford Methodist Church on 8 July.
For more information or to invite the Mayor to one of your events or functions please contact the Mayor’s PA Annabel Irvine on 01565 653 929 or email Annabel.email@example.com.
Last year the Mayor or Deputy Mayor attended over 100 events in the local area for a variety of community organisations, charities, businesses etc.
One of the Town Council’s key aims as part of its 2020 Vision was to protect, maintain and safeguard Knutsford’s street trees and woodlands. As part of this aim, the Town Council will be investigating applying for additional Tree Preservation Orders (TPOs) for important trees within the town.
Cllrs James Power, Peter Coan and Charlotte Greenstein
TPOs are made by Cheshire East Council in order to protect specific trees, groups of trees or woodlands in the interests of amenity and this prohibits felling, topping, lopping, uprooting, wilful damage and wilful destruction of trees without written consent.
There are already a large number of trees protected, either specifically by TPOs or as part of the town’s Conservation Areas. Five town councillors have volunteered to walk their wards to assess if any further trees need adding to the schedule of protected trees.
Councillors Yvonne Bancroft and Peter Coan will be surveying Over Ward, Cllr James Power will be walking Nether Ward, Cllr Simon Hutchence, Bexton Ward and Cllr Charlotte Greenstein has taken on Norbury Booths.
Orders are mainly used for trees where the removal would result in a significant negative impact on the local environment and its enjoyment by the public and where protection would bring a reasonable degree of public benefit in the present or future.
“If any member of the public knows of a tree or woodland that they believe should be protected, they can help by sending a photograph and a description of the location to us” said Town Clerk, Adam Keppel-Garner.
Photographs and information can be sent to the Town Clerk at firstname.lastname@example.org or to the Council Offices.