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Gold Award winning Knutsford in Bloom seeks new volunteers

Knutsford has won the sought-after Gold Award in the North West in Bloom competition for the third year running. Volunteers from Knutsford in Bloom worked in partnership with the Town Council to provide stunning displays around the town.

Knutsford in Bloom is a volunteer group established in 2009 which is made up of 10 dedicated members. The success of this year’s entry is even more impressive given the long drought that preceded the judging day in July this year.

The group is now looking for new members to join, offering opportunities to be involved in larger projects such as planting a wildflower meadow as well as the opportunity to work on displays in prominent town centre locations.

Sam Youd, member of the group and former Head Gardener at Tatton Park, is particularly keen to see younger people involved in the projects, inviting interest from local schools and youth groups such as the Scouts and Guides.

Cllr James Power, Chairman of the Town Council Environment Committee said “A massive thank you to the incredible volunteers who have won gold again for Knutsford. I would encourage anyone who is interested in joining Knutsford in bloom to get in touch”

If you or your group would like to know more about how you could be involved, contact the Town Council to register your interest in taking part on 01565 653929 or email townclerk@knutsfordtowncouncil.gov.uk

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Minor Highway Improvements

In the coming months Knutsford Town Council’s Highways Working group will be reviewing Knutsford’s roads to put forward suggestions for minor highways improvements to Cheshire East Council.

Whilst the larger junctions in the town centre are already earmarked for improvements through s106 contributions from the housing developments, the Town Council is focusing on the minor improvements in residential areas, such as improvements to parking or changes to traffic flows.

The council is keen to hear from residents on any small highways issues they have encountered in the Town.

Deputy Town Clerk, Sarah Morgan said “We are seeking your views on Knutsford’s traffic in residential areas, particularly in relation to traffic flow, rat runs and problem parking areas – but not major infrastructure such as a bypass or maintenance issues such as potholes”

Pot holes are not part of the review, but the council urges people to report these directly to Cheshire East Council using their online reporting service.

The speed indicator device purchased by the Town Council earlier in the year is in constant use for monitoring speeding problems around the town. Suggestions for new monitoring locations are always welcomed and previous data capture can be viewed on the Council website at www.knutsfordtowncouncil.gov.uk/speed-monitoring

If you know a problem area or have any suggestions for minor improvements for the Highways Working Group, please email sarah.morgan@knutsfordtowncouncil.gov.uk or call 01565 653929

 

 

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Town Council responds to airport Noise Action Plan consultation

Knutsford Town Council has responded to the Manchester Airport consultation on its new Noise Action Plan to cover the period 2019-2023. The plan is described as its ‘strategy for reducing aircraft noise to reduce impacts on communities living around the Airport’

The Town Council’s Airport working group prepared a response to the consultation with local experts on airport operations.

The Town Council considers that further actions should be taken in all areas of the plan and that the new Action Plan does not fulfil the Airport’s obligations to reduce the harmful health effects of noise, especially at night time.

With an increasing number of flights arriving and departing from the airport, retaining a fixed percentage restriction on total movements allows for increased noise disturbance to residents within the maximum quota count which has not yet been reached. The Town Council is asking for this number to reduce, particularly in relation to the use of Runway 2 at night, removing pricing incentives which entice the no frills airlines to make flights at night during the summer.

Residents living within the 63dB contour are currently eligible for the Sound Insulation Grant scheme. The Town Council also requests a programme of works to reduce to impact of noise discernible at ground level to those who live within the 54dB contour.

The council has suggested that the Airport commissions independent specialists to measure and report its performance against its legislative and regulatory requirements each year, as this would ensure openness and transparency on quality assured data in the future.

The consultation on the Draft Noise Action Plan runs until Tuesday 21st August. Further information can be found at https://www.manchesterairport.co.uk/community/environment/environmental-management/

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A Classical Spectacular at Knutsford Music Festival

A classical spectacular is taking place over three days in June as part of the second annual Knutsford Music Festival.

The event, organised by Knutsford Town Council in partnership with local venues, will see performances by Vale Royal String Orchestra, Tatton Singers, Hallé Brass and Royal Northern College of Music’s Zerbina Duo.

The concerts will be held throughout the town centre with Vale Royal String Orchestra playing at St Cross Church on June 22, Tatton Singers on stage at St John’s Church on June 23 and Hallé Brass and the Zerbina Duo at The Courthouse’s new function room on June 24.

It is part of a wider, weekend-long celebration of music in Knutsford between June 22 and 24.

Vale Royal String Orchestra with oboist Debbie Fuller will perform an eclectic programme including Cimarosa’s oboe concerto, a Divertimento by Mozart, Percy Grainger’s Molly on the Shore, Janacek’s Idyll Suite and a selection from Copland’s ballet score, Rodeo.

The orchestra, which formed in 1993 and is conducted by Richard Adamson, brings together experienced amateur and professional musicians who perform regularly throughout the year to support charities and community events.

Tatton Singers formed in 1976 in Knutsford. Their current 78 members perform traditional choral works and lesser known pieces. Under the guidance of musical director John Powell, who has been with the choir since 2005, Tatton Singers have a wide repertoire of works by classical composers.

Formed in 1965, Hallé Brass are one of the foremost brass ensembles in the UK formed primarily from principal members of the internationally renowned Hallé Orchestra.The group is also one of the oldest brass quintets in the world that played a leading role in the development of this format of chamber music. In the early years, Hallé Brass gave premieres by eminent composers such as John McCabe, Joseph Horovitz and Edward Gregson.

They will be joined by harpist Becki McIlroy and violinist Rebecca Howell, who are known as the Zerbina Duo. Becki is a music graduate from The University of Manchester, currently studying for her master’s degree at the Royal Northern College of Music. Recently she performed with the Piccadilly Symphony Orchestra alongside comedians Jason Manford and John Bishop at The Bridgewater Hall. Rebecca is currently a postgraduate student at the Royal Northern College of Music.

In March 2016, Rebecca, who also leads the Florestan String Quartet, was awarded first prize in Durham’s inaugural Soloists Competition and went on to perform Saint-Saëns’ Violin Concerto No 3 with the University Palatine Orchestra on their summer tour to Paris.

Sarah Morgan, Deputy Town Clerk at Knutsford Town Council, said: “We’re really looking forward to presenting this diverse range of classical concerts.

“These performers are among the most respected in the north west and in the case of the Hallé they are internationally acclaimed.

“For many, it will be their first opportunity to see The Courthouse’s beautiful and newly refurbished function room and we’re delighted to once again be working with Knutsford’s churches and their cherished community spaces.

“St Cross and St John’s have been instrumental in helping us put together this programme of classical concerts by organising their own events with local musicians and I would like to take this opportunity to thank them for their contribution to the festival.”

Tickets go on sale on Thursday, March 1, and will be priced at £12 with concessions available.

Tickets for the Halle Brass and Tatton Singers will be available through Ticket Tailor and The Tatton Singers tickets can also be purchased from 01565 650641

For all other ticket enquiries, please call Knutsford Town Council on 01565 653929 and follow the Knutsford Music Festival Facebook for ticket and event updates.

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Tour of Britain Business Briefing

On Tuesday 6th September 2016, the Tour of Britain Stage 3 comes to Knutsford TWICE! Knutsford is unique in that the tour will pass through the town twice, the second leg of which is on the way to the finish in Tatton Park.

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The Tour is an internationally popular event, not only can Knutsford expect to receive between 10,000 and 15,000 visitors on the day, ITV4 will broadcast coverage of the event as it passes through the Town to 8.2 million viewers. The global audience accessing the event via Eurosport is up to 116.5 million people across 129 countries. In short this is a huge event for Knutsford and a real opportunity to put Knutsford on the map and encourage visitors both on the day and on a repeat basis.

Chairman of the Tour of Britain Sub-Committee, Cllr James Power said “This truly is an excellent opportunity for Knutsford and its businesses to shine. We can show visitors from far and wide what a great place the Town is to visit and hopefully encourage people to visit again when the Tour of Britain has moved on.”

The Town Council is holding a briefing event for Knutsford businesses at 6pm on Thursday 28th July at the Council Offices on Toft Rd. This will include a presentation on the Events taking place on the day, the opportunities available and the practicalities of the event such as race route, timings and road closures. The presentation will start at 6.15pm and there will be an opportunity for you to ask questions of Cllr James Power (Tour of Britain Sub-Committee Chairman) and Heather Clawson from Tatton Events who are organising the Cyclefest Event on the Heath. There will also be a chance for discussion with the Knutsford One retailers group about the plans for the decorated Bike Trail.

Deputy Town Clerk, Lisa Benskin added “the Council wants to offer affordable opportunities for all businesses across Knutsford to help make the most of the event and the opportunities it offers. With website advert spaces from only £50 ex-VAT and Highway Banner Space sponsorship from £80 ex-VAT, the chance to put your business in front of thousands of visitors is achievable for all.”

The website advert opportunities on www.knutsfordtob.co.uk will enabling visitors to click through to your hotel, bar, restaurant, shop and make plans as to how to spend their day in advance,  or see what is happening in the Town on the day and pick what to do with the 2.5 hours between the peloton visiting the Town.

Cyclefest is a free to the public pop up festival showcasing the best of Knutsford and celebrating the Tour of Britain on The Heath in the centre of the town.  TEM Events and Event Buddha, who are managing the event are offering businesses the opportunity to take a stall at the event and promote their business to visitors. The site will also house car parking, secure cycle parking and a big screen so visitors can keep up to date with a live stream of the event. For more information visit www.cyclefestknutsford.com.

If you would like more information on the promotional opportunities available or are not able to attend the briefing and would like the notes please  contact Lisa Benskin, Deputy Town Clerk on lisa.benskin@knutsfordtowncouncil.gov.uk or call 01565 653929.

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