The Town Council has launched a brand new website in the hope to increase content and create a more efficient web presence.
This is the third new website launched by the Town Council since July; along with www.knutsfordmarket.co.uk and www.knutsfordneighbourhoodplan.org.uk – all of which were developed by the Town Clerk to improve the Council’s digital presence.
The new website is responsive to work with mobile phones and tablets and has social media integration to enable sharing of news articles. It has been developed to also help the Town Council achieve the Quality Gold Award under the Local Council Award Scheme.
“The new website will enable us to host more content and has a much more user friendly navigation system” said Adam Keppel-Garner, Town Clerk.
“There is plenty still to come as we add a directory of community organisations and venues, details of open spaces and information on the Citizens Advice Bureau.” Adam added. “We will then be adding information on the new Town Ranger scheme, and Allotments once they transfer to us”
The Council welcomes any feedback on the new website, suggestions for improvements and the reporting of any issues – just e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
In 2014 the Council’s website was awarded runner up in the Cheshire Community Pride awards for best community website. “I hope that this year, with our new website, we can win the category” Adam concluded.
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Knutsford received three accolades at the 58th Cheshire Community Pride Awards organised by Cheshire Community Action.
A Little Gem award was presented to Knutsford for the Knutsford Heritage Centre and its courtyard garden which had particularly impressed the judges. The Town also received a Highly Commended plaudit in the Community Website Market Town category for the Town Council Website. Knutsford was also runner up in the Best Kept ‘Village’ Category for parishes with 10,001 to 30,000 inhabitants.
Knutsford Town Mayor, Neil Forbes attended the awards ceremony alongside his wife the Mayoress Jacquelyn Forbes on 9th October at Congleton Town Hall to collect the awards on behalf of the Town.
Cllr Forbes said “it was an honour to attend the Cheshire Community Pride awards on behalf of Knutsford and see the Town receive such recognition for the Heritage Centre, the Town Council Website thanks to the work put in by the Town Clerk, Adam Keppel-Garner and of course coming second only to Sandbach in the Best Kept ‘Village’ category for our population size. Knutsfordians can be very proud of these achievements.”
Neighbouring parishes Mobberley and Plumley with Toft and Bexton also received accolades on the night with Mobberley being Highly Commended in the new “Les George OBE award” Category for the best community Playing Fields for Hall Bank Playing Field which has recently been refurbished sympathetically within the Conservation area and proved to be a popular hub for the community.
Angela Atkinson, Vice Chairman of Mobberley Parish Council said “we are very proud to have been Highly Commended; this area is a peaceful little “oasis” within the village.”