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					                                   KNUTSFORD TOWN COUNCIL
          Minutes of the Meeting of the Town Council held on Tuesday 12 August 2008


08/0087           PRESENT
Cllr Miss J K Holbrook, Town Mayor; Cllr F G B Aldhouse CBE; Cllr Ms B H Coan; Cllr P D Coan;
Cllr N R Forbes; Cllr S A Gardiner; Cllr Mrs M R Ikin; Cllr Mrs P E Green; Cllr W J S Hamman;
Cllr C A Mountain; Cllr Mrs J A Nicholson; Cllr Mrs J T Want and Cllr L A Want. Also in attendance
W Gibson, Assistant Town Clerk.



08/0088           APOLOGIES FOR ABSENCE
Apologies for absence were received from Cllr S J Bolton (Business); Cllr P S Raynes (Personal Business).
It was queried as to why reasons for absence were now stated in the minutes. The Assistant Town Clerk advised that
this was Best Practice guidelines.


08/0089           DECLARATIONS OF INTEREST
Cllr Forbes declared a personal interest in planning application 08/1334 being a member of the MS Society and MS
Research Trust and in item 14, being the beneficiary of an account for payment. Cllr S A Gardiner declared personal
and prejudicial interest in planning application 08/1482, his employer being agent for the applicant.

08/0090           MINUTES
Resolved That the Minutes of the meeting held on 22 July 2008 be approved and signed subject to noting:
    -      Minute 08/0084, Cllr S A Gardiner apologised unreservedly for offensive comments towards
           the Town Mayor.
    -      Minute 08/0070, Cllrs Ms B H Coan and P D Coan were beneficiaries of ChALC Training
           cheque no. 2267, for which payment was made.

08/0091           PLANNING APPLICATIONS
14 applications considered. There were no objections in relation to planning applications 08/0911, 08/1152, 08/1210,
08/1301, 08/1334, 08/1436, 08/1453 and 08/1528. The following comments were made in respect of the remainder:

Planning Applications
PLAN No: 08/1410
LOCATION: 5 LOVAT DRIVE, KNUTSFORD
The Town Council had no objection in principle to this application, subject to the following conditions, especially in
view of the proposed total redevelopment of Lovat Drive:
    1.       Hours of construction: Weekdays 8am – 6pm, No weekend work.
    2.       Scheme for the retention of matured trees be in place to protect the environment.

Planning Applications
PLAN No: 08/1474
LOCATION: 92 MEREHEATH PARK, KNUTSFORD
The Town Council had no objection in principle to this application, subject to:
    1.     Any comments from neighbours.
    2.     The front extension not impacting on the building line.

Planning Applications
PLAN No: 08/1482
LOCATION: 64 GOUGHS LANE, KNUTSFORD
The Town Council had no objection in principle to this application, subject to potential problem of the waste water
pipe across the front of the site being addressed.
Planning Applications
PLAN No: 08/1489
LOCATION: 58 GOUGHS LANE, KNUTSFORD
The Town Council has no objection in principle to this application, subject to the following conditions:
    1.    Scheme for retention of trees be in place, to ensure appropriate landscaping of the site having regard
          to the Town and Country Planning Act 1990, as a significant number of trees would be at risk.
    2.    The use of Cheshire Brick, in order that the external materials are in keeping with the existing building.

Planning Applications
PLAN No: 08/1518 and 08/1519
LOCATION: 4 LOVAT DRIVE, KNUTSFORD
The Town Council has no objection in principle to these applications, subject to the following conditions, especially in
view of the proposed total redevelopment of Lovat Drive:
    1.      Hours of construction: Weekdays 8am – 6pm, No weekend work.
    2.      Scheme for retention of matured trees be in place to protect the environment and surrounding wildlife.
    3.      Bat survey recommendations are complied with.

08/0092           DECISION NOTICES
Details of Decision Notices received, as listed, were noted.

08/0093           TOWN CLERK’S REPORT
The Town Clerk’s report dated 12 August 2008 had been circulated and the contents were noted.

08/0094           QUALITY STATUS WORKING GROUP

Resolved that a working group be set up to focus on the council’s approach towards the achievement of ‘Quality’
status. Councillors F G B Aldhouse, Ms B H Coan, P D Coan, W J S Hamman and L A Want to liaise and incept.

08/0095           MINUTES OF COMMITTEES
Committee minutes were received, and noted from Finance 24 June 2008 and Property Management 27 May 2008.
Resolved That in future committee minutes be issued in ‘Draft’ form, to enable councillors not siting on that
committee to be informed.

08/0096           MAYORAL ALLOWANCE
Consideration of an increase by £300 specifically to fund the Millennium Bursaries was deferred to a future date,
pending advice on the way forward from the internal auditors and ChALC.

08/0097           MEMBERSHIP OF EXTERNAL BODIES AND COUNCIL COMMITTEES
Cllr S A Gardiner spoke on behalf of himself, Cllrs P E Green, M R Ikin, J T Want and L A Want invoking powers
under Standing Order 35 Rescission of Previous Resolution, in respect of Minute 08/0007 dated 13 May 2008, as they
considered that these nominations were unrepresentative because of the:
     1.      Significant number of members absent at the time the vote was taken.
     2.      Three new members elected to the council.

Therefore in the unusual circumstances they considered it reasonable and in the interest of democracy for this item to
be revisited. After some discussion, it was Resolved That all members were given a nomination sheet to vote
themselves or another, in order that appropriate expertise be present on each council committee. Nominations to be
returned to the Town Clerk by end of August. External bodies – Resolved to delete the need for membership of the
Egerton Youth Club and Knutsford Heritage Centre.

08/0098           COMMITTEE AGENDAS AND MINUTES

Resolved That all members receive copies of all forthcoming agendas and latest minutes. Copies to non committee
members be marked ‘For Information Only’, as they were not being summoned to attend.
08/0099          CHESHIRE COMMUNITY COUNCIL

Councillor S A Gardiner reported back following his attendance at the Cheshire Community Action’s Access to
Services Debate. Members had been circulated with details.

08/0100          TOWN PLAN STEERING GROUP
Cllr F G B Aldhouse advised that the TPSG had met on 7 August, following their recent issue of questionnaires to the
public at Booths Supermarket. Their working group would shortly produce a larger scale questionnaire to all
Knutsford residents for their issues and concerns. Town Plan Launch to be at the Heritage Centre on 26 August.

08/0101          ACCOUNTS
Accounts amounting to £ 6,871.26 were presented and passed for payment.

              PAYEE                                    PURPORT                      CHEQUE        AMOUNT
                                                                                       NO           £ p
J K HOLBROOK                             KNUTFORD IN BLOOM                            2282            14.27
P E GREEN                                KNUTFORD IN BLOOM                            2283              3.90
W J GIBSON                               POSTAGE & TRAVEL                             2284            45.41
M JACKSON                                TRAVEL                                       2285            54.68
N R FORBES                               TRAVEL                                       2286            98.40
MACCLESFIELD BOROUGH                     WALLWOOD Month 6                             2287            92.71
COUNCIL
CHESHIRE & WARRINGTON                    FLORAL WALK WALL FIXINGS                     2288             822.50
TOURISM BOARD
ADM COMPUTING LTD                        COMPUTER MAINTENANACE                        2289             141.88
ECOLAB LTD                               KINGS COFFEE HOUSE –                         2290            1164.07
                                         ROOF BIRD FOULING REMOVAL
PLUMLEY ENVIRONMENTAL                    FOOTPATH 25 WORKS –                          2291             634.50
CONTRACTORS LTD                          COTTON SHOP YARD
MELLER BRAGGINS                          KINGS COFFEE HOUSE –                         2292            3569.06
                                         PROFESSIONAL FEES
BRITISH TELECOM                          QUARTERLY PHONE BILL                         2293             215.61
TECHNO TYPE                              OFFICE STATIONERY                            2294              14.27

08/0102          MAYORAL APPOINTMENTS
The Mayor reported on her attendance at :
                RHS Show Launch and Official Luncheon                           23 July 2008
                Halle Concert, Tatton Park                                      2 August 2008
                Play Day on the Moor                                            6 August 2008
                Great Race 2010 Wine and Canapés                                6 August 2008

08/0103          PUBLIC QUESTION TIME
Mrs C Grange requested details of donations made to charity by the Town Mayor from her 2007-08 fund raising.

Miss B Austin asked when MBC were to resolve the Town Council still meeting in a non DDA compliant Chamber,
and suggested the Jubilee Hall be considered. Mrs B Guite asked if a sound system could be installed in the Chamber
to enhance both members and public being heard. Town Clerk to again contact MBC Estates section for updates to
these outstanding issues.

Mr L Burton raised plan app 08/0721, north of Parkgate Industrial Estate development, considered by the Town
Council on 13 May, with no objections subject to certain infrastructure conditions. LB advised that subsequently an
Ecological Assessment, on the presence of wildlife at the pond, was commissioned and asked that council revisit their
recommendation, having considered the report findings, as the decision was yet to be made by MBC.

                                                                                         TOWN MAYOR

				
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