Knutsford Town Council to Debate the Delivery of Local Services
At a special public Town Council meeting to be held on Monday 27 June, Knutsford’s Town Councillors will discuss the merits of taking over ownership and operation of a number of local services currently operated by Cheshire East Council.
As Cheshire East look to prioritise its statutory services under current financial restraints, there is now potential for the Town Council to manage some services and assets, specific to Knutsford, at a much more local level.
Services including allotments, public toilets, markets, play areas and community centres and taking on ownership of the Council Office building on Toft Road are all on the agenda and Councillors will focus their discussion on maintaining the continuity of existing services and the potential benefit to residents of the town should these services be taken on. The Town Council has been working with Cheshire East for some months already in regard to this opportunity, to enable all councillors to fully understand the budgetary and operational issues related to each service.
Following Monday’s meeting the Town Council will be asked to indicate which services they have an interest in potentially taking on. This is part of a strategy of services devolvement to local Town Councils throughout Cheshire East. Cheshire East Council will study the applications from every Town Council and make their decision at its Cabinet meeting in August.
Should Knutsford Town Council’s proposal be agreed at this meeting it is likely that those services will be transferred to Knutsford Town Council’s control as early as April 2012.
The meeting is being held at 7pm at the Jubilee Hall, Stanley Road