Knutsford Town Council playing its part in making Cheshire East safer
Knutsford residents are benefitting from a positive working partnership between their two local councils.
Cheshire East and Knutsford Town councils have developed a community resilience plan, which is designed to protect the town’s people in major emergencies and serious incidents.
The emergency planning team at Cheshire East believes it is important for town and parish councils to assist the Borough so that it can help to identify which local resources can be best used to tackle potential problems like severe winter conditions, floods or flu pandemics.
And through the help of Knutsford Town Council, a vulnerable persons’ strategy has been developed to identify vulnerable people in the town and surrounding area.
It is hoped that more parish and town councils will now come forward and work with the Borough and Cheshire police and offer assistance to help keep Cheshire East well prepared in case of emergency.
Councillor Rachel Bailey, Cabinet member with responsibility for safer and stronger communities, said: “Identifying vulnerable people in a crisis is not something Cheshire East can achieve on its own.
“The authority adopts a ‘top down’ approach by referring to internal records on vulnerable people and by seeking assistance from partner agencies. But it cannot always account for changes in circumstances and someone may not be vulnerable today, could be tomorrow.
“This is where Knutsford Town Council plays a vital ‘bottom up’ role in identifying vulnerable people, through local knowledge and community links.
“Cheshire East strives to be an excellent council and to work with others to deliver for its residents and I do hope that more councils will now look into how they can assist us.”
The Council does not have a set method for developing these plans and is inviting parish and town councils to devise their own way of operating or to adopt an existing plan.
Councillor Olivia Hunter, ward member for Knutsford, said: “The community resilience plan works for Knutsford and it would be great to see more towns and parishes involved.
“Emergencies do occur and preparing families and their loved ones and protecting vulnerable people will make it easier to recover from the impacts of serious incidents.”
A community resilience plan template is available at: www.cabinetoffice.gov.uk which includes weblinks to potential grants.
For more information, call emergency planning officers Martin Grime on 01244 973866 or Jim Robinson on 01244 973789.