Town council: 'It's about time the town has a new guide'

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COUNCILLORS have formed a special group to discuss the creation of a new town guide to showcase what Knutsford has to offer to both tourists and residents.

The last town guide was published in 2009 but has come under fire from many in the town – including the Knutsford Heritage Centre – who believe it could have much better.

Adam Keppel-Garner, deputy town clerk, told councillors at a meeting on October 29 that it was about time the town had another one and said he would be keen to take on the project.

“In the past the guides have been outsourced and the company would do all the content and sort the advertising,” he said.

“I would recommend we do it ourselves and I believe I’m competent enough to do it.”

Adam added it would be useful to promote the town not only to tourists but residents as well.

Clr Andrew Malloy urged councillors to back the idea as he felt it would benefit the town.

“It’s something that we should do because we are a tourist town,” he said.

“Most of the information should be about telling what is in the town for visitors but at the same time we should tell the residents what they can access.”

Town mayor Clr Vivien Davies added she was interested in helping out.

“I think that we need councillors involved in it, particularly with writing the content,” she said.

Adam told councillors he believed the cost of the guide would be covered from advertising gained from town centre businesses. He quoted that each page would cost £60 to produce if a print run of 1,500 was agreed.

But Clr Bernadette Emmett voiced concerns regarding the costs especially if another print run needed to be carried out further down the line.

Clr Simon Hutchence added: “We need check if there is an enthusiasm for this and then we need to go from there.”

It was decided that a working group would be made up of Clr Emmett, Clr Malloy, Clr Davies, Clr Barbara Coan and the deputy town clerk.

Talk about this on our website at knutsfordguardian.co.uk or email yourviews@guardiangrp.co.uk.

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