Concerns raised over Mistletoe Markets plan for Knutsord's Heath

Concerns raised over Mistletoe Markets plan for the Heath

Concerns raised over Mistletoe Markets plan for the Heath

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CONCERNED Knutsfordians have branded plans to stage a six-week Christmas Market on the Little Heath as ‘wholly inappropriate’ and ‘intolerable’.

Last week, the Guardian reported that Wilmslow-based Living World Events had joined forces with Tatton Estate Management to create Mistletoe Markets Knutsford.

The market, proposed to operate from November 14 to December 23, would see 100 traditional wooden chalets erected on Little Heath, selling a variety of produce and wares, a central bar, Santa’s Grotto with a Lapland style tepee and Christmas Tree Forest.

However, not all Knutsfordians approve of the organisers’ ‘magical, fairy-tale’ pitch.

Town Clr Vivien Davies expressed concerns when presented with the plans at a meeting of Knutsford Town Council’s Events Committee last week.

Following the meeting, Clr Davies said: “I have to think how this will affect the residents on Gaskell Avenue and in Winstanley House, who will have to suffer noise, smell and light pollution every day for six weeks, and as it will be literally on their doorsteps, an invasion of their privacy from a hundred chalets, staff and thousands of visitors.”

She added she was concerned with visitor safety and the condition of the Heath after the market's departure.

The Heath would be used for parking for the market’s duration and the market would be open from 12pm to 8pm from Monday to Thursday, 10am to 9pm on Friday and Saturday, and 10am to 6pm on Sundays.

“A Mistletoe Market works well in Chester and Manchester because the infrastructure can cope with the strain in cities, but I do not believe that our small Market Town will benefit from the experience,” Clr Davies added.

Residents living in close proximity to the Heath have also spoke of the detrimental effects the market could cause.

Anthony Elleray, a Gaskell Avenue resident, said he was aghast at the news.

“The use by the public and traders from far and wide of the proposed market and bar every day and evening for six weeks will be noisy, busy and very disturbing to local householders,” he said.

“I was told when moving here, in the early 1970s, the Heath was registered under the Commons Registration Act 1968, to protect the rights of Knutsford residents to walk and carry out pastimes on the Heath, their customary rights.

“The proposal for 100 chalets and bar on the Little Heath and 1,000 cars being parked on the Heath appears to ride a coach and horses through those rights.”

John Beswick, a Heath Drive resident, said he was particularly concerned with the possible exacerbation of traffic problems and damage to the Heath.

“This would inflict a range of unwelcome burdens such as noise, security concerns, traffic congestion, street parking, proximity of the market to houses, and regular delivery of goods for the market,” he said.

“The loss of the Common Land Heaths currently available to all Knutsford people would be intolerable.

“Whilst Christmas markets are increasingly popular in city centre locations, to inflict something similar on our small town is wholly inappropriate, unfair to local retailers, local residents and townsfolk.”

Graham Rigg, secretary of the Friends of the Heath, expressed his own personal view on the proposals.

He said he would support it but only on the condition that all reasonable measures are taken to minimise disruption to neighbouring residents and ensure the Heath was returned to its original state.

 

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2:27pm Wed 12 Mar 14

MrBenggo says...

If I had a business in Knutsford,I wouldn't welcome more competition at all,local businesses pay taxes and rents for all the year and Christmas could well be the busiest time of the year.
Time for a rethink.
If I had a business in Knutsford,I wouldn't welcome more competition at all,local businesses pay taxes and rents for all the year and Christmas could well be the busiest time of the year. Time for a rethink. MrBenggo
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7:18pm Wed 12 Mar 14

Cally87 says...

A petition has been set up for those with objections to register their opposition to the market here:

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A petition has been set up for those with objections to register their opposition to the market here: http://www.change.or g/en-GB/petitions/ta tton-estate-manageme nt-ltd-knutsford-sto p-mistletoe-market-c oming-to-knutsford-h eath Cally87
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7:32pm Wed 12 Mar 14

Cesana says...

Manchester Christmas market, over six weeks in 2012, with 3 times as many stalls (approx) made a gross rent from stallholders of £1,474,256.56. The Heath is registered, protected Common Land and the public has the right to walk on it and use it for recreation. If permission is granted for change of use to a market, we might be waving goodbye to one of our best amenities in town, or at least to a large chunk of it. At the very least we will effectively lose the use of it for at least 2 months out of 12 (or longer, if Mr Brooks fancies an Easter market, or a Summer extravaganza). Mistletoe Markets Knutsford website is advertising the Big Heath as 'Knutsford's Largest Car Park', in case anyone was wondering where all these visitors are going to park. They will be charged for getting stuck in the mud, too. Of course the market chalets must go on the Little Heath so that they don't conflict with the Mayfair or the circus or the car boot on the Big Heath - that way, Mr Brooks could run two events simultaneously if he so chose. I wonder if Tatton Estate's business tenants around town will be offered a discounted rate to hire one of these retail chalets so he can produce a raft of business names in support of this proposal?
Manchester Christmas market, over six weeks in 2012, with 3 times as many stalls (approx) made a gross rent from stallholders of £1,474,256.56. The Heath is registered, protected Common Land and the public has the right to walk on it and use it for recreation. If permission is granted for change of use to a market, we might be waving goodbye to one of our best amenities in town, or at least to a large chunk of it. At the very least we will effectively lose the use of it for at least 2 months out of 12 (or longer, if Mr Brooks fancies an Easter market, or a Summer extravaganza). Mistletoe Markets Knutsford website is advertising the Big Heath as 'Knutsford's Largest Car Park', in case anyone was wondering where all these visitors are going to park. They will be charged for getting stuck in the mud, too. Of course the market chalets must go on the Little Heath so that they don't conflict with the Mayfair or the circus or the car boot on the Big Heath - that way, Mr Brooks could run two events simultaneously if he so chose. I wonder if Tatton Estate's business tenants around town will be offered a discounted rate to hire one of these retail chalets so he can produce a raft of business names in support of this proposal? Cesana
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9:58pm Wed 12 Mar 14

TobyW1973 says...

My previous post and 2 others seem to have mysteriously vanished.
My previous post and 2 others seem to have mysteriously vanished. TobyW1973
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10:29pm Wed 12 Mar 14

Cesana says...

Hi TobyW1973 - your post and the others are still there - but they're under last week's article not this one - you have to click back on the other piece with the picture of the Christmas Tree bauble to find them!
Hi TobyW1973 - your post and the others are still there - but they're under last week's article not this one - you have to click back on the other piece with the picture of the Christmas Tree bauble to find them! Cesana
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1:04pm Thu 13 Mar 14

mat300 says...

I live opposite the heath and would not welcome the extra traffic and the noise ! and the parking problems on tabley road !!!
I live opposite the heath and would not welcome the extra traffic and the noise ! and the parking problems on tabley road !!! mat300
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7:19pm Thu 13 Mar 14

Cesana says...

Living World Events are now trying to cancel their announced Open Evening Drop In Event on 27th March in favour of small, limited consultations where you are meant to phone and book yourself a place - these only being made available to residents of Gaskell Avenue and some of the Manchester Road residents… We have asked for the original Open Evening event to be reinstated forthwith. They have persuaded the Knutsford Guardian to remove the mention of it from this article (it was there earlier). They are trying to split us up into small units of residents and retailers, to 'divide and rule' - a classic PR manoeuvre to try and win us all over. Watch this space.
Living World Events are now trying to cancel their announced Open Evening Drop In Event on 27th March in favour of small, limited consultations where you are meant to phone and book yourself a place - these only being made available to residents of Gaskell Avenue and some of the Manchester Road residents… We have asked for the original Open Evening event to be reinstated forthwith. They have persuaded the Knutsford Guardian to remove the mention of it from this article (it was there earlier). They are trying to split us up into small units of residents and retailers, to 'divide and rule' - a classic PR manoeuvre to try and win us all over. Watch this space. Cesana
  • Score: 2

10:54pm Thu 13 Mar 14

Cesana says...

THIS IS PRICELESS - HENRY BROOKS, OWNER OF KNUTSFORD HEATH, RE-TWEETING IN 2012 A POST ABOUT MANCHESTER CHRISTMAS MARKET STARTING IN NOVEMBER. HE'S PLANNING TO START ONE ON 14TH NOVEMBER NOW IN KNUTSFORD. DRAMATIC CHANGE OF OPINION!
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THIS IS PRICELESS - HENRY BROOKS, OWNER OF KNUTSFORD HEATH, RE-TWEETING IN 2012 A POST ABOUT MANCHESTER CHRISTMAS MARKET STARTING IN NOVEMBER. HE'S PLANNING TO START ONE ON 14TH NOVEMBER NOW IN KNUTSFORD. DRAMATIC CHANGE OF OPINION! Retweeted by Henry R Brooks NPAS Barton ‏@NPAS_Barton Nov 12 Xmas markets at Manchester Albert Square already... It's still November!! pic.twitter.com/X2z6 zJuqmA Embedded image permalink RETWEETS 88 FAVORITES 37 Cesana
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10:59pm Thu 13 Mar 14

Cesana says...

In fact that tweet of Mr Brooks was dated 12th November 2013 - only 4 months ago - not 2012. A very quick change of mind, then, about whether it's acceptable to start a Christmas market in mid-November...
In fact that tweet of Mr Brooks was dated 12th November 2013 - only 4 months ago - not 2012. A very quick change of mind, then, about whether it's acceptable to start a Christmas market in mid-November... Cesana
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