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View the latest Poynton Update and News (PUN) below or click HERE to download a PDF version. Earlier editions can be found in the news archive by clicking HERE.
Poynton Neighbourhood Plan
The local volunteers who make up the Poynton Neighbourhood Plan team, with direction and guidance throughout from a planning professional, have recently put the finishing touches to the Poynton Neighbourhood Plan. This follows extensive local consultation over many months, and involved a large number of volunteers from our community in the early stages, as the Plan began to take shape. The Plan, which is evidence-based, covers vital areas such as the Green Belt and the Environment, Housing, Transport and Connectivity, Health and Wellbeing and the Town Centre in considerable detail.
The Submission version of the Plan was recently approved by Poynton Town Council's Planning Committee, with some minor amendments, and subsequently approved at a meeting of the full Town Council on 4th December 2018. The Plan will now be forwarded to Cheshire East Council, who will check it for compliance with national planning policies and with their own Local Plan, which covers the whole of the Cheshire East area. An Independent Planning Examiner will then be appointed, approval of the candidate being agreed between the Town and Borough Councils, after which Cheshire East Council will arrange to hold a local referendum, probably by early summer 2019. This will involve all those Poynton residents on the electoral roll and, if more than 50% of those who respond vote in favour of the Plan, it acquires legal status, and must be paid due regard by developers, landowners and planning officers.
If the Plan achieves this status it will shape the scale and nature of future development in Poynton until 2030. An added bonus is that Poynton would then be able to retain 25% of what is known as the Community Infrastructure Levy, or CIL, paid for by those responsible for building new housing developments in Poynton.
Hazelbadge Road planning consultation
The Town Council understands that the consultation for the planning application for the land off Hazelbadge Road will re-open shortly. To view the planning documents for this application use the link here and application number 17/6471M.
Community Defibrillator (AED) training sessions, Tuesday 11th December 2018, 4pm - 5.30pm and 6pm - 7.30pm
Free, but booking is essential on 01625 872238. Please arrive at the Centre, Park Lane, Poynton, (opposite Grade) 10 minutes before the session starts.
Download the poster at https://bit.ly/2KqKgmA
Note: a very useful list of the locations of Poynton’s defibrillator units (A.E.D.s) can be downloaded as a PDF at: https://bit.ly/2P5lV7P
Cheshire East Council is providing useful information to help us find advice and about how to keep warm, well and safe in winter, as well as how to be a good winter neighbour. There is information here.
Cheshire East Council Waste collection service reorganisation consultation
A consultation is running until January 7th 2019. CEC say this proposal is to enable flexibility in the operational management of waste collection to allow the service to align changes that will be required with the introduction of the authority’s new food waste recycling service in 2019. This will also see the end of the garden waste collection winter shut down period, as food and garden waste would be collected for recycling all year round in the garden waste bin. The proposals relate to significant savings identified in the pre-budget report for 2019-20.
The proposal for future collection of household waste is to extend the hours and days of collection which will facilitate new routes and rotas for recycling and waste kerbside collection services from Autumn 2019. You are invited to respond to the consultation here.
Proposed changes to car parks in Cheshire East from March 2019
Cheshire East is planning to vary the current parking provisions and increase the tariff for some pay and display off-street car parks. Full information is available at the Customer Service Centres in the Town Hall in Macclesfield or Crewe, or on the CEC website here.
Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service, out of hours service
CAMHS (The Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service) has launched a new out-of-hours advice line for people living in the Cheshire and Wirral area. The advice line is open to everyone (children, young people, relatives, teachers, other professionals) and allows people to talk to a mental health professional if they are concerned or would like advice about a child or young person’s mental health.
The advice line number is 01244 397644 and runs from 5pm - 10pm (Monday-Friday) and 12pm – 8pm (Saturday and Sunday).
United Utilities Water, Priority Services scheme
By registering for the free Priority Services scheme, customers could benefit from additional free services, to support their particular needs, including:
- A free phone number connecting them to a dedicated, externally trained team, to listen, help and support
- Nominate a carer, family member or even a friend to speak on their behalf
- A knock and wait service, so if they have mobility needs United Utilities will wait, allowing them enough time to answer the door
- Customers will be notified of any planned interruptions to their water supply
- Bills and letters could be printed in braille, large print or even on coloured paper
- Add a password to their account as added protection from bogus callers
- Translation services if English isn’t their first language
- Help and advice if they’re struggling to pay their water bill
Even if you don't need these services yourself, if you have a family member, friend or neighbour who might benefit from a little extra support, please let them know about Priority Services. It is completely free to United Utilities customers in the North West - and you don’t have to be the account holder to join. You can either:
- Visit the website www.unitedutilities.com/priorityservices and complete a simple online form
- Call the Priority Services team direct on 0345 072 6093.
Dementia friendly Poynton
Poynton has been officially recognised by the Alzheimer’s Society as ‘working to become dementia friendly’ through the work of Poynton Dementia Steering Group (PDSG). The following short video outlines how small changes help make a dementia friendly community https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Fz8ACEu7Lho PDSG are now able to support and assess others to become part of the dementia friendly communities initiative.
Please email Sharon Duke on firstname.lastname@example.org to discuss how your group, business or organisation is working towards becoming dementia friendly. Once approved, recognition will be for twelve months with an annual assessment to continue to be recognised. You will be issued with a sticker for display purposes and given information about the terms and conditions for using the symbol.
Poynton Reminiscence suitcase
Poynton Dementia Steering Group have been gathering memorabilia from Poynton to create a Poynton Reminiscence Box - a donated vintage suitcase which aims to encourage conversation about our local area. We have been lucky to receive donations from Cheshire Constabulary, Johnnie Johnson Housing and the Avro Heritage Museum along with other donations. Groups and individuals are welcome to hire the box for a maximum of one week, free of charge. To book the box please contact Poynton Town Council on 01625 872238 or call into the Civic Hall.
Poynton Easy Access Scheme (PEAS)
The mobility scooters and wheelchairs (of various sizes) are available for hire at very competitive prices. Wheelchairs and scooters cost £2 for up to two hours, £4 for two hours to a full day and £10 for a week (wheelchairs) and £20 per week (scooters).
Visiting friends or family are welcome to borrow them for the same charges. Hire them for friends and family or for your Christmas shopping! Call in to the Civic Hall anytime to borrow or to book a wheelchair, or ring reception on 01625 872238 to make an appointment for a mobility scooter induction session. More details about PEAS can be found on the Adult Health and Wellbeing page.
Hire the large hall over the Christmas holidays
Why not use Poynton’s Civic Hall (including kitchen area) for £25 per hour! Host a birthday party or get a group of children and adults out and about for a few hours. Bring a picnic or play equipment, play badminton, hire a bouncy castle, hold a disco. Short notice bookings available. Call in or contact us for more details. Tel 01625 872238 or email email@example.com.
Library events during December
No need to book for these events
Tues 11th Dec, 2pm - 3pm
Christmas book chat. Free.
Tues 18th Dec, 6pm - 6.30pm.
Christmas bedtime stories. Free.
Thurs 20th Dec, 10.30am.
Christmas rhymetime. Free.
Thurs 20th Dec, 3.30pm - 4.30pm.
Christmas biscuit decorating. £1 per biscuit.
Thurs 3rd Jan, 3.30pm - 4.45pm.
Lego club. Free.
Christmas and New Year opening hours
Councillor surgery, 5th January, 2nd February, 2nd March 2019
Your chance to meet your local Cheshire East and Poynton Town Councillor and Police Community Support Officer and raise issues about Poynton. Drop-in from 10am to 11am or make an appointment for 11am, 11.20am or 11.40am on 01625 872238.
Rhythm time, for babies and toddlers, Poynton civic hall, Fridays,
Exciting, multi-sensory and educational classes for babies (6 weeks – 14 months) at 12.45pm and toddlers (15 months – 3 years) at 1.30pm. Classes run each Friday during school term time. Closes on Friday 14th December and the new term starts on Friday 11th January. Classes cost £5 per week, booked in termly blocks. Book your place at www.rhythmtime.net/fd676
Activities and events at the Civic Hall
Liz Osborn, Town Clerk, 01625 872238
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