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Welcome to the Poynton Town Council website. Here you can find all about the council, the latest community news, meeting minutes and publications as well as youth initiatives, clubs and societies and local events.

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Welcome to the Poynton Town Council website. Here you can find all about the council, the latest community news, meeting minutes and publications as well as youth initiatives, clubs and societies and local events.

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Welcome to the Poynton Town Council website. Here you can find all about the council, the latest community news, meeting minutes and publications as well as youth initiatives, clubs and societies and local events.

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Welcome to the Poynton Town Council website. Here you can find all about the council, the latest community news, meeting minutes and publications as well as youth initiatives, clubs and societies and local events.

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Poynton News

 

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 here.

 

*Road Closure and Roadworks

For details of roadworks regarding the A6MARR visit the works website is here, weekly updates on traffic management here. Closure of A555 W-Bound - 12th Feb - 17 Weeks. Info SEMMMS http://bit.ly/2Ee6nwG Diversion http://bit.ly/2G9eWFv

*Please note that the roadworks information supplied to us, is to the best of our knowledge correct at time of publishing, but can be subject to change. More information on roadworks can be accessed from the Cheshire East Council website.

 

Connected Communities Centre Launch

Connected Communities Centre Sign with ribbon at opening launch

Poynton Civic Hall is now a Connected Communities Centre, the hub for community activity in Poynton. Poynton Civic Hall was nominated by Poynton Area Community Partnership and is part of the Cheshire East Council scheme to make a wider range of activities and support services available on your doorstep.

The centre’s aim is to deliver services tailored for our community. Every centre will have a computer tablet connected to the Live Well community information website, so you can easily find information, advice, activities and services in your area.

Please call in to reception at the Civic Hall to use the tablet anytime we are open: it is free and easy to use, but we will help you use it if you wish.

Cllr Jos Saunders, Cheshire East Council Children and Families Portfolio Holder and Poynton Town Councillor with Cllr Janet Clowes, Cheshire East Council Adult Social Care and Integration Portfolio Holder, cutting the ribbon at the launch.

 

Calling all passionate community minded people for exciting new roles:

 

Supervisor Community Support Officer
Council Community Support Officer

Poynton is a thriving Cheshire village of 15,000 people and is situated on the edge of Greater Manchester. Poynton Town Council is an innovative organisation which has had 10 years’ experience of working with the Police at the forefront of Community Policing. As a result of changes in Cheshire Police deployment, Poynton Town Council is now going to employ a team of Council Community Support Officers. These positions will be a visible uniformed presence and will have accredited powers of enforcement. Are you:

• Community minded?
• Looking for an active work life?
• A good communicator?
• Good at identifying problems and finding solutions?
• Able to remain calm under pressure?
• Do you possess tolerance and empathy combined with firmness?

If the answers to the above are yes, then please apply for one of these exciting roles. Pay scale rises from NJC LC1 SCP 20 to 25 (currently £19,430 to £22,658pa) for the Council Community Support Officer and SCP 27 to 32 (currently £24,174 to 28,485pa) for the Supervisor Council Community Support Officer, depending on experience. A potential pay rise is due in April 2018.

You'll usually work 37 hours a week on day shifts, including weekends and bank holidays. Shifts usually cover the hours between 8am and midnight. You’ll mostly be outdoors, patrolling residential areas on foot or bike. You may also work indoors, for example when giving talks to community groups and schools. You’ll be provided with a uniform. The post is subject to Police and DBS (Disclosure and Barring Service) vetting. For a full job description, employee specification and application form, or for further information, please email Liz Osborn, Town Clerk, on liz.osborn@poyntontowncouncil.gov.uk or ring 01625 872238, or call in to the Civic Hall between 9am and 4.30pm. The closing date for applications is Tuesday 27th February, 9am.

You can download a copy of the job advert as a PDF here.

 

Dementia friends training

Poynton Area Community Partnership logoWould you like to learn more about dementia and how you can help to make Poynton dementia friendly? Poynton Area Community Partnership are offering free dementia awareness sessions to anyone working in shops, businesses, organisations or in community groups, on a paid or voluntary basis. If you attend, you will become a ‘dementia friend’ and join the 394 other dementia friends in Poynton! Many of these are from Poynton High School.

These one hour sessions are at the Civic Hall on these dates:

Thursday 8th March, 5.30pm

Saturday 17th March, 10am

Thursday 12th April, 5.30pm

Saturday 21st April, 10am

Please book your free place by contacting Val Burlison, Cheshire East Council, on 01625 374950 or val.burlison@cheshireeast.gov.uk

 

Cheshire Best Staffed Station

Poynton Town Mayor, Cllr Sarah-Jane Gilmore presenting an award for Cheshire Best Staffed Station to Poynton Station Master Glyn Derbyshire along with Pam Williams from Northern RailPoynton Town Mayor, Cllr Sarah-Jane Gilmore, attended Cheshire’s Best Kept Stations Award Ceremony on Tuesday 23rd January. She was delighted to accept the Award for Cheshire Best Staffed Station on behalf of Poynton, and then to present the award to Station Master Glyn Derbyshire along with Pam Williams from Northern Rail.

The nomination said:

‘The staffed booking office is clean & tidy with a display of old station name boards and passengers are dealt with by a pleasant & knowledgeable member of staff. A great collection of railway memorabilia, smart gardens and a pleasant waiting room add to the period atmosphere’.

A huge well done to Glyn and all who help at Poynton Station for all their hard work. A well-deserved award!

 

 
 
Groups and activities for people living with dementia and their carers

The leaflet has been updated with new information so if you would like a copy, please call in to the Civic Hall reception or download it as a PDF here.

 

New charges at Cheshire East’s Household Waste Recycling Centres

There are now charges for non-household items following repairs and improvements to your domestic property including rubble, hard core, ceramics and plaster. There is information here.

We suspect there may be an increase in fly tipping so if you see any items dumped in hedgerows or elsewhere around Poynton, please report it to Cheshire East using the form found here.

 

New parking restrictions

Yellow lines being painted on Park Avenue in Poynton

There are now double yellow lines part way down Park Avenue from London Road North as well as new H-bars across driveways. Phil Cunningham, the Town Council’s Operations Manager, reminded Cheshire East of their commitment to this work which will aid residents. New parking bays on London Road North and South, including a new disabled parking bay outside the former NatWest bank, will be marked up later this week.

If you see any illegal parking, report it to Cheshire East Council here.

 

Health walks - volunteer leaders needed

Enjoy walking? Passionate about supporting people to be active and socialise? Everybody Sport and Recreation is looking for motivated individuals to support the delivery of health walks in Poynton, day time and evenings. If you are interested, contact volunteers@everybody.org.uk

 

New member of staff

The Town Council welcomes Lisa Painter who has joined Andy Housley and Roy McGregor in the Building Supervisor team.

 

Parentalk – The Teenage Years

St. George’s Poynton Parish Church will be running a parenting teenagers course. The course is called 'Parentalk – The Teenage Years' and will run for six weeks starting on Tuesday 27th February. Care For The Family have produced this course and say this: 'The teenage years are a time of transition and can be challenging for both teenagers and parents. This course is all about helping mums and dads do the best job they can as they navigate these years with their teenager. It’s a relaxed, informal course giving you the opportunity to talk about the day-to-day challenges you face, as well as sharing the things that are going well.'

The course is free and suitable for all mums and dads, whether you are parenting together or alone and whatever size family you have. If you are interested in doing the course or would like more information please email families@poyntonparishchurch.org

 

Grants from Cheshire East Council

The Council is looking to support projects for activities and events which will improve the quality of life for local communities. There is funding up to £5,000 for facilities and up to £1,000 for activities or events available five times a year. You can apply on-line or by filling in an application form available here.

Additional advice and other funding sources are here.

 

Planning applications

The Town Council’s Planning and Environment Committee considered planning applications for land off Hazelbadge Road and for the Gables Farm, Green Lane, Poynton and recommends that Cheshire East Council refuse permission for both. The deadline to comment on these applications was the 7th February 2018.

 
Full planning application for land off Hazelbadge Road, Poynton
Proposal: Full planning application for 146 dwellings on land off Hazelbadge Road with asso-ciated access improvements, landscaping and public open access
Application No: 17/6471M


Recommend
: Refusal on the following basis:

1. The proposal is an overdevelopment and over intensification of use causing a deleterious harm to the character, appearance and environmental quality of this area. The development is therefore con-trary to guidance within section 11 of the NPPF and Policies SE1, SE3, SE4 and SE5 of the Cheshire East Local Plan Strategy, and Saved Policies in the Natural Environment section of the Macclesfield Borough Local Plan.

2. The proposed development would have an adverse impact on the permanence, character and openness of the North Cheshire Green Belt which are its essential characteristics. This arises from both the proposed layout and the threat to retained Green Belt areas shown in this proposed devel-opment. The development is therefore contrary to guidance in section 9 of the NPPF and Policies PG3, SE1 and SE4 of the Cheshire East Local Plan and saved policies GC1 and NE16 of the Macclesfield Borough Local Plan.

3. The proposed development is unsustainable as it is contrary to policy LPS 48 of the Cheshire East Local Plan adopted as the strategic part of the Development Plan in July 2017. This policy applies wholly to this site. The application fails to respond to the site principles of development set out in LPS 48. In particular, the application fails to address key matters of infrastructure, impact on local and site amenities and flood risk and mitigation.

4. The proposed development would lead to an unacceptable increase in traffic at the junction of Hazelbadge Road and Chester Road (A5149) into the proposed new estate and would create high-way safety risks for residents, school children and their parents/guardians.

5. In view of the impact of the A6 MARR Road and forthcoming Poynton Relief Road on the local highway network, this site should not be considered for development until both roads are completed, open to traffic and future traffic patterns in the local area have been established.

6. The proposed development is contrary to sustainable environment policy SE1 of the adopted Cheshire East Local Plan as the strategic part of the Development Plan in July 2017. The application is unneighbourly in that the access along Hazelbadge Road will have a serious detrimental impact on adjacent properties.

7. The proposed development is contrary to sustainable environment policies SE3, SE4 and SE5 concerning matters of biodiversity and geodiversity, landscape and trees, hedgerows and wood-land of the Cheshire East Local Plan adopted as the strategic part of the Development Plan in July 2017. There would be an unacceptable loss of trees, hedgerows and woodland which contribute to residential amenities and make a positive contribution to the character of the local area.

8. The proposed development is contrary to infrastructure and developer contributions policies IN1 and IN2 of the Cheshire East Local Plan adopted as the strategic part of the Development Plan in July 2017. The application submission makes no attempt to assess social and community infrastruc-ture needs to be generated from this development.

9. The proposed development is contrary to Policy SE 12 concerning pollution, land contamination and land instability of the adopted Cheshire East Local Plan adopted as the strategic part of the Development Plan in July 2017. There is some risk about run-off of surface water from the site which would drain towards Poynton Brook which has suffered serious flooding in recent years.

10. The application fails to comply with the Borough Council’s Statement of Community Involvement. No efforts or actions have been taken to respond to the strong objections of the local community to a major housing development on this site which relates to both the strategic release of this site and the more detailed site planning now being proposed.

11. The development would have an adverse impact on the Poynton Brook wildlife corridor as identified by the Cheshire Wildlife Trust in the draft Poynton Neighbourhood Plan. The corridor has been mapped in accordance with paragraph 117 of the NPPF.

12. The planning application provides both insufficient and contradictory information to allow a full and informed assessment of the development now being proposed. In particular, there is a lack of clarification on how transport and connectivity issues will be taken into account and sustainability is-sues dealt with. Planning applications for the development of Local Plan Strategic sites should com-ply fully with the Local Plan guidelines which have been through full consultation and examination over recent years. The criteria set out for the development of each site in the Local Plan should be adhered to by both the developers and the Borough Council.

13. Two Public Footpaths, Poynton with Worth numbers 43 and 46, will be obstructed by the pro-posed development. The application plans depict the Public Right of Way running along the estate roads. The Defra Rights of Way Circular (1/09, Guidance for Local Authorities, Version 2, October 2009, para 7.8 states “any alternative alignment [of a Public Right of Way] should avoid the use of estate roads for the purpose wherever possible and preference should be given to the use of made up estate paths through landscaped or open space areas away from vehicular traffic.”

14. R02HW – The proposal would be contrary to the interests of highway safety by reason of inade-quate visibility at the point of access onto Chester Road.

15. R03HW – The proposal would be contrary to the interests of highway safety due to the fact that a number of turning movements into and out of the site that would result from the development would result in an increased danger to other road users on the highway network in the vicinity of the site and in particular to users of Lower Park Primary School.

16. R07HW – The proposed development would be contrary to the interests of highway safety as it would result in additional traffic using Hazelbadge Road and Chester Road which are already used at unacceptable levels.

17. R10HW – The proposed development would be detrimental to the safe and efficient operation of the highway and the development would adversely affect the free flow of traffic on Chester Road.

18. R06PL – The proposal by reason of its design, in particular the 3 storey mews and apartment blocks, would adversely affect the character and appearance of the area which it is located. It would therefore be contrary to the principles contained in the design guide which seek to protect or en-hance the key visual characteristics of the area.

19. With regards to the apartments and to some extent the mews houses, the scale and form of these are totally out of keeping with the surrounding buildings and a review of the proposals should be undertaken to ensure the development reflects the needs and aspirations of people who may wish to live there. R03RD – The proposal would by reason of scale, form and design result in a cramped and intrusive form of development out of keeping with the character of the existing proper-ties in the immediate vicinity of the site applies.

20. The site has been identified by Cheshire Wildlife Trust as having medium and high values on the habitat distinctiveness score as well as a wildlife corridor. The mitigation plan only focuses on Great Crested Newts and not the other variety of wildlife such as badgers and bats.

21. There are issues with the previous use of part of the site as a gasworks and brickworks as docu-mented in the phase 1 geo-environmental site assessment, which indicates that further study is required and identifies parts of the site as moderate to high for contamination, which could have an adverse effect on local residents and the children in the adjoining school.

22. The proposals do not adequately address the impact the construction works will have on the school, namely: Noise: The construction of the development will cause noise for a considerable time. No indication appears to have been given as to how this impact on the pupils will be mitigated. We know from experience that the windows in the school are in need of replacement and are not soundproof. Dust: Consideration needs to be given to ensure that any works use appropriate dust suppres-sion. Having seen the ineffectiveness of the wheel wash systems in use during the A6MARR works this would not suffice. In addition, works where potential contaminates could be as identified in the Phase 1 report need to be addressed as this could have an adverse effect on the nearby school.

 

Location: The Gables Farm, Green Lane, Poynton, SK12 1TJ
Proposal: Outline planning permission for demolition of existing storage buildings and the erection of 11 houses
Application No: 17/6461M


Recommend
: Refusal on the basis of:

1. The proposal is an overdevelopment and over intensification of use causing a deleterious harm to the character, appearance and environmental quality of this area. The development is therefore con-trary to guidance within section 11 of the NPPF and Policies SE1, SE3, SE4 and SE5 of the Cheshire East Local Plan Strategy, and Saved Policies in the Natural Environment section of the Macclesfield Borough Local Plan.

2. The proposed development would have an adverse impact on the permanence, character and openness of the North Cheshire Green Belt which are its essential characteristics. This arises from both the proposed layout and the threat to the Green Belt by this proposed development. The devel-opment is therefore contrary to guidance in section 9 of the NPPF and Policies PG3, SE1 and SE4 of the Cheshire East Local Plan and saved policies GC1 and NE16 of the Macclesfield Borough Local Plan. The proposal is an inappropriate from of development in the Green Belt. The site has previously been used for agricultural purposes and is not a brownfield site.

3. R01RD – The proposal represents an undesirable form of backland development without proper road frontage and which would be detrimental to the amenities of the occupiers of the adjoining dwellings.

 

Neighbourhood Plan Consultation - last chance to comment

Following extensive consultation within the Poynton community and with other interested parties, the Neighbourhood Plan Steering Group have redrafted the Plan to take into account the adopted Cheshire East Local Plan (July 2017) and having regard to the responses to the last regulation 14 consultation which took place in Autumn 2016.

The Plan can be viewed or downloaded here*. (NB this is a 12MB PDF so may take a short while to appear).

This phase of the Neighbourhood Plan gives you an opportunity to comment on its proposals before it is formally submitted to Cheshire East Council. Any suggested changes or additions will need to be compliant with both national and borough-level planning policies, and will also need to be evidence-based. All responses will be carefully considered by the Neighbourhood Plan team, who can amend the Plan if necessary before forwarding to Cheshire East Council for their consideration.

The Cheshire East Local Plan has imposed a requirement that at least 650 houses are built in Poynton by 2030. The Cheshire East Local Plan has designated three strategic housing developments of 150 units each within Poynton. These are at Chester Road, Sprink Farm (Dickens Lane), and Hazelbadge Road. These sites were approved by the Planning Inspector, despite the strong opposition of the Town Council, Poynton's Cheshire East councillors and the vast majority of the local community, and consequently will be developed during the plan period.

Consequently this NP seeks to define policies that will ensure that all new developments, including the three strategic sites, comply with environmental and other conditions that we believe will contribute to the quality of life in Poynton. The Neighbourhood Plan also defines a number of sites where further development can take place in order to meet the Local Plan housing requirement.

The consultation period will be open for a total of 10 weeks in order to get as many views as possible. Your comments must be received by 9am Tuesday 20th March 2018. You can see the full Neighbourhood Plan by using the link above*. Printed reference copies of the Plan will also be available to read at the Civic Hall and at the Library.

To say what you think of the Plan as a whole, or to give feedback on one or more of the individual sections of the Plan, go to the on-line survey which can be accessed here. Please give your comments in the appropriate sections of the feedback form which correspond to the sections in the Plan.

Should you wish to make a longer submission, e-mail liz.osborn@poyntontowncouncil.gov.uk or write to Liz Osborn, Town Clerk, Poynton Town Council, Civic Hall, off Park Lane, Poynton SK12 1RB.

 

Poynton library events

Tuesday 20th February, 10.30am - 12: Lego Superheroes. Lego Club Special. £1 per child. Please book in advance.

Rhymetimes will take place on Thursdays February 1st, 8th, 15th and 22nd at 10.30am for all babies and toddlers and their parents/carers. No need to book, just go along and join in the fun.

Micro:bits available to borrow, three week loan, no charge. Ask at the library for details. Ask about eBooks, eAudio books and eMagazines, all available to download to your device for free.

Check the Facebook page, call the library on 01625 374818 for updates and extra events and check the website here.

 

Activities and events at the Civic Hall

February 2018

Mon 26th

8pm

Finance and General Purposes Committee

 

March 2018

Fri 2nd

1.05-3.35pm
4.55-5.30pm

Blood Service
Appointments only: www.blood.co.uk, 0161 251 4200

 

Sat 3rd

10am -
12 noon

Joint Town Council, Cheshire East Council and Police working together surgery. Drop-in 10am to 11am.
Call 01625 872238 for appointments at 11am, 11.20am, 11.40am

 

Mon 5th

7.30pm

8pm

Planning and Environment Committee

Town Council Meeting

 

Mon 12th

8pm

Facilities, Infrastructure & Economic Development committee

 

 

Liz Osborn, Town Clerk, 01625 872238

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