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Royal Bank of Scotland – Poynton Branch Closure
Poynton Town Councillors along with our Town Clerk met on 3rd May with the Area Director and Poynton Branch Manager of Royal Bank of Scotland to express both disappointment and concern regarding the recently announced closure of the last bank branch in Poynton scheduled for November 2018.
It was a frank and open meeting where we said that the decision of the Royal Bank of Scotland board took no account of both the social impact on our older residents and the impact on local business. We pointed out that we are a growing town with additional housing planned over the coming years. We also asked why our branch was closing when both RBS and National Westminster (both part of the same group) were remaining open in Hazel Grove despite their close proximity. On this point the Area Director said he had not been given any insight into the selection of branches that were designated for closure.
Local Manager, Andrea Dalton, made a commitment to provide individual reviews to customers and businesses designed to offer personalised and practical support to those affected by this planned closure. She also has plans to meet with Poynton Post Office management with a view to supporting them in offering as much support to customers as possible.
We suggest that if local residents have concerns regarding the forthcoming closure of the Royal Bank of Scotland, you write directly to Mr Ross McEwan, CEO, RBS Group, 36 St Andrew Square, Edinburgh, Scotland EH2 2YB, with a copy to Mr David Rutley, MP.
The Town Council has written to Mr McEwan asking him to review the decision to close the Poynton branch, and written to Mr Rutley MP, asking him to make representations to Mr McEwen.
Road Closure and Roadworks
Advance Notice of Road Closure: Middlewood Road, SK12 1TS from the junction with Green Lane to the junction with Anson Road in order that Electricity North West to carry out tree cutting work. Work scheduled for 30th May 2018. Location Map - https://roadworks.org?tm=105466069 Click here for more details (PDF).
*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.
Volunteer walk leader training
On 16th May enthusiastic Health Walk Leaders received their training for the new ‘Step by Step’ health walks programme. Starting soon, Poynton will have its very own health walks programme, run by local volunteers to improve physical and mental health and well-being.
Organised by Everybody Sport and Recreation, supported by Poynton Area Community Partnership the training wasn’t just classroom based. The leaders were asked to bring weather appropriate clothing and footwear for a walking ‘session’ up Poynton Inclines. More information will be published in the future. Watch this space!
Pick and Tidy group - drastic on plastic! Saturday 5th May, 10am
The Poynton Pick and Tidy Group held another pick and tidy event on the 5th May, which had the special focus of ‘Get Drastic on Plastic’.
The group are working in partnership with Ansa Environmental Services who held a stall providing advice on plastic reduction, recycling, reducing food waste and composting.
More details can be found on our dedicated Poynton Pick and Tidy Group page.
Over the Garden Fence, Saturday 12th May 2018 at the Civic Hall
More details about the production and photos can be found on Poynton Town Mayor's Facebook page.
Poynton Civic Pride Awards 2018
The Town Council welcomes nominations for the Civic Awards and Youth Civic Awards. These are awarded to Poynton residents and young people who have made a significant and/or sustained contribution to the community of Poynton.
The Town Council welcomes nominations for individuals who have civic pride and deserve recognition. There is a short form for your nomination here.
Or you can email your nomination to Liz Osborn at firstname.lastname@example.org or drop them off at the Civic Hall. The closing date is Tuesday 12th June.
The awards will be presented by the Town Mayor at the Civic Sunday reception on Sunday 15th July.
Adult and older people’s specialist mental health services - consultation to 29th May 2018
The Clinical Commissioning groups and Cheshire and Wirral Partnership NHS Trust are proposing changes to services and a new model of care. The consultation on the proposals is open until 29th May 2018 and is online here or email email@example.com or ring freephone 0808 169 1189 for a paper copy of the consultation document. There are public events where you can have your say: 4th May at 2.30pm in the Canalside Conference Centre, Middlewich and 23rd May at 6.30pm at Macclesfield Town Football Club.
Local Transport Plan, consultation open to 25th June 2018
Cheshire East Council is consulting on a new Local Transport Plan which considers all forms of transport over the next five years. You can find out more by visiting the consultation website or attending the exhibition at the Civic Hall on 24th May from 2pm to 7pm.
South East Manchester Multi Model (SEMMM) Strategy ‘issues and consultation’.
The Town Council responded to this consultation in April 2018. The key issues outlined by the council that needed to be addressed as part of the strategy were traffic congestion, air and noise pollution, poor public transport and delays to the A6MARR and Poynton Relief Road. The Town Council reiterated that the proposed new developments will generate more traffic and put pressure on the current infrastructure and all new developments should contribute towards the infrastructure such as the Poynton Relief Road but also pedestrian and cycle links.
For more information, please contact Haf Barlow, Deputy Town Clerk, on 01625 872238 or on firstname.lastname@example.org
The Heritage Garden (More photos here)
The Garden, between the library and Priorslegh, was officially opened by local resident Theo Eaves on 14th April, one of Poynton's distinguished war veterans, assisted by Town Mayor Cllr Sarah-Jane Gilmore.
The Town Council would like to thank the volunteer group for getting the garden this far: for the design work, moving the rubble, doing the planting, applying for funding and so on.
There is an ongoing need for practical support and fund-raising so if you would like to find out more, contact the group via reception at the Civic Hall on 01625 872238.
Tree preservation orders, Dickens Lane
Following a request from the town council’s planning and environment committee and a resident, the tree preservation order for Sprink Farm, Dickens Lane has been made by Cheshire East Council for three trees and an area of woodland.
How your business or organisation can be recognised as dementia friendly
Have you taken steps to become more dementia friendly? There is a very straightforward application process to achieve public recognition with stickers for your shop window and a logo for your website: contact Sharon Duke, Communities Co-ordinator, on 01625 872238 or email@example.com. More details.
Inclines Woodland management plan revised: trees and shrubs planted
The Town Council commissioned a revision of the Woodland Management Plan in October 2017 and as a result the following work has been carried out: tree felling on the upper part of Prince’s Incline to thin out the coverage to make way for new tree planting. 15 new trees and 30 shrubs, all native, were planted with the help of the Rapid Response Team. The Town Council would like to thank the Rapid Response Team, a group of volunteers from the local area who gave up their Saturday morning.
The Inclines Management Plan can be seen here
Contact Phil Cunningham, Operations Manager, on 01625 872238 or on firstname.lastname@example.org for information about the Inclines.
Councillor surgery - 2nd June 2018
This is your chance to meet your local Cheshire East and Poynton Town Councillor, and Police Community Support Officer (PCSO) and raise any issues about Poynton. The next surgery is on Saturday 2nd June: drop-in from 10am to 11am or make an appointment for 11am, 11.20am or 11.40am on 01625 872238.
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Liz Osborn, Town Clerk, 01625 872238
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