Poynton Updates and News 01/10/2015
Council Election Result
In the recent election, held on 8th October 2015, Lee Podmore was duly elected for the Poynton with Worth Town Council - West Ward of the Cheshire East Borough Council. Full result and number of votes recorded: Kathy Booth (Green Party) 200, Lee Podmore (Conservative Party) 774 and Roger Edward West (North East Cheshire Independents) 162.
Ex-Councillor David Robbie
It is with great sadness that the Town Council has learnt of the death this week of David Robbie, a former Macclesfield Borough Councillor, Poynton Parish Councillor and Chairman of the Parish Council in 2006. The Town Council offers its sincere condolences to David’s widow, Pat, and family members.
Local Area Road Works
There is a widespread programme of road works affecting London Road, Chester Road, Middlewood Road and Woodford Road in the coming weeks and months, some as a result of the A6MARR road programme.
New Town Clerk
The Town Council would like to offer a warm welcome to Liz Osborn as its new Town Clerk. Liz has replaced Malcolm Adams, who has now taken early retirement. Liz has had previous local government experience with Hampshire County Council and Bristol City Council, where she worked for the last 25 years.
Youth and Community Centre: Update
Stop Press: It was learnt on Tuesday evening that the Community Centre is Poynton Round Table’s named Charity. The Centre is both delighted and grateful to the Round Table team for their support.
A plasterer is working in the Poynton Community Centre carrying out remedial work to the small hall and the gents’ toilets. That work should be finished in the next 10 days or so and then the decorating can be finished. Alison Hargreaves (www.alisart.co.uk) has painted two murals in the small hall and they look wonderful, so many thanks to her.
Confirmation has been received from the Equilibrium Foundation that they are match funding the proceeds of the Centre’s fundraising from the Summerfest, The Centre Open Day and the Benefit Concert, and are sending £1,880 - many thanks to Debbie Jukes at Equilibrium (http://eqllp.co.uk/)
Two funding bids have been submitted this week. First, a bid was submitted to Community Space Improvement Project supported by the SEMMMS programme via Cheshire Groundworks. If successful the main SEMMMS contractor could supply materials and expertise to enable the boundary wall to be repaired, areas of brickwork to be repointed and repaired, some resurfacing and line marking in the car park, a concrete base to the rear being removed and resurfaced and the oak front door to be repaired. Second, a grant application has gone to WREN (WREN is a company limited by guarantee and a non-profit making Environmental Body registered to fund projects which are eligible under the Landfill Communities Fund). If successful this will allow much needed repairs to be carried out to the fabric of the 1850 building main hall roof, and install new windows to improve energy efficiency.
Many thanks for all the support that the team at the Poynton Community Centre have received from local residents and businesses. If you would like to join the Centre’s team of Management Trustees please email email@example.com.
To make a donation please visit the ‘Just Giving’ page at www.justgiving.com/poynton-youthcc/ or leave a donation at Mates DIY on Park Lane or pop an envelope through the letter box at 107 Park Lane.
A reminder to all Poynton residents, visitors, local societies, voluntary and uniformed organisations that this year’s Remembrance Day Parade and Service is on Sunday 8th November. The parade, led as usual by the award-winning Vernon Building Society Poynton Brass Band, will leave the Civic Centre Car Park alongside Waitrose at 9.35am sharp, followed by the service and Act of Remembrance at St George’s Church, starting at 10am. As is customary, wreaths and poppies will placed on and around the war memorial immediately following the church service. We will be joined again this year by one of the Deputy Lord Lieutenants of Cheshire.
As ever there is bound to be a really good turn out, and everyone is very welcome to come along to what is always a very dignified, moving and special occasion for our community. Afterwards the British Legion is kindly offering refreshments at its Club House on George’s Road West.
For all colour and wreath bearers there will be a rehearsal at St George’s Church from 7pm to 8pm on Wednesday 4th November. Any queries please to the Town Clerk, T. 01625 872238, or call in at the Civic Hall.
The Town Council is pleased to report that major access improvements have now been completed at the station. A small number of car parking spaces have been created by widening the layby on Middlewood Road which leads onto a newly surfaced path including ramped access onto the Middlewood Way, close to the station.
Also, the path now has newly installed lights to help during the darker winter months. This will make the station a more viable and cheaper alternative for people wishing to travel to Stockport, Manchester or towards Buxton. Train fares to Manchester are 13% cheaper than from Poynton station for a daily return and nearly a third cheaper for a 7 day return ticket.
Local Area Road Works – A34
The appointed contractor for the A6 to Manchester Airport Relief Road (A6 MARR), Carillion Morgan Sindall (CMS) has entered the next phase of works, from Storeys Way to Stanley Green roundabout.
For updates and any further information please use the following contact details:
By email: SEMMMS.Relief.Road@stockport.gov.uk By telephone: 0161 474 2055
By post: SEMMMS Project Team, Stockport Council, Stopford House (Fred Perry), Stockport SK1 3YQ. Website: http://www.semmms.info/a6marr_construction/traffic_management/
Have a rubbish day!
The Town Council is organising a Community Litter Pick on Saturday 24th October from 10am, starting from the Civic Hall. To inject a bit of fun and competition into the event, there will be a ‘Kids Scavenger Hunt’ and ‘Who Can Find The Weirdest Litter’, with prizes for the winners. Refreshments will also be provided to volunteers during the event.
The emphasis will very much be on community involvement, and “pickers” of all ages will be made most welcome. Gloves, litter grabbers and hi-viz tabards will be provided, along with a health and safety briefing beforehand. If residents know of any particular ‘hotspots’ in the village that require a tidy-up, or would like any more information, they can contact Richard Holland at Poynton Town Council on 01625 872238 or at firstname.lastname@example.org
Help for rural businesses in Cheshire
The Rural Payment Agency and Cheshire and Warrington Local Enterprise Partnership are inviting applications for investments that support the growth of micro and small businesses in rural areas of Cheshire and Warrington. Grants are available for new and existing rural businesses seeking capital investment to help them grow and create new jobs.
It is anticipated that funding from this call will be awarded for up to 3 years. For more information please download the appropriate call specification below:
- Call for Applications to support investments to create and develop micro and small rural businesses in Cheshire and Warrington (03RD15BS0001)
- Call for Applications to support investments in micro, small and medium-sized businesses specifically in the food and drink sector (03RD15BS0002)
Value: Grants will be available for this call from £35,000 up to €200,000 (approximately £140,000) depending on state aid already received. Outline application deadline is 27 November 2015.
Bed and Breakfast Anyone?
There is a dearth of bed and breakfast accommodation in Poynton or indeed in the immediate surrounding area. This could represent a business opportunity for someone with one or more spare rooms, who is able to become suitably registered, thereby filling a gap in the market and helping to promote Poynton’s visitor economy. Useful guidance can be found here: https://www.visitengland.com/biz/advice-and-support/businesses
If you come across any fly tipping, either during or after the offence, please report this promptly to the Town Council (Richard Holland, T. 01625 872238, email@example.com). If you can make a note of the registration number and signage of any vehicle involved, that would be helpful, but not if this would put you at risk.
Photo of the Month
Residents and visitors of all ages are invited to submit their favourite (or unusual!) pictures of Poynton. The best will feature as photo of the month at the top of the homepage on the Town Council’s website, with attribution. Send entries as hi-res jpegs to firstname.lastname@example.org
For details of all Ranger events please call T. 01625 383700 or click here for the Ranger Service Website.
Poynton In Business (PIB)
Following an interesting and productive breakfast meeting at Poynton High School in September, PIB’s next monthly gathering was on Wednesday 14th October at the Royal Bank of Scotland in Fountain Place. For details more information please visit the PIB website www.poyntoninbusiness.co.uk.
As a reminder, the Civic Hall has a suite of modern meeting rooms with overhead projectors, free WiFi and refreshment facilities.
The Council Chamber and the Main Hall are also available to hire at competitive hourly rates – contact Hazel Mason on 01625 872238, e-mail email@example.com for details.
The Town Council is planning to refurbish Hockley Park, and will be seeking substantial grant funding to finance this. If you wish to get involved, or for more information please contact the Town Council’s Youth Coordinator, Louise Thorman on 01625 872238, or e-mail her at firstname.lastname@example.org
The Town Council has an 8-seater minibus for hire by voluntary/community groups at competitive rates. For availability, terms and conditions and any other information please contact John Laverick, the Town Council’s Community Transport Administrator, on T. 01625 872238, or e-mail him on email@example.com
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