Poynton Updates and News 02/04/2015
Annual Town Assembly
This year’s Poynton Town Assembly will take place at the Civic Hall at 8pm on Monday 20th April 2015 - refreshments will be served from 7.30pm. It is important to emphasise that this is not a Town Council meeting, but the annual occasion when Poynton’s electorate are able to raise and discuss local/topical issues.
The Town Council’s Annual Report for the Civic Year 2014/15 will be presented at the Assembly, which is also an opportunity for representatives of our many local voluntary organisations to promote and provide updates on their activities. The Assembly agenda, and the Town Council’s Annual Report for 2014/15 will be made available from Monday 13th April. Paper copies can be had from the Civic Hall, or accessed via the Town Council’s website www.poyntontowncouncil.gov.uk. The record of last year’s Annual Assembly is available on demand.
If you would like any further information about this important community event please contact the Town Clerk, Malcolm Adams, on T.01625 872238, or e-mail him at Liz.Osborn@poyntontowncouncil.gov.uk
Poynton Neighbourhood Plan
The Poynton Neighbourhood Plan team thanks all those residents who took the time and trouble to complete the Neighbourhood Plan survey, either on paper or on line. Well over 1,500 surveys were submitted, representing around 25% of Poynton households. Inputting of the written surveys on line has been underway during March and should be completed shortly. There will be an exhibition to provide feedback to residents on the results, as well as to share the proposed vision and objectives for the Neighbourhood Plan. We will keep you informed. (See also ‘Call For Sites’ item below)
Poynton In Business (PIB)
April’s Poynton In Business gathering is an evening meeting starting at 5.30pm on Wednesday 8th April, at the Cask on Park Lane. Refreshments will be provided. Guest speakers will be Geoff King and Les Renshaw, who will talk about their free to use http:www.poyntonlive.uk website, which promotes the many live music events that take place in Poynton.
The meeting is free to PIB members but guests are always welcome at a nominal charge of £5 per person. So if you are a Poynton business or are thinking about starting a Poynton-based business, please come along.
Calling all Dog Owners!
There will be a dog roadshow in Poynton Park from 11am to 3pm on Thursday 9th April. Free microchipping will be available, as well as basic health checks, courtesy of the Dogs Trust. The Rangers will also be on hand to talk about the ‘do’s and don’ts’ when walking dogs in the countryside. For more on this specific event call T. 374833.
See also details of the Town Council’s policy and campaign against dog fouling in the item below, or visit the dog fouling page on this website.
Early Warning – Network Rail
Network Rail has advised us that they will be recovering scrap rail track from Poynton Station overnight on Sunday 26th April, from just after midnight to 4pm, and on Sunday 3rd May, from just after midnight to 8.30am. They will need to access Spinners Lane with their plant, and should be advising residents accordingly, in writing. For any further information call Network Rail on their 24hr helpline - 03457 11 41 41.
The Police and Crime Commissioner's current blogs focus on his commitments to victims, and on policing objectives for 2015/16. You can access the blogs by clicking on these links: My Commitment to victims and Policing Objectives 2015-2016
You can follow Poynton police on Twitter: @PoyntonNPT and to receive a monthly newsletter about what has been happening in Poynton please register with Cheshire Alert using www.CheshirePoliceAlert.co.uk
Poynton Neighbourhood Plan – Call for Sites
As an essential part of its work in assessing future development needs for Poynton, the Neighbourhood Plan Steering Group is asking those landowners and agents of land within the Poynton parish area for expressions of interest in applying for future development permission.
This is an informal opportunity for landowners and developers to propose sites of whatever size within Poynton for development. This exercise will not in itself decide whether a site would be allocated for development by the Neighbourhood Plan, nor will it commit the proposer(s) to applying for planning consent. It will enable the Steering Group however to better understand the needs and wishes of Poynton residents. The site suggestions received will be used to guide and inform the preparation of relevant sections of the Neighbourhood Plan.
If you want a site/s to be considered for development by the Neighbourhood Plan, we should like to hear from you. (Those who have already been in touch do not need to renew contact). The sites need not be in your ownership if you have a responsibility for managing them, and they can include proposals for a wide range of development uses. Those parties submitting sites will be invited to give short presentations to the Neighbourhood Steering Group in early May 2015, and answer any questions they may have.
Please contact the Town Clerk, Malcolm Adams, to register your interest, and to request a meeting. T. 01625 872238, e-mail Liz.Osborn@poyntontowncouncil.gov.uk. The deadline for such requests is close of play, Friday 1st May 2015.
Poynton Town Council wants local residents to help in the fight to stop dog fouling in the village. Dog owners who fail to pick up their dog’s waste as displaying a total disregard for other people, public health and the environment, and offenders caught in Poynton can expect a £75 Fixed Penalty Notice. Failure to pay this could lead to a £1,000 fine. People who bag the mess but don’t dispose of it properly, such as by placing bagged faeces in hedges, can be fined up to £2,500 for littering.
The Town Council is joining forces with Cheshire East Council Dog Wardens, Environmental Health and local Police to keep Poynton’s streets and open spaces clean and safe. Local residents are asked to watch out for offenders and to report where and when dog waste is being left, along with a description of the dog or its owner. Details can be reported directly to Cheshire East Dog Wardens on 0300 123 5021.
2015 Inclines Working Parties – Dates for the diary
Following the work carried out by willing volunteers last year to improve these popular rural paths, a programme has been set for this year’s tasks – many thanks to those hardy souls who came along in the rain for the first session of the year on 28th March! Please note the further dates in your diaries, and come along to lend a hand between 10am and 12pm on the following days (meet at the bottom of Princes Incline, off Woodside / London Road North). Refreshments served.
9th May Path clearances, non-native shrub removal.
14th November Planting in.
Visit our Poynton Inclines page for more information.
Lower Park School’s 50th Anniversary
Did you attend Lower Park School? If you were a pupil at any time from 1965 onwards the school would love to see you at two very special 50th birthday events during April. To celebrate this special anniversary, they are holding an Open Afternoon for ex-pupils on Wednesday 22nd April when you are invited to wander the corridors and classrooms to see how the school looks now, and to remember your schooldays. In addition, a party will be held on Friday 24th April.
The school opened on 29th April 1965 and it is looking for photographs and stories that can be shared. Further information is available on the school’s website and on their Facebook page – use links below:
Civic Hall and Library
The creation of a joint Civic Hall/Library entrance and reception, plus the reconfiguration of both buildings, is well underway, with completion scheduled for late May 2015.
The work is being carried out in phases, to permit normal business to continue insofar as this is possible. Visitors to both buildings are asked to take extra care during the construction work.
The Civic Hall has a temporary reception to the rear of the building – follow the signs from the former front entrance. The Town Council apologises to visitors and hirers for any inconvenience caused during the building work, and thanks them for their understanding and patience.
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 Liz.Osborn@poyntontowncouncil.gov.uk.
For all Ranger events please call T. 01625 383700 or click here for the Ranger Service Website
There is a new not for profit on line resource called Poynton Live, both for the promotion of gigs and events, and for people to plan who and what they would like to see in Poynton. Just visit www.poyntonlive.uk. Poynton Live also has a Twitter account - @LiveinPoynton
Cheshire East Council’s A to Z of Services
Cheshire East’s A-Z guide of key Council services is aimed at helping local residents to connect with their local authority when they most need to. Whether it's to report a missed bin collection, a pothole or a stray dog, it gives you all the handy contacts you need. Copies of this useful (and free) booklet are also available at the Civic Hall and Poynton Library – please call in and collect.
Cheshire Fire and Rescue – Cadet Leaders Wanted!
Cheshire Fire and Rescue Service is appealing for help to re-open in Poynton its first ever Fire Cadet Unit. Poynton was the first fire station in the county to set up a cadet unit in 1992 but sadly it had to be closed due to a shortage of leaders. The Service is hoping to re-establish it this year if new leaders can be found. Joining Poynton Fire Cadets as a volunteer leader would be a great way to meet like-minded people and to have fun and, in return for a little time and effort, people will get the chance to learn new skills, gain new qualifications and help develop their leadership potential. There's no set profile for a Cheshire Fire Cadet Volunteer and they don't have to have any fire service experience. Phone Vicky Wrest of the Youth Engagement Team on 01606 868654 or download the application pack from http://www.cheshirefire.gov.uk/jobs/volunteers
The format for the monthly Town Council Surgeries, which are held on the first Saturday of each month, has changed, for a trial period. The first hour, from 10am to 11am will be a drop in, with no appointment necessary. For the second hour, from 11am to noon, three 20 minute bookable appointments will be offered, i.e. starting at 11am, then 11.20am and the last at 11.40am. Should you wish to book one of these appointments please phone the Civic Hall reception staff on 01625 872238, or e-mail email@example.com
Pensions. The following information is sent on behalf of Action Fraud (National Fraud Intelligence Bureau). “HMRC have advised that from April 2015, people over the age of 55 will be given the flexibility of taking a number of smaller lump sum pension pots. 25% of the sum will be tax-free, with the remaining pension fund charged at marginal rate of income tax.
If you take out money from your pension fund before the age of 55, the normal tax rules apply. We are concerned that fraudsters will take advantage of these rule changes by offering to invest pensions on the victim’s behalf. Be very wary of such offers. Avoid losing your hard-earned cash:
- Do not invest with companies who ‘cold call’ you, offering extremely high returns. If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is.
- Seek financial advice from the Citizens Advice Bureau, who work alongside the Treasury delivering the ‘Pension Wise’ service .Further information can be found here.
- If you wish to invest your savings in a company, please ensure you seek advice from an FCA registered and authorised advisor.
- Be aware of callers offering a free pension review service by phone call, email and text message and do not invest in unregulated markets such as overseas property developments, storage units or forestry.”
The Town Council has two ex-Cheshire East Council minibuses, an 8-seater and a 10-seater, 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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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