Poynton Updates and News 3/01/2014
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Middlewood Road junction with Green Lane, Higher Poynton – British Telecom are due to carry out work on the underground network between Wednesday 15th January and Monday 20th January 2014. 3-way traffic signals will be in operation. All queries regarding this work should be addressed to British Telecom on 0800 023 2023 quoting reference: BC005CR18W0CF14857150114
Local Road Closure
From Monday 13th January 2014 United Utilities intend to carry out repairs to a collapsed sewer on Glastonbury Drive, necessitating a temporary road closure from its junction with Easby Close. The alternative route will be via Lindisfarne Drive, Glastonbury Drive and vice versa. Pedestrian access will be maintained at all times, as will vehicular access for emergency vehicles and for residents, where possible. For further information or queries please e-mail email@example.com or call Cheshire East Highways on T. 0300 123 5020.
Consultation on ex-BAE Site Planning Applications
Three planning applications have now been accepted by Stockport Council (SMBC) for the development of the Woodford Aerodrome Site. These were open for Public Consultation until 6th January 2014. You can still access the appropriate documents by clicking on the highlighted Planning Application number below - this is hyperlinked to the SMBC Planning Portal.
Planning Application - DC/053833
This covers the demolition of the existing buildings and remediation of the land for mixed use residential development.
Planning Application - DC/054212
This covers the formation of two access points from Chester Road to serve a development of up to 950 dwellings and commercial floorspace.
Planning Application - DC/053832
This is a hybrid planning application covering Part A: Outline planning permission (excluding phase 1) for up to 805 dwellings, commercial floor space, public house and primary school including associated infrastructure. Part B: Full planning permission for phase 1 for the erection of 145 dwellings plus associated infrastructure.
There are also copies of the Applications and all the supporting documents available to view at Bramhall Library.
Christmas Tree Collection
East Cheshire Hospice are operating their Christmas tree collection service again this year, for a minimum donation of £4, over the weekend of 11/12 January 2014. To register please visit their website www.echtrees.org.uk
Credit Card Scam
Reports have been received of a new scam that has been attempted at addresses in neighbouring areas such as Woodford. Apparently the perpetrator makes a false application for a credit card in the name and address of the target property. They then monitor postal deliveries with the intention of intercepting the new credit card. This is made easier with the increased use of remote mail boxes positioned at gates to properties. Once they have the card they return on subsequent days to retrieve the separate letter containing the PIN number.
The first the resident knows of the crime is when the credit card statement arrives! In a few cases this crime has gone wrong and some residents have been surprised to receive an unrequested credit card. If you suspect you may be a victim of this crime or have received an unexpected and unrequested credit card or PIN number then please inform the police using the 101 number.
Community Comfort Scheme
With the demise of the automatic toilet next to the Post Office the Town Council has been encouraging various businesses to open up their toilet facilities to members of the public, under a ‘Community Comfort’ scheme. Special thanks go to the Farmer’s Arms and to Co-op Independent Living to be the first to sign up to this. The Town Council would welcome other businesses who have suitable facilities coming forward too. Meanwhile residents will be pleased to learn that plans for the new entrance and reception area to serve both the Civic Hall and the Library include a full suite of public toilets. Subject to planning permission, these facilities should be ready in the late summer/autumn of 2014.
Poynton Springboard – Music For All
Discussions are well underway for a music festival to be held at a range of venues across Poynton next year, on Saturday 27th September 2014, concluding with a ‘Songs of Praise’ type event on Sunday 28th. This will be a community event with many different types of music to suit all tastes and ages. Please make a note of this weekend in your 2014 calendars and diaries. Meanwhile a drop in session has been arranged to take place at the Civic Hall from 10am to noon on Saturday 18th January 2014 to provide more information to performers and also to those organisations interested in offering their venues for this event.
Winter Warmth Project
The Cheshire East Winter Warmth project, in partnership with Poynton Town Council, will be hosting an information morning from 10am to noon on Friday 17th January 2014 at the Civic Hall. Information will be available on all aspects of coping with winter, with advice from various organisations and charities. Cheshire Fire and Rescue and our Poynton PCSOs will also be present. We will be handing out information bags containing relevant information and are hoping also to secure funding to purchase fleece wraps to make available to our more vulnerable residents. Please help us by passing news of this information session to those who may be interested, but who may not have access to a PC.
Poynton In Business - Business Breakfast – Superfast Broadband
There will be a presentation and Q & A session regarding Superfast Broadband on Wednesday 15th January 2014 at 7.30 am at Poynton Civic Hall. The focus will be on how SfB can help increase business competitiveness and why businesses can benefit. The presentation will be by ‘Connecting Cheshire’ who offer support to help businesses identify, maximise and profit from Superfast Broadband and other new technologies. This support is free for qualifying small and medium-sized businesses.
The presentation will be followed by a regular Poynton In Business update and networking meeting. For more information, or to confirm your attendance, please contact Richard Holland on 01625 872238 or at firstname.lastname@example.org or go to the Business Page of the Council’s website.
A reminder that Cheshire East Council has suspended green bin collections until 18th March 2014. For any further information call T. 0300 123 5034 or visit the website www.cheshireeast.gov.uk/recycling
Sign up for Police Alert
Cheshire’s Police & Crime Commissioner is urging everyone in the county to sign up to the new alert system. The system allows you to receive regular information from him, the Constabulary, Fire & Rescue service and other public services in Cheshire . “Communicating with the public is an important part of my role,” said John Dwyer. “I know that people are busy and I want to offer as many ways as possible for people to keep in touch with what I’m doing and to have their say about policing. I want to encourage people to sign up to this alert system, as it enables them to be kept up to date not only with what I’m doing, but with any major incidents and local news for their local area.”
The Alert system is free and simple to use. Once you have registered you will be able to select how you would like to receive information (either by phone, text or email). To join Cheshire PCC Alert visit www.Cheshire-pcc.gov.uk.
There are a number of unofficial websites offering information, views and opinions about Poynton issues, but we would like to remind residents that the Town Council can only vouch for and endorse the information carried on the official Town Council website – www.poyntontowncouncil.gov.uk
As part of the Town Council’s ‘Winter Warmth’ initiative, we are looking to supply blankets to older and/or vulnerable Poynton residents who may be struggling to keep warm during the winter months. .If you have any blankets in clean and reasonable condition that you would like to donate then please contact Trish Hill at Poynton Civic Hall. There is also a range of information leaflets and brochures available at the Civic Hall giving advice on keeping warm and well during the winter months, These include temperature gauges, referral forms for the ‘Hotspots’ scheme, ‘Message in a Bottle’ containers and many more. Please contact Trish Hill on T. 01625 872238 for more information. United Utilities are also offering advice for the winter about how to avoid burst pipes, where to find your stop tap etc. Visit their website at www.unitedutilities.com/winterwise
The Town Council is receiving an increasing number of complaints about dog fouling. The Dog (Fouling of Land) Act 1996 was adopted and means that it is illegal to fail to clear up after your dog if it fouls on any land which is open to the air and to which the public has access.
The penalty for contravening the act is a £50 fixed penalty fine. If the fine is not paid within 14 days, then this may lead to prosecution in a Magistrates Court with a maximum fine of a £1000. If residents become aware of repeat offenders, with the fouling taking place at fairly regular times at the same location and which the owners do not clear up, please let the Town Council know (T. 01625 872238), who will then inform the PCSOs, or contact the Community Dog Warden on T.0300 123 5021, e-mail email@example.com
Time Out Café
There are many older members of our community who are isolated, spend days without seeing or speaking to anyone, and who are not confident to venture out alone. Time out Café is a new Town Council initiative and is now open most Fridays between 2pm and 4pm at Poynton Civic Hall. Do come along and join us, you will be guaranteed a warm and friendly welcome, refreshments and a chat.
Meet up with friends, access information on local services, organisations and groups, and have your say on how this community facility could develop further, and what social or creative events we could host in the future. For further information please e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or call her on T. 01625 872238.
For details of Ranger events please call T. 01625 383700 or go to the Rangers website www.cheshireeast.gov.uk/leisure,_culture_and_tourism/ranger_service/ranger_events.aspx. For those residents without access to a PC, printed copies of the monthly Ranger programmes can be had on request from the Civic Hall.
The Poynton Update and News (PUN)
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