Poynton Updates and News 6/2/2015
Poynton Neighbourhood Plan
To help inform and shape Poynton’s Neighbourhood Plan, a comprehensive survey has been distributed to Poynton’s residents with February’s Poynton Post – spare copies are available from the Civic Hall. The survey can also be completed online. Go to www.poyntonnp.org.uk. We would urge all our residents to take the time to complete and return it by the end of February – it is important to Poynton’s future. Drop in sessions will take place at the Civic Hall from 10am to noon on Saturday 7th, 14th and 21st February for those who have any questions about the survey, or who may need help completing it.
The Poynton Neighbourhood Plan represents a genuine opportunity for Poynton’s residents to help shape and influence the scale and nature of development in Poynton for the next 20 years or so. If the eventual Plan receives support from 50% or more of those residents who respond to a referendum, then it carries statutory weight, and must be taken into account by planning officers, developers and others. In effect it would become the third tier of planning guidance, sitting below the Cheshire East Local Plan, when approved, and the National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF).
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 will be carried out in three 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 now 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.
Poynton In Business (PIB)
February’s Business Breakfast is booked for Wednesday 11th February 2015 at 7.30 am at Nolan James Chartered Accountants, Suite 1, Armcon Business Park, London Road South, Poynton. SK12 1LQ. Refreshments will be provided. 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.
Details of how to find Nolan James are on their website at: www.nolanjames.co.uk For more information download or view the flyer (240KB PDF). For more information about PIB please visit the website at www.poyntoninbusiness.co.uk or contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
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 booklet are also available at the Civic Hall and Poynton Library – please call in.
Twinning Association of Poynton (TAP)
TAP will be holding its Annual General Meeting at 7.30pm on Friday 20th February 2015 at the British Legion, off George’s Road West, Poynton. Light refreshments will be served. Everyone is welcome, including new members - please come along and let us know your views about twinning. More details here.
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
Cheshire Fire and Rescue – Review of 2014
2014 was a busy year for Cheshire Fire and Rescue Service not only for incidents but for the wealth of work in communities and businesses that their crews, advocates and support staff carried out. Watch the work they do with younger people in the county, along with awards the Service has won. Watch our review of 2014
Read the January policing report for Poynton here: https://www.cheshirepolicealert.co.uk/da/100803/Poynton_January_Newsletter.html
Cheshire Constabulary is offering 100 places (on a first come first served basis) for their rural crime conference. The event aims to provide delegates with an opportunity to hear from informed speakers, offering an overview of rural crime within Cheshire and a thorough understanding of how rural communities can protect themselves and work effectively in partnership to tackle rural crime. Places are limited so if you would like to reserve a place now click on the attached conference booking form. Rural Crime Conference booking form.pdf
The latest Police & Crime Commissioner's blog where he talks about his priorities for the next twelve months is available by clicking on the link: Latest blog: My priorities 2015
From Saturday 7th February 2015 the format for the monthly Council Surgeries 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
Mayoral Spring Concert
In aid of our Mayor’s chosen charity, the National Eczema Society, this concert will take place at 8pm on Friday 13th March 2015 at St. George’s Church. It will feature two of Poynton’s most talented musicians, Andrew Liddie with Lizzie Ball and the wonderful ‘Just Midnight’, an award winning group of singers who sing in unaccompanied harmony. Tickets cost £8.50 and can be bought from the Civic Hall by cash or cheque (cheques payable to ‘Poynton Town Council’ please). For any queries or further information please contact the Town Clerk – e-mail Liz.Osborn@poyntontowncouncil.gov.uk, T. 01625 872238.
Garden Waste collection
A reminder that green bin collections are now suspended until 16th February 2015.
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
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. Membership of the scheme is currently discounted for a limited period. 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
For details of all other 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)
A reminder that hard copies of this PUN are posted on the Town Council noticeboards, and are also available on request from the Civic Hall for those of our residents without access to PCs – please spread the word! Large print versions can also be provided on demand.
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