Poynton Updates and News (PUN): 09/07/13
A6 to Manchester Airport Relief Road: Phase 2 Consultation
A Phase 2 consultation leaflet, which sets out feedback from the Phase 1 consultation, details of the preferred scheme and ways to find out more about the proposals, were distributed to local residents from early June 2013. Poynton Town Council’s formal response to this consultation round is as follows:
- Consistent with its response to the Phase 1 Consultation, Poynton Town Council remains fundamentally opposed to the A6 to Manchester Airport Relief Road unless a Woodford/Poynton Relief Road is realised within a similar timeframe;
- The Town Council is pleased that Option 1 has been chosen for key junctions (with the exception of Bramhall) in line with the preferences expressed in its response to the Phase 1 consultation, although it would have preferred roundabouts to traffic light controlled junctions;
- In order to preserve the Green Belt the Town Council would be opposed to any move to move Junction 6 at Hazel Grove nearer to Poynton.
The Town Council would urge all its residents to respond to the latest consultation before the deadline of Friday 19th July. You can do this by completing the hard copy of the response form sent to all homes in early June (spare copies are available from the Civic Hall). or by completing the response form on line – go to www.semmms.info . General comments can be given in answer to Q3 on the response form.
More information can be had by calling 0161 474 2055 or by e-mailing firstname.lastname@example.org
Local Road Works
Highfield Road, Poynton will be closed from its junction with A5149 Chester Road on Friday 12th July 2013, between 8am and 4.30pm to enable Cheshire East Highways to carry out surface dressing pre-patching works. No alternative diversion route is required since the road is a cul-de-sac. Pedestrian access will be maintained at all times and vehicular access will be maintained for emergency vehicles and residents. Distaff Road, Poynton will be closed to allow Cheshire East Highways to carry out carriageway repairs from Monday 15th July to Wednesday 17th July. As Distaff Road is a cul-de-sac, there is no diversion. Access will be managed by the Traffic Management Team to accommodate resident needs as much as possible during the closure.
If you have any enquiries relating to these works please contact Cheshire East Highways on T. 0300 1235020, or alternatively email; email@example.com
School Lane Open Day
Local businesses, organisations and the Town Council are coming together to celebrate the makeover of the School Lane retail area frontage. An Open Day will take place on Saturday 20th July, 10 am to 12.30 pm with activities including face painting, live music, free raffles, food promotions etc. Local shops are planning activities for the day, a fire engine will be on display and there will be a Town Council gazebo. The event will also be a chance to say “thank you” to Poynton Horticultural and Agricultural Society for their generous donation of four new planters and to Poynton in Bloom for creating such wonderful displays.
School Lane has a thriving and mixed selection of shops from a butcher’s and hairdresser to a bike shop and supermarket. So come along on the day, have a bit of fun and see what’s on offer. For more information, look out for the posters and leaflets or contact Richard Holland at Poynton Town Council. Tel: 01625 872238 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Garden Safari 2013
This will take place on Saturday 27th July from 11am to 5pm, and follows last year’s successful event staged by Poynton in Bloom. There will be a total of nine gardens to visit during the course of the day. Entry programmes cost £3 per adult, and these will be available shortly from Poynton Civic Hall.
Civic Hall and Library Buildings/Public Toilets
Later this year there are plans to join the Civic Hall and Library buildings, with a new single entrance, and a new reception area serving both Poynton Town Council and the Library. Included in the plans are new public toilets, including disabled and baby changing facilities. There will however be a gap in the availability of public toilet facilities in Poynton following the removal in September this year of the Cheshire East leased automatic toilet from Chester Road , near the Post Office.
The Town Council’s limited toilet facilities are not adequate for public use, and are intended primarily for those groups and organisations who meet at the Civic Hall. Exceptions can be made however for the elderly, the infirm and accompanied young children.
Meanwhile the Town Council is approaching local businesses to ask whether they would be prepared to make their toilets available to the public in return for a contribution towards their running costs. Residents will be kept informed.
Wanted: School Governors
There are a couple of vacancies for Community Governors at Poynton High School and willing volunteers are sought to fill these, ready for the new school year in September. Anyone with an HR or financial background would be particularly welcome. The commitment is not onerous, with six meetings of the Governing Body a year, a willingness to serve on one of three committees and the occasional involvement with school recruitment panels and other school-related activities. If you are interested please contact the Clerk to the Governors Helen Killick, T. 01625 871811, e-mail email@example.com
Higher Poynton Scarecrow Competition
This will be staged from 26th August to 8th September 2013, with the winner to be announced at the Middlewood House Late Summer Fayre on Sunday 8th September. Maps for the “Scarecrow Safari” will be available during the competition, and can be collected for a small donation from outside 19 Carleton Road, Higher Poynton SK12 1TL. For further information please contact Sue on T. 01625 872839 or Jacky on T. 01625 875638.
There are a number of 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
New Civic Hall Team Member
The Town Council would like to welcome the latest member of its Civic Hall team, Trish Hill, a local resident who takes up the part-time role of Adult Health and Wellbeing Coordinator very shortly. Trish is very much looking forward to joining the team, to meeting all the relevant partner organisations involved in local health and social care integration, and to making a real impact in this increasingly important area.
Poynton Business Group
The launch meeting of a new Poynton business group took place in late April at Poynton Civic Hall, hosted by the Town Council. A third Business Breakfast has now been arranged for Tuesday 16th July 2013 at 7.30 a.m. at the Civic Hall. The meeting is open to all bona fide Poynton business owners and managers, and its core aims are to promote Poynton as a great place to do business, to encourage more ‘business to business’ contact, and to make it easier for business to operate.
Higher Poynton Summerfest 2013
Formerly known as the Middlewood Way Open Day, the new, revamped, bigger and better Higher Poynton Summerfest takes place along the Middlewood Way opposite the Boar’s Head pub, and on the Mount Vernon Playing Field between there and the canal, from 11.30am to 4.30pm on Sunday 14th July 2013 – this event is absolutely packed with activities for all the family, including children’s entertainment, free canal boat rides, BBQ, dog training, birds of prey, pony rides, Morris dancers, town crier, brass band, nature trail, market stalls and a whole lot more.
Entry is free, but cars will be charged £2 to park. Watch out for local posters and banners. There will be train services stopping that day at Middlewood Station, adjacent to the Middlewood Way . They depart from Manchester at 12.18pm and 2.18pm, and from Buxton at 11.56am and 1.58pm.
One Way Tweets!
The use of the social medium ‘Twitter’ by the Town Council is to inform residents about various events or incidents, but it is not geared up to handle two-way traffic, or to answer queries from residents. If residents do have legitimate concerns or queries they are encouraged to complete and submit the Contact Form on our website www.poyntontowncouncil.gov.uk – click on ‘Contact’, second icon down in the left hand menu. Alternatively please call in at the Civic Hall, attend the monthly Council Surgery (at the Civic Hall at 10am on the first Saturday in the month) or phone T. 01625 872238.
Speedwatch - Volunteers Sought
Poynton Neighbourhood Policing Team are hoping to set up a community speed watch group for the village and would like to know of any residents willing to volunteer for this. They would work alongside our village PCSOs, helping to tackle speeding issues within the village, working in different areas identified by residents. If you would like to register your interest, or would like some more information on the scheme, please contact the PCSOs on 0845 458 6371 and leave a message with your details or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
P1 Bus Service
To avoid any confusion, and to counter some rumours to the contrary, the P1 bus service has been confirmed as a ‘hail and ride’ service, so if you don’t happen to be at a bus stop when it comes along, feel free to hail it down anywhere along the route.
Relocation of Bus Stop
Now that the Town Council has secured a bus service that will continue to use the route, it reviewed the location of the bus stop at London Road North , near Poynton Flooring at Fountain Place . The bus shelter there has been removed to allow top dressing of the tarmac in that area, and the bus stop relocated further down London Road North . This will be for a three month trial period until mid-July 2013, after which the siting of the bus stop will be reviewed, and the shelter returned to the chosen location. Please forward your views on this to the Town Clerk - T.01625 872238, Liz.Osborn@poyntontowncouncil.gov.uk
Public Transport Saver Tickets
There is a wide range of one day, weekender, 7 day, 28 day, or annual saver tickets for public transport. These are valid for bus only, or combinations of bus, train, tram etc. As examples of these, bus only day savers, which can be bought from the driver, cost £5 for travel any day after 9.30am Monday to Friday, or at any time at weekends and Bank Holidays, or £5.60 for travel at any time, any day, including weekends and Bank Holidays. Night buses after midnight are excluded. Junior, student, young person and family group rates are also offered. For more details please click on this link: http://www.systemonetravelcards.co.uk/travelcards/one-day
Friday Shopper Service
The Friday Shopper service is run by a small team of volunteer drivers, who collect some of our elderly residents from their homes on a Friday morning, and bring them into the village to do their shopping. They then come to the Civic Hall for a chat, tea, coffee and biscuits before being run home again. If you are interested in using this service, or know someone who is, please contact John Boulton on T. 01625 877902. The Town Council is very supportive of this service and, if the demand exists, would like to see it expanded. Meanwhile the Town Council would like to thank the volunteer drivers, who do a great job, and who give so freely of their time.
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)
A reminder that hard copies of this PUN are available on request from the Civic Hall for those of our residents without access to PCs – please spread the word! A version of the PUN is published in ‘SK Poynton’ magazine, and the Trading Post café on the canal towpath at Nelson Pit in Higher Poynton kindly displays it. A condensed version of the PUN is also been posted on Town Council notice boards around the village.
|Fri 12th||2.30pm-4.30pm||Civic Hall||David Rutley MP’s Constituency Surgery – by appointment only. Call M. 0785 0005282|
|Sun 14th||11.30am-4.30pm||Middlewood Way, Higher Poynton||Higher Poynton Summerfest 2013 (see item above)|
|Mon 15th||8pm||Civic Hall||Planning and Environment Committee meeting|
|Sat 20th||10am to 12.30pm||School Lane Retail Area||Open Day (see item above)|
|Sun 21st||10.30am||St George’s Church||Civic Service|
|Mon 22nd||8pm||Civic Hall||Finance and General Purposes|
|Mon 29th||8pm||Civic Hall||Town Council|
|Tues 30th||8pm||Civic Hall||Management and Establishment Committee meeting|
|Mon 19th||8pm||Civic Hall||Facilities, Infrastructure and Economic Development Committee meeting|
|Sat 24th||All day||Poynton Show||Poynton Park|
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