Poynton Updates and News (PUN): 11/03/13
Maintenance Work: Poynton Railway Bridge
Having been cancelled last month, this job is now back on, albeit taking just one night, and not over three nights as planned before. The contractor Amco will be carrying out ‘essential railway bridge works’ from 10pm on Monday 25th March until 6am on Tuesday 26th March, i.e. during the night. This will necessitate a temporary road closure from the junction of Chester Road and Fountain Place at one end, to the junction of Chester Road and Woodford Road at the other, with the alternative route being Woodford Road, Jacksons Lane, Dean Lane, Fiveways and London Road North and vice versa.
Pedestrian access will be maintained at all times and vehicular access will be maintained for residents and emergency vehicles as far as possible. While the temporary road closure is extensive, it should only take effect from late at night to the early hours of one morning, thereby causing minimum disruption. If you have any views or concerns about this please e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org and meanwhile please help us spread the word to friends and neighbours.
Annual Litter Pick - NB Postponed
Due to adverse weather conditions, with a forecast of more of the same, the annual litter pick scheduled for tomorrow, Saturday 23rd March, is cancelled. We will look to re-instate it in the coming weeks.
Poynton Bus Services
The 392/393 and the new P1 bus service started on Monday 4th March. As a brand new service there have inevitably been some teething troubles with the P1, some of which were ironed out very quickly, while others may take slightly longer. Over the next few weeks and months the Town Council will listen to the views and observations of residents, users and potential users. Working with Cheshire East Council’s Transport team we then hope to fine tune identified problems to ensure the whole of Poynton receives a reliable and user-friendly service.
It is virtually impossible to tie in with train times from the three stations the P1 connects with, as well as onward connections to Macclesfield and Stockport . There will inevitably be some views that conflict with each other, and it is therefore unlikely that the service will satisfy everyone. Ultimately the success of the service is down to the bus company, and clearly it is in their interest to provide for as many people as possible.
Having put so much effort into securing the P1 service, the Town Council hopes that it will be a success and would urge as many people as possible to use it – or lose it. You will also appreciate that neither the Town Council nor Cheshire East Council actually run the buses - this is the domain of the bus operators themselves.
69th Anniversary of D-Day
The Royal British Legion in Poynton has kindly brought to our attention a voluntary organisation called ‘D-Day Revisited’ who, on the occasion of the 69th Anniversary of D-Day, are offering free visits to Normandy from 2nd to 9th June 2013 for World War Two Veterans, including all travel, accommodation and food costs.
These visits are open to any veteran of Operation Overlord or the wider Normandy Campaign, whether they be soldier, sailor, airman or merchant seaman. They offer fully guided tours of all the sites and those attending can also take part in various services and parades. Also included on the trip is a full medical team offering 24hr cover.
If you or a family member would like to apply for a place, please don’t hesitate to contact D-Day Revisited via email email@example.com or by telephoning 01244 531 765 and ask for Victoria or John. There is no cost at all to veterans. While the British Legion in Poynton has identified veterans from within its membership they want to ensure that all veterans who may be resident in or around Poynton are aware of this offer.
Annual Town Assembly
This year’s Town Assembly will take place in the Council Chamber at 8pm on Monday 15th April 2013. It is important to emphasise that this is not a Town Council meeting, but the annual occasion for all our electors to raise issues relating to Poynton and, if agreed by the majority of those present, to vote on them.
The Mayor will preside at the meeting and present the Town Council’s Annual Report. This is also an opportunity for representatives of local organisations to present their reports and updates. The agenda is required to be posted seven clear days before the Assembly takes place.
Repair to water main on Chester Road
Having carried out this repair there is still evidence of water seepage from the excavation site on Chester Road . A United Utilities inspector has paid a site visit, and we await further news.
Shared Space Remedial Work
The Town Council is continuing to drive hard to get the remaining remedial/snagging work completed on Park Lane and Fountain Place.
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. If you look at the July 2013 listing you will see an entry for the 2013 Higher Poynton Summerfest, which takes place on Sunday 14th July 2013 – a date for your diaries. 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 Hole Truth…..
Potholes are a major problem across the whole of Cheshire East but Poynton certainly seems to have more than its fair share. Cheshire East claim to have repaired more than 46,000 potholes since 1st April 2012, at a cost of £1million, and now aims to fix another 42,000 by the end of this summer. Let’s make sure many of these are in Poynton!
We all can help to ensure Poynton's potholes are prioritised at the top of the list and we encourage residents to report the worst potholes blighting our roads in Poynton via Cheshire East Council's online fault reporting page at www.cheshireeasthighways.org/ReportIt or by phoning the Cheshire East Highways team on 0300 123 5020. There has been some limited activity of late, with a number of potholes filled and some road patching undertaken.
Cold Calling: Council Tax ‘Reviews’
We have been made aware of cold calling from representatives of (apparently legitimate) companies offering to negotiate reductions in Council Tax on behalf of homeowners in the local area. Such telephone callers may claim to be from Cheshire East Council, and may be targeting vulnerable residents. They ask for a home visit, and would charge a percentage fee for any reduction achieved. You are strongly advised to decline such offers, and not to arrange home appointments.
Please help us by telling friends and family. If you wish to appeal against your level of Council Tax you can do this as an individual – you do not have to go through third parties, legitimate or otherwise. Further information can be had from the Valuation Office Agency (VOA), website is www.voa.gov.uk where there is also a detailed council tax scam warning.
Town Council Precept for 2013/14
Every year the Town Council raises a precept in order to pay for the range of services it provides Poynton’s residents. In 2013/14 this will amount to around £1 a week for an average Band D household, less than the cost of a loaf of bread, and an increase of 12p a week over the current precept.
In addition to the range of services already provided, the increased precept will include payment for a fifth PCSO, provide funding for a Woodford Neighbourhood Plan (in conjunction with Adlington and Woodford Councils, to try to influence the nature and scale of development at the ex-BAE Systems site), provide a full-time Operations Manager (who also has a remit to work with Poynton business to boost Poynton’s visitor economy), fund the maintenance of an updated and much improved Town Council website, and provide a budget for a programme of tree management on both Inclines.
This particular form of litter can make life very unpleasant and a health risk for residents, with irresponsible dog owners to blame. If residents are aware of owners who are repeat offenders, or of stray dogs, we would encourage them to report the details to the Cheshire East Community Dog Wardens. They can be contacted on T. 0300 123 5021, e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Poynton Home Services Scheme
Your Town Council, in partnership with Peaks and Plains, offers a range of fixed cost home services for residents, provided by local contractors and monitored by ourselves and Peaks and Plains. We work with contractors who offer the following services: gardening, decorating, maintenance, cleaning, electrical, joinery, home computer tuition and home modifications for disabled or elderly residents. If you are a Poynton resident in need of these services, or a local contractor who could offer these or different services, please contact Erica Adkins, Acting Home Services Coordinator on 01625 872238 or e-mail her on email@example.com or find out more here.
Parking on Park Lane
There are still regular instances of illegal parking on Park Lane . There is a complete parking ban on Park Lane, with the only exceptions being parking on private forecourts and behind individual shops (with the owner’s/tenant’s permission) and loading/unloading in the designated bays (outlined by studs in the carriageway), but not at peak times between 8am and 10am, and 4pm and 6pm – retailers are asked to ensure that their suppliers are made aware of this. Penalties will be issued for those who disregard the ban.
Meanwhile residents and visitors will be pleased to learn that the Co-op partially lifted restrictions on its private car park off Park Lane late last year, providing free parking between 7pm and midnight daily. Although the food store has closed, daytime restrictions, limiting parking to one and a half hours, remain, and will be enforced by the Co-op. Meanwhile there is extensive free parking at the Civic Centre Car Park.
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 and store on the canal at Nelson Pit in Higher Poynton also displays it.
Dates for your diary
|Mon 11th||8pm||Civic Hall||Facilities, Infrastructure and Economic Development Committee meeting|
|Tues 12th||8pm||Civic Hall||Management and Establishment Committee meeting CANCELLED|
|Mon 18th||7pm||Civic Hall||Planning and Environment Committee meeting|
|Mon 18th||8pm||Civic Hall||Community, Order and Public Safety Committee meeting|
|Tues 19th||8pm||Civic Hall||Management and Establishment Committee meeting|
|Fri 22nd||Noon-8pm||Civic Hall||Blood donating T. 0300 123 23 23 for info/apppointments|
|Sat 23rd||10am||meet Civic Hall||Annual Community Litter Pick all equipment provided (see item above) NB POSTPONED DUE TO ADVERSE WEATHER CONDITIONS|
|Mon 25th||8pm||Civic Hall||Town Council meeting|
|Sat 6th||10am-noon||Civic Hall||Council Surgery – no appointment needed – just call in|
|Mon 8th||8pm||Civic Hall||Facilities, Infrastructure and Economic Development Committee meeting|
|Sat 13th||10am-3pm||Natwest car park||‘Stroke Awareness’ event by Poynton Rotary|
|Mon 15th||8pm||Civic Hall||ANNUAL TOWN ASSEMBLY (see item above)|
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