Poynton Updates and News (PUN): 12/04/13
If you have an interest in the reforms to the NHS then please come along to an open meeting at Poynton Civic Hall with the NHS EASTERN CHESHIRE CLINICAL COMMISSIONING GROUP on Wednesday 17th April at 7.00 – 9.00pm. This is your opportunity to find out more and ask questions of the GP Chair, Paul Bowen, and Chief Officer, Jerry Hawker, about what the reforms mean to you and Eastern Cheshire.
Brownfield Sites in Poynton
Cheshire East Council is preparing its Strategic Housing Land Availability Assessment (SHLAA) update for 2013. There is an opportunity at this early stage of the process for stakeholders and the wider community to identify sites that may make a contribution to the future supply of housing.
Cheshire East is therefore calling upon local residents, Parish and Town Councils, developers and landowners to identify any land and buildings that they consider have potential for residential development that are not already contained with the previous versions of the SHLAA.
In the light of responses to the consultations on the Development Strategy and the previous Town Strategies, and the large number of local residents asking for development to be focused on brownfield land, the SHLAA ‘Call for Sites’ will be targeted at identifying brownfield sites that have the support of the local community and Parish and Town Councils. Brownfield land does not, of course, include agricultural land in the Green Belt.
Once a list of additional sites has been gathered from the results of this ‘Call for Sites’ Cheshire East will undertake an assessment of each site, and identify whether the sites are suitable for housing.
The Town Council would be grateful if residents could help identify brownfield sites in Poynton that could be submitted to Cheshire East. Please forward details, including locations, to the Town Clerk before Monday 29th April.
(Brownfield land is defined as previously-developed land which is or was occupied by a permanent structure, including the curtilage of the developed land and any associated fixed surface infrastructure. An important exclusion is land in built-up areas such as private residential gardens, parks, recreation grounds and allotments, which, although it may feature paths, pavilions and other buildings, has not been previously developed. There is no presumption that land that is previously - developed is necessarily suitable for housing development, nor that the whole of the curtilage should be developed).
Relocation of Bus Stop
Now that the Town Council has secured a bus service that will continue to use the route, it has been reviewing the location of the bus stop at London Road North, near Fountain Place. The bus shelter there will be removed next week, top dressing of the tarmac will be completed in that area, and the bus stop relocated further down London Road North . This will be for a three month trial period, after which the siting of the bus stop will be reviewed, and the shelter installed at the chosen location.
School Lane Retail Area
The Town Council’s Working Group that was formed to improve the appearance of the School Lane retail area is pleased to report some good progress. A series of new planters, bought from a local supplier and generously sponsored by the Poynton Horticultural and Agricultural Society, will be located in front of the shops, and Poynton In Bloom has kindly offered to plant and maintain these. The unsightly concrete bollards in front of the shops will be removed.
Following the Town Council’s intervention the entrance to the car park was recently resurfaced, but the car park itself is private, and therefore not within the Council’s remit. The Town Council will also be erecting “Local Shops” signs either side of School Lane, at its junction with Park Lane, and has funded a new litter bin and maintenance of the shrubs and borders around the retail area. When this work is complete there are plans for a local celebration, hopefully with food sampling and some musical entertainment. The Town Council will continue to work with the owners and other stakeholders of the School Lane complex to see what further medium and long term improvements might be made to this important local retail area.
Annual Town Assembly
This year’s Town Assembly will take place in the Council Chamber at the Civic Hall 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 our registered 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 for 2012/13. This is also an opportunity for representatives of local organisations to present their reports and updates. The agenda has been posted on the Town Council website, outside the Civic Hall, and on the Town Council notice boards around the village.
Annual Litter Pick
This was due to have taken place on Saturday 23rd March, but was cancelled due to adverse weather conditions. Sadly litter doesn’t stop being dropped, so this community event will be reinstated when/if it gets a bit warmer! The new date will be advised, and Poynton residents, voluntary groups and local organisations will be asked to kindly give up just a couple of hours of their time to help tidy up our village. Meanwhile there is a regular litter pick on the last Saturday of each month, with equipment provided. If you would like to help please come to the Civic Hall at 10am. This will happen next on Saturday 27th April 2013.
Town Council Job Vacancy
A vacancy has arisen for a new and exciting role of Adult Health and Wellbeing Co-ordinator, a part time position at Poynton Town Council. The post holder, an important catalyst for change and improvement in the level and type of services currently available, will promote integrated and community-based health and social care, for the benefit of Poynton’s older population. Working closely with existing partner organisations such as the Citizens’ Advice Bureau (CAB), the police, health providers and local housing associations, the Coordinator will drive various Town Council initiatives such as the Home Services Scheme, Men In Sheds and elements of Poynton’s Resilience Plan.
A key part of the role will also involve working with voluntary and commercial transport providers, since accessibility is essential to wellbeing. Based at Poynton Civic Hall, the post holder will work closely with the Town Council’s Youth Coordinator, to promote intergenerational projects. The role involves 20hrs a week, with a need for flexibility. Salary range is from £12,500 to £15,000, depending on experience. Suitably qualified candidates are invited to request an application form, job description and person specification from Poynton Town Council, T. 01625 872238, e-mail: email@example.com, or collect in person from the Civic Hall.
The closing date for applications is Friday 26th April 2013. This vacancy is being advertised initially via the PUN and the Town Council’s website. If a suitable candidate is not identified via these internal channels, the post will be advertised more widely through the regional media.
Utilities Behaving Badly
There have been a number of instances recently of utility companies giving little or no notice of works, of poor traffic management monitoring, and of substandard reinstatement of road surfaces after excavation. This is a national issue, and we are pleased to note that your local MP, David Rutley, has taken this up at Westminster , using examples of such poor practice from Poynton. If there are similar instances arising in future in and around Poynton we will provide you with the details of the utility company concerned, and encourage you to contact them directly with your views.
Food for thought!
Poynton can now boast a wide range of over 30 eateries to dine in or take away. From cafés and restaurants to pubs and takeaways, Poynton can offer a truly international array of food. To celebrate this fact, and to ensure that visitors are better informed, the Town Council has published a first edition of an Eateries Guide and Village Map, detailing what is available and where.
The Guide, which also includes our supermarkets, is available to download from the Council’s website here or via www.poyntontowncouncil.gov.uk (click on Visitor Information). Printed versions of the map and guide are available at the Civic Hall too, and throughout the village. Check it out to see if there are any venues you haven’t yet tried.
There are also plans to place large scale versions of the village map, with details of the eateries featuring around its border, in prominent locations such as Nelson Pit and the Middlewood Way .
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
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. 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 – this event is absolutely packed with activities for all the family.
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 activity of late, with a number of potholes filled, some road patching undertaken and some estate roads recently marked up – hopefully for more patching work.
This particular form of litter can make life very unpleasant and also represents a health risk for residents, with irresponsible dog owners to blame. If residents are aware of owners who are repeat offenders, or of stray or dangerous 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:: email@example.com
Poynton Home Services Scheme
Your Town Council, in partnership with Peaks and Plains Housing Trust, offers a range of fixed cost home services for all of our residents, provided by reliable 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 firstname.lastname@example.org or find out more here.
Parking on Park Lane
Instances of illegal parking on Park Lane are getting less frequent, but still happen. 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 are being 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
|Sat 13th||10am-3pm||Natwest car park||‘Know Your Blood Pressure’ event by Poynton Rotary|
|Mon 15th||8pm||Civic Hall||ANNUAL TOWN ASSEMBLY (see item above)|
|Wed 17th||6pm-9.30pm||Civic Hall||Open meeting on NHS Reforms – see item above|
|Mon 22nd||8pm||Civic Hall||Finance and General Purposes Committee meeting|
|Mon 29th||8pm||Civic Hall||Planning and Environment Committee meeting|
|Tues 30th||8pm||Civic Hall||Management and Establishment Committee meeting|
|Mon 6th||Bank Holiday|
|Mon 13th||8pm||Civic Hall||Annual Town Council Meeting|
|Mon 20th||8pm||Civic Hall||Community, Order and Public Safety Committee meeting|
|Mon 27th||Bank Holiday|
|Fri 31st||From noon||Civic Hall||Blood donating – appointment required. T. 0300 123 23 23 for info.|
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