Poynton Updates and News 19/06/2015
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The Town Mayor’s Civic Sunday service and official reception take place on Sunday 19th July. The service at St George’s Church starts at 10.30am, followed by a reception at the Civic Hall at noon. Representatives of Poynton’s community, uniformed and voluntary organisations are invited to both events – please contact the Town Clerk for more details: Liz.Osborn@poyntontowncouncil.gov.uk , or call in to see him at the Civic Hall.
Poynton Youth and Community Centre
One of Poynton’s oldest and best-loved buildings is in desperate need of your help. Poynton’s Youth & Community Centre is held in trust for the benefit of all Poynton residents and is used regularly by a large number of local activity groups and voluntary organisations. It’s a precious resource that Poynton can ill-afford to lose, and yet years of under-investment mean its future is now at risk.
A health & safety inspection and fire risk analysis highlighted serious problems, and these, together with leaks in the roof, forced the Centre to close. The last remaining public building from our mining heritage, the Centre started life as the village school in 1838 and was gifted to the people of Poynton in 1947. Close to the heart of our community, it holds happy memories for many of live music, ceilidhs, wedding receptions and other events.
The Centre will re-open when funding can be raised to bring it up to date and provide a safe environment for residents to enjoy the large number of activities it has supported in the past, attract more users in the future and maintain it for posterity. So please support the efforts of the Centre’s Committee to save this wonderful community asset and ensure that it continues to play its part in Poynton’s vibrant social scene. Please give generously, and encourage others to do so.
Join the Centre’s 100 Club and make a real contribution to bringing Poynton’s Youth and Community Centre back to its former glory. Membership is £50 and entitles you to enter the monthly prize draw for 12 months. 1st prize each month will be £100 with a runner up prize of £25. E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org to register your interest.
Last Call for Civic Awards 2015
Late nominations are invited for this year’s Town Council Civic Awards. Just a handful of these are given each year to individuals or groups who have made a “sustained and significant contribution” to our community. There are also separate awards for Youth Civic Service in recognition of having shown “leadership, initiative, enthusiasm and commitment to a worthwhile cause, of benefit to their peer group and/or the wider community”.
The awards are given by the Mayor at her Civic Sunday reception on 19th July. If you know of any deserving candidates for these awards please forward a brief citation in confidence to the Town Clerk, either by e-mail to Liz.Osborn@poyntontowncouncil.gov.uk or by post to the Town Clerk, Poynton Town Council, Civic Hall, off Park Lane, Poynton SK12 1RB. The deadline for nominations is close of play, Friday 10th July.
There will be a further public exhibition/open morning at the Civic Hall on Saturday 4th July, from 9.30am to 12.30am. While the previous open morning was to share the results of the Neighbourhood Plan survey, this event is to present the overall vision, as well as the separate visions and objectives of the Plan’s main subject areas, namely the Green Belt, Housing, Transport and Infrastructure, Health and Wellbeing and Town Centre and Business. Do come along and share your views on this vital community activity.
New Youth Coordinator
The Town Council is pleased to announce the appointment of a new Youth Coordinator, Louisa Thorman, and welcomes her to the Civic Hall team. Louisa can be contacted by e-mail, c/o Liz.Osborn@poyntontowncouncil.gov.uk , by phone on 01625 872238, or drop in to make an appointment.
Bid farewell to the Vulcan
Avro Vulcan G-VLCN is due to visit Woodford on Saturday 27th June 2015. The last airworthy Avro Vulcan XH558 is touring all the remaining static Vulcan airframes in its final year of operation. This will include a memorable return to Woodford, its birthplace, on Saturday 27th June 2015. The time of the flypast is yet to be confirmed – visit www.vulcantothesky.org and click on ‘displays/tours’ for details.
Litter Pickin’ Good!
A special thank you to all those residents and Town Councillors who turned out for the community litter pick on Saturday 6th June, and to 3rd Poynton Cubs, who carried out their own litter pick on Monday evening 8th June. There is due to be another ‘pick’ this autumn.
Poynton In Business (PIB)
July’s Poynton In Business meeting is at 7.30am on Wednesday 8th July at the Co-op Independent Living store on Park Lane. 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.
Read the latest blog from John Dwyer which talks about the work being done to tackle drink driving. You can access the Commissioner's blog by clicking on this link Working to lower the drink drive limit.
Royal Mail E-mail Scam
A scam e-mail is currently being sent to victims fraudulently claiming to be from Royal Mail. Attached to the e-mail is the CryptoLocker virus. The victim receives an e-mail purporting to be from Royal Mail stating that they are holding a parcel/letter for the victim. The victim is then required to contact Royal Mail to arrange for the item to be resent/collected. By following the instructions within the e-mail the CryptoLocker virus is subsequently downloaded to the victim’s computer.
This virus encrypts files on the victim’s system and requests a ransom be paid in order for the files to be decrypted. Additional incentive is added for early repayment as the ransomware states that the cost of decrypting the files will increase the longer the fine is outstanding.
- Look at who the email is addressed to. Is it generic or specifically addressed?
- Look at the quality of the images included on the email. Are they of sufficient high quality that they could come from Royal Mail?
- Do not open attachments from unsolicited emails regardless of who they are from.
- Do not click on the link supplied. Instead, go to the relevant website and log in from there.
- Check the address of any email received to see if it appears legitimate.
If you believe that you have been a victim of fraud you can report it online www.actionfraud.police.uk/report_fraud or by telephone 0300 123 2040.
The Dogs Trust have launched a new anti-dog fouling campaign to try and raise awareness of this anti-social practice. Poynton Town Council are working closely with Cheshire East Council Environmental Officers and the Police to clamp down on this practice. Environmental Officers have recently issued a number of Fixed Penalty Notices in the area and residents are encouraged to report offenders. There is more information on the Dog Fouling page of the Town Council website.
Civic Hall and Library
As can be seen, the new Civic Hall/Library entrance and reception, plus the reconfiguration of both buildings, are nearing completion. Visitors are asked to take extra care during the construction work. The Civic Hall 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, and thanks them for their understanding and patience.
The newly-refurbished library building will open for business in early July, and in the meantime residents are welcome to return books to the Civic Hall.
Town Council Election and 2015/16 Meetings
Following the elections in early May the Town Council would like to offer a very warm welcome to five new Town Councillors, and two new Cheshire East Councillors representing Poynton’s West Ward, Mike Beanland and Mike Sewart, and to wish them every success in their new roles. Congratulations are also due to Cllr Rebecca Horsman-Johnson, now serving a second term as our Town Mayor.
Names and contact details of all 18 Town and Cheshire East Councillors are posted on the Town Council’s website here. You can also find details of Town Council and Town Council Committee meetings there for 2015/16 – click on ‘Calendar’. Residents are very welcome to attend these, which are held on Monday evenings (except on Bank Holidays and the first half of August) at the Civic Hall, starting at 8pm.
2015 Inclines Working Parties
Thanks go to 1st Poynton Cubs, their leaders and other residents for kindly turning out for the Working Party in early May. A number of areas on Lady’s Incline were cleared and stone put down to improve the surface.
Please note the last date for this year in your diaries - Saturday 14th November - and come along to lend a hand between 10am and 12pm (meet at the bottom of Princes Incline, off Woodside / London Road North). Refreshments served.
Visit our Poynton Inclines page for more information.
Poynton Neighbourhood Plan – Call for Sites
As an essential part of its work in assessing future development needs for Poynton, the Neighbourhood Plan Steering Group is asking those landowners and agents of land within the Poynton parish area for expressions of interest in applying for future development permission.
This is an informal opportunity for landowners and developers to propose sites of whatever size within Poynton for development. This exercise will not in itself decide whether a site would be allocated for development by the Neighbourhood Plan, nor will it commit the proposer(s) to apply for planning consent. It will enable the Steering Group however to better understand the needs and wishes of Poynton residents.
The site suggestions received will be used to guide and inform the preparation of relevant sections of the Neighbourhood Plan. If you want one or more sites to be considered for development by the Neighbourhood Plan, we should like to hear from you. (Those who have already been in touch do not need to renew contact). The sites need not be in your ownership if you have a responsibility for managing them, and they can include proposals for a wide range of development uses.
Please contact the Town Clerk, Malcolm Adams, to register your interest, and to request a meeting. T. 01625 872238, e-mail Liz.Osborn@poyntontowncouncil.gov.uk.
Play Tennis for Free
Poynton Tennis Club, located at Poynton Sports Club, is offering tennis for free on Saturday 20th June as part of the British Tennis Weekend Event, promoting tennis as a sport for everyone.
If you fancy trying something new or haven't played since you were young why not come down for a knock about. Bring friends and family for a free game or join in one of the free coaching sessions the Club will be running for both adults and juniors.
For more details go to - www.poyntontennisclub.net
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.
There is a local Ranger event from 10.30am to noon on Sunday 28th June called ‘Jacksons Jaunt’, an escorted stroll around Jacksons Brickworks at Higher Poynton, off Middlewood Road. For details of that and all other Ranger events please call T. 01625 383700 or click here for the Ranger Service Website
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 (and free) booklet can be downloaded from the above link, and are also available in hard copy at the Civic Hall and Poynton Library – please call in and collect.
The next Council Surgery is on Saturday 4th July. The format for the monthly Town Council Surgeries, held on the first Saturday of each month, 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
The Town Council has an 8-seater minibus for hire by voluntary/community groups at competitive rates. 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
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