Poynton Updates and News 27/04/2015
Car Parking charges at Poynton Station
Residents and others will wish to be aware of the following communication received recently by the Town Council from Northern Rail.
“As a matter of courtesy, I am writing to give the Town Council advance notice that from Monday, 18 May 2015, Northern Rail will be introducing car parking charges at Poynton station.
A daily parking charge of £2 will be made. The low level of daily charge has been determined through benchmarking with car parks in the local area and is, we believe, in line with locations across a wider area. We are planning that coin only Pay & Display machines will be installed in the next few days and we will undertake local publicity campaigns, including posters and flyers, to make users of the car parks aware of the new charging regime.
Additionally, car park users will be able to purchase parking sessions through the RingGo pay by mobile phone service which we currently use at other stations, and, where applicable, via Station Booking Offices and Ticket Vending Machines. Rail users will also be able to purchase daily, multi-day and weekly car park tickets from the Pay & Display machines and RingGo. We will shortly begin working on an option for rail users to purchase monthly, quarterly and annual parking tickets, via our website and where applicable, ticket offices, and will let you know when this becomes available.
The introduction of car parking charges at these stations will help Northern Rail to develop a sustainable revenue income, not dependent upon national or local subsidy and so meeting the Government’s requirement to reduce the funds converted by taxpayers’ into running the railways.”
Poynton Neighbourhood Plan
Well over 1,500 Poynton Neighbourhood Plan surveys were submitted, representing around 25% of Poynton households. Inputting on line of the written surveys has now been completed – many thanks to all those volunteers involved. The Neighbourhood Plan team would still welcome surveys to be completed by younger residents (online only) to correct an imbalance in the age groups of those who responded, so if you belong to that younger age group and can help please access the survey via the website www.poyntonnp.org.uk.
There will be an open morning/ exhibition at the Civic Hall from 10am to noon on Saturday 16th May to provide feedback to residents on the results, as well as to share the proposed vision and objectives for the Neighbourhood Plan. We will keep you informed. (See also ‘Call For Sites’ item below) .
Town Council’s Annual Report 2014/15
This was presented at the Poynton Town Assembly at the Civic Hall on 20th April, the annual occasion when Poynton’s electorate raise and discuss local/topical issues. The report, which details the work and achievements of the Town Council and its various Committees during this last civic year can be accessed via the Town Council’s website www.poyntontowncouncil.gov.uk - paper copies can also be had from the Civic Hall on request.
Poynton In Business (PIB)
May’s Poynton In Business meeting is on Wednesday 13th May at 7.30 am at the Anson Engine Museum. Mike Gallagher from Primary Websites will be providing top tips on websites and social media. More details to follow nearer the time. 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. For more information about PIB, and to check for the venue details nearer the time, please visit the website at www.poyntoninbusiness.co.uk or contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
Network Rail operations at Poynton Station
Network Rail has advised us that they were due to be recovering scrap rail track from Poynton Station overnight on Sunday 26th April, from just after midnight to 4pm on Monday 27th April, with a further session planned for Sunday/Monday 3rd /4th May, from just after midnight to 8.30am. They need to access Spinners Lane and Deva Field with their plant, and should have advised residents accordingly, in writing. For any further information please call Network Rail on their 24hr helpline - 03457 11 41 41.
Apple iTunes Scam - Action Fraud and the National Fraud Intelligence Bureau (NFIB) have been made aware that there are currently a number of emails being sent out that appear to be coming from Apple iTunes, detailing a recent purchase. The email states that if customers did not purchase the item they should click on the link provided to obtain a refund. Once redirected to a web page they are asked to fill out their card and other personal details. This is a spam email with links to a malicious web page that is being used to harvest personal details, possibly in order to access victim’s bank accounts.
- Double check where the email has come from before clicking on the link
- Check your iTunes account for recent activity
- Consider contacting iTunes separately to double check your account activity
- Remember iTunes will not request your personal details via email or through attached links
- If you have filled in one of the forms, do not use online banking until you have had your computer checked out by an expert. Also consider contacting your bank to make them aware of the situation – money held in your account may be at risk.
National Savings and Investment Scam - Fraudsters have set up a bogus website claiming to be the official site of National Savings & Investments (NS&I) and are contacting members of the public, cold calling them and offering them the chance to invest in 65+ Bonds (also known as Pensioner Bonds). Members of the public who are searching for the official website (for example on search engines) may be directed to the fake one which then asks them to supply contact information. Victims are then receiving a follow up e-mail and/or phone call from the fraudsters who are requesting evidence of identity documents and bank account details either over the phone or by sending the victims fake forms to fill out. A common name that appears on the emails sent by the fraudsters is ‘Kevin Archer’.
Avoid being a victim of fraud:
- Do not pass personal or banking information to companies that cold call you.
- Please note that the only domain name (website address) that is legitimate is www.nsandi.com
- National Savings & Investments (NS&I) do not make sales calls to potential customers (cold calls) so do not enter into discussion with cold callers claiming to be NS&I.
- The National Fraud Intelligence Bureau is committed to tackling all types of fraud and the Cyber Prevention and Disruption Team aims to do this by disrupting and taking down fake and fraudulent websites.
- If you have been a victim of fraud or suspect a company of fraud please contact Action Fraud on 0300 123 2040 or via the online reporting tool at www.actionfraud.police.uk
You can follow Poynton police on Twitter: @PoyntonNPT and to receive a monthly newsletter about what has been happening in Poynton please register with Cheshire Alert using www.CheshirePoliceAlert.co.uk
Hockley Play Area closure
The Town Council has engaged a local contractor to carry out drainage improvement work at the Hockley Play Area off Hockley Road. The work is due to take place from Monday 27th April to Friday 1st May 2015. Please note that the play area will be closed for that period. The Council apologises for any inconvenience that this may cause.
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. Those parties submitting sites will be invited to meet with the Neighbourhood Steering Group in early May 2015, and answer a number of questions posed by the Group.
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. The deadline for such requests is close of play, Friday 1st May 2015.
Poynton Town Council wants local residents to help in the fight to stop dog fouling in the village. Dog owners who fail to pick up their dog’s waste as displaying a total disregard for other people, public health and the environment, and offenders caught in Poynton can expect a £75 Fixed Penalty Notice. Failure to pay this could lead to a £1,000 fine. People who bag the mess but don’t dispose of it properly, such as by placing bagged faeces in hedges, can be fined up to £2,500 for littering.
The Town Council is joining forces with Cheshire East Council Dog Wardens, Environmental Health and local Police to keep Poynton’s streets and open spaces clean and safe. Local residents are asked to watch out for offenders and to report where and when dog waste is being left, along with a description of the dog or its owner. Details can be reported directly to Cheshire East Dog Wardens on 0300 123 5021.
2015 Inclines Working Parties
Following the work carried out by willing volunteers last year to improve these popular rural paths, a programme has been set for this year’s tasks, with the first session held in late March.
Please note these further dates in your diaries, and come along to lend a hand between 10am and 12pm on the following dates (meet at the bottom of Princes Incline, off Woodside / London Road North).
9th May Path clearances, non-native shrub removal.
14th November Planting in.
Visit our Poynton Inclines page for more information.
Civic Hall and Library
As can be seen, the creation of a joint Civic Hall/Library entrance and reception, plus the reconfiguration of both buildings, is well underway, with completion scheduled for this summer.
The work is being carried out in 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 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.
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.
For all Ranger events please call T. 01625 383700 or click here for the Ranger Service Website
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 (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 next Saturday 2nd May. 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 two ex-Cheshire East Council minibuses, an 8-seater and a 10-seater, 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
The Poynton Update and News (PUN)
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