Poynton Updates and News (PUN): 28/01/13
A6 to Manchester Airport Relief Road Consultation
The Town Council met late last year to decide on its response to the first phase of this public consultation. The key point is that the Council is not in favour of the new road unless it includes a Woodford/Poynton Relief Road . In terms of its preferences for the key junctions, the Town Council favours roundabouts rather than light-controlled junctions, and prefers Option 1 for all Locations, especially for Location 6 ( Macclesfield Road , Hazel Grove). Option 2 at that location would start to erode the ‘green gap’ that exists between Hazel Grove and Poynton.
The first phase of public consultation on the A6 to Manchester Airport Relief Road has now closed, but a second phase consultation will follow in due course, hopefully taking account of concerns and views raised in the first round. The Town Council will keep you updated on developments. Meanwhile further information can be had from the website www.semmms.info, or phone 0161 474 2055.
Cheshire East Draft Development Strategy
Cheshire East’s formal consultation on its overall Development Strategy and Policy Principles Document, part of the Local Plan, is now open, and runs until 26th February 2013. All of the consultation documents can be viewed on line at www.cheshireeast.gov.uk/localplan. Paper copies of the comments form can be had from Poynton Library, where there is also a box to post them. We would urge all our residents to make their views known – the Town Council’s response is set out below.
By way of background, the draft Development Strategy sets out the overall number of homes and employment land that will be needed in Cheshire East up to 2030. It proposes levels of development for the main towns as well as the smaller towns, villages and rural areas. The document identifies the proposed strategic development sites - the large sites that are considered critical to the delivery of the overall strategy. Poynton Town Council’s Planning and Environment Committee met on Monday 14th January 2013 to formulate its response to the consultation, insofar as it affects Poynton. This has been submitted, and is as follows:
The Town Council welcomes the decision to limit planned development in Poynton to 200 houses and 5 hectares of employment land up to 2030, and also welcomes the stated support for a Poynton Bypass. The Town Council has nevertheless asked Cheshire East to re-word Section 8.51 of the draft Development Strategy, making it clear that:
a) no Green Belt land will be used for either housing or employment purposes until all brownfield sites have been developed (i.e. a "Brownfield First" policy)
b) in the case of employment land, all vacant units on the Poynton and Adlington Industrial Estates must be re-developed before Green Belt sites are considered;
c) any development sites in the Green Belt must be strictly limited, and have clear and strong boundaries, such as a road, railway line or stream.
The Town Council has also insisted that it be consulted at an early stage when the Site Allocations Plan is being drafted.
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.
On The Buses!
Following the Cheshire East retendering of bus services late last year, and the timely and persistent efforts of Cheshire East and Poynton Town Councillors Jos Saunders and Howard Murray, there is now a clearer picture of how Poynton will be served from early March. Not only will there be a joint 392/393 service connecting Stockport to Macclesfield via Poynton, Pott Shrigley, Bollington and Tytherington, but the good news is that there will also be a new east/west service called the P1, which will link up three stations - Middlewood, Poynton and Hazel Grove, while also serving Dickens Lane, Chester Road and Woodford Road.
Details of the timetable for this hourly service will be made available soon, once efforts to align this as far as possible with train services have concluded. Cllr Saunders is now in further discussion with Cheshire East about revising the route to provide access to Park Lane , and extending the service into the evening, to better serve commuters and other users.
This particular form of litter can make life very unpleasant, as well as presenting a health risk for residents, with irresponsible dog owners to blame. If residents are aware of owners who are repeat offenders, or see 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
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, 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 (see item below), 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 tree management on both Inclines.
There will be further news about the precept in future editions of the PUN, as well as on the Town Council website and in the Poynton Post.
Welcome to our new PCSOs
We would like to offer a warm welcome to two new PCSOs to Poynton, Stephen Davenport and Leanne Kieran-Jones, who join their existing PCSO colleagues Chris Luke and Melissa Mellor. Funding was also agreed last year for a fifth PCSO, who will join us in April this year.
Cheshire Police are looking for volunteers to help with a Community Speed Watch scheme in the area of Middlewood Road . If you live in that vicinity, and would like more information, please contact your local officers on the e-mail addresses below, or phone 0845 458 6371. Officers will also be on hand to discuss the scheme and answer questions at a drop-in in the Bistro at the Hockley Centre, Park Lane , this Thursday 31st January between 1pm and 3pm.
Rapid Response Vehicle in Poynton
Following a series of meetings between the Town Council and the North West Ambulance Service (NWAS) to review response times, a Rapid Response Vehicle (RRV) and a Registered Paramedic was deployed on a daily basis from Poynton Fire Station from Monday 14 January 2013. The vehicle will operate on a 12 hour daily basis from 07:00 – 19:00 and be staffed by a HCPC Registered Paramedic. This pilot scheme will be closely monitored to ensure it gets off to a successful start.
Meanwhile our two First Responders, Ken Woolley and Bill McCracken, have just qualified as Extended Community First Responders, and can now attend all emergency call-outs. Congratulations to them both, with thanks also for the wonderful service they provide to our community.
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 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 parking ban on Park Lane, with the only exceptions being parking on private forecourts (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.
The Poynton Update and News (PUN)
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