Poynton Updates and News 28/05/2014
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SOS - Poynton Youth and Community Centre!
Due to the poor state of the roof as well as a raft of health and safety issues, the decision was taken very recently to close the main part of the Centre – the more recent classroom suite at the rear remains open. There is now an urgent need to attract substantial funding to renovate the Centre, and for local volunteers to come forward to assist with this. In so doing you can play your part in revitalising an important community asset, part of Poynton’s proud heritage. If you would like to get involved, and/or can either provide or gain access to funding please contact the Town Clerk, Malcolm Adams on T. 01625 872238, e-mail Liz.Osborn@poyntontowncouncil.gov.uk or call into the Civic Hall.
Town Council Election and 2015/16 Meetings
Following the elections on Thursday 7th 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, 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.
Town Council Civic Awards 2015
Nominations are invited for this year’s Civic Service 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 (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.
Annual Litter Pick
This took place on Saturday morning 6th June. A big thanks to all the volunteers who helped. There will be another one later in the year.
Poynton In Business (PIB)
June’s Poynton In Business meeting is on Wednesday 10th June at 5.30 pm at the Davenport Golf Club, off Middlewood Road. Sgt Pete Brazendale of our local neighbourhood policing team will be the speaker. 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.
Over the past week local police report an increase in attempted burglaries in Poynton, with one confirmed burglary on Woolley Avenue. Offenders are attempting to gain access via the rear doors of the properties. The police ask you to ensure that your doors and windows are locked at all times when you are away from your property and are kept shut and locked overnight. They also ask that you remain vigilant at all times, and report any suspicious behaviour or activity to the police via 101 or 999 in an emergency. By reporting an incident they can deploy officers immediately to the area and potentially stop a crime from happening. Please don’t leave it up to someone else to report.
The Cheshire Police and Crime Commissioner's blog focuses on policing at the heart of our communities. You can access the blog by clicking on the link Policing at the heart of our communities.
Police & Crime Commissioner John Dwyer has launched his ‘Have Your Say’ Survey to find out about how the people of Cheshire feel about the service from the police and where their priorities should be. At the launch he said “The Constabulary has launched its public service commitments to be there whenever and wherever they’re needed. I hold the Chief Constable to account and need to know what the public think about policing. The results of the survey will be used to inform my next Police & Crime Plan. You can access the survey by clicking here.
2015 Inclines Working Parties
Thanks go to 1st Poynton Cubs, their leaders and other residents for kindly turning out for the Working Party earlier this month. 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.
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 now scheduled for end-June. 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.
The pop-up library housed in the Civic Hall will close on Friday 29th May – we will advise residents when the newly refurbished library building will open for business. Meanwhile residents are welcome to return books (only) to the Civic Hall.
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
Spanish Visitors to Poynton
In late April a party of 33 Spanish school students and their teachers paid a very successful visit to Poynton and brought the sunshine with them!
The visitors were extremely complimentary about Poynton and what it had to offer. They enjoyed a five day programme including classroom-based activities at the refurbished Civic Hall, a treasure hunt around Poynton and a variety of excursions to see local places of interest, as well as the chance to interview local people on the streets of Macclesfield.
The week ended with a fun night at the Youth and Community Centre including a quiz, games and disco. The students benefitted significantly from staying with local host families and the experience proved to be equally enjoyable for both!
Further visits are scheduled in the coming months – for more information e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or call 07801 910004.
Town Council’s Annual Report 2014/15
This was presented at the Poynton Town Assembly at the Civic Hall in 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 - paper copies can also be had from the Civic Hall on request.
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.
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.
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
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 6th June. 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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