Poynton Updates and News 29/08/2014
Poynton Road Works
The remedial work being carried out under Cheshire East management in Poynton’s shared space area remains on schedule. No problems have been encountered, and the basic infrastructure and design remain robust. The work will finish by close of play Tuesday 2nd September at the latest, and traffic management removed, ready for the return to school the following morning.
Those areas that have been temporarily filled with plain black tarmac (including the London Road South bus stop) are being replaced with permanent tarmac with red stone, to match the original carriageway finish, and all areas will be jet washed at the conclusion of the work.
Given that there is now in excess of 26,000 vehicles a day passing through the centre of Poynton the work has inevitably caused traffic congestion, but the temporary traffic lights are manned during peak times, and the Town Council was insistent that this essential remedial work was carried out during the school holidays, and kept to schedule.
Springboard Poynton – Music For All
The programme and tickets for this inaugural event, from Friday evening 26th September to Sunday 28th September 2014 are now available, and both can be had from the Civic Hall or from Mates. There will also be a ticket/information stand on Park Lane this Saturday, 30th August. Springboard Poynton is a community event to be staged across a wide range of Poynton venues with many different types of music to suit all tastes and ages. Visit the event website www.poyntonspringboard.com to learn more.
Local sponsorship is being actively sought, so please contact the Town Clerk if you wish to be identified with this exciting community event: T. 01625 872238, Liz.Osborn@poyntontowncouncil.gov.uk. Meanwhile the organising committee are enormously grateful to Peaks and Plains Housing Trust, who, together with the Town Council, have come on board as a principal sponsor, and to local hairdressers Sublime, the St George’s Singers and Poynton Natural Therapy Centre for their kind support.
New Youth Coordinator
The Town Council is pleased to welcome Chris Betton as its new part-time Youth Coordinator. Chris takes up the position from 1st September, and replaces Erica Adkins, who left earlier this summer.
Annual Garden Waste Collection Shutdown (green bins)
The Cheshire East consultation on this issue, seeking views on the timing and duration of the green bin ‘shutdown’ for the winter of 2014/15, has now closed, and the results published. The shutdown will last for 12 weeks, starting at the beginning of December 2014 and re-starting in mid-February 2015. Precise information will take the form of bin stickers and announcements via the local media.
Civic Hall Roof
The Civic Hall roof will be totally refurbished, with work due to commence on Monday 8th September, for up to 12 weeks. The contractor site will be to the rear of the Civic Hall, and although there will be scaffolding around the building, this work should not disrupt normal business. The Town Council would only ask that you take care when entering, leaving or are in the vicinity of the building while the work is ongoing.
Poynton In Business
The next Poynton In Business meeting will be held on Wednesday 10th September 2014 at 7.30am at the Civic Hall off Park Lane, Poynton. This month’s guest speaker will be Darren Flannery from Cheshire East Council who will talk about the support initiatives available to larger SME’s and smaller high growth businesses across Cheshire East.
The event is open to Poynton business owners and managers and all will be made very welcome. For more information please visit the website at www.poyntoninbusiness.co.uk or contact: email@example.com.
Sexual Health Services
Cheshire East Council is currently re-commissioning sexual health services and want to keep residents in the loop. Please find here a letter from Lucia Scally, Lead Commissioner for Public Health at Cheshire East, which includes details of the Stakeholder sessions, Survey and Market Engagement. There will be more information, including the Commissioning intentions and other links available on the Council’s consultations page of the website. The survey is now live.
Two wider stakeholder engagement sessions are to be held to share Commissioning Intentions to capture additional views and contributions. Your involvement would be greatly valued in either of the stakeholder engagement sessions which will take place on Wednesday 3rd September 2014 (2.00pm - 4.00pm at Macclesfield Town Hall, and 6.00pm - 8.00pm at Crewe Municipal). Should you wish to attend please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
First World War Commemoration
A number of events are planned for this important four year commemoration. These include an event called “Over By Christmas”, which will take place at the Community Centre at 11am on Friday 12th September, and at Poynton railway station (booking office side) at 11am on Sunday 28th September, and two performances of ‘Silent Night’, an original and moving play with music that tells of the amazing events surrounding the Christmas truce during the First World War. Performed by Theatre in the Quarter and sponsored by the Town Council and the High School, this will be staged at Poynton High School at 7.30pm on 27th and 28th November 2014. More information will follow nearer the time.
Attention all cyclists!
1. Poynton was recently visited by Allison Duncan, a postgraduate student from America’s Portland State University who is working on a research dissertation on how cyclists treat busy intersections, intersection design and associated issues. There follow links to two surveys regarding Poynton’s shared space junction/Fountain Place and the Woodford roundabout (as a ‘control/comparison site).
Allison has asked if cyclists who use one or both of these junctions would kindly complete these surveys, and also pass them on to other interested parties. Her contact details are given in an explanatory note at the beginning of each survey.
2. Please find below a link to a survey monkey questionnaire for a cycling consultation exercise that Lyme Park is undertaking to understand current cycling usage and the demand for future provision.
The closing date for completion of this survey is Sunday 14th September 2014. Paper versions of this survey will be used at the Disley Cycling event on Saturday 6th September.
Ranger Events - Navigation for Beginners from Nelson Pit
Come and learn basic navigation skills in a friendly environment on Sunday 14th September. The morning will be spent inside learning how to use a map and compass; the afternoon will be spent out walking with each member of the group taking turns to lead a short section of the walk. Suitable for anyone over the age of 16. Booking and payment in advance is essential. Cost £11.50. Time: 9.00am to 4.00pm. Meeting point: Nelson Pit Visitor Centre, Lyme Road, Higher Poynton, Cheshire, SK12 1TH (SJ945833). Leader: Cheshire East Council Countryside Ranger Ed Pilkington. Booking: Book online via Eventbrite Information: 01625 383700
(Moderate walking grade / Places limited - please book in advance / There is a charge, payable in advance, for attending this event / Please wear suitable boots and clothing / Bring a packed lunch / Suitable for anyone over the age of 16).
For details of all other 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.
The Worshipful the Mayor and Mayoress of Cheshire East, Councillor Wesley Fitzgerald and Mrs Joan Fitzgerald would be pleased to visit any charity or voluntary organisation within the Borough of Cheshire East to help raise the profile of the organisation and support any project or initiative that they are promoting. If any organisation would like such a visit they are asked to contact Nicola Carberry, the Mayor’s PA. T. 01270 686475 or email Nicola.email@example.com.
Our Town Mayor, Cllr Ms Rebecca Horsman is equally happy to offer similar support to any Poynton-based groups or organisations – please contact the Town Clerk with details of any request. T.01625 872238, firstname.lastname@example.org.
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