Poynton Updates and News 30/01/2014
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British Telecom are due to fit new fibre cable into carriageway boxes on the A523 London Road South at its junction with First Avenue , Poynton Industrial Estate between Monday 10th February and Wednesday 12th February 2014. All work will be done at night, but multi-way signals will be in operation.
All queries regarding this work should be addressed to British Telecom on 0800 023 2023 quoting reference: BC005CR18W00000PGY100214.
Community Transport Funding
Cheshire East Council has made funds available to create and promote community transport schemes in its towns and villages. The Town Council submitted a number of expressions of interest before the deadline closed, and is now preparing business cases to create a Shopmobility scheme based in Poynton, and is also looking to procure one or two minibuses to benefit local groups and voluntary organisations, as well as providing transport to bring our elderly residents to social and other community events.
The Town Council is talking to other potential partners and volunteers about their possible involvement in both initiatives. We will keep residents informed. Meanwhile the Town Council would welcome local expressions of support for both of these schemes, which will underpin the business cases. Letters or e-mails should be sent by Wednesday 12th February to the Town Clerk, Civic Hall, off Park Lane, Poynton, SK12 1RB, Liz.Osborn@poyntontowncouncil.gov.uk For further information call T. 01625 872238.
A camera memory card, with recent family photographs stored on it, was found earlier this week on the London Road North side of Fountain Place . Please call in or get in touch with Civic Hall reception staff if you have recently lost such an item in Poynton. T. 01625 872238.
A6 to Manchester Airport Relief Road
The main contractor for this road scheme, Carillion Morgan Sindall (CMS), will be carrying out ground investigation works for around 6 weeks, starting on Wednesday 19th February 2014. This will involve some 250 trial pits/trenches or boreholes along the length of the scheme. Letters will be issued to the 20 or so landowners affected.
For more information contact the CMS Engineering Manager, John England, T. 0161 9278220, e-mail email@example.com
First World War Commemoration
The Town Council has established a budget to help underpin community events this year in commemoration of the start of the First World War. Discussions will be taking place with local schools, churches, the British Legion and Poynton Local History Society, as well as other voluntary organisations.
Poynton In Business - Next Meeting
This is an evening meeting, and will take place at The Cask on Park Lane at 5.30pm on Wednesday 12th February. Cllr Geoff King will be there to talk to Poynton businesses about the opportunities presented by the ‘Poynton Springboard – Music for All’ event taking place across the village in late September this year.
For more information about this business meeting, or to confirm your attendance, please contact Richard Holland on 01625 872238 or at firstname.lastname@example.org or go to the Business Page of the Council’s website.
Annual Community Litter Pick
This will take place on the last Saturday in March – Saturday 29th March. You are asked to collect at the Civic Hall from 9.30am, for a 10am start. Bin bags, litter picks and gloves will be on hand, and hot and cold drinks and biscuits will be available throughout at the Civic Hall. Please give whatever time you can to help keep the village tidy.
Merger of Civic Hall and Library Buildings
Late last year the Town Council approved a Cheshire East project whereby the existing entrances to the Civic Hall and Library will be closed, and a new entrance and reception area built, serving both the Civic Hall and the Library. The plans also include public toilets accessible from the reception area.
The opportunity is also being taken to reconfigure and modernise the Civic Hall layout, with a new suite of meeting rooms and separate staff area being created. The Civic Hall roof will also be refurbished.
Planning permission has now been granted, and work is due to start in May. This will inevitably cause some disruption to those who use the Civic Hall and Library, and every effort will be made to keep this to a minimum. We will keep residents informed of progress.
IT Skills Training
Are you looking for support to develop your IT skills, have a go with computers or try out an iPad? Sixth Form students from Poynton High School are supporting IT training sessions for those new to IT, on Thursdays from 3.45pm to 5pm at Poynton Civic Hall .
The sessions are sociable, with the opportunity to try new things on the computer, keep in touch with friends and family or even do some online shopping. For more information contact the Town Council on 01625 872238 and ask to speak to Trish Hill, Adult Health and Wellbeing Coordinator.
Police and Crime Plan - Feedback
John Dwyer, Police & Crime Commissioner for Cheshire , is refreshing his Police & Crime Plan, in which he sets out his priorities for policing in Cheshire. The Commissioner set a four year Plan upon taking up office last year, but has committed to reviewing the Plan each year to ensure it accurately reflects the views of the people of Cheshire.
As well as consulting the public, the Commissioner has taken into account the Chief Constable’s views on key areas of threat and the priorities set by local councils, criminal justice partners and the Government when developing the Plan. John added: “I want to continue making Cheshire a safer place to live and work. By listening to your views, I can ensure the Constabulary deal with issues that are close to your hearts.” To view the draft Police & Crime Plan for 2014-2016, and give your feedback, visit www.cheshire-pcc.gov.uk.
Community Comfort Scheme
With the demise of the automatic toilet next to the Post Office the Town Council has been encouraging various businesses to open up their toilet facilities to members of the public, under a ‘Community Comfort’ scheme. Special thanks go to the Farmer’s Arms, Co-op Independent Living and Poynton Osteopathic Clinic (on Park Lane, next to Waitrose) for being the first to sign up to this.
The Town Council would welcome other businesses who have suitable facilities coming forward too. Meanwhile residents will be pleased to learn that plans for the new entrance and reception area to serve both the Civic Hall and the Library include a full suite of public toilets. These facilities should be ready in the late summer/autumn of this year.
Poynton Springboard – Music For All
Discussions are well advanced for a music festival to be held at a range of venues across Poynton next year, over the weekend of Friday evening 26th September to Sunday 28th September 2014.
This will be a community event with many different types of music to suit all tastes and ages, and the local response to date has been very encouraging. Please make a note of this weekend in your calendars and diaries.
A reminder that Cheshire East Council has suspended green bin collections until 18th March 2014. For any further information call T. 0300 123 5034 or visit the website www.cheshireeast.gov.uk/recycling
As part of the Town Council’s ‘Winter Warmth’ initiative, we are looking to supply blankets to older and/or vulnerable Poynton residents who may be struggling to keep warm during the winter months. If you have any blankets in clean and reasonable condition that you would like to donate then please contact Trish Hill at Poynton Civic Hall.
There is also a range of information leaflets and brochures available at the Civic Hall giving advice on keeping warm and well during the winter months, These include temperature gauges, referral forms for the ‘Hotspots’ scheme, ‘Message in a Bottle’ containers and many more.
Please contact Trish Hill on T. 01625 872238 for more information. United Utilities are also offering advice for the winter about how to avoid burst pipes, where to find your stop tap etc. Visit their website at www.unitedutilities.com/winterwise
The Town Council continues to receive complaints about dog fouling. If residents become aware of repeat offenders, with the fouling taking place at fairly regular times at the same location and which the owners do not clear up, please contact the Community Dog Warden on T.0300 123 5021, e-mail email@example.com and/or let the Town Council know (T. 01625 872238), who will then inform the PCSOs.
Time Out Café
There are many older members of our community who are isolated, spend days without seeing or speaking to anyone, and who are not confident to venture out alone. Time out Café is a new Town Council initiative and is now open most Fridays between 2pm and 4pm at Poynton Civic Hall.
Do come along and join us, you will be guaranteed a warm and friendly welcome, refreshments and a chat. Meet up with friends, access information on local services, organisations and groups, and have your say on how this community facility could develop further, and what social or creative events we could host in the future.
For further information please e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or call her on T. 01625 872238.
For details of 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 Poynton Update and News (PUN)
A reminder that hard copies of this PUN are available on request from the Civic Hall for those of our residents without access to PCs – please spread the word! A cut down version of the PUN is published in ‘SK Poynton’ magazine, and the Trading Post café on the canal towpath at Nelson Pit in Higher Poynton kindly displays it.
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