Poynton Updates and News 31/10/2013
Merger of Civic Hall and Library Buildings
The Town Council has recently approved a Cheshire East project whereby the existing entrances to the Civic Hall and Library will be closed, and a new entrance and joint reception area built, serving both the Civic Hall and the Library. The plans also include public toilets. The opportunity is also being taken to reconfigure the Civic Hall, with a new suite of meeting rooms being created. Subject to planning permission construction is due to start next Spring, and we will keep residents informed.
Coppice Road Allotments
The Town Council has agreed to take over responsibility of the Coppice Road Allotments from Cheshire East, under the latter’s Local Service Delivery agenda. While Cheshire East retains ownership, the allotments will be leased to the Town Council for 125 years. The Town Council now looks forward to working in effective partnership with the Coppice Road Allotments Association.
2013 Poynton Awards for Customer Excellence (PACE)
Poynton Town Council is delighted to announce the shortlisted finalists for the 2013 Poynton Awards for Customer Excellence. There has been a fantastic turnout for the awards with more than 100 nominations received for over 30 Poynton businesses. This in itself is a great indicator of the high levels of customer service being demonstrated across the village. The Town Council would like to thank all residents and businesses who took part. Details of the shortlisted finalist are available on the Business Page of the Town Council website.
Poynton In Business – Evening Meeting
The first evening meeting of Poynton In Business took place at the British Legion on Thursday 7th November at 5.30 pm.
The main discussion/action points of the meeting were:
- Poynton In Business Directory
- Poynton Business Advice Bureau (PBAB)
- Spring 2014 business event
- Poynton Christmas Fest
- PIB working groups
- Format of future PIB meetings
DOWNLOAD or VIEW the full Poynton in Business meeting outcomes here.
The next meeting is a Business Breakfast booked for Wednesday 15th January 2014 7.30 am at Poynton Civic Hall.
For more information please contact Richard Holland at Poynton Town Council on 01625 872238 or at firstname.lastname@example.org
Warning of Council Tax Phone Scams
Cheshire East Council are warning of phone scams in which people are told they have not paid the correct amount of Council Tax. A number of Cheshire East Council residents have been called by someone impersonating a Cheshire East Council employee, from the Claims and Benefits Department. Those answering are told they have paid too much Council Tax, and are entitled to a rebate. The caller is then asked for their bank details. Cheshire East residents should be aware that Cheshire East Council would not contact people in this way and any such calls should be reported to Citizens Advice Consumer Service on 0845 4040506. If you feel you are paying too much Council Tax, please contact the Council Tax Team and they will be able to deal with your enquiry.
Local Hero Awards
Silk FM, supported by Cheshire East Council, invited nominations for Local Hero Awards. These were made via Silk’s website, www.silk1069.com from 21st October to 15th November 2013. The categories included Champion Child, Social Enterprise of the Year, Neighbour of the Year, Parent/Guardian of the Year, Carer of the Year, Act of Courage, Volunteer of the Year and many more. Let’s see a handful of these awards come to Poynton!
The Town Council is receiving an increasing number of complaints about dog fouling. The Dog (Fouling of Land) Act 1996 was adopted and means that it is illegal to fail to clear up after your dog if it fouls on any land which is open to the air and to which the public has access. The penalty for contravening the act is a £50 fixed penalty fine. If the fine is not paid within 14 days, then this may lead to prosecution in a Magistrates Court with a maximum fine of a £1000. 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 let the Town Council know (T. 01625 872238) (who will then inform the PCSOs), or contact the Community Dog Warden on T.0300 123 5021, e-mail email@example.com
Have your say – Cheshire Fire and Rescue
Cheshire Fire and Rescue have launched a consultation on their draft Integrated Risk Management Plan (IRMP) for 2014/15 which will close on Monday 16th December. During this time the Service will consult with the public, key partners and stakeholders and members of staff. Their plan contains a list of proposals and plans for Cheshire Fire and Rescue Service over the next 12-months. Paul Hancock, Chief Fire Officer for Cheshire Fire and Rescue Service, explained: "We maintain a strong focus on both the safety of our communities and our firefighters. I would really like people to get involved with this consultation and share their thoughts about the direction we are planning to take as a Service.” If you would like to have your say you can do so by visiting - Making Cheshire Safer - Have Your Say - where the full draft plan can also be viewed. Residents can also call 01606 868305 and request a printed copy of the questionnaire.
Cheshire East Council has informed us that there will be no garden waste (green bin) collections between 18th November 2013 and 14th March 2014. Residents should all have had reminder stickers placed on their green bins following the latest collection. There will be no waste (black bin) or recycling (silver bin) collections on Wednesday 25th, Thursday 26th December 2013 and Wednesday 1st January 2014. For any further information call T. 0300 123 5034 or visit the website www.cheshireeast.gov.uk/recycling
Bed and Breakfast
Several Poynton businesses have asked if we are aware of any bed and breakfast accommodation in the village or in the immediate surrounding area. Whether it is to enjoy the village shops and restaurants, visit the Anson Museum or to enjoy the countryside, there is growing interest in Poynton's visitor economy. If any residents are interested in providing approved bed and breakfast accommodation, within walking distance of the village, please let the Town Council’s Operations Manager, Richard Holland know. T. 01625 872238, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. This could be a business opportunity for someone with some spare room, who is able to become suitably registered, fill a gap in the market and make some money at the same time.
Twinning Association of Poynton (TAP)
The Association is always looking for new members, and for suggestions of additional overseas twinning partners. For further information please contact the TAP secretary, Glenys Parry-Jones, T. 01625 859214, e-mail email@example.com
Jogging in Lyme Park
Run England , in conjunction with Sport England and Greater Sport, have launched three permanently marked jogging routes at Lyme Park , covering distances of 1.4 miles, 2.1 miles and 3 miles. Jogging groups meet at the Timber Yard Coffee Shop at Lyme Park on Thursdays at 9.30am and on Sundays at 9am. These groups are designed to motivate those wishing to start running by offering free, friendly structured lessons, all set in stunning surroundings. For more information phone T. 01663 762023, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or visit the website www.greatersport.co.uk/lymepark
If you have installed your own private CCTV at home, and are happy to provide details of this for a local police database, would you please forward your contact details to the Town Clerk – e-mail Liz.Osborn@poyntontowncouncil.gov.uk or phone T. 01625 872238.
Arrangements are well underway for the 7th Poynton Christmas Fest, which takes place this year on Tuesday 3rd December. The main stretch of Park Lane will be closed to traffic from 7pm to 9pm, and there will be the usual wide range of entertainment, refreshments, a firework display – and Santa will also be in residence. Please put the date in your diaries and come along on the night!
Poynton’s Community Champions
It is not too early to start submitting nominations for the Town Council’s 2014 Civic Awards for those who have made a sustained or significant contribution to our community. All you need to do is prepare a brief citation, stating the reasons for the nomination. These should be submitted in confidence to the Town Clerk, Malcolm Adams, at the Civic Hall. Feel free to call him for any further information on T. 01625 872238, or e-mail him at Liz.Osborn@poyntontowncouncil.gov.uk
For youngsters interested in kicking a ball about, a new Sunday morning session for 3 and 4 year olds started at the Poynton Leisure Centre in September. Sessions are from 10am to 10.45am, and are organised by Richmond Rovers. Adults need to stay with their children throughout the session. For more information call Clare Blackie on T. 07827 950 277, Pete Hayward on T. 07867 306 356, or visit the Richmond Rovers website: www.richmondroversjfc.co.uk
Home Services Scheme
Due to the success of this Scheme, which offers a range of mainly fixed price home services provided by reliable local contractors, the Town Council is looking to increase its contractor database. We are particularly interested in hearing from reputable domestic cleaning contractors. Potential suppliers would be subject to a satisfactory DBS check, show evidence of Public Liability Insurance and sign a basic service level agreement. For further information on the Scheme, or to express an interest in becoming a registered contractor, please contact email@example.com or phone her on 01625 872238
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 every Friday 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 contact firstname.lastname@example.org or phone her on 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 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. A condensed version of the PUN is also posted on Town Council notice boards around the village.
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