Poynton Updates and News 4/04/2014
Archived PUN can be found here and the most recent PUN here.
Annual Town Assembly
This year’s Annual Town Assembly will take place at the Civic Hall at 8pm on Monday 14th April 2014.
It is important to emphasise that this is not a Town Council meeting, but an opportunity for Poynton residents to meet for the purpose of raising and discussing local issues relating to Poynton and, if agreed by the majority of those at the meeting, to vote on proposals concerning those issues. If present, the Town Mayor or Deputy Mayor has to preside at the meeting, otherwise the meeting elects a Chairman.
The Town Council’s Annual Report for 2013/14 will be presented at the Assembly, which is also an occasion for representatives of our many local voluntary organisations to promote and provide updates on their activities. The agenda, the Town Council’s Annual Report and a paper outlining some of the Town Council’s achievements can be accessed here.
A record of last year’s Assembly, which is not verbatim, and for information only, can be provided on demand. Hard copies of all these documents can be had from the Civic Hall. If you would like any further information about this important community event please contact the Town Clerk, Malcolm Adams, on T.01625 872238, or e-mail him at Liz.Osborn@poyntontowncouncil.gov.uk
Civic Hall/Library Integration
This joint project with Cheshire East Council, which involves a new shared entrance and reception, as well as a reconfiguration of the Civic Hall and roof refurbishment, is gathering pace, with construction due to start in May.
Planning permission was granted, and responses have been received this week to the Cheshire East invitation to tender. These are currently being worked through, and further detail sought. Once a contractor is appointed we will be working closely with them to understand how the project will be phased, and the extent to which it will affect the day to day operation of the Civic Hall.
Poynton Neighbourhood Plan
The Town Council will be formulating a Neighbourhood Plan for Poynton, and is looking for committed and willing volunteers to help with this important task. This document, which would have statutory approval once approved, aims to reflect the views and fulfil the needs of our residents in terms of the medium and longer term character of Poynton. Rather than a barrier to development, such a Plan would help influence its nature and location. Once approved by more than 50% of our residents, planning committees, planning officers and developers would need to pay serious attention to its content.
More detail about the Plan, and how to get involved, is contained in a leaflet in this month’s Poynton Post. Spare copies of the leaflet are available from the Civic Hall. Expressions of interest are required by end-April.
Community Transport Funding
Cheshire East Council has made funds available to create and promote sustainable community transport schemes in its towns and villages. The Town Council submitted comprehensive business cases to create a Shopmobility scheme in Poynton, and to procure two ex-Cheshire East minibuses and associated funding to operate them, for the benefit local groups and voluntary organisations. We are delighted to say that both of the Town Council’s bids were successful, and we will keep residents informed of progress.
Annual Community Litter Pick
The Town Council would like to say a very big ‘thank you’ to those residents who came along on Saturday 29th March to help clear litter. More volunteers would be welcome for the monthly litter pick on the last Saturday of each month, gathering at the Civic Hall at 10am.
Mayor’s Big Coffee Morning
This will take place, with live entertainment, at the Civic Hall on Saturday 26th April, from 9am to 1pm, and is in aid of the Mayor’s chosen charity, MacMillan Cancer Support. Cllr Gabor Bartos urges you all to you come along, join in the fun, and help raise money for a great cause.
Inclines Ground Force – Planting Morning - 12th April 2014
Inclines Ground Force were out in numbers again on Saturday 12th April. Over twenty volunteers helped to plant up areas of Prince’s Incline with a variety of trees and bushes including sea buckthorn, silver birch, rowan and holly.
The planting was part of a long-term woodland management plan developed by the Town Council and Cheshire Woodlands. The plan aims to return more native species to the area and encourage the usage of these lovely local paths.
The morning had a real community feel about it as many families came along and it was particularly nice to see so many children getting involved in planting trees for the future.
Inclines Ground Force are planning to hold another event in the autumn and all volunteers would be very welcome. Once a date has been set, the event will be publicised locally.
For further information contact Richard Holland on 01625 872238 or e-mail email@example.com
NB You can find out more about Prince's and Lady's Inclines and download a flyer about the next 'Inclines Ground Force' from our Inclines Management page.
Poynton In Business - Meeting
This was an evening meeting and took place at the Cask Tavern on Park Lane on Wednesday 9th April. The meeting outcomes can be downloaded from the Business page of the website. More details from Richard Holland on 01625 872238 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Poynton Springboard – Music For All
A varied and exciting programme is already coming together for this launch event, over the weekend of Friday evening 26th September to Sunday 28th September 2014, with a number of venues and performers confirmed.
This will be a community event with many different types of music to suit all tastes and ages. Please make a note of this weekend in your calendars and diaries.
Help at the 2014 Summerfest
The launch meeting was held recently for the 2014 event, which will take place from 11.30am to 4.30pm on Sunday 13th July. It promises to be every bit as good as last year’s, with much interest already being shown by local stallholders, live bands and other interested parties.
The small group of volunteers who organise this community event would be really grateful for a team of volunteers to help on the day itself – free Summerfest T shirts are on offer! . If you are interested please contact Pat Clay on T. 01625 878495.
There are plans to hold a family biking event along the Middlewood Way, between Poynton and Bollington, on the same day as the Summerfest (see above item), using the Coppice Car Park as the start and finish point.
It will form part of the High Peak Summer of Cycling 2014, but we do need a group of volunteers to organise and manage it on the day – one keen cyclist has already come forward!
If you are interested please contact the Town Clerk on T. 01625 872238, Liz.Osborn@poyntontowncouncil.gov.uk
There's also more details on the Summer of Cycling website.
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.
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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