Poynton Updates and News
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Local Road Works
Poynton Shared Space zone - Cheshire East Highways are due to carry out remedial work in the Shared Space zone on the evenings of Tuesday and Wednesday, 25th and 26th November 2014. This will require 4-way traffic lights with the work being carried out after 8.00 pm to minimise disruption. Should you have any queries regarding this work, please contact Cheshire East directly on 0300 123 5020.
Proposed Development at Woodford
Deadline extended The Secretary of State has directed Stockport Council not to grant permission on the application without specific authorisation. The Direction is issued to enable the Department to have a further period in which to consider the proposal. This means that the original deadline for writing to the Secretary of State no longer applies, and further responses can be sent. We will keep you informed of developments.
Stockport Council's Planning and Highways Regulation Committee voted to approve the Harrow planning application for a development of up to 920 houses plus a 100-unit extra care unit on the former British Aerospace site. In early October Stockport Council wrote to the Secretary of State saying that, given the nature and scale of the Woodford Aerodrome development, the application was being put forward for him to consider whether he agrees with the Council's views. The Secretary of State will only investigate ("call in") the application and hold a public inquiry if he believes that it is in contravention of Green Belt policy and guidelines. He has 21 days to decide whether to call it in or not, and the clock is already ticking. The window closes on 22nd October 2014, but the Woodford Neighbourhood Forum has been informed by the National Planning Casework Unit, which is dealing with SMBC's submission, that a decision could be made sooner.
The latest government planning guidelines, announced on 6 October 2014, make it clear that, once established, Green Belt boundaries should only be altered in exceptional circumstances, through the preparation or review of a Local Plan. The planning application for the Woodford Aerodrome site alters Green Belt boundaries. We do not believe SMBC has prepared or reviewed a Local Plan taking the boundary changes into account. Nor do we believe the circumstances are exceptional. Therefore, the application is in contravention of these guidelines.
The sheer scale of this proposed development will have wide ranging, adverse impacts on Woodford and the surrounding area, including Poynton. Therefore, if you share the Town Council’s concerns about this, we urge you to make representations by post or email to the Secretary of State, The Rt Hon Eric Pickles MP. Contact details and deadlines are given below.
Your letter should emphasise the fact that the application is, we believe, in contravention of Green Belt Policy and guidelines as there is significant erosion of the local Green Belt area. Please refer to the application - number DC/053832, Woodford Aerodrome Opportunity Site. It is concerns about Green Belt which will determine whether or not the application gets called in. Giving permission for housing on land allocated as Green Belt raises issues of regional and national importance.
In addition, there is no harm in including other concerns you may have, such as:
Overloading of already stretched services and facilities, such as doctors and schools, in neighbouring communities - for example, several hundred children and young people from Stockport already attend schools in Poynton. There are no bus services from Woodford to Poynton, and the site is some distance from any railway station.
Significant increase in traffic volumes in Poynton and other neighbouring communities.
Lack of employment opportunities in the area.
Loss of rural village character in Woodford - visited by walkers and cyclists from neighbouring communities.
The trebling in size of Woodford, a small rural community.
Personal letters expressing your own views are preferable. However, if you would prefer to use a template letter, one can be found on the Woodford Community Council website: www.woodfordcommunity.co.uk/sos-letter.html.
Please write as soon as possible, and in any case no later than Wednesday 22nd October, to:
The Rt Hon Eric Pickles
2 Marsham Street
or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
If emailing, please include the number - DC/053832, Woodford Aerodrome Opportunity Site - in the title (or subject) of the email.
Town Council website scoops Community Award
The Town Council was delighted to be announced as the winner of the Community Website Award at the Cheshire Community Pride Awards in Congleton recently. The website contains a wide variety of information from right across the community. Apart from Council news, there are sections for youth, policing, history, visitor information and much more.
The winning website is a testament to the collaboration between local community groups, the Town Council and Poynton web-designer Mike Gallagher of Primary Websites Ltd.
Deputy Clerk Richard Holland, who accepted the award on behalf of the Town Council, said,
“This is tremendous news. The Town Council needs to communicate on a regular basis with its local residents, and a well-structured and user-friendly website is an essential component. We hope this award will encourage more people to visit the website and see the amount of useful and topical information it contains about events and developments of interest to our community.”
For those without regular access to a computer, the Town Council is keen to point out that print outs of its popular Poynton Update and News (PUN) e-mail are available from the Civic Hall, and can also be seen on Town Council notice boards.
Got Ideas for Poynton’s Parks?
On Saturday 25th October 2014, Poynton Town Council unveiled its new and improved Brecon Park play area.
Poynton Town Council has worked hard to deliver this improvement programme, and conducted surveys with youngsters in local primary schools to find out what they wanted to see in a park. In addition to this, it has maintained contact with a number of interested residents, to make sure they are informed, and also to give them the opportunity to give their views.
This project would not have been possible without seed funding from Poynton Town Council and a generous grant from WREN (Waste Recycling Environmental LTD) who are a not-for-profit environmental body registered to fund eligible local community projects. A substantial grant was also received from the Cheshire East Council Community Fund.
Poynton Town Council is now offering further local participation with the “Friends of Poynton Play Areas” initiative. This will be an opportunity for local residents to take pride in and some ownership of our local play areas, and to report any anti-social behaviour they see taking place, as well as letting us know about any issues affecting this important community asset, to ensure it is kept clean, tidy and safe for those who use it.
If your children or grandchildren use any of Poynton’s parks, and you would like to see them stay safe and clean, more improvements made to our local play areas, or have any ideas for these important local assets make sure you pop in for an informal chat at an open “Friends of Poynton Play Areas” meeting on Saturday 22nd November 2014 at 10:30am at Poynton Civic Hall.
Poynton Road Works Update
Cheshire East Council Highways are due to carry out substantial drainage repairs on Waterloo Road from Monday 3rd November to Friday 28th November 2014. The alternative route during the closure will be via Dickens Lane, London Road South, Park Lane, Coppice Road and vice versa. If you have any enquiries relating to the works please contact Cheshire East directly on 0300 123 5020 quoting reference: UD20011031343.
"Silent Night" - First World War Commemoration
There will be two performances in late November 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.
Tickets for these two performances are on sale now for £5 each at the Civic Hall and Poynton High School.
The Town Council has two ex-Cheshire East Council minibuses, an 8-seater and a 10-seater, 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 email@example.com
Poynton In Business
The most recent PIB get together was a breakfast meeting at Wetherspoons/Kingfisher at 7.30am on Wednesday 12th November. PIB events are open to Poynton business owners and managers and all will be made very welcome. Details of future meetings will be published when they are available.
Now in its 8th year, Poynton’s annual Christmas Fest, which takes place this year on Tuesday 2nd December, has become a firm fixture in the village’s social diary, and this year’s event promises to be even bigger than the last. Luis Troyano, Poynton resident and runner up in the ‘Great British Bake Off’, has kindly agreed to perform the official opening! The main stretch of Park Lane will be closed to traffic as usual between 7pm and 9pm.
For further information contact Susan Warrington of Projects 4 Poynton (formerly the Poynton Parish Plan Group) on T. 874823, or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
Join Poynton Royal British Legion Concert Band and the Just Sing! community choir in a fun-packed festive afternoon for all the family at Poynton Civic Hall at 2pm, Sunday 14th December. All your favourite Christmas songs and carols, including music from the Disney film "Frozen". Plenty of opportunity for everyone to join in! Free mulled wine or orange juice with mince pies included. Free parking, easy wheelchair and buggy access. Adults £7.50, accompanied under 16s FREE. Advance booking recommended – T. 01625 876865, e-mail email@example.com. The Vernon Building Society Poynton Band’s Christmas Concert takes place at the Civic Hall at 7pm on Sunday 7th December. For further information please contact Sandra Wyatt of the Band’s Friends Committee on T. 0161 449 9576.
2014 Poynton Awards for Customer Excellence (PACE)
Thank you to all those who nominated Poynton businesses for this year’s awards by the closing date of 31st October 2014.
The selection committee will meet shortly, and the awards will be presented at the Poynton In Business Annual Dinner to be held on 4th December at Davenport Golf Club.
Poynton Charity Bonfire & Fireworks
Poynton Round Table's annual Charity Bonfire & Fireworks took place on Saturday 8th November 2014 at Poynton Park. All proceeds are donated to local charities and good causes.
Springboard Poynton – Music For All
The recent Springboard musical festival was a non-profit making community event, with the surplus going to Springboard’s and the Town Mayor’s charity, the National Eczema Society. A cheque for £2,013 was handed over to that charity following the event. Many thanks again to all those who supported this inaugural event, with a very special thank you to the sponsors.
There are two Nordic Walking taster and technique sessions from the Nelson Pit Ranger Station, Higher Poynton on Sunday morning 16th November and Saturday morning 22nd November respectively. For details of these and 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.
Civic Hall Roof
The Civic Hall roof is being totally refurbished, with completion planned for end-November. The contractor compound is to the rear of the Civic Hall, and although there is 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. The creation of a joint Civic Hall/Library entrance and reception is scheduled to begin in early January 2015.
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