Poynton Updates and News
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Local Road Closures
1. Glastonbury Drive near Easby Close junction. United Utilities are carrying out sewer work in the carriageway from 10th April to 28th May 2014. This will necessitate a road closure with diversions down Glastonbury Drive and Lindisfarne Drive. All queries regarding this work should be addressed to United Utilities Water on 0845 746 2200, quoting reference: HZ1020037-0913DR1
2. Bonis Hall Lane, Prestbury – 16th to 23rd April 2014. Cheshire East Council are carrying out surface dressing and patching work along the full length of Bonis Hall Lane, leading to a road closure. All queries should be addressed to Cheshire East Highways on 0300 123 2020, Works Ref is : UD20066000111.
Cheshire East Local Plan: Public Consultation
Note: You can download and print the information below as a PDF for future viewing here.
Cheshire East Council have now agreed the final draft of the new Local Plan. This will govern where new development, including houses, employment sites, shops and new roads will be built across the Borough in the period up to 2030.
For further details and a link to the Local Plan and supporting documents, go to: www.cheshireeast.gov.uk/localplan
A printed copy of the Local Plan is also available in the Civic Hall, for reference purposes.
Recommendations for Poynton
When the process of drafting the Local Plan started in 2010, developers proposed building a total of 2,800 new houses, plus some industrial sites, on several sites in Green Belt land around the village. However, this was strongly opposed by Poynton Town Council. This stance was supported by the vast majority of comments sent in by local residents at the time.
Cheshire East Council are now proposing that Poynton should take only 200 new houses plus 3 hectares of employment land. A further 5 to 10 hectares will be reserved as "Safeguarded Land", which may be used for development in the future.
The Local Plan is proposing far less development in Poynton than in other towns in Cheshire East. Examples include:
- Sandbach: 2,200 new houses and 20 hectares of employment land.
- Knutsford: 650 new houses and 10 hectares of employment land.
- Middlewich: 1,600 new homes and 75 hectares of employment land.
At present, Cheshire East Council are not proposing where any new building in Poynton should take place. This will be considered as part of the Site Allocation policy, later this year. There will be full public consultation. The Town Council has always urged that all new building should be on previously developed “brownfield” sites wherever possible.
The Local Plan also supports a Poynton Relief Road from Chester Road (A5149) to London Road South (A523). Please note that the new SEMMMS road from the A6 to Manchester Airport is being considered under a separate planning system, as it also runs through Stockport and Manchester. The 950 new houses proposed for the Woodford site are also excluded as this area is part of Stockport.
Public Consultation and Possible Challenges to the Local Plan
The Local Plan is now undergoing a formal six week period when representations can be made regarding its legal compliance, the duty to co-operate, and planning soundness. This started in mid-March 2014 and runs to 5pm on Friday 25th April 2014.
It is possible that developers and landowners who hope to build in the Green Belt around Poynton will object to the draft Plan and ask for it to be changed to allow this. Ideally people will write to support the current proposals in the draft Local Plan and oppose building in the Green Belt.
Cheshire East Council will forward all the representations they receive about the Local Plan to Eric Pickles MP, the Secretary of State. The Local Plan will then be considered at a public examination by an independent Planning Inspector. Anyone who proposes a change to the Local Plan can ask to be heard by the Inspector. He or she may then recommend additional changes to the Local Plan. At such enquiries, developers may employ lawyers to ask the Inspector to overturn the Council's proposals, and allow more development than is in the draft Plan.
There are several ways people can comment on the Local Plan:
- Use the official representation form on the online consultation portal at www.cheshireeast.gov.uk/localplan, or send in a paper form.
- Paper forms are available at the Civic Hall, and should also be available at Poynton Library, the Customer Service Centre at Macclesfield Town Hall and at Cheshire East Council offices at Westfields, Middlewich Road, Sandbach.
All forms must be completed online or received by the Spatial Planning Team at Westfields, Middlewich Road, Sandbach CW11 1HZ by 5pm on 25th April 2014.
The Spatial Planning Team can be emailed: firstname.lastname@example.org, or phoned on 01270 685
Local Road Works: Revised Information
Bonis Hall Lane, Prestbury, will be closed from Wednesday 16th April to Thursday 24th 2014 to enable Cheshire East Highways to carry out urgent carriageway patching work. The alternative route will be via Mill Lane, A523 London Road and vice versa. Pedestrian access will be maintained at all times, while vehicular access will be maintained for emergency vehicles, and for residents where possible. For further information call Cheshire East Highways enquiry line T. 0300 123 5020.
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 email@example.com
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.
Inclined to help?
The first Inclines Ground Force event took place in March, for which there was a very encouraging turn out of some 30 volunteers, including 12 Explorer Scouts and their leader, Andy, from 1st Poynton Scouts.
If you are interested in getting involved, the next working party will be gathering at 10am on Saturday 12th April at the bottom of Lady’s Incline – suitably attired! Some tools will be provided, but feel free to bring any useful tools of your own. Refreshments will also be offered.
For further information contact Richard Holland on 01625 872238 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
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. More details from Richard Holland on 01625 872238 or e-mail email@example.com or on the Business Page of the Council’s website.
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, firstname.lastname@example.org
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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