Poynton Updates and News
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Proposed Development at Woodford
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.
Middlewood Road near Pool House Road, Higher Poynton – United Utilities are due to carry out excavations to replace a water service from Tuesday 14th to Monday 20th October 2014. This work will require two-way traffic signals. Any queries regarding this work should be addressed directly to UU on 0845 746 2200, quoting reference: HZ101520001190873-0020
Poynton Road Works Update
Coppice Road/Hockley Road junction in Higher Poynton - British Telecom are planning to carry out reinstatement work in the carriageway from Thursday 9th to Monday 13th October 2014. This work will require multi-way traffic signals. Any queries regarding this work should be addressed directly to BT on 0800 023 2023, quoting reference: BC005WP00400500157100812
Chester Road, near the Poynton Station entrance – British Telecom are due to replace a cover in the carriageway from Sunday 5th to Wednesday 8th October 2014. This work will require 2-way traffic signals. Any queries regarding this work should be addressed directly to BT on 0800 023 2023, quoting reference: BC005WP00100500157520700. Middlewood Road/Correction Brow (outside the property Saint Maur) – United Utilities are replacing a water pipe from 14th to 20th October, necessitating two way traffic lights.
Advance Notice: Substantial drainage work is due to take place at the junction of Clumber Road and Dickens Lane during Half Term week at the end of October (w/c 27th October). This will require the closure of Bulkeley Road and Clumber Road for the duration, with access for residents and emergency services only. The following week United Utilities will start drainage work on Waterloo Road, also necessitating road closure. More detail will follow nearer the time.
Lest We Forget……
A reminder to all Poynton residents, visitors, local societies, and voluntary organisations that this year’s Remembrance Day Parade and Service is on Sunday 9th November. The parade, accompanied by the Vernon Building Society Poynton Brass Band, will leave the Civic Centre Car Park at 9.35am sharp, followed by the service and Act of Remembrance at St George’s Church, starting at 10am. As is customary, wreaths and poppies will placed on and around the war memorial after the service. For all colour and wreath bearers there will be a rehearsal at St George’s Church at 7pm on Tuesday 4th November.
Any queries please to the Town Clerk, T. 01625 872238, or call in at the Civic Hall.
Springboard Poynton – Music For All
Springboard proved to be a wonderful opportunity for everyone to come together over one weekend to give the people of Poynton a musical feast. Virtually everyone (that’s almost 600 performers at 16 venues) was from Poynton or belonged to Poynton-based groups.
The Springboard team is indebted to the main sponsors of the event – Peaks and Plains Housing Trust, Sidney Jackson Ford, and the Town Council. Generous contributions were also received from the St George’s Singers, Sublime Hair Studio, and Poynton Osteopathic Clinic and Natural Therapy Centre. 1st Poynton Scouts provided invaluable help on the main day of the event; and thanks are also due to the many venues which went the extra mile to support the festival. A big ‘thank you’ also go to Mates and the Civic Hall staff who sold advance tickets, and to all the groups and individuals who kindly offered their services.
Springboard was a non-profit making event, with the surplus going to Springboard’s and the Town Mayor’s charity, the National Eczema Society. The amount raised will be made known soon.
Brecon Play Area Closure
Although the start was delayed, the contractor is now on site to refurbish the Brecon (Fire Station) play area. The work was due to have been completed by Friday 10th October, although the delayed start (and the weather!) might have put this back by a few days. Please note that the park will be closed for the duration of the work. As well as the play equipment being replaced and refurbished, there will be other smaller improvements being carried out, such as the installation of bike racks, signage etc.
First World War Commemoration
A number of events have already taken place for this important four year commemoration, and others are planned. These include two performances 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.
Healthier Together are reviewing health and care in Greater Manchester and looking at how to provide the best care for you and your family. They want to take out the variations in the quality of care across Greater Manchester and believe by doing this can save more lives. They are currently asking for your views on hospitals across Greater Manchester, with the consultation asking which of the hospitals on the ‘undecided’ list below you think should be a specialist hospital:
- Wythenshawe Hospital
- Stepping Hill Hospital
- Royal Albert Edward Infirmary (Wigan)
- Bolton Royal Hospital
This consultation will affect the services that are delivered from Wythenshawe Hospital and/or Stepping Hill Hospital, hospitals we know are important to the community in Eastern Cheshire. If you or your family have used these hospitals please visit the website for more information.
Failed Pavement at 32 Park Lane
The Town Council has received a number of resident reports regarding a sunken section of pavement by 32 Park Lane (Belle Mariee Bridal Boutique). This issue has been reported to Cheshire East Council for some time and they are seeking a proper reinstatement from the utility company who originally excavated the pavement. Residents are encouraged to report this issue directly to Cheshire East. Details of how to do this appear in the ‘Reporting Complaints’ section of our website.
2014 Poynton Awards for Customer Excellence (PACE)
Poynton Town Council and local business group, Poynton In Business, are looking for the best businesses and employees in the village. Now in their second year, the Poynton Awards for Customer Excellence, or PACE for short, have been developed to recognise the local businesses and employees that have gone that extra mile to satisfy their customers.
Anyone who uses any Poynton business (shops, restaurants, professionals, business services etc.) can nominate and all voters will be entered into a draw to win £100 of local vouchers. There will also be a prize of vouchers worth £75 for the person voted ‘Poynton Employee of the Year’. The closing date for nominations is 31st October 2014 and the Awards will to be presented at the Poynton In Business Annual Dinner to be held on 4th December at Davenport Golf Club.
Nomination forms are available from Poynton Civic Hall, Poynton Library, in the latest edition of Inside Poynton magazine and from local businesses. Nominations can also be made online at www.poyntoninbusiness.co.uk
Poynton In Business
The next Poynton in Business meeting will be held on 12th November 2014 at 7.30am at the Kingfisher Wetherspoon. The event is open to Poynton business owners and managers and all will be made very welcome.
Walkers are Welcome
The national ‘Walkers are Welcome’ organisation is participating in this year's Bollington Walking Festival in late October. They are keen to attract walkers from local towns who are likely to be interested in meeting up with like-minded people and discuss local topics and walking issues of common interest.
The ‘Walkers are Welcome’ walk is on Monday 20th October, and the meeting point is at 10.15 am at the Bridgend Centre on Palmerston Road. The walk is 7 miles long so a packed lunch is advised. The walk takes in the Canal, the Middlewood Way and splendid views from Bakestonedale Moor. It will be followed by refreshments at the Bridgend Centre and an informal update on ‘Walkers are Welcome’.
For details of 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 will be to the rear of the Civic Hall, and although there will be 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.
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