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Scheduled for between 25th and 26th July: A5102/A5149 Chester Road at number 367. BT works to replace pole requiring two way traffic lights. Works reference BC005WP00200500211862502. Contact 0800 023 2023
Advance Roadworks Notice: scheduled some time between 25th July - 5th August outside no. 80 to station approach road crossing to opposite 86 to Wigwam Close. National Grid Gas works requiring two-way signals. Delays likely.
A6 to Manchester Airport Relief Road (A6MARR) – Update
The latest information on the ongoing Traffic Management for the A6MARR project can be found here.
Flooding Community Drop in
This will be held on Tuesday 26th July from 4pm to 7.30pm in the Civic Hall. Present will be members of Cheshire East (CE) flood risk management team, representatives from CE Highways, United Utilities and the Environment Agency. Anyone who was affected by the flooding is welcome to attend. The CE flood risk management team will deliver some of their interim findings about what happened on 11th June and listen to residents’ experiences and concerns. No need to book. Further information from Claire Nicholls on 020 302 50495
Annual Civic Awards
The Town Council would like to congratulate the recipients of the 2016 Certificates of Civic Service and the Certificates of Youth Civic Service, which were presented by the Town Mayor, Cllr Mrs Sandra Horsman, at the civic reception on Sunday 17th July. Three people will be presented with their awards on a future occasion.
The awards were presented in recognition of a sustained and significant contribution to the community to:
Pat Clay, for her work organising the Higher Poynton Summerfest.
Geoff King, for his commitment to saving and reviving the Community Centre.
Keith Lambert, for promoting Poynton events, supporting the Community Centre with time and materials and leading the campaign to try to prevent the bank closing.
David Maiden, for his fund-raising work with the Round Table, in particular the Bonfire and Fireworks party.
Glenys Parry-Jones, for her work with the Twinning Association of Poynton, which recently led to the new Twinning link with Haybes in France.
Mark Warburton, for his long-standing contribution to the young and older sporting community, including Poynton Football Club.
The Youth Civic awards were given to:
Charlotte Hall, for her work with Rainbows and the Gilbert and Sullivan show.
Libby Harkins, for her work with Rainbows and Guides, St Paul’s church and Christian Aid week.
Emma Wylie, for gymnastics coaching, work with Brownies and in a special school.
Twinning with Haybes
Further to the formal approval by the Town Council of Poynton's twinning with the town of Haybes in the French Ardennes district, the Twinning Association of Poynton (TAP) hosted a delegation of visitors from Haybes in early July, led by their Mayor, M. Benoit Sonnet.
There was a packed four day programme of visits and events to showcase Poynton's heritage and various attractions in the surrounding area. A particular highlight was an official reception at Poynton's Civic Hall at which the Mayors of Poynton and Haybes, Cllr Mrs Sandra Horsman and M. Benoit Sonnet, signed the Twinning Agreement, a successful conclusion to all the work and prior contacts made between Poynton and Haybes.
The Twinning Association was delighted to welcome its new found European friends and twinning partners, and now looks forward to a successful and lasting friendship between the two communities.
The TAP Committee will place particular emphasis on a schools' exchange programme, and will also actively promote cultural and other links between societies and organisations in both our communities where there are common interests. The Committee would also encourage Poynton's residents to visit and discover Haybes for themselves, to realise the benefits of twinning, and take advantage and build on the relationships and goodwill that already exist.
Further information about Haybes can be gleaned from the Haybes Town Council website here (in French*) while updates about the twinning programme can be had from the TAP Facebook page. (* A translated version is accessible from our TAP web page).
Photos: View photos from the signing of the agreement and the French evening on our TAP page.
Town Council accounts 2015-16
Residents have the right to inspect our accounting records and all other documents relating to them and these are available until 28th July 2016 if you call in or ring the Civic Hall on 01625 872238. There is further information here.
Closure of Poynton branch of NatWest bank
Poynton Town Council, alongside local businessman Keith Lambert (of Mates DIY shop) and David Rutley MP, met recently with National Westminster Bank to urge them not to close their Poynton Branch. We believe that this will cause serious problems for the many local people and businesses who bank there. Travel to the NatWest branches at Hazel Grove, Bramhall and Macclesfield involves journeys of several miles along heavily congested roads. Poynton has many older people who do not use online banking, and shops need to deposit cash and cheques each evening.
Despite a petition of two thousand names collected by Keith Lambert, we regret that the bank has ignored the strength of local opinion and refused to reconsider their decision. They have agreed to explore ideas put forward in an attempt to mitigate some of the effects of the closure and we are awaiting their proposals.
Police and Crime Commissioner’s consultation
David Keane, the new Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC), has launched a public consultation to listen to the views of stakeholders and the wider Cheshire public, to ensure 3 that his Police and Crime Plan reflects the policing priorities of Cheshire’s diverse communities. There is a short online survey here. The PCC web-site is www.cheshire-pcc.gov.uk or ring 01606 364000.
Men in Sheds
The group meets on Wednesday between 10am and 12 noon at the Community Centre and is looking for new men to join in. You can use the group’s tools and equipment, learn new skills or practice yours and enjoy tea and the newspapers in a very friendly environment with other men for £3 a week. They make wooden bird boxes and candle holders to sell from the Civic Hall or directly, and invite commissions for any small job that needs doing e.g. chair covering, box making etc. Call in to meet the group or ring 01625 876 966. More details can be found here.
National Scams Awareness Month
Citizens Advice and Trading Standards are running their National Scams Awareness Month (SAM16) in July. A scam is a scheme designed to con you out of your money and may arrive by post, phone or email. The campaign aims to give consumers the skills and confidence to identify a scam, share experiences and take action by reporting suspicious activity, the prevention of residents becoming scam victims and identifying and supporting known and suspected scam victims. It is believed only 5% of scams are reported.
If you are concerned about a scam or possible scam, drop-in to the CAB at the Civic Hall on Tuesdays from 9.30am to 12.30pm, Wednesdays from 6pm to 8pm or Thursdays 11am to 12.30pm, or make an appointment for Thursday before 11am on 01625 872238.
P1 bus information
Cheshire East Council have announced that High Peak are now running the P1 bus service, formerly operated by GHA Coaches until they suddenly ceased trading last week. Timetables will remain the same unless specified. It is possible, however, that some journeys may be missed and they ask residents to bear with them during this difficult period. There is information here.
We have added a few volunteering opportunities to our web-site so please take a look if you would like to train as a minibus driver (no charge), are interested in gardening or meeting new people here or ring the Civic Hall on 01625 872238.
Civic Hall Summer offer
Need a big space to let the kids burn off some energy with their friends? During the school summer holidays, we are offering use of the main hall, including kitchen area, for only £15 per hour. It’s a good space to host a birthday party, and you could bring a picnic, play equipment, hire a bouncy castle (there is easy rear access for vehicles and a high ceiling), play badminton or have a disco. Short notice bookings are available. Contact Reception on 01625 872238 or email@example.com
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