Poynton Updates and News
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3rd March 2015
Cheshire’s Fire and Rescue Service is recruiting now for on-call firefighters for the School Lane fire station in Poynton. If you think you have what it takes to be a firefighter in Poynton come along to a taster event at Poynton’s fire station on School Lane. These events will give potential applicants the opportunity to meet crews, as well as training and recruitment officers, who will explain exactly how to follow the recruitment process. They will also be able to try out the physical tests in the brand new recruitment pod, a bespoke test unit, one of only three in the UK, housing the elements needed for the national firefighter recruitment tests.
The taster days are on
Thursday 12th March, 4pm to 7pm
Saturday 14th March, 10am to 2pm
Thursday 9th April, 4pm to 7pm
Saturday 11th April, 10am to 2pm
Qualifications aren't necessary, applicants just need to be at least 18 years old and physically and medically fit with good hearing and eyesight. Potential recruits also need to live or work close to the fire station and have a real interest in the fire and rescue service and helping in the community. Service Delivery Manager for Cheshire East, Lee Shears, said: “We’re looking for committed men and women to be part of our on-call crews at Poynton Fire Station. Successful applicants will be helping to provide the best possible service to their community and will be trained to national firefighter standard. We’re looking for people from all walks of life with a combination of enthusiasm, practical ability, mental resilience, courage, physical fitness and the ability to remain calm and focused in emergency and difficult situations.” Please call Laura on 01606 868457 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org for more information and application details.
2nd March 2015
Poynton Exhibition on A6 to Manchester Airport Relief Road
The main construction work for the A6 to Manchester Airport Relief Road (A6MARR) is due to begin at the end of March 2015, and expected to take two and a half years to complete, with the road open to traffic in Autumn 2017. A series of ‘Start of Works’ exhibitions is being staged by the contractor, Carillion Morgan Sindall, to provide local communities with information about the construction works and their impact. One of these events will take place at Poynton Civic Hall from 2pm to 7.30pm on Wednesday 11th March. This will be in the Main Hall, with temporary access via the rear fire doors. For more information about this project please access the website, www.semmms.info, e-mail email@example.com or phone T. 0161 474 2055.
Chester Road outside numbers 40 and 15/15A – Electricity North West are due to carry out work in the carriageway from Tuesday 24th February to Monday 9th March 2015. This will require 2-way traffic lights. If you have any enquiries relating to this work please contact Electricity NW directly on 0800 195 4141, quoting reference JG94056/78189/TH.
Calling all Poynton Businesses
The Neighbourhood Plan Survey for Poynton is a way of encouraging residents to tell us how they feel about the future of the town and what might make it an even better place in which to live. In line with this, we are conducting a similar exercise with the business community – so trying to come up with a vision for the future of Poynton as a place in which to work and in which to do business. With this in mind, we are holding a series of three informal meetings at the Civic Hall, dates and times as featured below. These hour long sessions will be run by Barrie Hawker, a local market researcher and member of Poynton in Business.
The sessions will be informal in nature and we would encourage you to attend and provide your feedback. Refreshments will be served. With apologies for the late notice, if you can make one of the times below please e-mail Barrie Hawker as soon as you can so that we know how many to expect. Please include your name and the business you represent so we can try and get a cross-section of people in attendance. Barrie’s e-mail address is firstname.lastname@example.org
Wednesday 4th March, 7.30am and 5.30pm
Poynton Neighbourhood Plan - Last Call
To help inform and shape Poynton’s Neighbourhood Plan, a comprehensive survey was distributed to Poynton’s residents with February’s Poynton Post – spare copies are available from the Civic Hall. The survey can also be completed online. Go to www.poyntonnp.org.uk. We would urge all our residents to take the time to complete and return it by the end of February – it is important to Poynton’s future.
Poynton In Business (PIB)
March’s Poynton In Business gathering is a breakfast meeting starting at 7.30am on Friday 13th March in the Council Chamber at the Civic Hall. David Rutley MP is the guest speaker. Refreshments will be provided. The meeting is free to PIB members but guests are always welcome at a nominal charge of £5 per person. So if you are a Poynton business or are thinking about starting a Poynton-based business, please come along.
Mayoral Spring Concert – Buy your tickets now!
In aid of our Mayor’s chosen charity, the National Eczema Society, this concert will take place at 8pm on Friday 13th March 2015 at St. George’s Church. It will feature two of Poynton’s most talented musicians, Andrew Liddie with Lizzie Ball and the wonderful ‘Just Midnight’, an award winning group of singers who sing in unaccompanied harmony. Tickets cost £8.50 and can be bought from the Civic Hall by cash or cheque (cheques payable to ‘Poynton Town Council’ please). For any quer
Photo of the Month
Residents and visitors of all ages are invited to submit their favourite (or unusual!) pictures of Poynton. The best will feature as photo of the month at the top of the homepage on the Town Council’s website, with attribution. Send entries as hi-res jpegs to email@example.com. Photo of the month for March is one submitted by Tom Parr on behalf of 2nd Poynton Cubs – congratulations to them!
2015 Inclines Working Parties – Dates for the diary
Following the work carried out by willing volunteers last year to improve these popular rural paths, a programme has been set for this year’s tasks – please note these dates, and come along to lend a hand between 10am and 12pm on the following Saturdays (meet at the bottom of Princes Incline, off Woodside Lane/London Road North). Refreshments served.
28th March Path clearances, non-native shrub removal, gritstone spreading on paths.
9th May Path clearances, non-native shrub removal.
14th November Planting in.
Visit our Poynton Inclines page for more information.
Glastonbury Recreational Area
An initiative, led by local resident David Jacks, is under development to enhance the existing Glastonbury Drive recreational area, making it more appealing and useful to local residents. This may mean repainting the goalposts, creating a cycle track, installing swings, a climbing frame, slides, a nature trail etc. To have your input into the proposed improvements please feel free to add your comments on the Glastonbury Drive Recreational Area Facebook site at https://www.facebook.com/#!/groups/1487924971495653/ or e-mail David Jacks at firstname.lastname@example.org. He would appreciate all feedback and ideas.
Lower Park School Celebrates 50th Anniversary
Did you attend Lower Park School? If you were a pupil at any time from 1965 onwards the school would love to see you at two very special 50th birthday events during April. To celebrate this special anniversary, they are holding an Open Afternoon for ex-pupils on Wednesday 22nd April when you are invited to wander the corridors and classrooms to see how the school looks now, and to remember your schooldays. In addition, a party will be held on Friday 24th April. The school opened on 29th April 1965 and it is looking for photographs and stories that can be shared. Further information will be available on the school’s website from 31st March and on their Facebook page www.lowerpark.cheshire.sch.uk www.facebook.com/pages/50-Years-of-Lower-Park-School/856900877689958
Thefts from cars. There have been a number of thefts recently from insecure motor vehicles. Please ensure that your vehicle is locked and secure when left unattended, leave no valuables on display, and remove your Sat Nav holder from your windscreen. If you see anyone acting suspiciously around your vehicle please call Cheshire Police on 101. In case of emergency or if you are witnessing a crime in progress please ring 999.
Pensions. The following information is sent on behalf of Action Fraud (National Fraud Intelligence Bureau). “HMRC have advised that from April 2015, people over the age of 55 will be given the flexibility of taking a number of smaller lump sum pension pots. 25% of the sum will be tax-free, with the remaining pension fund charged at marginal rate of income tax.
If you take out money from your pension fund before the age of 55, the normal tax rules apply. We are concerned that fraudsters will take advantage of these rule changes by offering to invest pensions on the victim’s behalf. Be very wary of such offers. Avoid losing your hard-earned cash:
- Do not invest with companies who ‘cold call’ you, offering extremely high returns. If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is.
- Seek financial advice from the Citizens Advice Bureau, who work alongside the Treasury delivering the ‘Pension Wise’ service .Further information can be found here.
- If you wish to invest your savings in a company, please ensure you seek advice from an FCA registered and authorised advisor.
- Be aware of callers offering a free pension review service by phone call, email and text message and do not invest in unregulated markets such as overseas property developments, storage units or forestry.”
The latest Police & Crime Commissioner's blog where he talks about his priorities for the next twelve months is available by clicking on the link: Latest blog: My priorities 2015
The Police & Crime Commissioner has set a budget for investment.
Click here to read his blog
Scam postcards are being delivered to UK residents’ homes claiming that a parcel containing “jewellery” is waiting for the homeowner. Find out how to protect yourself and report to Action Fraud if you have received one.
Civic Hall and Library
The creation of a joint Civic Hall/Library entrance and reception, plus the reconfiguration of both buildings, is well underway, with completion scheduled for late May 2015. The work will be carried out in three phases, to permit normal business to continue insofar as this is possible. Visitors to both buildings are asked to take extra care during the construction work.
The Civic Hall now has a temporary reception to the rear of the building – follow the signs from the former front entrance. The Town Council apologises to visitors and hirers for any inconvenience caused during the building work.
There is a new not for profit on line resource called Poynton Live, both for the promotion of gigs and events, and for people to plan who and what they would like to see in Poynton. Just visit www.poyntonlive.uk. Poynton Live also has a Twitter account - @LiveinPoynton
Cheshire East Council’s A to Z of Services
Cheshire East’s A-Z guide of key Council services is aimed at helping local residents to connect with their local authority when they most need to. Whether it's to report a missed bin collection, a pothole or a stray dog, it gives you all the handy contacts you need. Copies of this useful booklet are also available at the Civic Hall and Poynton Library – please call in and collect.
Cheshire Fire and Rescue – Cadet Leaders Wanted!
Cheshire Fire and Rescue Service is appealing for help to re-open in Poynton its first ever Fire Cadet Unit. Poynton was the first fire station in the county to set up a cadet unit in 1992 but sadly it had to be closed due to a shortage of leaders. The Service is hoping to re-establish it this year if new leaders can be found. Joining Poynton Fire Cadets as a volunteer leader would be a great way to meet like-minded people and to have fun and, in return for a little time and effort, people will get the chance to learn new skills, gain new qualifications and help develop their leadership potential. There's no set profile for a Cheshire Fire Cadet Volunteer and they don't have to have any fire service experience. Phone Vicky Wrest of the Youth Engagement Team on 01606 868654 or download the application pack from http://www.cheshirefire.gov.uk/jobs/volunteers
The format for the monthly Town Council Surgeries, which are held on the first Saturday of each month, has changed, for a trial period. The first hour, from 10am to 11am will be a drop in, with no appointment necessary. For the second hour, from 11am to noon, three 20 minute bookable appointments will be offered, i.e. starting at 11am, then 11.20am and the last at 11.40am. Should you wish to book one of these appointments please phone the Civic Hall reception staff on 01625 872238, or e-mail email@example.com
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. Membership of the scheme is currently discounted for a limited period. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
The Poynton Update and News (PUN)
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