Poynton Town Mayor 2020-21

Councillor Lee Podmore 

The role of Mayor during Covid-19 pandemic 

In May of 2020 I was elected as Mayor during the very first “virtual” Poynton Town Council meeting. From the outset, it was obvious that this would not be a usual Mayoral year and the role of Mayor would need to adapt to comply with the various restrictions and lockdowns in place to keep everyone safe and limit the spread of the disease.

Under normal circumstances the Mayor’s role is highly visible attending civic functions, representing Poynton at events organised by other councils, participation in community events such as Poynton Show, Summer Fest and Christmas Fest, charity fundraising and supporting local businesses and the many voluntary organisations within the Town. With many of these activities cancelled in 2020 and the opportunity to meet people severely curtailed this has been a very different Mayoral year.

At the start of this new year, I wanted to take this opportunity to provide residents with an update on the work that I have undertaken to support the community during this difficult period and to highlight some forthcoming initiatives that I will be involved with.

 

Cllr Lee Podmore - Mayor 2020-2021

The Poynton Pledge 

I launched the Poynton Pledge in September, an initiative designed to recognise and build on the existing excellent community spirit and further encourage support for local businesses and organisations. The Pledge also has a focus on “green” options (e.g. walking or cycling where possible.

I would encourage all residents to show your support for our community and sign up today.


Poynton Pledge Logo

Walking around Poynton, it has been heart-warming to see so many people supporting the local businesses which make it such a wonderful place to live. The Pledge received additional valuable support from the Vernon PTA fundraising Hallowe’en Trail, which proved extremely popular and encouraged local children and their parents to visit the local shops and businesses displaying the items lost by Wanda The Witch in the Village.

In line with the Pledge to “think green” I was delighted that the Town Council were able to source and install a Christmas Tree using local suppliers. The wood chippings from the tree will be used as biomass for generating electricity.

I would like to pass on my personal thanks to all parties involved and everyone who has supported the Poynton Pledge project so far.

Poynton Business Survey

A business survey was issued to local businesses to better understand how the Town Council can assist businesses in Poynton both during Covid-19 and in the future. A number of business suggested a network for businesses and a meeting has been arranged on the 12th January 2021 (albeit this will now be a virtual meeting). I will be attending the meeting to assist in planning next steps in any way I can. Other initiatives to support businesses are currently being explored subject to Covid-19 restrictions.

Other activities

  • Attendance and participation at VJ Day commemoration.
  • Wreath laying on Remembrance Sunday.
  • Attendance at the presentation by Waitrose of awards to local volunteer groups (from organisations such as U3A, Churches Together and Poynton Runners) who provided their neighbours with delivery of food and medicine, along with offering a friendly ear to help people who felt isolated during initial Covid-19 lockdown period.
  • Supporting the Carroll family (Ollies Army) with their campaign to wear orange to help promote Battens Awareness Day for their children Ollie and Amelia and all the other children struggling with this disease.
  • Attending virtually, the ceremony welcoming Rev Matthew Squires-Hennessey as new vicar of St George’s Church.
  • Attending the first ever virtual Bollington Town Council Civic Sunday
  • The Deputy Mayor attended the virtual Knutsford Mayor making ceremony.

Future activities (Covid-19 restrictions dependent)

  • Building on the Pledge and further actions from the Business Survey

The duties of Mayor can only be achieved through a team effort with the able support of my deputy, Councillor Hayley Whittaker and the Town Council staff. Finally, if there is anything you feel the Mayor can do to support your school/voluntary organisation (within Covid Restrictions) please feel free to email me at mayor@poyntontowncouncil.gov.uk.

Councillor Lee Podmore
Poynton Town Mayor