Poynton Updates and News (PUN): 7/05/13
Mount Vernon Play Area
Local residents and users of this play area will have noticed that the climbing frame was recently dismantled and removed by Cheshire East Council. We understand that this followed a safety inspection of the equipment, which concluded that it was unsafe, and beyond repair.
While the Town Council of course accepts that the safety of users is paramount, what was annoying was that no-one at Cheshire East got in touch to tell us that the equipment was going to be removed, or why. We only learnt about this from local residents after it had happened. The Town Council has complained in strong terms to Cheshire East about this lack of consultation/communication on their part, and we are due to meet with them in the next fortnight. We will keep residents informed of developments.
Relocation of Bus Stop
Now that the Town Council has secured a bus service that will continue to use the route, it reviewed the location of the bus stop at London Road North , near Poynton Flooring at Fountain Place . The bus shelter there has been removed to allow top dressing of the tarmac in that area, and the bus stop relocated further down London Road North . This will be for a three month trial period, after which the siting of the bus stop will be reviewed, and the shelter returned to the chosen location.
School Lane Retail Area
The Town Council’s Working Group that was formed to improve the appearance of the School Lane retail area is pleased to report tangible progress. The unsightly concrete bollards in front of the shops have been removed and four new planters, bought from a local supplier and generously sponsored by the Poynton Horticultural and Agricultural Society, have been located in front of the shops. Poynton In Bloom has kindly offered to plant and maintain these. A fifth planter, funded by the Town Council, will be delivered shortly.
The Town Council has also erected “Local Shops” signs at the junction of School Lane with Park Lane , and has funded a new litter bin and maintenance of the shrubs and borders around the retail area. When this work is fully complete there are plans for a local celebration, hopefully with food sampling and some musical entertainment.
The Town Council will continue to work with the owners and other stakeholders of the School Lane complex to see what further medium and long term improvements might be made to this important local retail area.
Annual Town Assembly
There are already plans to improve the Town Council’s participation in next year’s Annual Town Assembly, on 14th April 2014, following lessons learnt from this year’s event, which was held on Monday 15th April 2013. The Town Council’s Annual Report will be more succinct, with summaries provided at the start of each section, and it will be made available electronically and in hard copy at least two weeks before the Assembly, to give residents a chance to read it before the night. The agenda and the draft record of this year’s Assembly will also be available in advance.
Friday Shopper Service
The Friday Shopper service is run by a small team of volunteer drivers, who collect some of our elderly residents from their homes on a Friday morning, and bring them into the village to do their shopping. They then come to the Civic Hall for a chat, tea, coffee and biscuits before being run home again. If you are interested in using this service, or know someone who is, please contact John Boulton on T. 01625 877902. The Town Council is very supportive of this service and, if the demand exists, would like to see it expanded. Meanwhile the Town Council would like to thank the volunteer drivers, who do a great job, and who give so freely of their time.
Family Sports Festival and Fun Day
A sports-themed community event, to sustain locally the Olympic and Paralympic legacy from last year, is taking place at Poynton’s Leisure Centre off Yew Tree Lane from 12pm to 4pm on Saturday 29th June 2013. If any community groups want to have a presence on the day, and/or run a stall, please contact the Town Council’s Youth Coordinator, Erica Adkins, on T. 01625 872238, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
Garden Safari 2013
Following last year’s successful Garden Safari, the Poynton in Bloom Committee is proposing to hold another Garden Safari on Saturday 27th July. 11am – 5pm. Anybody who would be interested in opening their garden, please contact David Hetherington. 01625 875720 or email email@example.com It doesn’t matter how big or small your garden may be. We are looking for approximately ten gardens in Poynton/Higher Poynton, which gives people the opportunity to visit them all during the course of one day.
Food for thought!
Poynton can now boast a wide range of over 30 eateries to dine in or take away. From cafés and restaurants to pubs and takeaways, Poynton can offer a truly international array of food. To celebrate this fact, and to ensure that visitors are better informed, the Town Council has published a first edition of an Eateries Guide and Village Map, detailing what is available and where. The Guide, which also includes our supermarkets, is available to download from the Council’s website here (or click on Visitor Information).
Printed versions of the map and guide are available at the Civic Hall too, and throughout the village. Check it out to see if there are any venues you haven’t yet tried. There are also plans to place large scale versions of the village map, with details of the eateries featuring around its border, at prominent locations such as on the canal towpath at Nelson Pit.
69th Anniversary of D-Day
The Royal British Legion in Poynton has kindly brought to our attention a voluntary organisation called ‘D-Day Revisited’ who, on the occasion of the 69th Anniversary of D-Day, are offering free visits to Normandy from 2nd to 9th June 2013 for World War Two Veterans, including all travel, accommodation and food costs.
These visits are open to any veteran of Operation Overlord or the wider Normandy Campaign, whether they be soldier, sailor, airman or merchant seaman. They offer fully guided tours of all the sites and those attending can also take part in various services and parades. Also included on the trip is a full medical team offering 24hr cover.
If you or a family member would like to apply for a place, please don’t hesitate to contact D-Day Revisited via email firstname.lastname@example.org or by telephoning 01244 531 765 and ask for Victoria or John. There is no cost at all to veterans. While the British Legion in Poynton has identified veterans from within its membership they want to ensure that all veterans who may be resident in or around Poynton are aware of this offer.
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. If you look at the July 2013 listing you will see an entry for the 2013 Higher Poynton Summerfest, which takes place on Sunday 14th July 2013 – this event is absolutely packed with activities for all the family.
Poynton Home Services Scheme
Your Town Council, in partnership with Peaks and Plains Housing Trust, offers a range of fixed cost home services for all of our residents, provided by reliable local contractors and monitored by ourselves and Peaks and Plains. We work with contractors who offer the following services: gardening, decorating, maintenance, cleaning, electrical, joinery, home computer tuition and home modifications for disabled or elderly residents. If you are a Poynton resident in need of these services, or a local contractor who could offer these or different services, please contact Erica Adkins, Acting Home Services Coordinator on 01625 872238 or e-mail her email@example.com or find out more here.
Parking on Park Lane
Instances of illegal parking on Park Lane are getting less frequent, but still happen. There is a complete parking ban on Park Lane, with the only exceptions being parking on private forecourts and behind individual shops (with the owner’s/tenant’s permission) and loading/unloading in the designated bays (outlined by studs in the carriageway), but not at peak times between 8am and 10am, and 4pm and 6pm – retailers are asked to ensure that their suppliers are made aware of this.
Penalties are being issued for those who disregard the ban. Meanwhile residents and visitors will be pleased to learn that the Co-op partially lifted restrictions on its private car park off Park Lane late last year, providing free parking between 7pm and midnight daily. Although the food store has closed, daytime restrictions, limiting parking to one and a half hours, remain, and will be enforced by the Co-op. Meanwhile there is extensive free parking at the Civic Centre Car Park.
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 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 also displays it.
Dates for your diary
|Mon 6th||Bank Holiday||No Council meeting|
|Fri 10th||2.30pm - 4.30pm||Civic Hall||Constituency Surgery – by appointment only (M. 0785 0005282)|
|Mon 13th||8pm||Civic Hall||Annual Town Council Meeting|
|Mon 20th||8pm||Civic Hall||Community, Order and Public Safety Committee meeting|
|Mon 27th||Bank Holiday||No Council meeting|
|Fri 31st||From noon||Civic Hall||Blood donating – appointment required. T. 0300 123 23 23 for info.|
|Sat 1st||10am - noon||Civic Hall||Council Surgery – drop in, no appointment needed|
|Sun 9th||TBA||St. Martin 's Church||Marie Curie "Blooming Great Tea Party"|
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