Poynton Updates and News (PUN): 10/12/12
A6 to Manchester Airport Relief Road Consultation
The Town Council met recently to decide on its response to this public consultation. The key point is that the Council is not in favour of the new road unless it includes a Woodford/Poynton Relief Road. In terms of its preferences for the key junctions, the Town Council favours roundabouts rather than light-controlled junctions, and prefers Option 1 for all Locations, especially for Location 6 (Macclesfield Road, Hazel Grove), which will have the most impact on Poynton.
The first phase of public consultation on the A6 to Manchester Airport Relief Road continues until 25th January 2013. You can respond online at www.semmms.info, by e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org , by post to: SEMMMS Project Team, Stockport Council, Stopford House, Stockport SK1 3YQ, or phone 0161 474 2055 for more information. The Town Council would urge you to respond, and make your views known.
A huge thank you once again to the small band of volunteers who make up the Parish Plan Group for a successful Christmas Fest – Poynton’s 6th, Thanks are also due to the hundreds of residents who braved the elements to attend the event. Last but by no means least, a big thank you to Steve and his colleagues from Cheshire East Council for the big tidy up on Park Lane the morning after – they did a great job.
An Audacious Winner!
As part of the build up to Christmas, and linked to the Fest, our Town Mayor Cllr Sandra Horsman toured all the shop windows in Poynton to select the best Christmas-themed display. She selected the shop Audacious, a relatively new business located in the cut through between the Civic Centre Car Park and Park Lane . Congratulations!
And a Handsome Win for Anson!
Congratulations and well-deserved praise goes to the Anson Engine Museum , whose volunteers won the ‘Team of the Year’ in the recent Marketing Cheshire Annual Awards 2012.
Join our Campaign for Superfast Broadband (SfB) now!
Although current broadband speeds in Poynton are acceptable for some, they are not for others. Fast broadband is now accepted as a fourth utility service and a factor for people when moving home. In addition the Government is encouraging more services to be delivered ‘digitally by default’ which will result in more services being accessible solely online, which in turn is likely to necessitate a faster broadband service.
Connecting Cheshire aims to bring Superfast Broadband (SfB) to communities across Cheshire . They believe investment in SfB is the single greatest strategic opportunity to drive economic growth and improve the quality of life for residents this decade.
We need to ensure the whole of Poynton has access to SfB as soon as possible, and this is best done by the whole community working together to force change. Rainow have already done this. After concerted community action from more than 600 local residents, BT switched-on the village to broadband speeds over 100 times faster than were previously available in October 2012. We need to follow Rainow's example, and there are 3 things you can do:
1, Register your demand for SfB. The more evidence we can show there a real demand in Poynton, the quicker we can bring it to the area. At the same time, check out the Connecting Cheshire website which has a lot more background and relevant information.
2, If you are interested in participating as part of a community group to campaign for SfB for Poynton, please email your interest to email@example.com
3, In addition, we need to help all Poynton residents, regardless of age and location, to both have access to the internet and be competent to use it! If you are interested in helping with this initiative, please also email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Regular updates will be provided through the PUN. If you don't have cable, and want SfB, please do your bit to get Poynton the broadband speeds it deserves.
Christmas Events in Poynton
There is an impressive list of Christmas events on the Town Council website (www.poyntontowncouncil.gov.uk) following our appeal for information in the last PUN. It is not too late to post others, so if you are involved in, or know of any Christmas events such as concerts, school and church fairs that are taking place in Poynton, or that involve Poynton-based bands or choirs performing elsewhere in the run up to Christmas, we will be happy to advertise them. Please send details to the Town Clerk, Liz.Osborn@poyntontowncouncil.gov.uk, T. 01625 872238.
Waste Collection over Christmas/New Year
There will be no waste collection on Christmas Day, Boxing Day or New Year’s Day. Those residents affected should have had notification of the alternative arrangements through the post by Cheshire East. Full details of these arrangements, as well as advice on recycling Christmas trees, are given on the Cheshire East website www.cheshireeast.gov.uk (click on ‘Waste and Recycling’ from the left hand menu). If you have any queries about this please call T. 0300123 5011. You should also note that there will be no green bin collections between 17th December 2012 and 25th January 2013.
Winter Maintenance at Poynton Park
The Town Council has received the following information from the Cheshire East Countryside Range Service.
“We will be continuing with the removal of 2 lime trees by the field gate entrance from South Park Drive . They will be removed with other lime trees over the next few years and on an annual basis in winter. The management of thinning selective trees has a wide range of benefits for habitats, wildlife and the tree itself. Without the management a great deal of biodiversity will be lost and the shade created will result in weak, poor specimens as the trees compete for light. With this management the remaining lime trees will grow to become our ancient trees of the future. We will hire a chipper for the day to remove the brash
The fenced area near the pool will be coppiced; this is last of the 5 compartments. This work is planned for January/February. Following this work the compartments will be coppiced on a 10 year rotation
Selective trees will be removed alongside the Public Right of Way for access and safety reasons. This work will start at the southern end and will continue to the narrow part of the pool”.
Any queries on this please phone the Rangers on T. 01625 383777 or e-mail them: email@example.com
Town Council Election
An election is to be contested for two Town Councillors for Poynton Town Council - West Ward. The poll will take place on Thursday 20th December 2012, between the hours of 7am and 10pm.
Electors and their proxies should take note that:
All new applications for proxy voting arrangements must reach the Electoral Registration Officer at the fore-mentioned address by no later than 5pm on Wednesday 12th December 2012, if they are to be effective for this election.
Applications to be treated as proxy voters in the case of medical emergency must reach the Electoral Registration Officer at the fore-mentioned address by 5pm on Thursday 20th December 2012 if they are to be effective for this election.
Kept In The Dark!
Residents will be aware that certain sections of the highway in and around Poynton, including a long section of London Road North , are no longer lit at night. This is a Cheshire East initiative which, according to their website is “part of efforts to slash carbon emissions, cut down on light pollution, save money and make Cheshire East a cleaner and greener place to live”. The Town Council was given no notice of these changes to its street lighting, and has made urgent representations to Cheshire East Council. It is also insisting that no light columns be removed until an independent body has conducted a cost-benefit analysis after a 12 month period has elapsed. An early result of the Town Council’s intervention has been agreement by Cheshire East to at least turn the lights back on around the Anglesey Drive/London Road junction. We will keep residents informed of any further progress.
The Poynton Update and News (PUN)
A reminder that hard copies of this PUN are available on demand from the Civic Hall for those of our residents without access to PCs – please spread the word! A version of the PUN is also published in SK magazine.
Poynton Bus Services
Thanks to the timely and continuing intervention of our Cheshire East Councillor Jos Saunders, the existing Poynton bus services will continue until at least 4th March 2013. Meanwhile, following the recent Cheshire East Council consultation on bus subsidies, a tendering process for Poynton bus services has been initiated. We will keep residents informed of developments.
Poynton Town Council Annual Business Awards
Nomination forms for this new award scheme have now arrived from the printers. Copies are available from the Civic Hall, and will shortly be distributed to businesses around the village, and posted on the website, so get ready to vote for your favourite! The awards will be presented at the Town Mayor’s Charity Ball next March.
For details of other Ranger events this month and until the end of the year 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 November programme can be had on demand from the Civic Hall.
Cheshire Fire and Rescue Service
Cheshire Fire Authority is the publically accountable body, which manages the fire and rescue service on behalf of local people.
The Authority has now published its annual plan, the draft Integrated Risk Management Plan (IRMP), for 2013/14 and the years beyond, and a comprehensive 12 week consultation runs until next Monday, 17th December 2012. This draft plan is the most significant in the Fire Authority’s 15 year history, as it sets out a number of far-reaching proposals, which have been developed so that it can maintain and improve the services it provides to the local community and make most effective use of its reduced funding.
The proposals would help the Service to meet expected budget cuts of around £5 million over the next four years, but will take a number of years to implement. You can access a summary of the plans, as well as supporting material and a full copy of the IRMP 2013-14 through visiting the website: http://www.cheshirefire.gov.uk/home/current-consultation. You can also complete a resident survey on the plans.
Equally, any written submissions on the proposals are welcome, and can be sent to; Communication and Engagement Officer, Cheshire Fire and Rescue Service, Sadler Road, Winsford, Cheshire CW7 2FQ
Tel: 01606 868408
Or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Dates for your diary
|Mon 10th Dec||8pm||Civic Hall||Community, Order and Public Safety Committee|
|Tues 11th Dec||8pm||Civic Hall||Management and Establishment Committee|
|Fri 14th Dec||Noon - 2pm||Civic Hall||Closed (tbc)|
|Mon 17th Dec||8pm||Civic Hall||Facilities, Infrastructure and Economic Development Committee|
|Thurs 20th Dec||7am-10pm||Polling Stations||Town Council election for West Ward|
|Mon 24th Dec||12.30pm||Civic Hall||Closes for the Christmas break (tbc)|
|Mon 31st Dec||12.30pm||Civic Hall||Closes for New Year’s Eve (tbc)|
|Wed 2nd Jan||9am||Civic Hall||Re-opens for business|
|Mon 7th Jan||8pm||Civic Hall||Town Council meeting|
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