Poynton Updates and News 18/03/2015
Poynton Neighbourhood Plan Survey
The Poynton Neighbourhood Plan team wants to thank all those residents who took the time and trouble to complete the recent Neighbourhood Plan survey, either on paper or on line. Well over 1,500 surveys were submitted, representing around 25% of Poynton households. Analysis of these surveys is now well underway, and should be completed by the end of March. We will keep you informed as the Plan starts to take shape. (See also next item)
Poynton Neighbourhood Plan – Call for Sites
As an essential part of its work in assessing future development needs for Poynton, the Neighbourhood Plan Steering Group is asking those landowners and agents of land within the Poynton parish area for expressions of interest in applying for future development permission.
This is an informal opportunity for landowners and developers to propose sites of whatever size within Poynton for development. This exercise will not in itself decide whether a site would be allocated for development by the Neighbourhood Plan, nor will it commit the proposer(s) to applying for planning consent. It will enable the Steering Group however to better understand the needs and wishes of Poynton residents. The site suggestions received will be used to guide and inform the preparation of relevant sections of the Neighbourhood Plan.
If you want a site/s to be considered for development by the Neighbourhood Plan, we should like to hear from you. (Those who have already been in touch do not need to renew contact). The sites need not be in your ownership if you have a responsibility for managing them, and they can include proposals for a wide range of development uses. Those parties submitting sites will be invited to give short presentations to the Neighbourhood Steering Group in early May 2015, and answer any questions they may have.
Please contact the Town Clerk, Malcolm Adams, to register your interest, and to request a meeting. T. 01625 872238, e-mail Liz.Osborn@poyntontowncouncil.gov.uk. The deadline for such requests is close of play, Friday 1st May 2015.
Poynton Town Council is looking to enlist the help of local residents in the fight to stop dog fouling in the village. Dog owners who fail to pick up their dog’s waste as displaying a total disregard for other people, public health and the environment, and offenders caught in Poynton can expect a £75 Fixed Penalty Notice. Failure to pay this could lead to a £1,000 fine. People who bag the mess but don’t dispose of it properly, such as by placing bagged faeces in hedges, can be fined up to £2,500 for littering.
The Town Council is joining forces with Cheshire East Council Dog Wardens, Environmental Health and local Police to keep Poynton’s streets and open spaces clean and safe. Local residents are asked to watch out for offenders and to report where and when dog waste is being left, along with a description of the dog or its owner. Details can be reported directly to Cheshire East Dog Wardens on 0300 123 5021.
Poynton In Business (PIB)
April’s Poynton In Business gathering is an evening meeting starting at 5.30pm on Wednesday 8th April, at the Cask Tavern on Park Lane. 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.
There is a Nordic walking taster session from 9.45am to 11am on Saturday 28th March, meeting at Nelson Pit Visitor Centre, Lyme Road, Higher Poynton, SK12 1TH. This is led by David Lambert, Lead Nordic Walking Instructor for the Everybody Nordic Walking Programme. Book online for Nordic Walking Taster session. For more information call 01270 685782. Places are limited, and you are asked to book in advance. Please wear suitable boots and clothing. For details of all other Ranger events please call T. 01625 383700 or click here for the Ranger Service Website
Online auction sites
These are regularly targeted by fraudsters advertising desirable items for sale which are below market value, but do not exist. Fraudsters use a variety of techniques to persuade the potential buyer that the item is genuine and that any advanced payment will be protected or reimbursed should the product be faulty or not received.
- Stay within the auction guidelines stipulated on the website.
- Payments made via bank transfer, money transfer or e-money are not protected, should you not receive the item.
- View the item in person if possible.
- If the item advertised seems too good to be true, it probably is.
If you become aware of such fraudulent activity call Action Fraud on T. 0300 1232040 or via the website http://www.actionfraud.police.uk/
Theft from Vehicles
Poynton’s residents are being reminded by the police to lock their vehicles overnight. Within the last month seven vehicles across Poynton have been entered and items stolen from them. When speaking with the owners of those vehicles, six out of seven had been left unlocked overnight. Local Officers have recently held an operation targeting insecure vehicles and found seventeen vehicles across Poynton unlocked. The owners have since been advised about the risks of leaving their vehicles insecure. Security tips for Motorists:
- Take all your belongings with you when you leave the car, If you can’t, lock them in the boot - preferably before you start your journey.
- When you leave your car, always remove the ignition key and lock all doors – it only takes a few seconds for a thief to jump into your car and drive it away.
- Lock all doors and close all windows and the sunroof every time you leave your car unattended – however briefly.
- Do not leave anything on display in your car.
Macclesfield Police have seen a number of catalytic converter thefts over the past few days. Vehicles targeted have all been Mercedes Sprinter or Vito models, and the thefts have occurred overnight from various parts of the town. Please be aware if you, or any of your friends and family have this type of vehicle. For information please call 101, Crime Stoppers 0800 555 111.
You can follow Poynton police on Twitter: @PoyntonNPT and to receive a monthly newsletter about what has been happening in Poynton please register with Cheshire Alert using www.CheshirePoliceAlert.co.uk
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. To have your input on suggested 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 email@example.com. 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
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 is being carried out in 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 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, and thanks them for their understanding and patience.
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 Liz.Osborn@poyntontowncouncil.gov.uk. Photo of the month for March was submitted by Tom Parr on behalf of 2nd Poynton Cubs, who are shown having a great time on the canal last summer – congratulations to them!
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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 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. 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 email@example.com
The Poynton Update and News (PUN)
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