Poynton Updates and News (PUN): 20/11/12
Archived PUN can be found here and the most recent PUN here.
Notice of Election: Official Notice
An election is to be held for two Town Councillors for Poynton Town Council - West Ward. Nomination papers must be delivered to the Returning Officer, Elections Office, Westfields, Middlewich Road, Sandbach, Cheshire, CW11 1HZ no later than noon on Friday 23rd November 2012. Forms of nomination papers may be obtained from the Returning Officer at the fore-mentioned address, who will at the request of any elector for the said electoral area, prepare for signature a nomination paper. If the election is contested, 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:
Any changes to, or cancellations of, existing postal or proxy vote records, and new applications to be treated as postal voters, must reach the Electoral Registration Officer at the fore-mentioned address by no later than 5pm on Wednesday 5th December 2012, if they are to be effective for this election.
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.
Lights Out In Poynton
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 is seeking urgent clarification from Cheshire East Council. It is also insisting that no lights be removed until an independent body has conducted a cost-benefit analysis after a 12 month period has elapsed.
Poynton Bus Services
Thanks to the timely intervention of the Town Council, 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
Arrangements are well in hand for Poynton’s 6th Christmas Fest on Tuesday 4th December, when Park Lane will be closed from 7pm to 9pm. We have just had confirmation that Dan Pepper, Poynton’s Paralympic swimmer, will be on hand to help open the event at 7pm from the first floor balcony of the Tarantella Restaurant, with support from the Town Mayor and Father Christmas. There will be entertainment throughout, both from the Imagine FM stage outside Mates as well as at various points on Park Lane . This includes dance groups, the Concert Band and the Samba band from the High School, the St George’s Singers, ‘Flute Pastilles’, the Explosive dance group, community carol singing, ‘Tuba Smarties’ (a brass ensemble), a dance display by Ceroc and street entertainers ‘Artemis’ and ‘Bread and Butter’.
There will also be a children’s roundabout towards the bottom of Park Lane, Round Table’s Father Christmas, and a Poynton fire engine on show, and a number of local voluntary organisations will have stands on Park Lane . Our retailers are all being encouraged to create window displays, which will be judged on Monday 3rd December, and the winner announced at the Fest.
Woodland on the Inclines
A drop-in session was held for those residents whose houses border the Inclines on Saturday morning 17th November. This was well-attended, and the Town Council’s future strategy on the maintenance of Incline trees was explained, with assistance from Mike Ellison of Cheshire Woodlands, and Adam Lawson of Swift Tree Services. Nigel Bates, Cheshire East’s Trees Officer was also there. To better understand the views and concerns of the residents concerned, as well those who use the Inclines, a survey will be launched in the New Year.
Christmas Events in Poynton
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 on the Town Council website. Please send details to the Town Clerk, Liz.Osborn@poyntontowncouncil.gov.uk, T. 01625 872238.
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.
A6 to Manchester Airport Relief Road Consultation
The first phase of public consultation on the A6 to Manchester Airport Relief Road opened on 22nd October 2012, and continues until 25th January 2013. You can respond to the consultation online at www.semmms.info, by e-mail to email@example.com, by post to: SEMMMS Project Team, Stockport Council, Stopford House, Stockport SK1 3YQ, or phone 0161 474 2055 for more information.
Poynton Town Council Annual Business Awards
Nomination forms for this new award scheme are about to arrive from the printers, and will be made available shortly, so get ready to vote for your favourite Poynton business! 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.
A Town Council Working Group continues to improve the general appearance of the School Lane retail area, and in particular the frontage. If you would like to get involved, or would be willing to sponsor some of the improvements, such as seats or planters, please contact the Town Clerk on T. 01625 872238. A teak memorial bench has been installed at the corner of School Lane and Park Lane, kindly donated by a local resident in memory of her mother, for which the Town Council is very grateful. The shrubbery bordering the retail area and Parklands Way has also been tidied up.
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 was launched on 24 September, which runs until 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: 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
Town Council Website
This has been given a radical overhaul under the management of a new, local webmaster. The user-friendly site is up and running, and will be fully functional by January 2013, with all the relevant content uploaded. This PUN also features on the homepage. www.poyntontowncouncil.gov.uk. Printed copies are available on demand from the Civic Hall.
Dates for your diary
|Fri 23rd Nov||from 1.15pm||Civic Hall||Blood donating session – to make an appointment call T. 0300 1232323|
|Mon 26th Nov||8pm||Civic Hall||Facilities, Infrastructure and Economic Development Committee|
|Sat 1st Dec||10am to 12pm||Civic Hall||Council Surgery – just drop in, no appointment needed|
|Mon 3rd Dec||Civic Centre Car Park||Cheshire East Recycling Road Show|
|Mon 3rd Dec||7pm||Civic Hall||Planning and Environment Committee (call the Town Clerk for details of planning applications to be considered)|
|Mon 3rd Dec||8pm||Civic Hall||Finance and General Purpose Committee|
|Tues 4th Dec||5pm to 9pm||Park Lane||Annual Christmas Fest (Park Lane closed from 7pm)|
|Mon 10th Dec||8pm||Civic Hall||Community, Order and Public Safety Committee|
|Tues 11th Dec||8pm||Civic Hall||Management and Establishment Committee|
|Mon 17th Dec||8pm||Civic Hall||Facilities, Infrastructure and Economic Development Committee|
If you or your friends and family would like to receive the Poynton Update and News via email please contact Liz.Osborn@poyntontowncouncil.gov.uk (Printed copies also available from the Civic Hall)