Poynton Updates and News 21/11/2013
Cheshire East Local Plan – Latest Developments
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The Local Plan for Cheshire East sets the overall planning strategy, allocates sites for development and contains planning policies to fulfil the economic, environmental and social needs of the area, including Poynton. Cheshire East Council is currently preparing a new Local Plan for Cheshire East to guide development up to 2030. There is more information on:
The Core Strategy will be the first part of the new Local Plan to be in place and will set out the overall vision and strategy for planning in Cheshire East. It will also allocate strategic sites and locations for development.
Cheshire East has produced its “Pre-Submission Core Strategy” for consultation between 5th November and 16th December 2013. It sets out the Council's case for sustainable economic growth and represents the strategy the Council wants to adopt to manage development in Cheshire East up to 2030. This will be the final consultation before the Core Strategy is submitted to the Secretary of State for an independent examination in a Public Enquiry.
The draft Pre-Submission Core Strategy does not include any “strategic sites” in Poynton. “Strategic site” is a euphemism for a big housing estate or employment site. However, Cheshire East do say that there should be around 200 new houses and 3 hectares (7.4 acres) of employment land developed in Poynton up to 2030. Please note that this excludes the 900 houses Stockport Council want to build at the former Woodford Aerodrome, as that site is not in Cheshire East. (see also separate item below) Cheshire East also proposes re-designating some Green Belt land as “safeguarded land”, which is likely to be developed after 2030.
Cheshire East is planning to have 5 to 10 hectares (12.4 to 24.8 acres) of “safeguarded land” in Poynton, although they will not say where this might be. However, Nick Boles MP, the Planning Minister, has said in Parliament that there is no need for the Local Plan to include any land for development after 2030. A copy of the substantial ‘Pre-Submission Core Strategy’ and the ‘Non-Preferred Sites’ document can be inspected at the Civic Hall, the Library or on the Cheshire East website.
There are several ways to comment on the document:
- On-line: http://cheshireeast-consult.limehouse.co.uk/portal/planning/cs/cspre
- E-mail: email@example.com
- Website: www.cheshireeast.gov.uk/localplan
- Post: Spatial Planning, Cheshire East Council, Westfields, Middlewich Road, Sandbach, Cheshire, CW11 1HZ
- Telephone: 01270 685893
- Twitter: search for @PlaceShaping
- Facebook: www.facebook.com/CESpatialPlanning
- Linked In: search for Spatial Planning - Cheshire East Council
Poynton Town Council has consistently argued against building in Poynton’s Green Belt. Please make your comments on Cheshire East’s plans before 16th December 2013.
The first Planning Application to be made by Harrow Estates and others has been filed for that part of the site within Poynton and Adlington, with a consultation deadline of 11th December 2013. This is for
“Partial removal of the runway, regrading works, footpath and cycle links, the naturalisation of the culverted watercourse through the site and restoration and landscaping works”.
A full suite of supporting documents is available for viewing on the Cheshire East Planning website, and hard copies are available for viewing (but not taking away) at the Civic Hall. To comment on the plans go to www.cheshireeast.gov.uk/planning then click on ‘View and comment on a Planning Application’. The planning reference is 13/4458M.
Arrangements are now firm for the 7th Poynton Christmas Fest, which is sponsored by the Town Council, and which takes place on Tuesday evening 3rd December. The main stretch of Park Lane will be closed to traffic from 7pm to 9pm, and there will be the usual wide range of entertainment, refreshments, a firework display – and Santa will also be in residence.
Many more businesses will remain open this year, and there are more stallholders too. Please try to walk to the event if possible, otherwise use the Civic Centre Car Park or the additional parking at the former Vernon Infants School on Bulkeley Road . Please wish for good weather and come along on the night!
A6 to Manchester Airport Relief Road
On Monday 18th November the Town Council’s Planning and Environment Committee considered planning application 13/4355M regarding that portion of the proposed A6 to Manchester Airport Relief Road within Cheshire East. The Committee resolved to recommend no objection in principle, but reaffirmed its long standing position that the Relief Road be built in conjunction with the Poynton/Woodford Relief Road . Members were also aware that the proposed underpasses could attract anti-social behaviour, and asked that such potential trouble spots be designed out.
It is important to emphasise that the Town Council, as a statutory consultee, can only make a recommendation, with the ultimate decision being determined by Cheshire East’s Strategic Planning Board. Hard copies of the supporting documentation for this planning application can be viewed (but not taken away) at the Civic Hall during normal office hours, or viewed electronically on the Cheshire East website www.cheshireeast.gov.uk/planning . The consultation deadline for the planning application is noon on Thursday 5th December 2013.
In the light of numerous complaints received by the Town Council in recent months about the significant defects in the shared space area, as well as other highway issues, the senior official responsible at Cheshire East was due to appear at a Town Council Committee meeting earlier this month, specifically to address these issues. This was cancelled at short notice, as was a subsequent meeting. We will continue to press for action, and consider the current state of the shared space area to be wholly unacceptable.
Residents will be aware that Cheshire East suspended green bin collections from 18th November 2013 to 18th March 2013. The Town Council has written to Cllr David Topping, Portfolio Holder for the Environment at Cheshire East Council to complain about the total lack of consultation on this, and pointing out that the start date was too early, given the large amount of leaves still falling from trees.
Meanwhile, in response to the general level of concern raised about this initiative, Cheshire East has agreed that residents can place garden waste in their black bins for the next two collections. Please help by passing this message to those of our residents without access to a PC. For any further information call T. 0300 123 5034 or visit the website www.cheshireeast.gov.uk/recycling
Poynton Springboard – Music For All
Discussions are well underway for a music festival to be held at a range of venues across Poynton next year, on Saturday 27th September 2014, concluding with a ‘Songs of Praise’ type event on Sunday 28th. This will be a community event with many different types of music to suit all tastes and ages. Please make a note of this weekend in your 2014 calendars and diaries – more information will follow.
As part of the Town Council’s ‘Winter Warmth’ initiative we are looking to supply blankets to older and/or vulnerable Poynton residents who may be struggling to keep warm during the winter months. If you have any blankets in reasonable condition that you are able to donate then please contact Trish Hill at Poynton Civic Hill who will arrange to collect them.
There is also a range of information leaflets and brochures available at the Civic Hall giving advice on keeping warm and keeping well during the winter months, These include temperature gauges, referral forms for the ‘Hotspots’ scheme, ‘Message in a Bottle’ containers and many more. Please call in for this information or, should you be unable to do so, please contact Trish Hill on T. 01625 872238 and she can post the relevant information to you. United Utilities are also offering advice for the winter about how to avoid burst pipes, where to find your stop tap etc. Visit their website www.unitedutilities.com/winterwise
Merger of Civic Hall and Library Buildings
The Town Council has recently approved a Cheshire East project whereby the existing entrances to the Civic Hall and Library will be closed, and a new entrance and joint reception area built, serving both the Civic Hall and the Library. The plans also include public toilets.
The opportunity is also being taken to reconfigure the Civic Hall, with a new suite of meeting rooms being created. Subject to planning permission construction is due to start next Spring, and we will keep residents informed.
Coppice Road Allotments
The Town Council has agreed to take over responsibility of the Coppice Road Allotments from Cheshire East, under the latter’s Local Service Delivery agenda. While Cheshire East retains ownership, the allotments will be leased to the Town Council for 125 years. The Town Council looks forward to working in effective partnership with the Coppice Road Allotments Association
Warning of Council Tax Phone Scams
Cheshire East Council are warning of phone scams in which people are told they have not paid the correct amount of Council Tax. A number of Cheshire East Council residents have been called by someone impersonating a Cheshire East Council employee, from the Claims and Benefits Department. Those answering are told they have paid too much Council Tax, and are entitled to a rebate. The caller is then asked for their bank details. Cheshire East residents should be aware that Cheshire East Council would not contact people in this way and any such calls should be reported to Citizens Advice Consumer Service on 0845 4040506. If you feel you are paying too much Council Tax, please contact the Council Tax Team and they will be able to deal with your enquiry.
2013 Poynton Awards for Customer Excellence (PACE)
Poynton Town Council is delighted to announce the shortlisted finalists for the 2013 Poynton Awards for Customer Excellence. There has been a fantastic turnout for the awards with more than 100 nominations received for over 30 Poynton businesses. This in itself is a great indicator of the high levels of customer service being demonstrated across the village. The Town Council would like to thank all residents and businesses who took part. Details of the shortlisted finalist are available on the Business Page of the Town Council website here.
The Town Council is receiving an increasing number of complaints about dog fouling. The Dog (Fouling of Land) Act 1996 was adopted and means that it is illegal to fail to clear up after your dog if it fouls on any land which is open to the air and to which the public has access. The penalty for contravening the act is a £50 fixed penalty fine. If the fine is not paid within 14 days, then this may lead to prosecution in a Magistrates Court with a maximum fine of a £1000.
If residents become aware of repeat offenders, with the fouling taking place at fairly regular times at the same location and which the owners do not clear up, please let the Town Council know (T. 01625 872238) (who will then inform the PCSOs), or contact the Community Dog Warden on T.0300 123 5021, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
Have your say – Cheshire Fire and Rescue
Cheshire Fire and Rescue have launched a consultation on their draft Integrated Risk Management Plan (IRMP) for 2014/15 which will close on Monday 16th December. During this time the Service will consult with the public, key partners and stakeholders and members of staff. Their plan contains a list of proposals and plans for Cheshire Fire and Rescue Service over the next 12-months.
Paul Hancock, Chief Fire Officer for Cheshire Fire and Rescue Service, explained: "We maintain a strong focus on both the safety of our communities and our firefighters. I would really like people to get involved with this consultation and share their thoughts about the direction we are planning to take as a Service.” If you would like to have your say you can do so by visiting - Making Cheshire Safer - Have Your Say - where the full draft plan can also be viewed. Residents can also call 01606 868305 and request a printed copy of the questionnaire.
Jogging in Lyme Park
Run England , in conjunction with Sport England and Greater Sport, have launched three permanently marked jogging routes at Lyme Park , covering distances of 1.4 miles, 2.1 miles and 3 miles. Jogging groups meet at the Timber Yard Coffee Shop at Lyme Park on Thursdays at 9.30am and on Sundays at 9am. These groups are designed to motivate those wishing to start running by offering free, friendly structured lessons, all set in stunning surroundings. For more information phone T. 01663 762023, e-mail email@example.com or visit the website www.greatersport.co.uk/lymepark
If you have installed your own private CCTV at home, and are happy to provide details of this for a local police database, would you please forward your contact details to the Town Clerk – e-mail Liz.Osborn@poyntontowncouncil.gov.uk or phone T. 01625 872238.
Home Services Scheme
Due to the success of this Scheme, which offers a range of mainly fixed price home services provided by reliable local contractors, the Town Council is looking to increase its contractor database. Potential suppliers would be subject to a satisfactory DBS check, show evidence of Public Liability Insurance and sign a basic service level agreement. For further information on the Scheme, or to express an interest in becoming a registered contractor, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or phone her on 01625 872238
Time Out Café
There are many older members of our community who are isolated, spend days without seeing or speaking to anyone, and who are not confident to venture out alone.
Time out Café is a new Town Council initiative and is now open every Friday between 2pm and 4pm at Poynton Civic Hall. Do come along and join us, you will be guaranteed a warm and friendly welcome, refreshments and a chat. Meet up with friends, access information on local services, organisations and groups, and have your say on how this community facility could develop further, and what social or creative events we could host in the future. For further information please contact email@example.com or phone her on 01625 872238.
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.
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 kindly displays it. A condensed version of the PUN is also posted on Town Council notice boards around the village.
Please forward this e-mail to family and friends and suggest they subscribe to the PUN by e-mailing Liz.Osborn@poyntontowncouncil.gov.uk (Printed copies also available on request from the Civic Hall)
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