Civic Hall & Meetings
Due to the New National Restrictions the Civic Hall is closed to the public & council surgeries suspended. Council staff are working & can be contacted on 01625 872238 or by email. Some Council meetings will take place online.
Take the Poynton Pledge
Town Mayor, Cllr Lee Podmore, has launched the 'Poynton Pledge' - a community themed initiative encouraging people to Support Local and Think Green. Read more about the Poynton Pledge.
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Businesses who can provide food to residents
An initial list of local businesses who are open as normal or can provide a takeaway service or can deliver food/provisions to Poynton residents can be found on a PDF here.
If your business can provide the above and would like to be added to the list please call the Civic Hall during office hours on 01625 872238.
Household Waste and Recycling
Cheshire East Council has begun its consultation on household waste recycling centres. The council currently runs eight household waste recycling centres (HWRCs) for use by residents. The contract for this operation ends in 2023 and Cheshire East are consulting on what should happen at the end of the contract.
All of the scenarios being considered (except for the status quo) would result in the closure of the Poynton site. The Town Council is extremely concerned that closure of the Poynton site would result in reduced levels of recycling, increased fly tipping, and increased car journeys which will be detrimental to air quality.
To have your say, complete the Cheshire East consultation online by using https://surveys.cheshireeast.gov.uk/s/HWRCReview2020/
The deadline for completion is 5pm on Monday 4 January 2021.
If you would like to receive this questionnaire in another format, please call Cheshire East customer services on 0300 123 5511
Site Allocations and Development Policy Document (SADPD) – Amended Document
Cheshire East have published the amended Site Allocations and Development Policy Document. Amendments have been made to the document since it was last consulted on in 2019. The consultation on the SADPD will run until 5pm on Weds 23rd Dec 2020.
The Town Council are currently preparing a response to the consultation which will be published as soon as it has been finalised. Read information about the Poynton sites here.
Clean Air Zone (CAZ)
Greater Manchester are currently consulting on a Clean Air Zone. Details of the consultation can be found at https://cleanairgm.com/clean-air-consultation
If introduced, this CAZ could impact on residents and businesses in Poynton, with operators of designated classes of vehicles subject to a daily charge for entering the CAZ area. The charges are expected to impact on bus services, taxis and businesses that rely on vans and lorries for travel into and within Greater Manchester.
The Town Council will be making its own response to this consultation before the deadline of 3rd December and would strongly recommend that residents also respond to this important consultation.
Greater Manchester Spatial Framework (GMSF)
Greater Manchester combined authority will commence consultation on the GMSF on December 1st 2020 for eight weeks. Poynton falls outside the area of the framework, however proposed developments nearby including at High Lane and Woodford, could impact the Town.
Details of the framework and the consultation can be found here.
Poynton Relief Road
Work has now begun on the long-awaited £53m Poynton Relief Road.
The contractor Graham have published the first edition of their Poynton Relief Road Construction Phase Newsletter. View the Newsletter, as a PDF (400KB), here.
They are undertaking enabling works to clear parts of the site and prepare the ground for construction. The design and build contract was awarded in autumn 2019 to Graham, who have been undertaking detailed design and site surveys, including ecological surveys and the creation of new ecological habitat.
The 3km road is expected to open to traffic in autumn 2022. Funding for the £53m scheme was agreed by government earlier this year, following a successful bid by Cheshire Est Council for local growth funding administered by the Cheshire and Warrington Local Enterprise Partnership.
Poynton Relief Road will be a modern single carriageway. The relief road will also include two overbridge crossings for use by walkers, cyclists and farm vehicles. A 3.5-metre-wide combined cycle and footway will run beside the length of the route on the western side of the main carriageway.
For more details you can read Cheshire East Council's 'Work begins on long-awaited Poynton Relief Road' Press Release.
Brecon Park temporarily closed
Brecon Park is closed from 5pm Sunday 22nd November to 8am Wednesday 25th November for replacement fencing.
Road Closure – Shrigley Road – 14th to 16th Dec. 2020
Cheshire East has informed the Town Council that they will temporarily prohibit traffic in the following length of road: Shrigley Road, Poynton East and Pott Shrigley Ward, Macclesfield, from the junction with Mitchell Fold to outside Brookbank.
They anticipate that the works, to enable United Utilities to renew connection, will take place on the following date(s): Mon 14th to Wed 16th December 2020.
Pedestrian / cyclist access to any premises situated within the temporary closure will be maintained at all times. Vehicular access will be maintained for emergency vehicles and residents where possible. If you have any enquiries relating to the works please contact Network Plus on 0845 5000 123.
William (Bill) McLaughlin
The Town Council regrets to announce the death of former councillor William (Bill) McLaughlin. He represented Poynton West Ward and served as Chairman in 1986. Bill was a member of the Poynton Almshouses Trust for many years and helped to manage this local social housing charity.
Fellow councillor Michael Sewart said of Bill - “A cheerful Scotsman, joined the (then) parish council in a by-election on 7 May 1981 along with Peter Fletcher and Arthur Potts. He was an accountant by profession and was a partner in a leading international practice. He loaned his expertise in that area to the parish council acting as its finance chairman for several years. His great ability was to sit out a debate until most people had spoken (often acrimoniously) and effectively sum up all the pros and cons that had been put on the table.”
Bin collections to continue in lockdown with new Christmas collection dates released
Cheshire East Council has advised that despite the latest lockdown restrictions, its waste and recycling collections are not affected, and they will endeavour to continue to deliver a full service across the borough, including the fulfilment of its 2020 Christmas bin collection schedule.
From mid-November, Ansa Environmental Services - a Cheshire East Council owned company, will be placing information stickers on bins of those households whose normal collections fall on Christmas Day, the bank holiday and New Year’s Day, advising residents of changes to their collection schedule over the Christmas and New Year period.
Over the Christmas period there will be no garden waste collections from Tuesday 22nd December, collections will resume on Monday 4th January 2021.
More information on Christmas and New Year bin collections can be found on the waste and recycling pages of the Cheshire East Council website.
Alternatively, you can download the council’s Waste Watchers app from the Google Play and Apple Stores.
New AEDs in Poynton
Two new defibrillators have been installed in old BT phone boxes in the Town.
The first is at the junction of Clifford Road and Queensway.
The second is in the old phone box at Fountain Place on London Road North.
This brings the number of external defibrillators to seven that are maintained and operated by Poynton Town Council.
The full list of defibrillators around Poynton can be found here.
Healthwatch Cheshire West, Citizens Focus Panel
Your opinions on health and care issues are really important. One way you can get involved and share your views and experiences is by being a member of the Citizens Focus Panel.
The Citizens Focus Panel is designed to enable Healthwatch to get feedback on particular topics from a set group of Cheshire residents on a regular basis. This would entail short online surveys throughout the year, which you can complete on your computer, tablet or phone.
So, if you have 5-10 minutes at home, on a coffee break or even on your commute, it is easier than ever to have your say on your local NHS and care services. You may also be invited to get involved in online events and consultations.
More information on the Citizens Focus Panel, and how you can become a member, is available here.
Warm Homes Project 2020 - Nov 2020 until March 2021
Age UK Cheshire are able to help older people keep well and warm this winter.
Age UK Cheshire’s Information and Advice Service are providing ‘over the phone’ advice on benefits and money related issues, with the aim of maximising income, further reducing fuel poverty and support to apply for the £140 Warm Home Discount and Boiler Replacement Schemes.
If you are interested in accessing this service or would like further information, please contact the Warm Homes Advisor, Stacey Brady on email@example.com or the Information and Advice Service on (01244) 401500 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org Advice is free, impartial and confidential.
The link to the Information and Advice Service is here.
Self-Care Week - 16th to 22nd November 2020
The Self-Care Campaign is a national awareness week about keeping fit and healthy, understanding when you can look after yourself for self-treatable conditions, when a pharmacist can help and when to get advice from a GP.
This year’s Self-Care week takes place with the slogan and theme ‘Live Self Care for Life’.
The main messages of the campaign are:
- Invest in your future self and take small steps to a healthier you.
- Keep antibiotics working by 'making over your medicine cabinet'.
- What to do if you need medical help.
Full details on Self-Care Week here.
Outgoing call control by BT
BT can support customers who are having difficulties caused by living with conditions across the mental health spectrum, including dementia, learning difficulties and Obsessive Compulsive Disorders (OCD). Network Controlled Calling or 123 & 118 call barring are a couple of options which can help to limit calls to premium rated numbers and lots of repeat calls, preventing costly bills being generated.
Find more information or contact BT using the details on their website.
Council Community Support Team News
Attacks on sheep and wildfowl – Poynton Park/Pool
The Council Community Support Team have contacted by the Poynton Ranger service regarding reports of an increasing number of dog attacks on sheep and wildfowl.
They are asking dog walkers using the area to please put their dogs on leads whilst sheep are present near the pool.
The Council Community Support Team will be conducting more patrols around the area and will be reporting any dog owners who don’t have their dogs under control to the police.
Poynton Library news
The Futures Wonder Lab® Challenge is an innovation ideas challenge, inspiring young people to be problem-solvers for the planet, using their imagination and creativity. It has has been designed by Flow in Action for children and young people aged 5-16 years old.
It is a year-long project leading up to the COP26 – the United Nations climate change conference, due to take place in Glasgow in November 2021. Every month we will be sharing a new Futures Wonder Lab® Challenge. Each challenge is designed to encourage children to think into the future and work out how to tackle a particular topic. For example, the first challenge that we have just released focuses on reinventing cars, buses and lorries in order to eliminate air pollution from engines by 2030.
Children and young people can share their idea with us by post or email by making a poster, a model (and taking a photo) or a short video. All ideas are good ideas, as long as there is no harm to people or planet.
You can watch the introductory trailer on You Tube here.
And you can find more information about each challenge and how to take part here.
All the children and young people’s creations will be uploaded onto the Futures Wonder Lab® Hazu platform and each idea will be rewarded with a certificate and free gift provided by ANSA.
There will be regular updates on all our libraries’ Facebook pages and on Twitter @CECLibraries. We’re looking forward to seeing all the incredible ideas!
Haf Barlow, Town Clerk
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