Neighbourhood Plan Referendum
The Referendum will take place on 10th Oct 2019. What’s it all about? What is it for? What it isn't? Details and link to the Plan can be found lower down this page.
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Referendum Date 10th October 2019
The Referendum on the Neighbourhood Plan will take place on the 10th of October. A copy of the Notice of Referendum, Information Statement can be found on Poynton Town Council’s Website. Notice of Referendum Information Statement
The question which will be asked in the Referendum is:
“Do you want Cheshire East Council to use the Neighbourhood Plan for Poynton to help it decide planning applications in the neighbourhood area?”
The Independent Examiner’s report made recommendations to Cheshire East regarding the Neighbourhood Plan. The examiners report can be found here and provides a detailed explanation of the amendments recommended by the examiner.
A person is entitled to vote in the Referendum if on 10th October 2019
- he or she is entitled to vote in a local government election in the Referendum area: and
- his or her qualifying address for the election is in the Referendum area. A person’s qualifying address is, in relation to a person registered in the register of electors, the address in respect of which he or she is entitled to be registered.
If over 50% of people responding to the Referendum vote in favour, then the Neighbourhood Plan will form part of the planning process for residents and the Town Council to comment on applications.
Residents are going to get a polling card through for the Neighbourhood Plan Referendum and you might be asking what’s it all about?
What is the referendum for?
- For the last 6 years residents and interested parties have been consulted on to ask them how they would like the Town to be developed over the next 20 years. From these consultations a Neighbourhood Plan for Poynton has been produced by residents with the support of the Town Council.
- Based on resident feedback, policies on the Environment, Housing, Transport and Connectivity, Town Centre and Business, Health and Wellbeing have been prepared.
- The Plan has to respect the adopted Cheshire East Local Plan which means that Poynton has to provide a minimum of 650 houses over the plan period.
- Cheshire East have already allocated three strategic sites for Development (Sprinks Farm, Chester Road and Hazelbadge Road) in the adopted Local Plan, which provide around 450 houses over the plan period.
- The Neighbourhood Plan seeks to minimise any further loss of greenbelt from Poynton whilst recognising the requirements of the Local Plan for the remaining housing needs for the Town.
- The Neighbourhood Plan has gone through the statutory consultations and legal processes including being revised by an independent examiner which now means that Cheshire East are holding a referendum to find out if residents support the plan or not.
- All Poynton residents who are registered to vote with Cheshire East will get a polling card.
- If more than 50% or residents who vote approve of the plan, developers and planners will need to take the Neighbourhood Plan into consideration when making any planning decisions.
What isn’t it?
- Anything to do with the SADPD (second part of Cheshire Easts Local Plan which allocates the smaller sites following the adoption of the Local Plan in 2016) which is currently being consulted on by Cheshire East.
- A polling card to leave Cheshire East.
- Anything whatsoever to do with Brexit!
The Neighbourhood Plan can be viewed here (PDF, 12MB).
Local Plan Strategy - Site Allocations and Development Policies
Cheshire East are currently running a consultation on the Site Allocations and Policy Documents (SADPD) which will close on the 30th September. This is a completely separate document to the Neighbourhood Plan. The Cheshire East SADPD which is the document under consultation, will allocate smaller sites, and the Cheshire East Local Plan which allocated the three strategic sites and which was adopted in 2017, will remain in force whether or not the Neighbourhood Plan is adopted. Both of these documents are the main strategic documents for Cheshire East and the Neighbourhood Plan sits alongside these documents.
You can read and comment on the SADPD here. The Poynton specific policies can be found on pages 150-154 of the document.
Poynton Town Council’s response to the Cheshire East Site Allocations and Development Policies Documents can be viewed here.
The Town Council would strongly recommend that all residents take part in the SADPD consultation as well as voting on the Referendum.
Hazelbadge Road Planning Application
The Hazelbadge Road development planning application was deferred to a future meeting of the Strategic Planning Board in order for Cheshire East to further consider the recent flooding in Poynton. Further information will be provided once the Town Council receive an update from Cheshire East.
Flood Record Form
The Town Council and Environment Agency are continuing to gather and collate further information on properties affected by the flood. If you were affected by the flooding in 2016 or 2019, but haven’t already done so, please complete our form which can be obtained at the Civic Hall or by contacting the Clerk at firstname.lastname@example.org. You should also report any floods to the Environment Agency on 0800 807060.
National Flood Forum
Did you know that the National Flood Forum hosts an online directory of property flood products and services called Blue Pages http://bluepages.org.uk/
Poynton Relief Road
Cheshire East Council has agreed to submit a funding application for the £50.7m Poynton Relief Road Scheme to the Department for Transport (DfT) and the Cheshire and Warrington Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP). As part of the application, the Council will ask for funding of £22m from the DfT and LEP with the remainder of the money coming from developer contributions, asset sales and funding from the council budgets.
Cheshire East Ward Councillors Jos Saunders and Mike Beanland attended the cabinet meeting to urge members to adopt the recommendations in the cabinet report pertaining to the construction of the Poynton bypass.
Community First Responders
Poynton’s Community First Responders (CFRs) are a small team of volunteers who support North West Ambulance Service and front line ambulances to respond to local emergency calls, providing life-saving first aid to local people in those vital minutes before an ambulance arrives. This often makes all the difference.
The team are looking for more volunteers. The CFR role is very rewarding and doesn’t require any previous experience. All the training needed will be provided and there’s plenty of flexibility, as you can be on-call from a home or work address, and from as little as 5 hours per week.
Poynton’s Community First Responders are also working with Poynton’s AED group and Town Council to deliver AED training sessions for residents at community venues.
The volunteers have been shortlisted by the Vernon Building Society to share a £10,000 pot with 14 other volunteer organisations from the area. To receive the funding, they need for people to vote for them. Votes can be placed using the following link www.thevernon.co.uk/vote and closes on the 30th September. The funding enables the volunteers to keep their own response vehicle on the road, and are also looking to purchase further additional medical equipment including a Lifepak defibrillator, as the team grows.
Poynton Town Council at Poynton Show, Saturday 24th August
On Saturday 24th of August at Poynton Show the “Council Community Support Team” launched themselves as a service to the Poynton community.
We hope they are a valuable addition to the team at Poynton Town Council. For more information about contacting the CCSO team please click here.
Scam phone calls
The Council Community Support Team would like to make residents aware of a recent telephone scam that has been reported. The scam involves an automated telephone call informing the recipient that their broadband will be cut off. Attempts are then made to obtain personal or bank details. If you should receive such a call, the advice is to end the call and if possible block the number and report the incident to your provider.
Did you know you can hire a room at Poynton Civic Hall?
Businesses, do you need a room for an off-site meeting or to hold a larger scale conference?
We have various conference rooms available to hire to accommodate up to 30 people and a large hall with full sound system that can accommodate up to 250. Free wi-fi, use of projector, flip charts and room set up. Refreshments available at a small extra cost.
Hobby Groups, exercise classes, local interest or tutoring groups.
Hire one of our rooms to hold your meeting/class as a one-off session or a recurring booking. Loyalty discount available after your first 20 sessions. Free wi-fi and full use of the kitchen area.
Do you need somewhere big enough for a bouncy castle or a children’s entertainer for your child’s party? Give us a call and use our hall!
Our hall can be transformed into a cost-effective wedding venue by your wedding planner. We have a bar, full sound system and plenty of space.
Planning a fundraiser, fashion show, dance show or musical theatre event?
Our hall would be ideal, we have a large stage, full sound system, lighting and can seat up to 250 theatre style. Free set up and use of seating and tables.
Did you know we have a bar?
Hire our main hall for your event and you can also hire our fully stocked bar for a small additional fee, complete with bar tender.
Call 01625 872 238 or email email@example.com for more information and availability.
The Sorcerer, Poynton Gillbert & Sullivan Society
Poynton Gilbert & Sullivan Society are presenting their fully costumed annual stage performance, which this year is ‘The Sorcerer’, on Tuesday 1st to Saturday 5th October 2019 at 7.30pm each evening at Poynton Civic Hall, SK12 1RB.
First performed in 1877, The Sorcerer set the pattern for subsequent Gilbert and Sullivan operettas: patter songs, love songs, chorus numbers, sharp satire. In The Sorcerer, Gilbert’s target for satire is the English obsession with class differences.
Tickets are £12 for adults and £7 for 16 and under, and are available at Mates DIY on Park Lane, The Civic Hall or by telephone 01625 876 394 and e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org They are also available on the door each evening.
London Road North flower bed improvements
Poynton Town Council have received permission from Cheshire East Council to improve the London Road North flower bed. The Town Council are hoping to organise a working party to help clear the area. If you would like to volunteer for the working party which will involve gardening duties, please contact Phil Cunningham on 01625 872238 email@example.com
Your next Councillor surgery is on 5th October 2019
Your chance to meet your local Cheshire East and Poynton Town Councillor and Police Community Support Officer to raise any issues about Poynton. Drop-in at Poynton Civic Hall from 10am to 11am or make an appointment for 11am, 11.20am or 11.40am on 01625 872238.
New hirers and classes
Tuesdays 1-2pm. Boccia soft boule social session. See details below
Tuesdays 4pm. We Will Rock You Project. Fortnightly 1hr group guitar sessions for ages 6-12. Beginners welcome. £12 per session/ £40 for 4. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Busking in Aid of Cancer Research, Poynton Heritage Garden community event, 11am Saturday 28th September
Come and enjoy listening to local musicians 'busking' in the beautiful surroundings of the Heritage Garden on Saturday 28th September from 11am. All proceeds to Cancer Research.
Activities and events at the Civic Hall
Haf Barlow, Town Clerk
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