The Town Council sets an annual precept as part of the Council Tax to help pay for the many local services we provide. The Council has worked hard in difficult circumstances to keep the precept low and made savings wherever possible.
The Town Council’s precept for 2020/21 is £489,264, an increase over the current year of £19,351 or 3.67% for a Band D home. The annual precept is £83.46 for the year, or £1.60 per week. This represents an increase of just over £3.30 per year or 6.33p per week. We believe that this represents good value for money when measured against all the additional services in Poynton which are provided by the Town Council. These include:
- Hockley and Brecon Close play areas
- The majority of Lady’s and Prince’s Inclines
- CCTV monitoring – 5 cameras in the centre of Poynton
- Graffiti removal
- Coppice Road allotments
- The Civic Hall, owned and maintained by the Town Council, is home to an increasing number of local voluntary organisations and clubs and needs maintenance and improvements
- The Time-Out café and Friday Shoppers group which provide social contact for many older residents
- Increased funding to the Citizens Advice service delivered from the Civic Hall
- Funding many local organisations and community events, including Poynton in Bloom, Men in Sheds, Higher Poynton Summerfest and the Christmas Fest
- The Town Council acts as Poynton’s voice on many issues, including defending the Green Belt and protecting the environment
The Town Council employs three Community Support Officers and continues to fund one Police Community Support Officer (PCSO) to enhance the service provided by Cheshire Constabulary’s two PCSOs.
The Communities Co-ordinator promotes health and well-being initiatives for both older and younger people, working with voluntary groups and service providers to ensure Poynton is a strong and resilient community. Poynton is officially a dementia friendly town and it because the first Town Council in Cheshire to achieve the bronze NHS Self Care Award. Other work includes supporting the Poynton Area Community Partnership and the scheme to lend out mobility scooters and wheelchairs.
The Operations Manager and Village Ranger have a key role working with Cheshire East, pushing for road and footpath repairs, drain clearance and lighting improvements; dealing with residents’ enquiries and litter problems; supporting the Pick and Tidy group; emptying bins and similar jobs maintaining Poynton’s infrastructure.
Town Councillors receive no form of salary, attendance or other allowances and give freely of their time. Poynton Town Council’s website is www.poyntontowncouncil.gov.uk.