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Adora posted..

People may be avoiding it but if they are, others are taking up their place because the usage numbers are up. The speed levels approaching on all four roads into Fountain Place are down. Here's the actuals:-

Police RTC data – injury and ‘damage only’ for (Aug 2010 – Mar 2012)


•          Injury stats in time frame: 37 for all Poynton post codes

•          In construction zone [gateways define the zone]: 9, of which 1 is classed as serious (see below for description)

•          Out of zone: 29 of which 6 are classed as serious

Or put another way, within the construction zone: 1 in 9 ratio for serious injury. In the remainder of Poynton: 1 in 4 ratio.

•          Damage stats: 153 RTC recorded by the Police across Poynton in the period - Only 13 in zone (discounting car parks)


The one serious injury within the zone reads as follows: “PEDESTRIAN CASUALTY PASSENGER ON BUS, ARRIVES AT STOP AND RUNS AROUND INFRONT OF THE BUS WITHOUT LOOKING INTO MAIN CARRIAGEWAY. VEHICLE 1 ONCOMING PASSING STATIONARY BUS COLLIDES WITH PEDESTRIAN.”



Poynton Councillors have dedicated over 5 years to the planning, fund raising and implementation of the revitalisation scheme. They organised funding via numerous sources, including Waitrose and they made it happen. It's big, bold, ambitious and took balls of steel and a MASSIVE (and I mean MASSIVE) amount of work and dedication. They haven't "got away" with anything. They made a plan which had to include the management of traffic because the traffic wasn't suddenly going to disappear - it was going to increase and they had to work with that because every idea to divert the traffic was a no-goer.

Hazel Grove is in desperate need of a huge face-lift and revitalisation programme itself. The only way anything even close to the size of the scheme in Poynton is going to happen here is if we get a full set of councillors willing to work together and willing to think big. Very big.

Oliver, Kevin, William - Talk to the councillors in Poynton. Talk to Laurence Clarke, Jos Saunders,Howard Murray, Gabor Bartos and Phil Hoyland

(contact details here: http://www.poyntontowncouncil.gov.uk/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=29&Itemid=30.

Ask them how they achieved it. They're a freakin' inspiration.

Think beyond free car parking to cure Hazel Grove. Free car parking in the Grove isn't revitalisation...it's like painting over chipped paintwork without bothering to sand down first! We need something much more radical but for that, we need councillors willing to think outside the box.

And before you harp on about the government spending cuts - there's money available from other sources but it takes some doing to get Hazel Grove's hands on it. Note, I have not said impossible, just difficult and challenging.