Robbery on Tanfield Square, Broughton

Thames Valley Police are appealing for witnesses following a robbery around 3.30 pm last Saturday (30 August) at Coral Bookmakers Tanfield Square, Broughton.

Two men were involved, possibly carrying firearms wrapped in plastic bags.  One was wearing a Scream style mask, a dark hooded top, grey jogging trousers, training shoes and gloves. He was carrying a red or orange drawstring bag.  The other was wearing a balaclava and a dark-coloured hooded top.

After taking cash from over the counter and the tills both men left on foot along Tanfield Lane towards the Pavilion.

If anyone has information that could assist the Police, they have asked that you contact them by phone on 101.

If you don’t want to speak directly to the Police you can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or online at crimestoppers-uk.org.  No personal details are taken, information is not traced or recorded and you won’t have to go to court.

Burglary on Middleton

Burglars have stolen a handbag and electronic table from a property in Wrens Park, Middleton.

The Police are appealing to anyone who may have information about the burglary to get in contact with them by phoning 101.

If you don’t want to speak directly to the Police, you can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111. No personal details are taken, information isn’t traced or recorded, and you won’t have to go to court.

 

Future of Plus Bus
Plus Bus is being rebranded as Community Transport.

Plus Bus is being rebranded as Community Transport.

Plus Bus has been transferred to the Council with effect from today 1st September and re-named Community Tramsport.   Everyone who is a current passenger has been written to and we have been assured that all commitments will be honoured for the foreseeable future.  There will be no change to the current fares.

However there is still an on-going review and for this reason no new registrations are being accepted.  We’ve been told that the review should be completed by Christmas. Meanwhile the buses will be changing colour from green to white.

Here’s the link to the Council’s notice on their website:

http://www.milton-keynes.gov.uk/streets-transport-and-parking/milton-keynes-council-community-transport

Taxi Licensing – Lib Dem Statement

Following a complaint from another taxi driver it has come to light that the Council issued a licence to a serial rapist about 3 and a half years ago. Investigations showed that he was first awarded his licence in 2011 by a sub-committee chaired by former Conservative councillor Amanda Box, with former Lib Dem councillors Alan Malyon and Robin Bradburn on the Sub-Committee. Lib Dem Cllr Subhan Shafiq, as a friend, attended as a character witness to the driver’s current good character. It is believed that the sub-committee decided to award the license to give the driver a second change due to the historic nature of the offences, they occurred in 1994, and his good character since.

The police contacted the Council in 2012 expressing concern that someone on the sex offenders register was driving a taxi. A second sub-committee chaired by Lib Dem Cllr Stuart Burke, with former Lib Dem Cllr Robin Bradburn and current Lab Cllr Gladstone McKenzie upheld his licence.

The majority of councillors involved in the sub-committees are no longer on the Council, but all serving councillors, Cllr Subhan Shafiq, Cllr Stuart Burke and Cllr Gladstone McKenzie, have accepted their error of judgement and have resigned their positions as Mayor, Licensing Committee Chair and Vice-Chair respectively.

Lib Dems Cllr Subhan Shafiq and Cllr Stuart Burke made the following statements:-

Cllr. Stuart Burke, Chair of Licensing & Regulation

“It is with regret that I have decided to resign as Chair of Licensing and Regulation.  It is clear that on reflection I made an error of judgement in taking the decision to grant a taxi license in this particular case.  I am pleased that there are now much clearer draft rules on how to deal with applicants that have paid the price for their crime.

I have enjoyed my last four years as Chair of Licensing & Regulation; I would like to thank my fellow committee members and all the council officers who have helped me while I have been Chair.  I will continue to work hard for the residents of my ward” ended Cllr. Burke. 

Cllr. Subhan Shafiq, Mayor of Milton Keynes

“It is with deep sorrow that I feel that I have no alternative but to resign as Mayor of Milton Keynes as I have lost the confidence of many councillors.  Sadly I gave a reference to someone, three and a half years ago, regarding the few years I have known them in Milton Keynes, with hindsight I should not have.  Now I am Mayor it is best that I resign as the office of Mayor must be above criticism.

It has been a great honour for me to have been elected Mayor and it is with regret that I have had to resign.  I hope that I have served the residents of Milton Keynes well during my short period as Mayor.  My wife and I have been so proud to represent this great city of Milton Keynes.

I will obviously continue my work as a ward councillor and represent my residents to the best of my ability” said Cllr. Shafiq.

 

The members operated within the policies and procedures of the Council, and with advice from professional officers and legal officers, so it is clear that a root and branch review is needed to ensure this can not happen again”.

Future of PlusBus

Plus Bus has been transferred to the Council with effect from today 1st September and re-named Community Tramsport.   Everyone who is a current passenger has been written to and we have been assured that all commitments will be honoured for the foreseeable future.  There will be no change to the current fares.

However there is still an on-going review and for this reason no new registrations are being accepted.  We’ve been told that the review should be completed by Christmas. Meanwhile the buses will be changing colour from green to white.

Here’s the link to the Council’s notice on their website:

http://www.milton-keynes.gov.uk/streets-transport-and-parking/milton-keynes-council-community-transport

The best tweet…….

…..of thousands.  “Kate Bush fans must be gutted. They thought they were seeing the most amazing show in the land tonight. Instead – MK Dons 4 – Man Utd 0 !”

Brooklands satellite system

We’ve had an email from Simon Elcock (Places for People) apologising for the mess over the satellite system.  He says that the operators FTTH will be fitting a replacement part today (Wednesday 13th) which they think will resolve the problem.

The person dealing with it at FTTH is Mark Lovegrove on [email protected] or  07891 548936.

Reminder – the Broughton Olympics

FAMILY OLYMPICS

Broughton Pavilion

Wednesday 20 August       10 am to 3 pm

Piggy Back, Water Relay, Tug-o-war, Sack Race, Long Jump, Team & individual races, Space Hopper Race and more!

FREE       For the Whole Family

PLEASE WALK   (parking very limited)    AND BRING A PICNIC

 

Great Linford Parish Council

The Parish Council, which includes Willen Park, next meets this Wednesday (13th) at 7.30 pm in the parish offices at the Neath Hill Local Centre, Tower Crescent, Neath Hill.

Tickford roundabout and A509 resurfaced
Cllr Douglas McCall gives a thumbs up to the resurfacing of the Tickford roundabout and A509.

Cllr Douglas McCall gives a thumbs up to the resurfacing of the Tickford roundabout and A509.

I am delighted after much chasing by myself MK Council has finally resurfaced the Tickford Roundabout on London Road and more of the A509 to the M1.

 

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