Willen Park and the International Festival

Having the International Festival in Milton Keynes is great but we need to be sure that residents in Willen Park aren’t affected by people parking from outside the estate, especially in Lovat Fields and the Camphill community.  We’ve asked the Police to cone off Lovat Fields, Japonica Lane and the lower part of Sakura Walk.

Please let us know if there are any problems on [email protected] or 07803 036 656

Pink Sacks Update
Cllr Douglas McCallwelcomes the Labour Cabinet's agreement to review the current arrangements for distributing pink sacks.

Cllr Douglas McCall welcomes the Labour Cabinet’s agreement to review the current arrangements for distributing pink sacks.

At the 16th July Full Council meeting Labour and the Conservatives joined together to vote down the Lib Dem motion aimed at reversing the previous Conservative Administration’s policy of restricting access to pink recycling sacks which resulted in a reduction of outlets, including some of the Council’s own libraries.

The new Labour Cabinet did agree to carry out a review of the distribution of pink sacks. So, there is some hope that the current situation may improve, but not as quickly as we had all hoped.

Reminder…

A meeting to discuss the future management of the Broughton Pavilion and the new Brooklands Community Centre (currently under construction) is being held by Milton Keynes Council on Thursday 17 July at 6 pm in the Broughton Pavilion.

Broughton & Middleton Neighbourhood Action Group (NAG)

The next meeting of the Broughton & Middleton NAG will be held at 6.30 pm on Wednesday 16 July in the Broughton Hotel.

Linford Neighbourhood Group (NAG)

The next meeting of the Linford NAG (which includes Willen Park) will be held at 7.30 pm on Monday 14 July (not 21 July as previously arranged) in the Parish Offices at the Neath Hill Local Centre.

Pineham motocross public enquiry delayed until October

A decision whether the Pineham motocross track must shut down has been delayed until October.

The Parks Trust had been appealing a Milton Keynes Council enforcement notice to close the track and a planning inspector was due to hear the case at a public enquiry next week.  But illness to one of the barristers has put the date of the enquiry back to (provisionally) October 21 – 23.

Under current regulations the site is deemed as amenity parkland, but 28 days a year it can be used for motocross without planning permission.

A sign of the times
Residents forced to queue to recycle in MK.

Residents forced to queue to recycle in MK.

Milton Keynes residents are now forced to queue up if they want to recycle in Milton Keynes.

Since a £200,000 budget cut introduced by the previous Tory run Council residents are no longer encouraged to recycle as much as they can by being allowed to easily pick up extra pink sacks. They are now forced by the Council to queue up for the privilege, and many residents report not being able to get their hands on a roll of pink sacks as the number of outlets has reduced.

MK Lib Dem Leader, Cllr Douglas McCall said “This was a false economy by the Tories as if you make it difficult for residents to get hold of pink sacks they will reluctantly be forced to put their recycling into black sacks and into landfill costing the Council more in landfill taxes. The Lib Dems will be calling on the new Labour Cabinet to reverse this decision with a motion to the July Full Council meeting”.

Broughton & Milton Keynes Parish Council

The next meeting of the Parish Council is on Monday 7 July at 7.15 pm in the Broughton Pavilion.

Among other items the Council will be receiving a presentation on the new Phoenix Lodge site development brief.

Here’s the link to the agenda   http://www.broughtonandmkv-pc.gov.uk/page20.html

Expansion of Oakgrove School

Oakgrovc School’s expansion plans have been approved by the Council.

The school has been given permission to build 10 new classrooms, a science laboratory, an ICT suite and a dining hall.

This will allow an extra 60 pupils to be adnitted into Year 7 from September 2015 onwards.

 

 

Major Lib Dem Local Government Conference held in Milton Keynes
MK Mayor, Lib Dem Cllr Subhan Shajiq welcomes Malcolm Bruce MP, Deputy Leader of the Lib Dems.

MK Mayor, Lib Dem Cllr Subhan Shajiq welcomes Malcolm Bruce MP, Deputy Leader of the Lib Dems.

 

Lib Dem councillors from across the country descended on the Jury’s Inn, Milton Keynes to attend the major, annual Lib Dem’s Local Government Conference,  organised jointly by the Local Government Association (LGA) and the Association of Liberal Democrat Councillors (ALDC).

The Conference was opened by the Mayor of Milton Keynes, Cllr Subhan Shafiq, himself a Lib Dem councillor. He thanked the delegates for coming to Milton Keynes and invited them to come back as tourists and visit Bletchley Park, the International Festival, our great shops and our wonderful green spaces.

This was followed by a speech by Malcolm Bruce MP, Deputy Leader of the Lib Dems.   He highlighted what the Lib Dems had achieved in government including the triple lock on pensions, reducing the tax burden, introducing apprenticeships and the pupil premium.

There were training sessions, fringe meetings, policy sessions on support for older people and housing and an exhibition for delegates to visit.

The Conference was closed by Justice Minister, Simon Hughes MP, who told the audience that his great grandmother had come from Wolverton.   Simon Hughes said: “It was really good to come back to Milton Keynes where I have had strong family roots and where the Lib Dems have an excellent record of working in the community”.

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