We have three sets of voting going on soon locally.
On May 5th we have the election for councillors on Milton Keynes Council. You can see the Lib Dem Manifesto for Milton Keynes here.
Our local candidate is Cllr Vanessa McPake, who has served this area as a councillor or campaigner for ten years, and is standing for re-election as a councillor. She is now campaigning to:
Get more houses built that our children can afford
Clean up the litter grot spots with more flexible litter picking
Increase our evening and weekend buses
Safeguard and maintain our lovely landscape
Work with parish councils to keep our play areas.
Also on May 5th we have the election for a Police Commissioner. This is the elected person who oversees the Police in the whole of Thames Valley. Lib Dems believe that one person cannot possibly represent the interests of such a wide area, but that is the system we have, so we have to work with it at present.
Our candidate is John Howson, who is campaigning to cut crime, not constables! He points out that if we can use modern methods to increase detection rates, and use the best methods of dealing with each category of offender to reduce reoffending, then we will reduce crime without needing to spend more! Win-Win!
Finally, on June 23rd we have the big one – the referendum on whether to Remain In the EC or to Leave the EC. You can see the Lib Dem party comment on this here. After the Council elections, we’ll put more on this website about the issues for Milton Keynes.
The Council’s consultation on the planning brief for the developments on Kents Hill Park including both the housing and the schools will close this Sunday, Sept 13th, so please get your comments in to them! The development proposal comprises:
a secondary school to serve the MK south-central area
a primary school to serve the new housing plus an extra junior class in each year to take the existing overflow from the area
286-303 homes or small commercial or mixed use units
For more information on why it’s happening, and the process being followed, see our Development Special published early this year.
For more information on the proposals and the school proposals, see our KentsHillSpecial2.
Update: Heronsgate have agreed to take the 2016 intake to the junior school, and those children will then stay at Heronsgate until they move up to secondary school. It’s intended that the new school will open on the new site on Kents Hill in September 2017.
The Focus team at Walnut Tree surgery where expansion is desperately needed
Many people locally can’t register for a GP or NHS Dentist, or have to wait ages for appointments. The Focus team is calling on NHS England to make more provision available either in Monkston ward, or on the estates immediately next to our homes.
NHS England have now confirmed:
Not to expand either MK Village or Walnut Tree surgeries to take new patients
to close Broughton Gate surgery and open a new “super-surgery” at Brooklands
to send all new patients to that surgery – near Junction 14
Walnut Tree surgery to get help to shorten GP waiting times – for those who’ve been able to register there!
We know there are hundreds, if not thousands, of local people, particularly in Monkston, Monkston Park, Kents Hill and Walton Grange, who have not been able to register at either Walnut Tree or MK Village. This means drastically increased journeys for them, with no direct bus, when they are ill.
If you want to protest about this, and to ask for MK Village and Walnut Tree surgeries to be expanded, and more dentist provision to be made available locally, please:
Development of some sort will come to the west of Kents Hill near the V10 over the next few years. Our special Focus edition explains why, what is being considered, and how you can input to the decision.
We’re fighting to ensure that, whatever comes, adequate infrastructure comes with it, so that existing residents don’t suffer as a result of the new development.
Car drivers, bus users, young, old, those with disabilities
– all will pay the price in Labour’s proposed budget cuts!
What are they proposing?
Parking charges up to £2 an hour. More spaces, but much higher car parking charges.
Some night time and Sunday bus services will disappear. Young people and pensioners face higher bus fares.
Even fewer people eligible for Council housing as they want to change the rules.
MK Citizens Advice Bureau faced with closure. Local charities, like those that help the blind and help the young homeless may vanish for ever.
Children’s Centres, Youth Clubs, Community Centres – all are on Labour’s ‘hit list’.
No more black bin bags, and higher charges for special collections.
And what are they proposing spending money on?
Spending millions on new furniture and new computers for their offices.
More money on senior staff and “away days” for staff.
The Liberal Democrats want to save our crucial services for the disadvantaged and disabled. Keep critical voluntary services that help all. And not hit car drivers or bus users.
Home buyers in Milton Keynes will pay on average £392 less in Stamp Duty. The new system – announced in the Coalition Government’s Autumn Statement – is based on a long-standing Liberal Democrat policy and will reduce the cost of moving house, especially for 1st time buyers.