Thank you for your support in the elections.
We won the election in Monkston Ward, with Jenni, Vanessa and Subhan all elected as Councillors for Monkston ward:
Jenni Ferrans 1128
Vanessa McPake 1085
Subhan Shafiq 981
Many thanks to all the people who have helped deliver “Lib Dem Service” in Monkston ward this year.
And THANK YOU to everyone who voted for us to continue!
Jenni and Subhan find the dangerous steps at Kents Hill Park.
Jenni Ferrans, Subhan Shafiq and Vanessa McPake undertook a major walk around the park in Kents Hill, near Sweetlands Corner.
And what did they discover? Broken steps, litter under bushes and broken blue fencing round the pond which Vanessa is getting fixed.
“Why don’t the Tory-run MK Council do their job and get things fixed?”, asked Cllr Shafiq.
The Focus Team has asked for pigeon deterrents under the Groveway.
Vanessa McPake has got MK Council to agree to install pigeon deterrents under the bridge carrying the Groveway after residents complained that the pigeons there were dive-bombing children on their way to school!
Jenni Ferrans and Vanessa McPake look for the picnic table. Inset: the damaged tree dumped in Crowborough Lane.
Over the past two months a gang of young people seem to have been having a mindless field day in Kents Hill Park and the young children’s play area.
Some trees, the stakes supporting the trees and the main picnic table and bench have been removed from in and around the play area. Worse, all were then dumped in the middle of Crowborough Lane!
Many thanks to the residents who informed the police and moved stuff out of the road!
The Focus team are trying to get the picnic bench and trees replaced and they have asked the Police to patrol or install a camera for a while to see if they can catch the offenders.
MK Council has passed the plans for 40 new homes at Bedgebury Place, Kents Hill. Work should start in April with residents arriving in
2015. Discussions with the developers led to a reduction of the number of houses facing onto Tunbridge Grove, and safety improvements to the road, as well as contributions to buses and schools.
Cllr Jenni Ferrans said “This was an example of developer consultation at its best. The developers put on an exhibition and publicised it well, and attended the Parish Council too. They were then very willing to work with us to make the changes that residents wanted. We didn’t get all of them – there is still more tandem parking than we want – but it’s much improved as a result. Well done Bellways!”
Bellways are hoping to start work in August 2014 and complete by November 2015.
After pressure from the Lib Dem Focus team, the Bedgebury Place developments will pay for the Sunday no 12 bus service to be resumed for two years. The service will start from when the new residents move in, expected to be during summer 2015.
THANK YOU to all the residents who signed our petition to save grit bins. We’ve WON!
Following the LibDem campaign right across Milton Keynes, the Conservatives backed down from their proposal to stop grit bins this week. They have now allocated a small budget next year – but it will have to cover both replacing damaged bins and adding new ones.
Vanessa McPake commented “The budget is not enough, it doesn’t start till April, and it stops after just a year, but at least its something. Now we need to campaign to make sure OUR residents get the bins they urgently need!”
Following residents requests, the Focus team has asked for two more bins – both on steeply sloping roads – one in Canonbury in Monkston Park, and one in Bartholomews Close in Walton Park. The Council have said, again, that we can’t have them at present! Please sign our petitions for these grit bins to let the Council understand how important they are!
Canonbury petition Bartholomews Close petition
If you need grit for roads and footpaths in the meantime, then ask for a bag by contacting us, or MK Council on 01908 252353 or email [email protected]. If you need it for your driveways, it can be bought at local builders merchants.
Community Transport for the elderly and disabled under threat from Conservative cuts
MK’s Conservatives have confirmed their proposal to make huge cuts to the Community Transport service (currently “PlusBus”). Around two thirds of the elderly and disabled users will be excluded from the service.
Although the Council has to make £10M cuts, the Lib Dems have made clear to the Conservatives that they expect the most vulnerable people to be protected from the worst of the cuts.
Cllr Subhan Shafiq said: “This would imprison people in their homes. It’s appalling while the Council continues to waste money.”
Please sign our petition and respond to the consultation to let them know your views! There are two consultations:
Budget Consultation 2014-15 – including a massive cut to the Community Transport budget
Consultation ends 15/2/2014
Future Provision of Adult Social Care and Supported Services Transport – specifically about the Community Transport
Consultation ends 28/2/2014
Like many people Cllrs Jenni Ferrans and Subhan Shafiq have fast broadband – but can you get it in your area?
BT published its plans recently for the government-funded fibre project and it’s mixed news for our area. Fibre is needed to get even moderately good speeds, not just fast and superfast, in our area (because we’re a long way from the telephone exchange and copper wire broadband slows down with distance), so this will benefit a lot of people and it’s really important that everyone gets the option.
Fibre-optic broadband will be available to most households in our area that want it by 31st March and most of the rest during 2014. But a few will wait longer, and some may not get it at all on this project. The details we know at present are below.
If you want to get fibre in your area, please:
- Check the timetable below to see whether it should be available
- Read our quick guide Fibre-intro which tells you what the options are and how to find out for (reasonably) sure what’s available
- If it’s not available, take our survey and register your needs for broadband with us – we’ll pass the overall numbers on to BT and the Council
- If you’re not satisfied with the timetable, contact us to help us campaign!
It’s important to note that the schedule is NOT guaranteed. The work may prove easier or more difficult than expected, so the overall timetable may slip, or individual small areas may be moved between phases. At present, the schedule is:
- Phase 1: July – December 2014
- Phase 3: January – June 2015
- Phase 8: NOT fibre. Some speed-up to 2mbps on copper cables – in 2016!
- Flats anywhere: by negotiation with the owners of the building. Please let Jenni Ferrans know if you need that resolved.
- All existing roads supposed to be covered by 31st March 2014
- Except Bedgebury Place – discussions about to start
- Most supposed to be covered by 31st March 2014, except:
- Bridlington Crescent some of nos 1-9 and 2-22, and all of nos 11+ and 24+, Abbeydore Grove, Aylesford Grove, high numbers in Stanbrook Place, Tynemouth Rise, Leominster Gate, St Helen’s Grove to be covered in Phase 1.
- The rest of Bridlington Crescent 1-9 and 2-22, Ealing Chase, Tewkesbury Lane, Woodspring Court, Penmon Grove to be covered in Phase 3
- Blanchland Circle nos 75-171 and all even numbers and St Bartholomews odd numbers, Brinkburn Place, Parkminster and Flaxley Gate to be covered in Phase 1
- Lilleshall Ave, Chirbury Close, Boxgrove Close, Malton Close to be covered in Phase 1
- Kilwinning Drive some already covered. Higher numbers of the rest and Waverley Croft to be covered in Phase 1. The rest to be covered in Phase 3. Exact split awaited!
- Most to be covered by 31st March 2014 except:
- Part of Canonbury to be covered in Phase 1
- Most to be covered by 31st March 2014 except:
- Lichfield Down nos. 10-110 and 41-73 and Wadesmill Lane, Bourton Low, Caraway Close, Harebell Close, Rosebay Close, Coriander Court, Tamarisk Court, Khasiaberry, Nutmeg Close, Paprika Court, Hockliffe Brae, Spearmint Close, Twyford Lane, Meadowsweet and Camomile Court to be covered in Phase 1
- Tamworth Stubb, Cinnamon Grove, Celadine Court, Sandbrier Close, Samphire Court, Berberis Close, Tatling Grove, Cloudberry, Tarragon Close, Twinflower, and part of Boxberry Gardens are in Phase 1.
- Parts of Walton Road, Boxberry Gardens, Pinfold, Honeysuckle Court will be covered in Phase 1, but parts are in Phase 8. Exact split on these awaited!
- Every street in Walton Grange is marked as split between Phase 1 and Phase 8. We think that’s technically impossible – so we’re pressing for details!
- New houses finished after the start of August will not necessarily be covered at all.
- We’re campaigning for the whole estate to be cabled with at least fast broadband speeds – this is the part of the ward where copper cable speeds are lowest.
- BT claim that fibre is available throughout Walton Park. Please let us know if that’s not the case
- The houses near the OU are not mentioned at all – BT appear to have forgotten about them. We’ve reminded them! We’re waiting to hear.
Please do support our local charities.
By shopping in the Walnut Tree Community Shop at 4 Fyfield Barrow, Walnut Tree, MK7 7AN you are supporting two MK charities:
The MK Reader Service — for people with visual impairment and
Rethink — a charity for those with mental illness.
There is also a Community Shop in Kingston, opposite Tesco’s entrance which supports:
Cross Roads Care – caring for elderly and vulnerable and supporting carers
MK Toy Library – toys on loan and advice on play
Your local Lib Dem Focus team think it is very good for our local community to have these shops in our area, please do support them.