MK Council’s winter pruning of its shrubs and trees is in progress. Hedges in Walnut Tree have been cut, and some other areas have been cleared, but many remain to be done.
In a shock decision, after Government interference, MK’s Labour Cabinet has decided to give the Government the whole say over who manages all our new schools including Kents Hill Park Primary.
But the earliest the Government can appoint managers is Autumn 2017 – too late for the 2017-18 school year, and the Government’s last appointment was an academy that has failing schools! Oakgrove School has offered to accommodate the extra children in 2017-18.
Your Lib Dem councillors think MK Council should still go ahead locally with the primary school, to get it open on time, with a good academy managing it.
Please sign our petition or ask us for a paper petition, quickly, if you agree!
There have been reports over the last few weeks of a dangerous dog accompanied but off the lead.
This is attacking other dogs, and sadly, occasionally people, around Caldecotte Lake and on Walnut Tree. The dog is a black and white heavy-set dog. If you witness an attack of this sort, please ring the police immediately. It DOES warrant 999. Unless the Police can catch the owners, they can’t take action.
Please remember that ALL dogs should be kept on leads when on paths. Dogs who jump up at people can be a danger, even if they are friendly and well-behaved.
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.
- 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!
You can see more about his campaign on the Thames Valley Police website at https://www.choosemypcc.org.uk/area/thames-valley
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.
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:
- sign our petition
- email the Chair of the MK Health and Wellbeing Board, Cllr Peter Marland
- email the NHS England representative, Dominic Cox
- ask us for a paper petition to take round your neighbour
We have to keep the pressure up on this! We will be taking your complaints to meetings of the MK Health and Wellbeing Board, so please get lots of signatures!
Thank you to all the voters who supported us in the recent MK Council elections.
Sadly, it wasn’t enough and we lost to the Conservatives. The full result was:
Andrew Buckley (Conservative) 2373
Matt Drewett (Liberal Democrat) 1486
Kathryn Colgrave (Labour) 1326
William Leahy (Green party) 373
Turnout was 61.89%
Vanessa McPake and Jenni Ferrans continue as councillors and the Focus Team will continue working for you. Thank you again to all who supported us.
Across MK Council, the seats are now as follows:
Party Seats Now Change
Labour 23 seats -2
Conservative 22 seats +4
Lib Dem 12 seats 0
UKIP 0 seats -1
Vacant 0 seats -1
Rubbish collection dates are a day later than usual this week as the service catches up after the Bank Holiday.
Monkston’s collection will be on Wed 7th (Note NOT 8th as in Focus – sorry!)
The other estates in Monkston ward will be on Thurs 8th.
Next week they return to the usual days of Tuesday and Wednesday.
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.
All our redways are supposed to be accessible to ALL.
That means dropped curbs so those in wheelchairs can use them. The Focus team is demanding that this curb in Parsley Close, Walnut Tree is dropped right now.
Thanks to the Lib Dems, the landscaping around the Snail Park has now been cut back and a new light installed!
But these brambles are still endangering both adults and children near Lindisfarne Drive, Monkston.