Bouncing the Rubbish!

We expect to find the odd discarded toy – but Cllr Vanessa McPake was amazed to find a trampoline discarded in Walton Park recently!  And nearby, Cllr Jenni Ferrans found the dog bin being used as a litter bin too!  The Focus team have asked for both to be cleared.

Vanessa McPake finds a discarded trampoline on Walton Park

Vanessa McPake finds a discarded trampoline on Walton Park

Jenni Ferrans finds a dog bin doubling as a litter bin in Walton Park.

Jenni Ferrans finds a dog bin doubling as a litter bin in Walton Park.



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!


Grit Bins – Update

Thank you to all the residents who took part in our recent survey both on-line and in Focus.
The Conservative-run MK Council has done a U-turn and are now saying they will pay for some grit bins but not until April!

The Lib Dems have put in bids for bins in Bartholomew Close, Walton Park and for Canonbury, in Monkston Park. We are now submitting a bid for one on the corner of Leominster Gate, Monkston.

Planning Meeting – Waltons

Residents discuss the plans for Walton Manor and Limbaud Close, Walton Park with the Focus team

Residents discuss the plans for Walton Manor and Limbaud Close, Walton Park with the Focus team

Thank you to all the residents who attended the recent public meeting the Lib Dem Focus team organised so that people could have their say on the proposals for Walton Manor and the Chase Avenue development.

The Chase Avenue plans were already in, and residents got a good look at what was proposed.  Amendments have been put in since, so look on the website for more details at:


All the residents comments on Walton Manor will be given to MK Council so that they know the strength of feeling of local residents
on some aspects of the proposals.  The brief will go to the Cabinet for approval before going to MKDP to be included in the pack when they market the site to the developers.

Developments in Walton

On 28/3/2014 the Liberal Democrat Focus team held an exhibition about the proposed new developments in the Walton area.  These include 5 self-build houses off Limbaud Close/Chase Avenue in Walton Park, and a new site to be developed, north of Simpson Road by Walton Grange and the industry there.

What is decided at this stage can’t be undone later!  Please – HAVE YOUR SAY NOW!

We apologise but it has not been possible to put the documents onto the website.

Please email [email protected] for a copy.

The largest document is 2.6MB

Grit Bin Success – but not yet!

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.

Tory Council Threatens Transport for the Elderly and Disabled

Community Transport for the elderly and disabled under threat from Conservative cuts

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

Support Local Charities

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.