Rubbish Day

Reminder: do put your rubbish out by 7.00am on the day of collection, or late the night before.  Please don’t miss your collection day! The rubbish bags can be attacked by wildlife and can attract rats.

If you’re not sure what can go in the different containers, or need a new blue box or green bin, the details are on the Council website at http://www.milton-keynes.gov.uk/waste-recycling.

Lib Dem Success

Cllr. Subhan Shafiq reported the broken wooden fencing along Lichfield Down, Walnut Tree and thanks to pressure from the Lib Dem Focus team it is now fixed at the key junction with Hockliffe Brae.

Vanessa McPake has also reported the other stretch of broken fencing along Lichfield Down, near the shop and the school and been told it too will shortly be fixed, once parts arrive.

Subhan Shafiq and Vanessa McPake with the workmen on Lichfield Down

Subhan Shafiq and Vanessa McPake with the workmen on Lichfield Down

Keeping Children Busy!

Well done to Kents Hill & Monkston Parish Council for keeping children busy this summer.  Activities run until August 30th, so go along and beat the end-of-holidays blues!

Sporty-longPlay Sessions for ages 4-14
(children under 8 should be accompanied by an adult):
Monkston Green:
Monday 10-12.30 (NOT Bank Holiday Monday)
Friday 2-4.30 pm

Monkston Park Green:
Tuesdays 2-4.30 pm

Kents Hill Park
Wednesdays 2-4.30 pm

Youth Club
For older children and teenagers the Youth Club at Monkston Pavilion on Tuesday evenings has now split into two:
7.00-8.30 pm for years 6 – 8
8.30 – 10 pm for years 9-11

Details on their website at www.kentshill-monkston-pc-org.uk – play schemes are under News and the Youth Club is under Youth Matters

These sessions are really popular.  Check them out for your own children and teenagers” says Parish Councillor Jenni Ferrans.

A Way Through

After years of residents forging their own path from Balmerino in Monkston over to Middleton and Broughton, a proper footpath will finally be created.

Cllr Jenni Ferrans says “The Focus team have been campaigning for this path for years, but we got nowhere with the developers.  Now at last the land is in the hands of the Parish Council and they have agreed.”

Kents Hill and Monkston Parish Council has decided to surface the footpath down the side of the allotments. And they’ve finally got permission from the Parks Trust to extend the extra few metres over Parks Trust land to meet up with the redway going to Middleton and Broughton.

Cllr Jenni Ferrans walks the proposed path by Monkston Allotments

Cllr Jenni Ferrans walks the proposed path by Monkston Allotments

Eastern Expansion – Have Your Say

MK Council is consulting on the future of the land around the A421 on the eastern edge of Milton Keynes, including Church Farm.

Developments are decided in three stages, with consultation at each stage, and it’s important to understand that what is decided at each stage can’t normally be changed later:

Stage 1 – this one – the brief.  This stage will set what is included in this development, eg. whether a main road or a community facility is there or not.  That much will be fixed now.   If you do want to comment at this level, the time to do it is now!

They’ll also give an outline of their intended layout, so that you can influence their thoughts before they draw up the final outline plan for stage 2.

Stage 2: Outline Plan – typically this sets the access roads and the basic layout of what goes where. It’s often accompanied by a “design code” which sets the look and feel of the development.

Stage 3: Detailed plans of each part – this sets the fine details of what goes where and the detailed design.

There will be exhibitions for you to see the Stage 1 brief and make comments on:

Wednesday 4 September, 5.30pm-7.30pm
At: Wavendon Community Centre, Walton Road, Wavendon

Thursday 12 September, 5.00pm-7.30pm
At: The Memorial Hall, High Street, Woburn Sands

 

Saturday 14th September, 2.00pm-4.00pm
At: Wavendon Gate Pavilion, Isaacson Drive, Wavendon Gate, MK7 7RZ

There are also copies in libraries and on MK Council’s website under Planning Policy.

Cllr Jenni Ferrans checks the proposals for the new development along the A421.

Cllr Jenni Ferrans checks the proposals for the new development along the A421.

No GP for Walton Grange

Residents of Walton Grange have been telling the Lib Dem Focus team about the problem of not being able to register with the local Walnut Tree GPs.  They are being referred to GPs two buses and a long walk away!

Jenni Ferrans and Vanessa McPake have met with NHS England and with the Health Centre.  They reminded NHS England that money was available from building Walton Grange to expand health services.  They are all going away to have meetings and think about it!

The Lib Dems think this is a poor show, they should have sorted out how the local GPs could take on local Walton Grange residents before the houses were even built!  They have had years to sort this out!  The Focus team will keep you posted.

Cllr Jenni Ferrans and Vanessa McPake outside Walnut Tree surgery

Cllr Jenni Ferrans and Vanessa McPake outside Walnut Tree surgery

Lotsa Litter!

Why does the Conservative run MK Council not collect litter in our play areas often enough?
That is what the Lib Dem Focus team wants to know after visiting all our play areas. They found unacceptable litter in almost ALL of them!

Litter, litter everywhere in the play areas!  Top: Vanessa McPake and Cllr Jenni Ferrans at the whirligig play area, Kents Hill. Right: Cllr Subhan Shafiq near the river in Monkston Park.  Left Subhan and Vanessa in Walnut Tree.

Litter, litter everywhere in the play areas! Top: Vanessa McPake and Cllr Jenni Ferrans at the whirligig play area, Kents Hill.
Right: Cllr Subhan Shafiq near the river in Monkston Park. Left Subhan and Vanessa near the community centre in Walnut Tree.

Bollard Chaos!

Vanessa McPake with a local resident at the bollard in Luttlemarsh, Walton Park.

Vanessa McPake with a local resident at the bollard in Luttlemarsh, Walton Park.

Vanessa McPake had been told by Tory run MK Council that the loose bollard in Luttermarsh, Walton Park was fixed.  Cleary it had not been yet!  And it was the same story in Monkston, where Jenni Ferrans was told the Flaxley Gate bollards had been fixed.  Jenni has asked the Council to investigate what it’s contractors are doing!