Bad Buses

Vanessa McPake checks the reliability of the no 12 bus.

Vanessa McPake checks the reliability of the buses after lots of complaints

Ever since the Conservative run MK Council cut the bus subsidy by nearly £1/2 million, your local Lib Dem team has been concerned about the quality of the service.

Bus user, Vanessa McPake, has been keeping an eye on the bus changes in our area since the new timetable came into force.  She has been contacted by residents about the nos. 8 & 9 services not running on time.

Do tell Vanessa by providing: the date location of bus stop time the bus was supposed to arrive time it did arrive.

She will then take up the problems with Arriva who run these services

Broadband – Any Broadband – for Walton Grange!

Walton Grange needs broadband – that was the message from residents recently as you told us about speeds of only 0.5mbps on supposedly 10MB connections.

“The problem is that Walton Grange is about as far as you can get in MK from the local telephone exchange – and that means slow broadband.” said Cllr Jenni Ferrans.  A number of solutions have been tried over the years, but the best is to get fibre-optic cables laid.  That’s less dependent on distance, so even low speed connections would work far faster, and superfast connections would be available.

However, BT insists that it’s not economic to connect Walton Grange – despite connections to neighbouring estates only 100m away!

BT have made their position clear.  We are campaigning now to get Walton Grange included on the Council’s government-funded programme to connect up the uneconomic areas“, says Jenni.  “Please email the Council on [email protected]  if you want faster broadband.”

The Council will make the decision about which areas to go for in August or September.

New Ward Boundary Proposals Confirmed

The national Boundary Commission has been looking at all the MK Council wards across Milton Keynes.  They have just confirmed their proposals for the new wards in our area. The first elections for the new wards will be in May 2014.

The new Monkston ward will cover:
Monkston Park, Monkston, Kents Hill, Walton Grange, Walton Park and Walnut Tree.

The Danesborough and Walton ward will cover:
Wavendon Gate, Old Farm Park, Browns Wood, Caldecotte, Wavendon, Woburn Sands, Bow Brickhill and Little Brickhill.

The proposals will go before Parliament for confirmation in the autumn.

Update on Walton Park Reserved Site

Your local Lib Dem Focus team has just heard from the Homes & Communities Agency (HCA) that they have agreed a developer for the site on the corner of Chase Avenue and Limbaud Close.

The good news is that the agreement is for just 5 detached houses (you may recall the original proposal was for up to 10).

Your Lib Dem Focus team has already raised your concerns about road access and the possible destruction of the trees.

We have been told that consultation with residents will start late August and we will keep you posted on progress and ensure you are all consulted.

No Play Here

Cllrs. Subhan Shafiq and Jenni Ferrans are getting the broken play equipment repaired in the Parkminster play area, Monkston.  Some items now have to be ordered from Sweden after the UK supplier stopped trading a few years ago.

Where have the Bars Gone?  Cllrs Jenni Ferrans and Subhan Shafiq are getting the equipment at Parkminster, Monkston repaired.

Where have the Bars Gone? Cllrs Jenni Ferrans and Subhan Shafiq are getting the equipment at Parkminster, Monkston repaired.

Timetable Fiasco

Vanessa McPake helped residents at Kingston as the Tory run Council put up the wrong timetables when they cut bus services recently!  She got them fixed.  The cuts and the new bus times are hurting lots of residents in our area.  Lib Dems want to reinstate your lost services.

Vanessa McPake checks that the right timetable has at last been put up at Kingston.

Vanessa McPake checks that the right timetable has at last been put up at Kingston.