Protecting Verges

When people park or drive on our grass verges in winter, it really damages the verge! Please do not park on the verge, and please tell the Focus team if there are any more really bad spots. We have reported damage on Eridge Green, Crowborough Lane, Lichfield Down, Dunchurch Dale and Cloudberry, Walnut Tree.

Giving Young People a Chance

Children in care are among our most vulnerable children but, with the help of foster carers, many succeed well. When the time comes to leave home, Lib Dems have ensured that they will be given the help finding accommodation that any parent would hope to give – advice on their options, and help with the rent deposit, or even a mortgage deposit.

Resurfacing Brinklow Roundabout

Brinklow roundabout, at the junction of the H8 Standing Way A421 and the V11 Tongwell St A4146, is getting a facelift! Over the next month, till 9 May, it will be resurfaced completely, the underground cable ducts replaced, and the streetlights fixed. The junction will be completely closed from 9;30 to 4.30 daily. Please avoid the area if you can, to reduce congestion while this very busy junction is out of use.

Helping Young People

Young people have had a tough time during lockdown, but the Youth Information Service can help. Jenni has given part of her ward budget to fund one-to-one counselling and advice. If you need help, ring 01908 892998, chat on messenger at m.me/YiSMentalHealth or see the website at www.mkyis.org.uk. Leo, who is a board member of YIS, says “The work they do helps young people work out how to deal with the problems they are facing. It’s a lifesaver.”

Scooter Trouble

Electric scooters are very popular – but the scheme is being abused. Scooters are being driven on pavements, left abandoned, and used by under-age drivers. Now Vanessa is working with MK Council to tighten up the scheme. if you spot any problems, please let Vanessa McPake know.

Replacing Buses

During COVID bus numbers have fallen, leaving bus companies with huge losses. Government support stops on 31st March. Rather than lose the services completely, MK Council has commissioned Via to provide an extended service called MKConnect, using shared taxis, some electric, and some disabled adapted. Some buses will remain along our local routes, but times and routes will change so check the website. Many other services will end. Via will offer a service in most parts of MK, from 6am to 11pm Mon-Sat and 9am-6pm Sunday. See the Council website for more details of how to book, tickets, etc.