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.
Lib Dems put some extra items into the Council budget including:
- More money to combat child poverty.
- More effort on planning enforcement.
- Replacements for old litter bins.
- A new service to combat isolation.
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.
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.”
The Parish Council have been consulting about re-equipping Ulverscroft Play Area Monkston. See their website for more detail: www.kentshill-monkston-pc.org.uk Vanessa and Leo have given ward budget to refurbish benches and clear away the low rail.
Vanessa with local resident at Caldecotte Brook, Walnut Tree Heavy rain brings debris down river which Vanessa gets cleared. Now she is asking can you help watch for debris in either of our rivers?
Jenni Ferrans has been working with the shops and the Parish Council to arrange emptying of the litter bins at Monkston Park shops. Now that is working, Vanessa McPake has asked for a clean-up of the remaining litter. Please use the bins now!
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.
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.
A police service, not a police force
Experienced County Councillor John Howson is the Liberal Democrat candidate for the Police and Crime Commissioner elections on May 6th.
John, who has extensive experience representing residents in Oxfordshire, has highlighted the failure of Thames Valley Police to hit its own target to reduce knife crime. He is supporting the campaign to end suspicion-less ‘stop and search’ and will increase funding for victim support.
For too long, Thames Valley have not solved enough crimes. If elected, John will ensure that they have the resources to improve this, including protecting the number of frontline police officers.
During their time in office the current Conservative PCC has raised their allocation of council tax by close to 50%, while cutting the number of officers available to police our streets. John promises to provide value for money, and to protect vital services.
John has announced he has no plans to merge fire and rescue services with the police. Even though powers have been given to Police and Crime Commissioners to do this. The Conservatives have failed to give clarity on this issue.
Vote for Cllr John Howson on May 6th for more accountability, experience and to put victims first.
You can find out more about Cllr John Howson and the Police and Crime Commissioner elections by contacting John at:
THREE KEY MESSAGES
- Better support for victims
- Stop discrimination in the use of stop and search
- Improve detection rates