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 Heavy traffic

The narrow Buckingham Road is more dangerous than ever. Major action is needed to make it safer for both drivers and the residents who have to cross this narrow busy dangerous road on a daily basis.

The volume of traffic, even outside of the ‘peak times’, continues to grow. In peak times the traffic moves at a snail's pace. Local councillors are concerned about two specific danger points on the road, and have written to Milton Keynes Council calling for a review of road safety.

The two measures that local councillors believe will improve road safety would be:

  • a zebra, or toucan, crossing by the TESCO shop/Three Trees pub on the corner of Buckingham Road, Shenley Road and Newton Road
  • traffic lights at the roundabout on the junction of Sherwood Drive and Buckingham Road.

Cllr Elaine Wales said,

“I used to live on Buckingham Road but, in recent years, traffic volumes have risen dramatically. The two problems identified cause real danger. The traffic at the Sherwood Drive roundabout is huge because of the access to the Bletchley train station and Bletchley Park. Outside TESCOs/Three Trees pub, a zebra crossing would make it safer for pedestrians crossing this busy road to get to the shops. It would also make the crossing safer for children walking to nearby Lord Grey school.”

Salden Chase and Southern Bletchley by-pass

What also worries Cllr Wales is that, if the proposed nearby development of Salden Chase takes place, the traffic flow onto the Buckingham Road would be even greater. One independent traffic review pointed to a 110% increase in traffic. However, it was good news that, on Thursday 9 March, the Milton Keynes Council Development Control (Planning) Committee deferred a planning application from the Salden Chase developer consortium for a second time. It was trying to create two new road entrances, one onto the Buckingham Road, that would lay the ground for access to the proposed Salden Chase development. She said,

“This was a great result for the community. The proposals did not address the massive problem of traffic congestion on the Buckingham Road, which will become worse as a result of development without the proper infrastructure.”

Cllr Wales concluded,

”We need immediate action to make the Buckingham Road safer. However, in the longer term we need to secure funding for the Bletchley Southern Bypass, otherwise the Buckingham Road will be impassable. That would be bad for residents and movement into Central Bletchley or the train station. ”

Contact

Cllr Elaine Wales: 07963 143664

 

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Buckingham Road more dangerous than ever

  The narrow Buckingham Road is more dangerous than ever. Major action is needed to make it safer for both drivers and the residents who have to cross this narrow...

 Clearing up litter

Litter is a big problem across Milton Keynes. Loughton and Shenley Councillor Zoe Nolan believes it is wrong for us to only depend on the council to clean up areas after litter has been dropped. We need to change peoples' approach. We need to persuade people to stop dropping litter.

Cllr Nolan, who is the Cabinet Member for Children and Young People, said,

 “I have been able to donate £800 of my ward grant to help the cleaning up of the local area I represent, particularly in picking up litter. The scheme is being run by Shenley Church End Parish, where they are engaging volunteers and community groups to pick up litter in the area.”

She added,

“It is great that Brownies and other community groups are given the loan of equipment, and also given a small financial contribution to their group funds. The idea is to clean up, bring the problems caused by litter to the attention of a wider group, and reduce litter and future litter problems.”

Cabinet Member for refuse collection and street cleaning, Cllr Martin Gowans, added,

“Zoe is right. We need to change peoples' behaviour. Funding is so tight, due to Government cuts, that we have had to find £400,000 from savings to stop the refuse collection service going to twice monthly, like many Councils have done. If we could stop people littering our community, the council could reduce its costs and communities would benefit from being cleaner.”

Cllr Nolan concluded,

“I was pleased to use £800 pounds of my ward budget to support groups at the forefront of tackling the local litter problem. They have my total support and praise. Let’s work together keep local areas litter free.”

Contacts

Cllr Zoe Nolan: 07881 209775

Cllr Martin Gowans: 07751 436650

 

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Zoe says "community clean-ups are important"

  Litter is a big problem across Milton Keynes. Loughton and Shenley Councillor Zoe Nolan believes it is wrong for us to only depend on the council to clean up...

 Housing

A majority on MK Council are set to back removal of the cap on new council homes, as local Tory MPs back government housing ministers' restriction on investment. 

On Wednesday 22 March, at the Milton Keynes Full Council, a majority of councillors are expected to support a position of calling on Government to allow councils to invest in new council housing. This means the removal of the government’s restriction on investment in new homes that currently exists.

The council’s housing account, called the Housing Revenue Account (HRA), has a turnover of £55 million. It made a surplus of £5.6 million last year, after contributing £12.5 million to new housing investment. It could invest a lot more, but for the Tory government cap on the council's freedom to invest in much needed affordable homes for local people.

Labour-led Milton Keynes Council is looking at a wide range of ways of investing in new homes. Last week Cllr Nigel Long, Cabinet member for Adult Social Care and Housing, visited Brighton and Hove Council. Like Milton Keynes Council, they are exploring a range of ways to invest in new homes. They also require developers to provide 40% affordable housing, and to link rents to the National Living Wage. They are also arguing strongly that they should be free to invest.

Cllr Nigel Long, said,

“Labour-led Milton Keynes is committed to securing a large number of council houses, both for sale and for rent. We aim to do this through a range of measures. But direct provision through the HRA is the most secure and most financially sound way to build or acquire new homes. Like other councils, and the Local Government Association, we believe Government must ‘set us free to build'. That means removing the cap on local investment.”

On Wednesday the Milton Keynes Full Council will be asked to support the removal of the cap on investment. This is not supported by local Tories. Hopefully they will come to their senses by Wednesday.

Cllr Pete Marland, MK Council Labour Leader, said,

“I am sorry that the Housing Minister is not listening to councils from across the country. I am also sad, but not surprised, that the two local Tory MPs are backing the government cap on investment in new homes. However, I am very surprised that the local Tory councillors look set to support the cap on investment. We are offering them an opportunity to change their minds, if they support our proposal on Wednesday evening.”

Cllr Nigel Long concluded,

“The Labour-led council wants to see a massive expansion in truly affordable housing both for sale and for rent. We need a range of ways to do this. That is why I went to Brighton last week to review options. They are delivering some great new housing. We must be free to borrow against the rental stream and asset base of the HRA. This is why the Tories must remove the limit on our ability to invest.”

Contacts:

Cllr Pete Marland: 07921 840904

Cllr Nigel Long: 07799 035756.

 

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'Set us free’ to invest in new homes

  A majority on MK Council are set to back removal of the cap on new council homes, as local Tory MPs back government housing ministers' restriction on investment. 

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