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Milton Keynes Council Cabinet at its meeting on 10th July gave the go ahead to move to a ballot on resident proposals to regenerate Serpentine Court on the Lakes estate Bletchley.

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The Cabinet meeting was attended by community Campaigner Emily Darlington and by a large number of residents from Serpentine Court. The residents highlighted the work they have been doing to plan the future of Serpentine Court. They favoured demolition of the 1960s block and its replacement with new houses and facilities.

Emily Darlington said “It was great to join residents at Cabinet and to be able to support their case for the future of the flats and the need for high quality houses in its place. It was also good to see the Cabinet listening to residents and committing to a ballot.

Local councillor Mohammed Khan, who grew up on the Lakes estate told the Cabinet meeting that he supported the residents and their request to move to a ballot. He spoke powerfully about the high quality work the residents had undertaken.

Cllr Khan said, “I totally support the residents and their commitment to replace Serpentine Court with a revitalised area, with decent new homes and new facilities.”

Residents from Serpentine Court presented Council Leader Pete Marland with a letter requesting the ballot process to start.

Cabinet Member for Housing and Regeneration Cllr Nigel Long thanked residents for all their work on regeneration and the high level of engagement achieved.

He said, “The Residents Steering Group have spoken to 88% of all Serpentine Court residents and they have my full support in moving to a ballot on the regeneration proposals in the autumn. We do need to do the financial modelling and ensure that the needs of all residents and businesses are met, but the Cabinet has started the ballot process.”

Emily Darlington concluded, “The Cabinets’ support for the Serpentine Court Residents Steering Group was really good. I will continue to work with residents as they move towards the ballot.” 

Serpentine Court Regeneration Ballot gets Go ahead.

Milton Keynes Council Cabinet at its meeting on 10th July gave the go ahead to move to a ballot on resident proposals to regenerate Serpentine Court on the Lakes estate...

Milton Keynes faces a housing crisis and the July 10th Cabinet meeting will start 12 weeks of consultation on how best to address the housing crisis facing the city. The strategy covers the period 2018-2023.

The Housing Strategy that is going out to public consultation covers 4 broad areas of activity:

  1. Increasing the supply of Housing
  2. Managing the demand for housing
  3. Providing high quality local landlord services
  4. Creating great places to live.

Cllr Nigel Long, Cabinet member for Housing and Regeneration said, “We are publishing the Housing Strategy for public consultation. It highlights how important increasing the number of new homes is to tackling the cities homelessness, housing and affordability problems. This will be tackled through the building of 500 new Council houses, partnership working to deliver truly affordable new homes and housing co-operatives.”

Cllr Long continued, “We remain committed to expanding our stock of 13,000 homes (Council houses and shared ownership) and to improving housing management and customer services. We also want to see other landlords improve their performance, both housing associations and private landlords.”

Cllr Long further added, “Tackling homelessness remains a top priority. We aim to end rough sleeping. But we also aim to end the shame of hundreds of families in temporary accommodation. That requires building many new homes and a change of heart by Government. We will be asking Government to remove the cap on our ability to invest. We are preparing a bid for funding for new Council housing. This is best way to end the homelessness crisis facing hundreds of families.”

Cllr Long concluded, “Over the summer and in the autumn we will be consulting on the Housing Strategy. We want to hear from residents, developers, providers and the voluntary sector on how we can end the housing crisis blighting our city.”

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Residents of Bowling Green Close met with Community campaigner Emily Darlington, Cabinet member for Customer Services Cllr Mick Legg and local Cllr Mohamed Khan for a second Saturday morning in a row to discuss the poor performance of Avant Homes, who developed the Bowling Green Close.

Emily Darlington, and Cllrs Mick Legg and Mohamed Khan with residents from Bowling Green Close.

Avant Homes are being labelled a rogue developer by residents of the development of homes in Central Bletchley. It is likely to face action by Milton Keynes Council (MKC) for poor performance following the intervention of community campaigner Emily Darlington and Cabinet member Cllr Mick Legg. 

To avoid the action by MKC the developer will have to make significant progress in addressing issues raised by residents. They appear to be in breach of the conditions agreed prior to the development. But they have a short time to put matters right after months of inaction.

The council has been presented with overwhelming evidence that Avant Homes has not fulfilled their commitment to the residents of Bowling Green Close. Amongst the complaints by residents were:

  • missing street lights and lights not working
  • piles for rubbish left by the developers
  • broken drains
  • unfinished roads
  • unmarked parking bays.

Emily Darlington said, “ The developers lack of action has led to dark and unsafe conditions, rubbish and a failure to mark out parking bays. Agreed Lampposts are missing. Residents are not being treated fairly and not being listened to over their genuine concerns.”

Local resident Jay Parmar said “After trying for many months to resolve these issues with the developers, we felt we had no recourse but to contact the council and ask for action. We bought our houses on a promise that the developers would upkeep the estate in a habitable and safe condition, instead they have failed to fulfil their obligations. I am grateful to Emily, Mick and Mohammed for listening and taking action. I hope that Avant Homes will finally make our community safe.”

MK Council Cabinet member Mick Legg said “This is the worst example of a developer not fulfilling their obligations I have ever seen in my 18 years on the Council. We have no choice but to intervene because it is a clear breach of conditions. This could see them fined if they then fail to put right the breach of conditions. I have written to the developers today demanding action.”

Cllr Legg added, “What I also find deplorable about this developer is that they refused to provide any affordable housing and used the planning laws to block affordable housing. They only seem interested in making money, not creating inclusive communities.”

Local campaigner and Labour Council candidate for Bletchley East Emily Darlington concluded “Residents have had to put up with no street lights and construction rubbish on their streets for several years. This has the potential of being a wonderful community but the developer needs to finish the job. We will keep campaigning until it is done. Milton Keynes Council must now use its powers to intervene. It should take action against the developer if they continue to fail the residents.”

Action needed on Bowling Green Close

Residents of Bowling Green Close met with Community campaigner Emily Darlington, Cabinet member for Customer Services Cllr Mick Legg and local Cllr Mohamed Khan for a second Saturday morning in...

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