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Just one week in to the new job as the MK Roads boss Cllr Martin Gowans (Cabinet member for roads) has already made a difference.


Cllr Gowans on behalf of the new Labour led Council has announced an extra £100,000 to refresh 800 areas of white lines across the City. This money, despite Tory Government cuts, has been found on top of the £6.3 million already being invested in roads.


Cllr Martin Gowans said, “I am delighted, as a driver, that over 800 locations will be upgraded over the coming year. Clearly marked lines mean safer roads. I hate coming to junctions or Zebra crossings and the lines are not clear.


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Cllr Gowans added, “I often go to see my Mother in West Bletchley and the lines on Shenley road at the Zebra crossing by the Church had faded. These were renewed in May and it has made the road safer in my view. I want to see 800 areas improved and made safe.


Martin Gowans  believes so much more could be completed if not for central Government controls on investment in roads.


Cllr Gowans concluded, “I am committed in my new role as Cabinet member for roads and road safety to improve roads and street lighting. The improved markings is a first step to improvements I intend to deliver.

£100,000 for improved road markings

Just one week in to the new job as the MK Roads boss Cllr Martin Gowans (Cabinet member for roads) has already made a difference.

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Milton Keynes Labour Councillors are concerned that the government plans to drastically cut the funding to community pharmacies could see a reduction in community based services which local people rely upon.

The cuts of £170 million will adversely impact the services that community pharmacies currently offer and could result in up to one third of community pharmacies being forced to close. Anne-Marie King, Chief Officer of Northamptonshire and Milton Keynes Local Pharmaceutical Committee, said

“Pharmacies were supposed be at the heart on the NHS but now this vital service to the community is threatened. Pharmacies often assist people to remain in their own homes for longer and offer delivery services free of charge to the elderly and disabled. These types of extra services will undoubtedly be the first casualties of the funding cuts.

If we cannot go on supporting patients in the community in this way then already overstretched GP surgeries will see even more patients coming through their doors. It will also put increased pressure on urgent and emergency care at a time when this area is already struggling to cope and waiting times are getting worse. At the present time patients have access to the services provided by community pharmacy without the need for an appointment and often turn to us when other NHS services are closed.This will be an unsustainable service when funding is reduced by 6%.”

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Councillor Zoe Nolan at local pharmacy

Councillor Zoe Nolan, cabinet member for children and Families on Milton Keynes Council visited her local pharmacy at Hilltops surgery in Great Holm this week. She met with Ruby Dhanoa the pharmacist and learnt about the way pharmacies support communities.

Mrs Dhanoa said "Trust in pharmacists runs especially high in areas of social deprivation. I want to highlight to our patients that there could be up to 3000 closures in communities  that need these services. The pharmacist is someone they can turn to for sound advice."

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Councillor Zoe Nolan, Cabinet member for Children and Families

Councillor Nolan concluded, "I am very concerned about these cuts to community pharmacies because this should be the first place we go and seek help and advice for common health problems. In this area people are already waiting weeks and weeks to get a non-urgent doctor's appointment. Now we have these proposed cuts to our pharmacies. If we lose pharmacies this will add to the pressure on GP surgeries and also accident and emergency departments.

If a quarter of pharmacies close it is predicted that a million extra people per month will be using GP’s and local NHS services across the country. I urge people to let the government know that this is a short sighted plan and the cuts to pharmacies should stop. More than 1.8m  have already signed a petition against the cuts which is available in pharmacies or on line. You can still sign the petition in pharmacies or sign the online version.”

Link to the petition here

National pharmacy cuts put local services at risk

Milton Keynes Labour Councillors are concerned that the government plans to drastically cut the funding to community pharmacies could see a reduction in community based services which local people rely...

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West Bletchley Labour Councillors Mick Legg and Nigel Long have marked 16 years of providing a drop-in surgery for local residents by moving the service to newly modernised premises.

After locating their surgery at Melrose shops for the last six years, the Labour Councillors are now available at a different location to local residents who needs to speak to them in person.

The modernised community facility, known as the Frank Moran Centre will now be the home for the weekly advice surgery as well as home to community activities ranging from a over 55s coffee Club, to computer courses to advice services and a general community drop in.

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Cllr Nigel Mick Legg  said, “We have been running an advice surgery every Saturday morning for 16 years. We are delighted to be returning to a modernised Frank Moran centre after 6 years in the Melrose Avenue Resource Centre. The new centre is a fantastic facility and will be a great resource for the local community. ”  

The surgery opened, in the new premises, for the first time on Saturday 21 May and welcomed three residents who called in for a chat and some advice. There were 8 callers yesterday (Saturday 28 May)

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Cllr Long said, “I was not sure people knew about the new venue. So I was delighted to welcome former councillor Tom Cleary as the first visitor. Always good to see Tom who continues to raise issues in the community long after he was a local councillor." 

The Frank Moran centre is owned by West Bletchley Parish Council. It is next to the Melrose pre-school and close to the Denbigh Club and Abbeys School. Directly opposite Melrose shops.

The advice surgery runs every Saturday from 9.00am to 10am. No appointments needed.

New venue for West Bletchley Advice Surgery

West Bletchley Labour Councillors Mick Legg and Nigel Long have marked 16 years of providing a drop-in surgery for local residents by moving the service to newly modernised premises.

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