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Conniburrows’ community Orchard is a wonderful place for residents and especially school children to go and experience nature in a built up urban area.

Set up in 2017 as a green space, the orchard has 50 fruit trees inter-spaced with a cornucopia of soft fruit, vines, vegetables and flowers.  

Conniburrow Community Campaigner Moriah Priestley believes it has been such a success in its first year that other community orchards should be developed on the urban estates surrounding the city centre.

Moriah Priestley said, “I have enjoyed watching the Conniburrow Community Orchard turn into a community success. I would like to see similar orchards on Bradwell Common and Oldbrook. The project lead at Conniburrow, Sarah Watts, has been excellent in developing the orchard. ”

Moriah believes that there are open spaces on each estate that need to be protected for the future. Developing community orchards would both protect the open spaces and provide an area of nature in dense urban areas that surround the city centre.

Moriah Priestley concluded,  “Milton Keynes has lots of great open space especially through the linear parks, but the urban estates immediate surrounding the city centre lack preserved open spaces. I believe the Conniburrow Orchard is a great example of what can be done to provide areas of nature in urban areas. We need to develop more orchards on other urban estates around the city centre.”     

Every estate should have a Community Orchard

Conniburrows’ community Orchard is a wonderful place for residents and especially school children to go and experience nature in a built up urban area.

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Hannah O’Neill has been selected as Labour’s candidate for the Milton Keynes South constituency for the next general election.

She has a record of excellence as the Deputy Leader of Milton Keynes Council, and has put housing front and centre of her campaign. She has served as the Cabinet Member for Housing and Regeneration, and had oversight over the development of the first council house building project in Milton Keynes in over a generation.

She previously stood as the Labour candidate at the 2017 General Election.

Hannah went to St Paul’s school in Leadenhall and is currently director for the Milton Keynes Equality Council.

Speaking after the selection, Hannah said:

I am very proud to be Labour’s candidate for the next general election in Milton Keynes South. The party of equality, and winning for the many.

I am among the few that have the privilege of claiming to be first generation Milton Keynes. My parents moved here separately, escaping poverty in London and violence in Northern Ireland.

“The time has come for our amazing city to have a MP from Milton Keynes, born and raised, who has stayed and invested her entire working life to supporting the communities that make up our city.

 

Labour announce Hannah O’Neill as their parliamentary candidate for Milton Keynes South

Hannah O’Neill has been selected as Labour’s candidate for the Milton Keynes South constituency for the next general election.

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143 Kingsfold is a terraced house in Bradville.  No-one lives in it, and its owner, who is believed to live abroad, has allowed it to become derelict.

 

Bradville Community campaigner  Hannah Minns is calling for action to bring the house back into use.

Hannah Minns said 

 "We have a housing crisis here in MK, with over 650 homeless families desperately seeking affordable places to live.  It is scandalous that this house is being left empty"

She added,

 "It's also scandalous because its condition is making it a danger to its neighbours" she continued.  "I'm calling for Milton Keynes Council to use its powers to force the owner to repair it and bring it back into use, or alternatively to take that action itself. It should use its compulsory purchase powers to bring the house back into use. "

Hannah believes that there are empty private properties all across Milton Keynes. She believes properties like the one on Bradville could provide much needed housing to tackle homelessness. She has raised the matter with MK Council Cabinet member for Housing Cllr Nigel Long.

Hanah Minns said, added further “I have asked the Cabinet member for housing, Nigel Long, to look at what action the Council could take to bring the property on Bradville back into use.”

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Cllr Nigel Long said, “Hannah Minns is right to raise the problem of privately owned houses sitting empty. I agree that action is needed so I have asked the Councils Private sector team to look at this property and see what can be done, up to and including Compulsory Purchase.”

Action needed to compulsory purchase homes standing empty

143 Kingsfold is a terraced house in Bradville.  No-one lives in it, and its owner, who is believed to live abroad, has allowed it to become derelict.

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