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Community campaigner and ward rep Carole Baume


Councillor Matthew Clifton (Labour) and Carole Baume, Loughton & Shenley Ward Rep (Labour) have urged Milton Keynes Council to implement a 20mph speed limit along Engaine Drive in Shenley Church End and along Kensington Drive in Great Holm.

They believe that MK Council should take into account the needs of all road users when setting local speed limits.

Carole Baume says, “At 20mph everybody benefits, including the most vulnerable members of our community. Journey times are increased by only a few seconds and slower speeds reduce casualties.”

The two local campaigners in the Loughton and Shenley Ward have launched a petition to get community backing for their proposals. This will be presented to MK Council with the aim of getting new speed limits on two key streets in the ward. Councillor Matt Clifton says, “Child pedestrian accidents decrease by up to 70%. Slower speeds are elderly, disability and dementia friendly, reducing casualties by up to 20%. Walking and cycling become safer and more attractive modes of transport. Traffic flow improves and congestion is eased and journey times are increased by only a few seconds.”

See and sign their petition here:

Twenty is Plenty – Campaign for new speed limits

Councillor Matthew Clifton (Labour) and Carole Baume, Loughton & Shenley Ward Rep (Labour) have urged Milton Keynes Council to implement a 20mph speed limit along Engaine Drive in Shenley Church...

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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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