As the building of new homes starts to gather pace in the new "Western Expansion Area" estates of Fairfields (2,220 homes) and Whitehouse (4,330) local residents are joining with local Councillors to demand that road crossings are introduced to improve the safety of residents currently trying to cross fast moving roads.
A site meeting with residents is the next step in achieving safe road crossings.
Stony Stratford Ward councillor Charlie Wilson, who covers the area, has called for action, “Whether crossing the H4 to Crownhill or the V4 to Two Mile Ash or Kiln Farm there is a need for safe crossings. These are very fast roads and residents need to be able to access local shops and schools safely.”
Councillor Charlie Wilson & local campaigner Jennifer Marklew
Local Stony Stratford community campaigner Jenny Marklew, added “I have been working with a group of local residents concerned that no action has been taken to allow these fast roads to be crossed safely. I intend to work with residents to find a good way forward.”
Milton Keynes Council Cabinet member for Highways Councillor Martin Gowans has met with Cllr Wilson and Jennifer Marklew and agreed to hold a site meeting as next stage in looking at the range of options to tackle the lack of safe crossings.
Cllr Gowans said, “This is clearly a big problem and I am arranging the site visit with the Head of Highways. I am sure we can find a way forward to make crossing the fast roads safe. Fortunately the Labour led Council, in October 2016, allocated £3 million for such crossings. So now we have to work with residents to deliver the best way forward. ”
Notes: The Western Expansion Area, sometimes called the "Western flank" is a major growth of Milton Keynes.
You can read more about the Western Expansion Area on the MK Council's website here: https://www.milton-keynes.gov.uk/planning-and-building/growing-mk/western-expansion-area-wea
As the building of new homes starts to gather pace in the new "Western Expansion Area" estates of Fairfields (2,220 homes) and Whitehouse (4,330) local residents are joining...
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.”
“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.”
Cllr Zoe Nolan: 07881 209775
Cllr Martin Gowans: 07751 436650
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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...
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. ”
Cllr Elaine Wales: 07963 143664
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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...