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