Greenleys Community Centre Revamp

At the end of April Joe, the Community Engagement and Projects Officer, worked with volunteers from John Lewis and Partners to clear the venue of rubbish and repaint the main hall and lobby. This was a mammoth task and took them three days! The community centre now looks spick and span!

Armed Forces Covenant

In the April meeting of Full Council it was resolved to sign the Armed Forces Covenant. The Covenant is a pledge that together we acknowledge and understand that those who serve or who have served in the armed forces, and their families, should be treated with fairness and respect in the communities, economy and society they serve with their lives. The covenant focusses on helping members of the armed forces community have the same access to government and commercial services and products as any other citizen. In signing the Covenant we are demonstrating our support of the armed forces community. You can read more at www.gov.uk or www.armedforcescovenant.gov.uk

Provision of ‘Hail and Ride’ Services

Towards the end of April many of you came to us with concerns that the ‘hail and ride’ service offered by Arriva buses was ending as per the text written on the back of bus tickets. We have been in conversation with MKCC, who are responsible for the bus service in MK, and we provided an update in the April meeting of Full Council. A summary of this is as follows: ‘Hail and ride areas were removed in 2021 and replaced with temporary stops while fixed stops were assessed, as H&R has a number of associated safety issues. There have been no recent changes to routes through the estates however the message that these areas are not hail and ride has been restated to drivers for safety reasons.’ We have been told to ask any residents who wish to provide feedback on this and the bus service to do so by filling in the online form at this address: www.milton-keynes.gov.uk/highways/bus-rail-and-taxis and members of the public are encouraged to speak to their local Ward Councillors.

Tree Nursery Plans

We would like to establish a wildflower meadow on this, currently disused, site to celebrate The King’s coronation. As well as mature trees, the area already has primroses, bluebells and wild geraniums growing. There will need to be a programme of works undertaken to clear the site of rubbish and overgrown vegetation before planting would take place. In time, the area would become a wildlife haven and could be opened to the public with seating options. We are looking at various funding options to get this project moving forward.

Kids’ Clubs Update

The new gymnastics club in Stacey Bushes Meeting Place has got off to a flying start! If you would like your child to join the waiting list, please register them on the MK Springers website at www.mkspringers.com

We have been working in partnership with MK Play Association to deliver two new children's craft clubs taking place at Hodge Lea Meeting Place and Stacey Bushes Meeting Place. These clubs are free but booking is required, please visit MK Play Association’s website www.mkpa.co.uk

A huge thank you to John Lewis and Partners for donating £1,000 to our kids boxing club in Greenleys which we run free of charge. We are also delighted that Stacey Bushes Meeting Place Committee, who used to manage the venue, also donated £380.00. With these much-needed funds we have been able to purchase new punch bags, boxing gloves and training kits. Our boxing club has become a massive hit within the parish and our junior boxers are coming along nicely, so much so they have all received a certificate of achievement from their Coach at MK Boxing Clever!

Community Infrastructure Fund (CIF) Update

The CIF was set up to give local parish, town and community councils the opportunity to bid for match-funding for improvement projects within their own areas which they might not be able to afford on their own. Last year we submitted a bid for £20,000 to upgrade the playground equipment at Buckthorn Park in Stacey Bushes and to roll out further bay parking lines in Wolverton to help address some of the difficulties with parking.

We are very pleased to say that our bid was successful! £15,000 was awarded to update the playground and £5,000 for line painting. We will now press forward with planning and organising these works. What we can say at this stage is that the line painting will start in Anson Road, as agreed by Full Council in December 2020.

General Parish News

Upcoming Road Closures/Repairs/Works

All information on one network

Latest updates on the M1 upgrade

AGORA Regeneration Update

Tree felling works- please read more about these works here. If you have questions about these works, please contact TOWN, MKCC and Love Wolverton as they are responsible for the works. 

There will be 60 trees lost and 75 trees planted, which are specified to be semi-mature trees. Of those that are lost the majority are classified as Grade C tress (owing to having low value in arboriculture, landscape or cultural/conservation terms) and there are no Grade A trees (those of highest arboriculture value) being removed.

WGTC Noticeboards

There are noticeboards across the parish which advertise Town Council agendas, minutes and events. These are for the use of WGTC only.