WGTC News

Community Warm Hubs

Milton Keynes City Council have given WGTC funding to support residents in our parish during the cost-of-living crisis. Using this funding, we are pleased to announce that we are running a Community Warm Hub in Hodge Lea Meeting Place and are supporting other hubs in Greenleys Community Centre (working with Depaul Milton Keynes) and at Millmead Hall in Wolverton.

Every Community Warm Hub will be slightly different, but all will offer a warm, safe and welcoming space with free hot drinks and light refreshments. Everyone is welcome to attend and they are free.

We are looking to run the hubs until March, date to be advised.

If you would like to volunteer to help at one of our hubs, please contact Joe on 01908 326800.

Community Policing Forum

This will be held at King's Community Centre at 6.30pm on Tuesday 7th February. All are welcome to attend this community forum to discuss your concerns with crime and policing with other members of your community and the police. There is disabled access available, no need to book.

 

New Boxing Club

We are delighted to announce that there will be a new boxing club (free) in Greenleys Community Centre for children in our parish aged 7-10 years. This will be run by Boxing Clever MK. If you would like your child to attend, please fill out a registration form and return it to Boxing Clever. All equipment is provided, please ensure your child wears comfortable clothing they can move around in.

Operation Sceptre

In late November members of the Town Council Office joined Thames Valley Police in conducting park tidies in Wolverton and Greenleys as part of Op Sceptre, the national week of action to challenge and reduce the threat of knife crime. Park tidies are an exercise in looking for concealed weapons in open spaces such as playparks, but also roadsides and car parks.

Easter Treasure Hunt

If you missed out on our Christmas Bauble Competition and fancy doing something similar, we are running an Easter themed treasure hunt in The Square, Wolverton, on Thursday 6th April from 11am-2pm. Pick up a free entry form from the Town Council gazebo on The Square, find the letters in the shop windows and win a prize when you can tell us what the mystery word is!

National Parish Magazine Awards

The Wolverton and Greenleys Community Magazine came 18th out of 450 entries in the 2022 National Parish Magazine Awards A4 magazine category. We are delighted that our hard work has been recognised like this and look forward to hopefully breaking into the top 15 (dare we say top 10?!) next year. We would like to extend our thanks to the designer and printer of this magazine and to our community for continuing to submit such varied and interesting content which is at the heart of the magazine.

 

2023/2024 Budget

In the November meeting of Full Council the draft budget for 2023/2024 was agreed. This means there will be an increase in the precept of 87p per week per household. This is due to an increase in our utility costs, undertaking new assets and for us to continue to deliver the same range of events and services as normal and to build on and improve what we already do.

 

Stacey Bushes Meeting Place

This building is due to become a Town Council asset from the 1st February. This means that WGTC will be responsible for the maintenance and repairs of the building and will manage all bookings of the venue. If you have any suggestions about events that you would like to see take place there, please get in touch with us.

Paul Fussell, the chairman of Stacey Bushes Meeting Place management company, has provided the community with a defibrillator which is situated outside the venue. This is his thank you to all those who have supported the venue over the years and is a vital piece of lifesaving equipment.

Wolverton Community Market

Following the closure late last year of Wolverton Community Farmers’ Market, WGTC have been in talks with residents and local stakeholders about bringing a market back to The Square in Wolverton. This would provide local people and businesses with an opportunity to sell to their community and for residents to shop local. The market is very much in the beginning stages, but we hope to have it up and running around April. We would like to hear from anyone who would be interested in having a stall. For further information and to register your interest, please contact the Office on 01908 326800.

Councillor Vacancies

There are vacancies in the Greenleys and Stacey Bushes ward. If you are interested in becoming a councillor, please get in touch, email office@wolvertonandgreenleystowncouncil.gov.uk

Community Infrastructure Fund (CIF)

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. Bids are assessed by MKC on how best they fit their criteria. Projects must be within the 'public realm', this means highways, community buildings, environment, landscaping or play areas.

Following feedback from the community consultation we have submitted our bid for £20,000 for the following two projects within the parish: 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 parking issues. We will be informed of the outcome of our bid in the autumn and if successful funding will be awarded next year. We would like to make it clear that these funds will not cover the painting of bay parking lines across the whole of Wolverton as the work is incredibly expensive, the amount is likely to only cover one street. However, we hope to build on this and paint more lines when we have the finances available to do so.

Mayor's Cadet

Cadet Abi from St John Ambulance was named as the Mayor’s Cadet in October. The Mayor’s Cadet will accompany the Mayor on their visits around the parish and formal events; this will publicise their parent organisation and give the Cadet a taste of the experience of interacting with the public. We're very proud of our first Cadet, her first engagement was to launch the fireworks at the display at Western Road Recreation Ground on 5th November- no small task!

General Parish News

Upcoming Road Closures/Repairs/Works

All information on one network.

31st January- Western Road, Wolverton
2nd February- Deans Road, Old Wolverton
6th February- Aylesbury Street, Wolverton

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.