WGTC News

Christmas Lights Switch On

Join us in The Square 17:30-18:30 for the switch on of the Christmas lights around the parish. 

Wolverton Fireworks Spectacular

The Wolverton firework display is back! Join us at Western Road Recreation Ground from 17:00-20:00. There will be local street food vendors, entertainment and the fireworks will be set off at 18:30. Free to attend. Please travel by foot/bike/bus/train/scooter and not by car where possible.

Mayor's Cadet

Full Council have resolved to appoint a Mayor’s Cadet from groups such as St John Ambulance who will shadow the Mayor on major civic duties, e.g. Remembrance Sunday. This is a great opportunity for a young person to gain experience of public speaking, civic functions, to develop their confidence and hopefully to have a bit of fun too! We hope this young person will be appointed in the autumn. 

Councillor Vacancy

There is a vacancy in the Greenleys ward. If you are interested in becoming a councillor, please get in touch, email office@wolvertonandgreenleystowncouncil.gov.uk

Wolverton Winter Fayre 

We are excited to announce that following the success of last year’s Winter Fayre, WGTC will be holding this event again, but this time for two days instead of one!

Please come down and support this event on Saturday 10th and Sunday 11th December from 12pm-6pm. It will be a great weekend; a chance to buy gifts from local businesses and to treat yourself to delicious food and drink while getting into the festive spirit. The Christmas tree will be dressed, the lights will be twinkling and we also hope to secure a visit from the Big Man in the red suit himself!

We hope this event will further mark Wolverton on the map as a destination to visit and increase footfall to our high streets, supporting our local businesses.

If you are interested performing or entertaining the crowds at this event, please contact Joe, the Community Engagement and Projects Officer.

LOUNGE at Bar Bar Black Sheep 

LOUNGE at Bar Bar Black Sheep is a new concept developed by Wolverton & Greenleys Town Council and Black Sheep Collective CIC.

LOUNGE is a space for those aged 11-18 to hang out, a space with no expectations or pressure. Initially the sessions will be purely for young people to simply chill, or to chat and connect with others in a safe space. Going forwards, those who attend will lead and decide what future activities are offered. Light bites and drinks will be available for free.

LOUNGE runs as a weekly drop-in session on Thursdays from 4pm-6pm at Bar Bar Black Sheep, 16 The Square, Wolverton, MK12 5DG. There will be one DBS checked session leader supporting; they will be an ally to the young people attending and able to offer support, advice and a listening ear.

If you would like further details on LOUNGE, please contact Joe or contact Georgia.

Bandstand Update

The work carried out to extend the base of the bandstand at Western Road Recreation Ground was completed over the summer and the detachable awning to provide shelter for users of the bandstand and their equipment has also been finished. If you would like the awning attached for your event, please contact us. Outside of formal events, the bandstand is free to use, you do not need to book, simply turn up and have fun making music!

The bandstand was built in 2016 as a piece of public art and as a community asset using S106 funding from a nearby development. S106 contributions are a legal agreement paid by developers to MK Council (MKC) to cover the cost of the impact of growth. This money is re-invested into capital programmes. This pot of money was earmarked for an ‘arts project’ which meant it had to be spent on this; it could not be used to fill potholes for example as that is not a capital project.

 

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.

Public Meeting Regarding Community Safety and ASB 

ASB and crime featured highly in the feedback from our community consultation, as a result WGTC arranged a public meeting which was held in July with decision making representatives from Thames Valley Police (TVP) and SaferMK. A summary of this meeting is as follows.

TVP advised those present that they are aware of the use of motorbikes, mopeds and quadbikes on the redways and parks and are working with the resources and powers that are available to them.

Under Section 59 of the Police Reform Act 2002 TVP have various powers in relation to ‘vehicles used in a manner causing alarm, distress or annoyance’ which include seizure. They confirmed that they have increased their patrols in hot spot areas and have issued multiple S59s. TVP emphasised that they need to know who is riding the bikes, which is difficult to ascertain from CCTV as the perpetrators often cover their faces, so if you know who they are, please report them. They also thanked those who have reported these crimes so far and asked people to continue to do so. This is important to do as it will help TVP build a clearer picture of the issue and gain more intelligence.

You might be asking yourself ‘What are WGTC doing about crime and ASB?’. Like TVP, we are working with the budget, resources and powers we have to help and there is no overnight fix. Back in June WGTC attended a multi-agency meeting held by Stony Stratford Town Council to discuss what could be done to stop ASB. It was decided that the MK Neighbourhood Policing North Team and MKC Road Safety Officer will lead on a campaign to deter younger children and their parents from buying these vehicles. This campaign will take place via signs, schools, newsletters and social media. They will also form a campaign aimed at current perpetrators to discourage the use of motorbikes in this way. Suggestions to put barriers across the redways were discussed, but the MKC Road Safety Officer explained that the redways are accessible to all and there are some legitimate users of the redways who would find barriers tricky to navigate, e.g., wheelchair users and horse riders.

We have also installed another CCTV camera in the parish at an ASB hotspot. Our cameras pick up a lot of intelligence and we continue to pass this to TVP. Our two CCTV cameras cost us £16,800 a year to run, plus extra if they are moved to different locations. Increasing the use of CCTV in the parish is not as straightforward as you may think and the money to finance it must be found in our budget. If the budget and how we spend your money is something you feel strongly about, please get in touch with your Councillors and let them know.

We hope our work to increase youth provision in the parish will deter young people from committing crimes and ASB, by providing them with meaningful and engaging activities they can get involved with in their free time.

In the wider parish, Mr Forbes, the pastor at King’s Community Church, has said he will restart the Community Policing Forum (CPF). The CPF is a group of residents and local business owners who meet to discuss problems within the community. Mr Forbes will act as the chair and be the point of contact with TVP and will pass discussion notes on to them. We will notify the parish when this forum restarts.  

If you feel you have been a victim of ASB and need advice, telephone the MKC ASB team on 01908 252937 or email the MKC ASB team or telephone Thames Valley Police on 101 or report online.  

Youth Provision in the Parish

As a result of feedback from the community consultation WGTC have worked to increase youth provision within the parish. LOUNGE at Bar Bar Black Sheep promotes a relaxed, safe space for those aged 11-18 to hang out. LOUNGE runs as weekly drop-in sessions on Thursdays from 4pm-6pm at Bar Bar Black Sheep, 16 The Square, Wolverton, MK12 5DG.

Our Community Engagement and Projects Officer, Joe, has been exploring the option of holding a boxing club in Greenleys Community Centre and this was formally approved at Full Council in August. He is also looking into a gymnastics club at Stacey Bushes Meeting Place. We hope these clubs will give children something positive to focus on, as well as providing exercise and the opportunity to make new friends.

Over the summer WGTC funded free play sessions hosted by MK Play Association for children across the parish. WGTC also funded MK Basketball Club to provide coaching sessions at the MUGA at Western Road Recreation Ground. If your child attended either of these sessions and you have any feedback for us, please contact us at office@wolvertonandgreenleystowncouncil.gov.uk



General Parish News

The Gables Update

We have a timeline for the beginning of the demolition works of The Gables. 

  • 18th July- commence erection of site fencing and delivery of site cabins
  • 25th July- commencement of scaffolding
  • 6th September- commence demolition works at roof level
  • Late November 2022- expected completion of works
For further information on the demolition works, please read The Gables newsletter.

AGORA Regeneration Update

 

Western Power Distribution Works

Please see the letter from Western Power Distribution to notify you of planned major works due to start along Monks Way (H3) dual carriageway from the end of July 2022 until the end of this year.

These works will involve the installation of High Voltage electricity cables required to reinforce the electricity network within Milton Keynes. 

Upcoming Road Closures/Repairs/Works

All information on one network.

Latest updates on the M1 upgrade.

12th-20th September, access road behind no.3 Green Lane. Read the TRO notice, view the map of the works and read the letter to residents

26th September-3rd October access road behind number 97 Windsor St. Access will be available either side of excavation by using entrances located from Western Rd or Aylesbury St. Read the TRO notice.

MK Council News


You can read all news from MK Council on the MK Council website.