WGTC News

Lord-Lieutenant's Platinum Jubilee Service

Over the weekend our Mayor, Cllr Moss, and Town Clerk, Andrea Vincent, attended the Lord-Lieutenant's Platinum Jubilee Service in High Wycombe. Other local mayors were present, including the new Mayor of MK.

Annual Town Meeting

The annual meeting of the town took place on Tuesday 24th May. There were presentations from Still Green Cohousing, Milton Keynes Council, Dementia Friends and Milton Keynes University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust. This is a meeting that happens once a year for residents to come along and hear from local groups and find out what is happening in your area.

You can read the minutes of the meeting here

Annual Town Council Meeting

This meeting took place on Tuesday 17th May and is a meeting when formal business is conducted and committee groups etc are decided on. The following working groups were decided upon: Twinning, Agora Re-development, Traffic and Parking, Neighbourhood Plan and The Gables.

You can read the minutes here

Plaque Unveiling 

A new heritage plaque has been unveiled at the Old Manse (Moon St, Wolverton) by the local URC minister. The plaque commemorates a lady called Constance Coltman who was the first woman in Britain to be ordained as a minister in any UK church denomination. She lived at the house between 1932 and 1940. She was a minister at the Congregational Church that stood in The Square until 1970.

 

This was made possible via a grant from WGTC.

 

Tree Planting

Milton Keynes Council have planted trees in our parish to celebrate Her Majesty's Platinum Jubilee and to help increase local biodiversity. But these trees need your help to survive! Here's how you can help.

 

  • If a newly planted tree is supported by a stake, please give it a good drink of water once or twice a week
  • A newly planted tree needs around 8-10 litres of water. Only carry what you can safely manage
  • Please water regularly during periods of dry weather
  • Watering in the early morning or evening is best
  • Any water is fine to use, including rainwater. If you use dishwater make sure there is nothing stronger than washing up liquid in the mix
  • Please rinse out any containers or bottles used to transport water so there is nothing that might be harmful to the trees left in them

 


Town Council Forward Plan

Following a strategy meeting in November, WGTC decided to conduct a consultation with the community throughout the parish. This has now closed and we thank everyone who submitted their thoughts, suggestions and ideas.

The responses will be externally validated and then put to Full Council for them to decide on a Forward Plan for the council. More information will be published in our newsletter and on our website in due course. 

Dog Bin Update

As you might recall, earlier this year we announced that we had bought new 60L bins to replace 16 of the current ones to combat overflowing and fly-tipping. We are currently working with our contractors and caretakers to investigate the siting of these as we can no longer use certain lampposts. Once we have ascertained where the bins can go and purchased any additional fixings and fittings that may be required the works will be planned in. 


Back Alley Works

During March, the long-awaited works began on some of the back alleys to re-plane their surfaces.
The traditional stone gullies in the middle will be left intact where there is no significant wear. The
plan is that this work will help to create a safer route to get down to the town centre. MK Council
are funding this work through the CIF programme, Community Infrastructure Fund, and this is being
match funded by WGTC. The works form part of the neighbourhood plan and tie in with the current
consultation on making redways and cycle routes more accessible for users.

Mobile CCTV Update

WGTC have been working in partnership with Milton Keynes Council, the Police and Crimewave to try and reduce ASB across the parish through the installation of mobile CCTV cameras. Since their deployment, the cameras have picked up incidents of ASB, fly-tipping etc. and these incidents are currently being investigated by the appropriate departments.  

Upcoming Road Closures/Repairs/Works

27th June- Haversham Road, Oxford St, Windsor St (Wolverton)
28th June- Aylesbury St and Cambridge St (Wolverton)
29th June- McConnell Drive, Stacey Avenue, Southern Way, Western Rd (Wolverton)
4th-6th July- Green Lane, Wolverton
7th-12th July- Gloucester Road, Wolverton

More information on one network

Latest updates on the M1 upgrade.

 

General Parish News

The Square, Wolverton

At the time of writing there was a Delegated Decision being taken on 15th March for the asset
transfer of The Square from MK Council to WGTC. To clarify, this would only be The Square and not the highways (roads and pavements) which remain the responsibility of MK Council.

 

Going forward this means that WGTC will be responsible for its upkeep including maintenance for the War Memorial and will have more freedom regarding any works carried out and events held at The Square.

Planning Update-Former MK Rugby Site, Field Lane, Greenleys

The planning application for this development was available to view on the MKC Planning Portal in
February. By the time you read this the window for submitting comments will have closed, however you can read the latest about this application on our website and social media pages.

The application is for a residential development (up to 110 units) with associated parking and amenity space, drainage works, landscaping, creation of a new grass sports pitch and community pavilion. The planning reference is 21/03740/FUL.

The application was commented on by WGTC at the Full Council meeting on 22nd February 2022. It was resolved to accept the proposed officer comments and recommend approval of the
development highlighting the following concerns:

 

• The access route via Wainers Croft was a concern especially for larger vehicles due to current parking issues

• The Design and Access states that the overall height of the dwellings will not exceed two
storeys, however, plots 83-88 are three storey – this needs further clarification and is of
concern as it is potentially overlooking Wainers Croft

 

• Further clarity on the proposed S106 funds that will be made available as a result of the development

• Requirements that any development overlooking other properties should have frosted or
opaque windows

AGORA Update

The demolition works began at the Agora on the 9th February. These are only internal works for now, so there will be very little to see from the outside. WGTC have been in contact with the developers and the demolition contractors and plans are progressing for some sort of ceremony before the external work begins. We will publicise this when we have further details.

WGTC are also looking at retaining some of the street furniture for use in other areas within the parish and are working with the contractors on this.

As part of the development there will be eight new retail units to let, some of which are still available. Punch Retail are currently managing this, any interested applicants should contact Punch Retail via their website or TOWN directly via guy@wearetown.co.uk

Goody Demolition have written an update on the demolition, you can read the letter here.

MK Council News


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