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Barnsbury Gardens Link Footpath Built

by Douglas McCall on 21 February, 2017

  The long awaited link footpath from Barnsbury Gardens to Green Farm Road in Newport Pagnell has finally been built, and it has street lights too.   It has taken years to get to this point, but perseverance by the Focus Team paid off in the end.

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Yeomans Drive, Blakelands, proposed developement

by Douglas McCall on 20 February, 2017

A proposed development has been submitted to Milton Keynes Council regarding the Storage Distribution Warehouse in Yeomans Drive, Blakelands, previously owned by John Lewis. The current building is 17,500 square metres and around 9m in height and the proposed building will be increased in size by around 17% but the height will double to 18 […]

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Council Budget

by Douglas McCall on 18 February, 2017

The Conservative Government continues with its manifesto commitment to slash funding to public services. This includes grants to councils such as Milton Keynes Council, which has had to make a further £22M worth of cuts on top of the £105M made over the last five years. There will be a further £20M a year of […]

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Aston Martin Site – Redrow Homes

by Douglas McCall on 31 January, 2017

  Redrow Homes have been granted permission to develop 88 dwellings, with approptiate parking and facilities, on the old Aston Martin site on Tickford Street, Newport Pagnell . The 3 heritage buildings on the site are to be restored to occupancy standard. It is anticipated that work will start on this site towards the end […]

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by Douglas McCall on 21 January, 2017

  Following the recent government announcement via the National Infrastructure Commission for an East – West Expressway as well as East – West Rail, the Liberal Democrats call for the plan period for Plan:MK to be reduced from 20 years to 15 years to allow time for a full evaluation of the impact of that […]

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North Bridge, Northampton Road, Newport Pagnell

by Douglas McCall on 16 January, 2017

  Essential Stonework refurbishment of North Bridge commenced in January 2017 and will take up to 16 weeks to complete. The work will be carried out by specialist stonemasons Bowden and Ward and will be managed by Ringway, MK Council’s highways contractor. Bowden and Ward are highly skilled craftsmen and have recently completed the Tyringham […]

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Barnsbury Gardens Footpath Link

by Douglas McCall on 23 December, 2016

  I received some excellent news. The Council has finally taken ownership of the land from the developer after a lengthy legal process. This is what has been stopping the link footpath from Barnsbury Gardens to Green Farm Road being built.   The money is there, and now the land – so the work has […]

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Recycling this Christmas

by Douglas McCall on 22 December, 2016

  At Christmas we produce a lot more rubbish, so a good time to ensure we recycle as much as we can.   The following is what can go in your pink recycling sack:   Paper and cardboard including: • newspapers and magazines • catalogues and directories • writing/typing paper • leaflets • cards • […]

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Milton Keynes Council Budget Consultation

by Douglas McCall on 14 December, 2016

Milton Keynes Council’s draft budget is now open for public consultation which will run until 31 January before a budget is finalised in February. Full details and a helpful summary of the draft budget can be found at  The Council currently gets most of its money from central government in grants, not from the Council […]

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Devolution of MK Council Services to parish councils?

by Douglas McCall on 10 December, 2016

This past year had brought a higher number of complaints about, for example, weeds, long grass, overgrown vegetation, litter, street lights out and potholes than the previous 4 years. The Government grant to Milton Keynes Council has been reduced by 33% in the past 5 years, a further £22m is to be cut next year, and this has led […]

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