Posts relating to news and events within MK that might be of interest to parishioners
The MK Futures 2050 Commission has just published an initial report.
“In this report, we set out a vision for Milton Keynes in 2050 and our views on how to make a great city greater. We see two central drivers defining this vision for 2050. First, Milton Keynes’ citizens must have access to the best education and training opportunities in Europe. Second, Milton Keynes must offer sustainable mobility for all. We are in no doubt that the city must rediscover the ‘think big’ approach that has served it well. We propose that the delivery of ‘Six Big Projects’ should start now. We also propose that the city needs a ‘Strategy for 2050’. Together, these comprise a huge new commitment to its future. ”
Read the whole report or the summary here.
Welcome to the March edition of the MK Highways newsletter.
In this edition is a round up of the latest news, events and information from the Council’s Highways team.
Every day the Highways team receives a large volume of queries and reports of issues affecting the highway network. Each enquiry received by the team is logged and inspections are carried out to assess what the reported damage is and how urgently it needs to be fixed.
To report an issue use our online form, it’s quick and easy to use and the query goes straight to the team. You will also receive a reference number so you can be updated on your query.
In This Issue
Fixing the Links’ Project Starts in Bletchley
The aim is to improve the journey experience between the railway station and the town centre for pedestrians and cyclists and to address issues such as road safety.
Energy saving LED scheme wins government funding
A pilot scheme devised and developed by the Council’s street lighting team showed how converting street lanterns in a test area actually reduced the amount of energy used even during high demand periods. The scheme has now been awarded a share of £4.74m following the bidding process.
Road signs to get a Spring Clean!
Up to 100 road signs along the grid roads will be cleaned as part of a spring clean operation starting in February. The work will be done by Serco, the Council’s cleaning contractor and will take a few weeks to complete.
POD signage goes up in CMK
One of the three initial pods to travel from Station Square up Midsummer Boulevard was displayed to media last September.
Illuminated Furniture trial
The Council’s Highway team has just completed a trial to reduce the amount of energy used to illuminate street furniture such as street lighting, illuminated traffic signs, illuminated traffic bollards, solar power bollards, beacons and underpass fittings.
We spend around £250k per year on lighting street furniture across the city which is why the Highways team began a trial to look at ways this figure could be reduced by using more energy efficient products.
Latest planned Highway works
Further information can be found on the Highways webpages
Alternatively visit http://www.roadworks.org/
Coming soon… a new look for the website
The Highways sections of the Council’s website are being reviewed and we are looking at putting all Highways and Transport information under one simple button to make it more user friendly and promoting a ‘one stop shop’ for all Highways and Transport information.
If you have any comments or suggestions on this please let us know by emailing: email@example.com.
Please be aware that there is a road closure in place for the V7 Saxon Street, Bletchley on Thursday 3 and Friday 4 March between 7pm and 5:30am for road resurfacing.
Diversion signage will be in place for road users.
This resurfacing work is part of the Fixing the Links project in Bletchley.
Following the decision by Executive Scrutiny Committee at its meeting on 2nd December, Milton Keynes Council will now be publishing the ‘Plan:MK Strategic Development Directions’ document for a formal 12 week public consultation period from the 13th January to the 6th April 2016.
The consultation document seeks feedback on the development directions that emerged as part of the Plan:MK workshops held in Spring 2015. A number of questions are posed which provide an opportunity to tell us your thoughts on these development directions or suggest other ideas as to how and where Milton Keynes should grow in the future. Your input in this consultation will assist in preparing a vision and development strategy for Plan:MK.
The Plan:MK Strategic Development Directions Consultation January 2016.
For further information about the consultation process click here
MK Futures 2050 Commission continues to explore the potential long-term futures for Milton Keynes as it continues to grow as a place and economy of increasing significance. Its public engagement programme has commenced and the activity to date has already stimulated a wide range of viewpoints and
discussions about the future of Milton Keynes. We have been focussing our attention on getting feedback from a wide range of stakeholders and members of the public on their thoughts of what makes a great city, what is great about Milton Keynes, and what could make Milton Keynes greater.
See full Publication below.