Posts relating to news and events within MK that might be of interest to parishioners

Milton Keynes Futures 2050 Report

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.

MK Highways News

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

Links'Project BletchleyWork has already started in Bletchley between Buckingham Road and Locke Road to up-grade the pedestrian and cyclist links between Bletchley Rail Station and the town centre.

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.

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Energy saving LED scheme wins government funding

Energy Saving LED SchemeA 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.

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Road signs to get a Spring Clean!

Road Signs Spring CleanUp 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.

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POD signage goes up in CMK

POD SignageThe Highways team and their service provider, Ringway have carried out a full site review for the driverless pods requirements and have already installed over 153 signs across CMK.

One of the three initial pods to travel from Station Square up Midsummer Boulevard was displayed to media last September.

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Illuminated Furniture trial

Illuminated Furniture TrialThe 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.

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Latest planned Highway works

Planned Highway worksHere’s a round up of work that is happening across the Milton Keynes Borough over the next few weeks including resufacing, road closures, big events and repair work.

Further information can be found on the Highways webpages

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Coming soon… a new look for the website

New Look WebsiteThe 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:



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Road works on Saxon Street

RoadworksThe following notice has been issued by Milton Keynes Council :-

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.

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Strategic Development Directions Consultation

Central MK from air

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


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.

Improving Urgent Care Services in MK – a consultation


Email received from Nicola Smith, Chair of NHS Milton Keynes Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG)

I am emailing to announce the start of the NHS Milton Keynes CCG public consultation on the future of the urgent care walk-in service at Broughton Gate Heath Centre. The public consultation will last for 12 weeks from Monday 15 February to Monday 2 May 2016.

We are keen to make sure that services for local people offer the best care possible, in the most appropriate place, at the right time.

Alongside wider work in progress to look at the way we provide healthcare services in Milton Keynes, we have been looking at how we can integrate Urgent Care and GP out-of-hours with the local A&E department to deliver a better urgent care service.

The vision for urgent and emergency care provision must be for a system that is as straightforward as possible, with patients aware of and able to access appropriate high quality clinical care and support at the right time and in the right place.  By integrating urgent care service into a single point of access, urgent care services will be easier to navigate meaning that patients will see the most appropriate clinician at the right time.

We are also thinking about the walk-in service that is part of the GP-led health centre at Broughton Gate. The contract for this service will expire later this year so we want to think about what kind of walk-in service local people would like in the future. This includes where the walk-in service is, and what hours it is open.

The GP services provided at Broughton Gate health centre will remain as they are now; it is only the urgent care walk in service that is being reviewed.

It’s really important that we understand local people’s views when we make decisions about the future service.  You can have your say online at:

Printed copies of the consultation document and questionnaire will also be available and we expect to distribute them to GP surgeries, and a range of community settings over the period of the consultation. The consultation survey has a Freepost return address.

Public meetings will also be held during the consultation period where people can meet with health leaders and discuss their views. There is no need to register for the drop in events, just turn up between the hours of 3pm and 6pm to one of the following venues:

  • Tuesday 8 March 2016  at Milton Keynes Christian Centre, Strudwick Drive, Oldbrook, Milton Keynes MK6 2TG
  • Wednesday 13 April 2016 at Brooklands Primary School (Countess Way Campus), Countess Way, Broughton, Milton Keynes MK10 7HN

If you would like to be sent a printed copy of the consultation document, please call 0116 295 4183.

We would be grateful if you would take a few moments to complete the online questionnaire and also cascade the information about how to get involved in this consultation to service users, staff, family and friends who live in the CCG area.

Also, please feel free to send a letter or email with your organisation’s response to:


Your views are important to us and we do hope you will take part.

MK50 – Celebrating Milton Keynes’ 50th Anniversary

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MK50 Theme and Information Handout

MK50 – Celebrating Milton Keynes’ 50th Anniversary
On 23rd January 2017, Milton Keynes will celebrate its 50th anniversary marking the date of the Designation of the New Town. This gives a fantastic opportunity to celebrate how far Milton Keynes has come as a city, to present to the world its unique story, and to look to the future vision for what Milton Keynes will become.

For more information please read the attached MK50 Theme and Information Handout.

Canal & River Trust – Bridge 87 Repairs

There are planned repairs to Bridge 87 on the Grand Union Canal (marked on the map below).

This work is now scheduled to start on the 1st February 2016. The works will be completed 20th April 2016.

The path over the bridge will be closed during the works, but a diversion route has been agreed with MK Council.

The works will mainly consist of coring and piling through the concrete bridge abutments, and so there may be some noise during site working hours (normally 8am until 6pm, although it will be necessary to stop working when it gets dark). There will also be some brickwork and surfacing works carried out.

Update 15th April

The Canal & River Trust project has encountered unforeseen ground conditions during the coring and piling operations through the bridge abutments. This has caused a significant amount of delay whilst they redesign the piling and coring works, and mobilise suitable plant and equipment.

Therefore, the construction programme has increased by approximately 6 weeks, which means that they will be finishing on site on Monday 6th June 2016. During this time the footpath over the bridge will remain closed.

The Canal & River Trust apologises for the delay in these works, and the effect it may have on you.

Canal Map

Canal & River Trust, First Floor North, Station House, 500 Elder Gate, Milton Keynes, MK9 1BB

Please visit the Canal & River Trust website to find out more about the Canal & River Trust and download the ‘Shaping our Future document’ on the About Us page

MK Cycle Hire Scheme

As you may already be aware following the press releases before Christmas, Milton Keynes is set to benefit from a new cycle hire scheme. The exciting project is jointly supported by Santander, Milton Keynes Council (MKC), Milton Keynes City Centre Management (MKCCM) and nextbike UK.

The scheme is expected to launch in Spring 2016 with up to 500 bikes and 60 docking stations around the city. Users will be able to hire bikes from any station on a self-service basis and can return them at any station. Whilst the hire tariff is yet to be confirmed, the fees will be affordable for both occasional and regular riders.

The Proposed Cycles


The bicycles are designed for maximum durability and ease of use. Our nextbikes can be found in 85 cities around the world and we’re confident that our users in Milton Keynes will enjoy the riding experience.

Each bike will feature the brand of Santander in recognition of the support provided – without which the scheme could not have been realised.

The Proposed Infrastructure


The proposed ‘smart bike’ system requires less infrastructure compared to larger systems that you may have seen (eg. in London). The solution was chosen for its flexibility and ease of installation. The groundworks required are minimal and stations can be expanded or relocated easily.

Each station will comprise a series of bike docks and ground plates plus a sign post providing information on the scheme including a map, prices and instructions. The size of the station will vary depending on the expected demand.

The exact design is currently being finalised and the image above is a representative visualisation.

Scheme Coverage Area

The station locations are currently being finalised together with Santander, MKC and MKCCM. We aim to launch with a minimum of 35 stations (phase 1) with a target of up to 60 stations.

The map below shows the proposed and preferred station locations which have been determined following extensive discussions and site surveys with input from all four parties involved.


The blue markers represent stations which we anticipate will be open on launch day and the yellow markers those that require permission or support from the landowners prior to installing. At this stage, this is being provided for information only and is subject to change.

You can view an interactive online version of the above map HERE:

The guiding principles behind the choices of locations are as follows:


  • Maximising access by covering as many estates and key locations as possible
  • Ensuring that density of stations / access is maintained to ensure that proximity to cycles is a comfortable walk within the coverage area
  • Citing stations close to densely populated residential and business areas and community meeting places where possible
  • Finding locations with sufficient space for installing and accessing stations
  • Visibility of the location
  • Security and safety of users whilst renting and returning cycles

Our objective throughout the station planning exercise is to maximise convenience and accessibility to the cycles for the community of Milton Keynes. We are very aware that individuals in some areas will be disappointed that scheme may not reach them, or perhaps not as fully as they would like. Prior to the scheme launching, and once live, we and our partners will be working closely with the community and we hope to grow and develop the scheme in time.

Comments & Questions

If you have any comments or questions about the project, please use the online form below and we will respond either by email or telephone.

Comments / questions form:

Useful links

Santander press release
nextbike UK website
Milton Keynes Council
Milton Keynes City Centre Management