Information for MK3 Residents
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It can be difficult to know who to speak to when dealing with everyday issues, we are always happy to help if you contact us here at the WBC Offices, to direct or assist anyway we can.
Just give us a call, if you're not sure where to start. 01908 648257.
Or simply click the Milton Keynes Council logo to report direct to MKC online...
Or click here for a copy of the handy guide and list of contacts below for you to download and keep...
Proposed Changes in Public Realm Services
West Bletchley Council wants to know your views...
At its Full Council meeting held on 24th October 2016 West Bletchley Council considered a report regarding the future provision of non-statutory services by Milton Keynes Council.
It was noted that the current and future constraints on principal authorities funding could require them to either reduce or cease the provision of non-statutory services in the future. Those services “at risk” include the following:
- All aspects of Landscape Maintenance
- Highways Street Cleansing including cleansing, litter picking and litter bin emptying
- Fly Tipping, graffiti removal, maintenance of salt bins and salting of pathways
- Treatment of weeds on pathways and kerbs
- Maintenance of all play areas
Should Milton Keynes Council determine to either reduce or cease these services then Town and Parish Councils would need to decide whether they were willing to continue to provide these services on behalf of their residents.
To enable West Bletchley Council to make informed judgements about these matters, it has been agreed to carry out a consultation with local residents to establish views on whether residents would be willing to accept the resulting increases in council tax that households would need to pay to West Bletchley Council, to enable it to fund the continuation of these services.
Please tell us your views:
- Every household will receive a questionnaire asking for views on the future of local council services. Please complete and return the questionnaire in the pre-paid envelope.
- Download and print your own copy here - and drop-off at our offices (221 Whaddon Way, MK3 7DZ)
- Complete the online survery here.
Consultation ends: 30th November 2016.
WBC work together with local community groups, schools and interested individuals to maintain, educate and involve local people in green projects. Everything from planters in shopping areas, woodlands and the wild flower meadows planted with Chestnuts Primary School last summer,
there is always something to get involved in.
Our latest project is looking for green-fingered individuals to give the sensory garden (above, left) on Church Green some much needed TLC. With raised beds and herbs in abundance it is a tranquil, historic corner of West Bletchley nestled between St Marys Church and Rectory Cottages. We are offering the use of the garden to local community groups as a venue and can even assist with resource and support to get activities started in this space.
Any ideas are welcomed, contact our Community Engagement and Events Officer, Corrina Milner on:
01908 634033 or email her at Corrina.Milner@WestBletchleyCouncil.gov.uk.
Chepstow Park Named as one of the Best in Britain
More parks and green spaces than ever will be flying the Green Flag Award this year
– more than 1,600 across the UK.
It’s official. Chepstow Park in West Bletchley is one of the best in the UK.
More than 1,686 green spaces across the country will be flying the Green Flag this year.
West Bletchley’s Chepstow Park has won this prestigious award for the 9th year in a row.
The park is among a record-breaking 1,686 parks and green spaces to receive the prestigious Green Flag Award® – the mark of a quality park or green space.
Simon Rose, Parks and Environment Officer for West Bletchley Council, said: “We are really proud to be awarded the Green Flag Award again this year. Being able to provide a quality park in the Parish for relaxation, exercise and recreation is important to us.”
Resident and Founder of local Charity, The Henry Allen Trust, Dawn Allen tells us why Chepstow is so important to her family, “This was Henry’s favourite place, it means a lot to us to have somewhere to ‘Hope, Dream, Believe’. We promised that the Trust would be about Henry’s family bringing happiness to your family so you will often find us here supporting the community
to be involved,enjoy and look after the park.”
International Green Flag Award Scheme Manager Paul Todd said: “We are delighted to be celebrating another record-breaking year for the Green Flag Award scheme, especially as we celebrate the 20th anniversary of the Awards.”
The Keep Britain Tidy Green Flag Award recognises excellence in the management of public spaces, similar to the Blue Flag Award for well managed and clean beaches.
If you live in West Bletchley and want to find out more about events and activities in the parks or how to get involved with future Environment Projects, such as the wildflower meadow seeding at Chepstow, email: Simon.Rose@WestBletchleyCouncil.gov.uk.
The Green Flag Awards Scheme (http://greenflagaward.org/) is run by the
environmental charity Keep Britain Tidy, www.keepbritaintidy.org.
Grass Cutting across MK3
Many residents are aware that West Bletchley Council took over responsibility for maintenance of all community open space within the parish, wef 1st June 2014. WBC engaged with local contractors, RTM Landscapes, for grass cutting, hedge and shrub bed maintenance. The contractors quickly got to grips with grass cutting, despite the fact that they took over responsibility at the height of the growing season and we were pleased with the many positive comments received from local residents.
Every Autumn, while the contractor continues to maintain grassed areas, the focus then switches to hedge and shrub bed maintenance.
To find out when the contractors are due in your street, contact us: 01908 648527
or check our facebook page (updated every week).
Hiring space from WBC:
West Bletchley Council has a number of meeting rooms available for hire.
Here at the Council offices, 221 Whaddon Way, we have two small meeting rooms available for occasional use or meetings, at a rate of just £5 per hour.
Each room will seat 8-10 people and are available Monday – Friday
during office opening hours (9am-4pm)
Call 01908 648257 for bookings and further details.
Frank Moran Centre Hire
The Frank Moran Centre, has now incorporated our Melrose Avenue Resource Centre (The MARC). We are pleased that the Centre is now being fully utilised and is a busy community hub, free to MK3 residents. However it is therefore no longer available for private hire.
We continue to partner with those delivering services to our residents and welcome any agencies, community groups and charitable organisations
looking to reach those in West Bletchley to come and view the Centre.
With The MARC open every day, FMC hall with kitchen as well as break out/interview rooms
the Centre offers a welcoming and flexible space.
Talk to us about your requirements: 01908 648257
Location of Dog Waste Bins in West Bletchley
Please note: There is now a dog bin on Otter Close, near to Witham.
Bag it, bin it and be #ProudtobeMK3
FREE swimming for West Bletchley residents...
FREE swimming for eligible groups at Bletchley Leisure Centre
West Bletchley Council proudly funds the opportunity for MK3 residents to swim for FREE (under the age of 16 years or over the age of 60 years). The facility is also available to those residents who are registered disabled or unemployed.
If you would like to know more about Free Swimming you can contact us here at the office. However, to register and find availability and schedules you please visit the Leisure Centre whose staff will be happy to help. You will need proof of age, if relevant, proof that you live within the MK3 postcode area and, if appropriate, confirmation that you are registered disabled or as unemployed.
You can download and print off your own application form by clicking here
APPLICATION FORM and take it to
BLETCHLEY LEISURE CENTRE, Princes Way, MK2 2HQ on your next visit.
Residents are welcome to collect pink recycling sacks from the WBC Offices during opening hours (9.30am - 4pm).
We are currently experience a high volume of requests for pink sacks from across MK, we are therefore allowing x1 roll per person to ensure stock levels are maintained
and our residents are able to collect from their local outlet.
To find out where other Pink Sack outlets are across the rest of MK,
click HERE for a full list.
To contact Milton Keynes Council's Waste and Recycling Team:
t: 01908 252570
Other Pink Sack outlets in Bletchley:
Bletchley and Fenny Stratford Town Council, 74-76 Queensway, Bletchley, MK2 2SA, 01908 649 469
Co-op Store, Newton Road, MK3 5BS, 01908 372116
Co-op Store, 198 Water Eaton Road, MK2 3AQ, 01908 367687
Crosslinks Centre, 108 Serpentine Court, MK2 3QL, 01908 631333
Bletchley and Fenny Stratford Town Council Spotlight Centre, 114 Serpentine Court, MK2 3QL
Children and Families Service, South Locality Centre, Humber Way, Bletchley, MK3 7PH
Community Centre, St Helena Avenue, Newton Leys, Milton Keynes, MK3 5FJ