THE COUNCIL OF THE BOROUGH OF MILTON KEYNES
(A421 LINK ROAD, MILTON KEYNES) (TEMPORARY CLOSURE) ORDER 2022
NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the Council of the Borough of Milton Keynes intends, in not less than seven days from the date of this Notice, to make the above Order under Section 14(1) of the Road Traffic Regulation Act 1984. The effect of above Order will be to (temporarily close) prohibit any vehicle from proceeding along the A421 Link Road from Eagle Farm Roundabout to the boundary line that is shared with Central Bedfordshire. Any closure that is introduced will extend into Central Bedfordshire continuing to the A421
roundabout north-west of M1 Junction 13. This length of road is covered under a separate Order made by Central Bedfordshire Council titled “Central Bedfordshire Council (A421, Junction 13 to Milton Keynes Boundary) (Temporary Prohibition of Traffic) Order 2022”, which came into effect on 13th May 2022. The Order will come into operation on 13th May 2022 for a period of eighteen months. The Order is required to enable Central Bedfordshire Council to carry out essential works associated to the A421 dualling scheme and shall apply to such extent as may from time to time be indicated by the appropriate traffic signs. Where possible access will be maintained to property and premises but may be restricted from time to time according to local signing.
The closures will take effect at specific times during the 18-month period and only when carriageway resurfacing is required and only when indicated by the appropriate traffic signs, which will be erected in advance of any road closure. All closures will be notified through the serving of a further notice and the placing of advanced warning signs along the affected length of road. The alternative route will be via North on A421 towards Bedford, left onto Bedford Western Bypass at Marsh Leys roundabout, continue onto A428 at Great Denham, first exit onto A428 and continue to A422 roundabout, take first exit and continue on A422 to Chicheley roundabout, first exit onto A509. Follow signs continuing on A509 towards M1 J14. Continue over J14 onto A509 to roundabout, take second exit onto A4146 continuing onto H6 Childs Way to Fox Milne roundabout, take 1st exit onto Tongwell Street and continue to Brinklow roundabout, take 1st exit onto Standing Way and continue to Eagle Farm roundabout (and vice versa). For further information regarding the forthcoming works and closure please contact the Central Bedfordshire Council Highways Helpdesk on 0300 300 8049.
JUNE 2022 REPORT FROM PCSO DAVID HUCKLE
PARISH COUNCIL NEWS FROM THE JUNE 2022 MEETING
MR GERALD MANN – The parish council were saddened to learn of the news of the death of Mr Gerald Mann. Gerald was a parish councillor for 45 years, of which 35 years he acted as Chairman of the parish council and also served on the Playing Field Committee. Emberton Parish Council offers its condolences to Gerald’s family.
MRS SOO HALL – The parish council would like to offer condolences to Peter and his family following the passing of Soo Hall. Soo was an active member of the parish council for more than 5 years and during her time as councillor, she chaired the Solar Farm Community Benefit Fund Committee as well as serving on the Playing Field Committee.
VILLAGE QUESTIONNAIRE – Thank you to those that either completed the village questionnaire online or by sending in your responses by way of a paper copy. A total of 19 responses were received; most of these highlighted concerns with traffic/parking issues and the lack of a regular bus service. In order for the parish council to take up discussions with the bus provider; some case studies are required to form an evidence base. The parish council would like to hear your concerns regarding the lack of a bus service; how it affects your daily life and what it would mean to have the service back. The parish council would like to understand why MK Connect fails to fill the gap left by the 21 bus service for your particular needs. Please send your views either by email or letter to the clerk 63 Olney Road, firstname.lastname@example.org or phone on 01234 241892.
It is hoped that some of the parking and traffic issues that you have raised will be alleviated when the residents parking scheme comes into effect for Hulton Drive and the service road of Olney Road.
Questionnaires can still be completed online or returned to the clerk; your views are important to us!
CCTV – The questionnaire circulated last month raised the question of CCTV in the village and whether residents would support this following an initial estimate received from a supplier in the sum of £9000 per annum. The reason for the high cost for this estimate was that the contractor not only provided equipment which could be moved around the village but the quotation also included a monitoring service. A second estimate has been received in the initial sum of £3990 from a local security company which consisted of 2 cameras on the clock tower monitoring number plates but also captured images. The information is saved digitally for 30 days and can be accessed by an app on a mobile phone. Ongoing costs for the system would be a yearly maintenance fee of £100. It would be expected that any funds to provide CCTV in the village would be raised through grants rather than increasing the precept. The parish council realises that having CCTV on the clock tower does not provide security for the whole of the village. However, it was considered that having CCTV on the clock tower could alleviate some of the traffic issues in the village such as the rat running. The parish council would wish to hear your views on this through the usual channel of contacting the clerk.
QUEEN’S PLATINUM JUBILEE – The parish council would like to thank all those volunteers that helped in making the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee such a success; whether you helped set up tables and chairs, made bunting or cakes or helped in the organisation of the events themselves. The coins presented to the young people in the village by Emberton United Charities were greatly appreciated as was the poem read by Hollie Jamieson.
ROAD CLOSURES - Work for MK East on the A509 between Junction 14 of the M1 and the Landrover roundabout will be started in September 2022 and will be completed at the end of March 2023 with the permanent closure of this section of the highway. A diversion will be in place during the works to take vehicles around the Willen area. Further information on this road closure will be covered by the Ward Councillors in The Phonebox and will appear on the parish council website once further details are known.
NEIGHBOURHOOD PLAN - The formal consultation on Article 14 Pre-Submission of the Neighbourhood Plan has now closed. The Steering Group will be meeting at the beginning of July to consider the responses from residents and statutory consultees.
TREES IN HIGH STREET AND OLNEY ROAD - The parish council would like to ask if there
are any volunteers please that would be willing to water the newly planted trees in the High Street and at the northern end of Olney Road.
UKRAINE HUMANITARIAN APPEAL – The Disasters Emergency Committee have set up an humanitarian appeal fund for the Ukraine on the below link.
The UK is one of the most generous nations in the world and the British public are now being asked to go one step further and open their homes to those fleeing the war in Ukraine. We have a long history of helping others in their hour of need and the Homes for Ukraine Scheme offers a lifeline to those forced to flee their homes.
Since the scheme was launched on 14 March, an incredible number of people and organisations have recorded their interest in being a sponsor. Only some of these will ultimately become sponsors, but it is yet again a reminder of the extraordinary generosity of the British public.
We also know that those who don’t end up sponsoring guests from Ukraine in their homes can nonetheless play an important role in helping to welcome those arriving from Ukraine and ensuring they integrate effectively into our society.
Phase One of the UK government’s Homes for Ukraine scheme opened on Friday,18 March for visa applications from those who wish to travel to the UK and who have named people in the UK willing to sponsor them. For the users, this is designed to be a digital process (an additional step applies if an adult applicant from Ukraine does not have a passport). We are asking sponsors to offer accommodation for at least 6 months.
- Following the flooding in June last year at Petsoe End, the parish council would like to hear from volunteers who would be willing to put their name forward as flood wardens. The role would be to co-ordinate communications in the event of a flood emergency, by contacting flood authorities, alerting residents on the Emberton Protect & Connect whatsapp group and also co-ordinating information on how to find equipment which would help in the event of flooding. The flood report undertaken by Milton Keynes Council can be found here.
- The timeline for making a claim for historic footpaths to be included on the definitive map has been removed. A campaign is underway by the Ramblers Association to identify as many lost footpaths as possible and they are appealing for public help in order to do so. Details of their campaign can be found at ramblers.org.uk
. Foopaths in the Milton Keynes area have to be on MKC’s definitive map otherwise they won't have the correct status. The definitive map can be found on MKC's My Mapping
portal, searching for public footpaths.