Bletchley and Fenny Stratford Town Council
 
Bletchley and Fenny Stratford Town Council
e-newsletter 
Summer 2020
 
Our Rangers delivering food parcels
 
The Town Council's response to Covid-19
 
We are working as normally as possible at this time whilst following government advice regarding Covid-19.
 
We have diverted our resources and are working with the local community to support our residents. This includes delivering emergency food parcels to the community, providing a Food Bank Xtra collection point at Spotlight and supporting other essential services which are helping our community.
 
In June, in partnership with Water Eaton Church and the Community Larder, the Town Council delivered its 1000th parcel to the local community.
 
You can ring us as usual on 01908 649 469 or email info@bletchleyfennystratford-tc.gov.uk
 
Read more about our Covid-19 response on our website
 
Planter of Queensway
Rangers' work
 
Alongside delivering food parcels, the Rangers have completed a range of tasks including litter picking and planting up the planters at the entrance to Queensway.
 
We regularly share photos of the Rangers' work on our social media channels. 
 
 
Visit from the Mayor of Milton Keynes
 
We were delighted to welcome the Mayor of Milton Keynes, Cllr Andrew Geary, on Friday 31st July.
 
Along with our Chair Cllr Angela Kennedy, the Mayor visited and spoke to shop owners and staff, market traders and members of the public.
 
You can view more photos from the Mayor's visit on our social media channels.
 
 
Photo of Zoom Town Council meeting
 
Virtual Town Council Meetings
 
Currently, we are continuing to hold our meetings virtually via Zoom. These meetings are live streamed to our Facebook page.

If you would like to speak at a meeting, this needs to be arranged in advance and in writing. If you would like to do this, please contact our Town Clerk, Delia Shephard, by email clerk@bletchleyfennystratford-tc.gov.uk .

Please follow the link below to find further information on previous and upcoming Town Council meetings.
 
Council Meetings webpage
 
 
Illustration of Lakes Estate planning application
 
Lakes Estate redevelopment planning application
 
A hybrid planning application (20/00942/OUT) was received proposing redevelopment of the Lakes Estate. Members of the public can view this application by visiting Milton Keynes Council's Public Access System. Overall, the planning application proposes 589 homes, 1,136sqm of retail re-provision, 613sqm of community uses (including a community centre), 200sqm for a nursery and a new energy centre.

The Town Council held an extraordinary meeting to discuss this planning application. This meeting took place on Tuesday 7th July at 7pm. This meeting was live streamed and is available to view on our Facebook page.
 
The Town Council commented on the plannning application and it will now go before Milton Keynes Council.
 
Find out more information on the planning application by using the link below.
 
News article on planning application
 
Queensway leaflet front page
Queensway
 
On 22nd July, Milton Keynes Council closed off part of Queensway to traffic. This is a temporary measure to help people socially distance and to shop safely during the Covid-19 pandemic.
 
This means that cars are not able to drive down and park. Signage has been put in place and will direct any traffic to alternative routes including for delivery vans and lorries.
 
Milton Keynes Council will listen to your feedback and they will make any adjustments where needed. Members of the public can get in contact with Milton Keynes Council to give feedback and to ask questions by calling on 01908 252353.
 
Please find further information in the Queensway news article on our website.
 
Queensway news article 
 
Newton Leys Pavilion
 
Newton Leys Pavilion
 
On Monday 1st June, based on current government advice, Newton Leys Pavilion reopened for the use of Buttons preschool only.
 
The Town Council is taking new bookings which may be subject to change depending on government guidance. 

We will continue to update the Newton Leys Pavilion webpage with any futher changes.
 
Newton Leys Pavilion webpage
Spotlight Community Cnetre
 
Spotlight Community Centre
 
Since the end of March, Spotlight Community Centre has been a Food Bank Xtra Collection Centre. This service will continue throughout the summer. In order to access this service, a valid voucher must be obtained by calling the Food Bank Helpline on 01908 565852. Once you have your voucher, come along with your ID and ring the intercom.
 
The IT Suite at Spotlight will be open again from Monday 3rd August 2020.
It will be open on Monday and Wednesday afternoons and for a maximum of 45 minutes at a time. Access is currently being limited to ensure that social distancing can be observed and to maintain the correct levels of hygiene.
Please call 07435 884980 between normal office hours to book your slot.
 
We will let our residents know when other services return.
 
Spotlight Community Centre webpage
 
MKPA logo
MKPA Summer Play Sessions
 
Summer Play Sessions across our parish and beyond will be taking place throughout the summer. To ensure safe play, MKPA ask you to please book your child's place in advance.
 
We will keep you updated on when and where sessions are taking place throughout the summer on our website and social media channels.
 
MKPA's website
Community Larder
 
The Community Larder at Water Eaton Church Centre will allow anyone to become a member and there will be different membership levels. 
 
The Town Council has been working with St Frideswides' Church and Water Eaton Church Centre throughout the Covid-19 pandemic and will continue to do so to support our residents.
 
Find out how to become a member on SOFEA's website.
 
SOFEA's website
Ranger Dave and Steve from St Frideswides sorting community parcels
Fast train going by
East West Rail Alliance - July newsletter
 
You can view the second issue of the East West Rail Phase 2 (EWR2) project newsletter by clicking on the link below. The newsletter includes information on the Bletchley Flyover and useful progress animations.
 
East West Rail Alliance - July newsletter
CCTV camera
CCTV Cameras
 
The CCTV cameras have been successfully deployed. The location of the cameras has been decided on by working together with the local policing team. The third camera will be moved to Bletchley High Street in the near future.
Keep Britain Tidy Poster
Anti-littering campaigns and information
 
Unfortunately, litter is currently building up faster than it can be collected. Various organisations, including DEFRA and Keep Britain Tidy, are running awareness campaigns asking members of the public to 'Keep it and bin it'. 
 
We are sharing these and other resources on our social media channels and on our website.
 
Anti-littering resources
 
Local support and advice
 
We continue to update our website with updates, contact details and resources from a variety of charities and organisations.
 
We are also keeping in touch with community organisations, faith groups and statutory authorities to share information about support which is available locally.
 
The Town Council is also continuning to accept Community Grant applications.
 
Find out more on our Community Grants webpage .
 
Stay Alert, Control The Virus, Save Lives
 
List of local organisations and charities
Keep updated with our news articles 
 
Recent news articles on our website include local road closures and resurfacing works.
 
There has also been an update about the return of Bletchley market and the publication of the Annual Report. Please go to our News page to read the latest news articles.
 
You can also stay up to date by following us on social media (links are below).
 
Roadworks image
 
News articles webpage
 
Activities for all ages poster
Activities to do at home for all ages
 
As we continue to spend more time at home, we have created a webpage with suggestions of fun and varied activities that residents of all ages can enjoy. 
 
From exploring the MK Libraries' eLibrary to having a go at one of Age UK MK's seated exercise classes, there is an activity for everyone!
 
Activites for all ages to do at home webpage
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