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e-update Autumn Edition


West Bletchley Council


Welcome to your new look e-update.  
We are always looking for various ways to connect with our residents and endeavour to keep you up to date via our website, social media and Resident Newsletter 'Open Door' (out 5th November) but for those of you who like an update delivered straight to you inbox...
this is for you!

  Tell us what you think!

October Half-Term activities 

(w/c 26th October 2015)
Kick about in the leaves or karate kick your way through a professionally lead session with Minami Bushido Karate Dojo! 

From Woodland Management to Karate, there is something on everyday of half-term (and not just for kids!)  

Go to our website for a full list of activities. 

Remembrance Day Parade 2015

The West Bletchley Parade has been growing in size from year to year and is supported by a large number of community groups and Veterans as well as dignitaries such as the Mayor of Milton Keynes.

WBC are very proud to work with partners Bletchley Park, St Mary's Church and the Royal British Legion to deliver this significant event for our residents.

Terry Hall, Royal British Legion, says, “The parade has grown from strength to strength and is hugely important to the local community.  I am always moved by the fantastic support we get for the Remembrance Parade.  It is such a huge part of our country’s culture and a symbol of respect for those who have made the ultimate sacrifice in conflicts past and present.”

Further details, including full Parade timings are available on our website.

Keep scrolling to find out about our Christmas plans...
West Bletchley Council - Highly Commended!
The judging panel for the National Association of Local Councils, Star Council Award, have considered West Bletchley Council's submission as "highly commended" in the following category of:
  • Digital Communications of the Year - for the Council's approach to and use of digital communications, keeping in touch with residents, agencies and stakeholders.
Salden Chase Update 
The following update on progress with the South West Milton Keynes planning application has been issued by Milton Keynes Council:

South West Milton Keynes (SWMK)


Following the initial briefing given to Councillors and parishes in March there has been a period of negotiation and agreement, on a without prejudice basis, between the South West MK Consortium and the three principal authorities with statutory responsibilities in relation to the planning application (AVDC, MKC and Bucks County Council). This has included discussions on a ‘Planning Performance Agreement’ (PPA), which has now been signed, committing the relevant parties to an agreed timetable for taking the proposals to the respective planning committees for a decision.

Although this part of the process has taken some time technical discussions have also been under way in parallel.

The latest position can be summarised as follows:

  • It is proposed that MKC will make a decision on the planning application for the road access proposals and agree its response to the rest of the application, to submit to AVDC. AVDC will then make a decision on the application. To meet the agreed timetable in the PPA it is anticipated that MKC will make their decision in November or December, and AVDC will make its decision in December or January.
  • Further work has been commissioned by the applicant following representations from Highways England, West Bletchley Town Council and Bucks CC. This work is in hand and it is anticipated that this will be submitted for consideration by the highway authorities in the early autumn.
  • Technical discussions on school place planning, leisure, recreation, community and health facilities, landscape, ecology and sustainable drainage have been undertaken and will feed into a revised scheme on these matters;
  • Revisions to the proposals are anticipated to be complete in October.



o Application reference 15/00314/AOP: Outline application to AVDC, which includes the majority of the application site. View proposals and consultation responses through AVDC Public Access site.

o Application reference 15/00223/CONS: This is the consultation that AVDC have issued to MKC on the above application. View consultation responses through MKC Public Access Site.

o Application reference 15/00619/FUL: This is the part of the proposal that MKC have registered as a planning application for MKC to make a decision on. This is for the works proposed to the existing road network and new access roads proposed into the sites (which are in the District of Milton Keynes). View consultation responses through MKC Public Access Site. 

Buckinghamshire and Milton Keynes Fire Authority are consulting the public, stakeholders and its staff about a proposal to create a joint blue-light hub station for Bletchley and Great Holm at West Ashland in Milton Keynes. It would be a base for Buckinghamshire Fire and Rescue Service and Thames Valley Police to work together more effectively for the benefit of the local area.

The consultation document can be viewed HERE.
Friday 25th September saw Rickley Park Primary School celebrate it's 5th Birthday!  The theme of the day was a celebration of how much they have achieved and grown as a school community since they moved into the building back in 2010.  

We were delighted to accept the invite to adjudicate their very impressive 427 long conga line, complete with students and staff and headed up by Head Teacher, Glenn Booth.  

Mr Booth says, "I feel privileged to have taken the baton from Mr Bateman and know the amazing amount of hard work from every member of staff and Governor will mean the school I pass on in the future will be even stronger and better placed to deliver an excellent education to the children of West Bletchley."
For the whole article see your Open Door magazine,
delivered to all MK3 households from 5th November.
Berwick Drive – council garage block site.
Milton Keynes Council are consulting on proposals to develop an “underused” block of council garages sited off Berwick Drive. They (MKC) have issued a draft development brief which, if approved, will be used to invite selected contractors to design and submit housing development plans for the site. Should you wish to comment on this proposal you can view to design brief document on Milton Keynes Council’s website.

Comments can be e-mailed to or posted to Grant Gibson, Urban Design and Landscape Architecture, Planning and Transport, Civic Offices, 1 Saxon Gate East, MK9 3EJ
We know!  It's not even Halloween yet and we're already mentioning Christmas...but we did leave it until the end of the email so...

WBC are working together with St Marys and Whaddon Way Church to bring a little festive spirit to Melrose.

Taking place on Saturday 5th December, there will be all the traditional favourites of the festive season from carol singing to the ever-popular hog roast and fair rides.

To find out more about what the day will bring or, more importantly,if you would like to be a part of 
Christmas at Melrose:2015 
just speak to Mick, Tracy or Jade
based down at Melrose (01908 370348)

Or our Events Officer, Corrina,
based here at the WBC offices (01908 634033).

Keep an eye on our Facebook pages and website for more updates!

FREE stalls for MK3ers!


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