The Stables: a crucial MK Council meeting on 4th April

On behalf of Arts and Heritage Alliance Milton Keynes (AHA-MK),

Please show your support for the future of The Stables by attending a crucial MK Council planning meeting at 7pm on Thursday 4th April

As you will know, live music venues across the country have been threatened by the arrival of new housing development in their vicinity. The Stables face this very issue with the proposed housing development plans on their western boundary in Wavendon. This important venue could be threatened if the right planning agreements are not put in place. AHA-MK members were very supportive when this first came to light; indeed local objection resulted in the Planning Department’s email box seizing up and The Stables is keen for you to show your support again by letting Milton Keynes Council know we need them to resolve this in a positive way.

Having understood that more time was required to resolve outstanding concerns, at the Development Control Committee meeting on 7th March councillors voted to defer the decision until June to provide more time to allow further discussions to take place. However the Council informed everyone on 20th March that the decision has been brought forward at the request of the developers to this Thursday 4th April, providing insufficient time to resolve all the concerns – and in particular to further explore the idea of a deed of easement.

The Stables have sought expert legal advice and have provided a summary of the current position, which you can read in full here.

The Planning meeting on Thursday 4th April is a public meeting held at 7pm at the Civic Offices. Please come if you can and so demonstrate the importance of The Stables to MK and to our cultural landscape. Letters to MK Council and its Councillors in support of our world class music venue, The Stables, would also be very valuable but must be received by 12 noon on Wednesday 3rd April setting out any concerns or comments arising from the report (available on the Milton Keynes Website Planning Portal www.milton-keynes.gov.uk/publicaccess or by visiting the Civic Offices, Saxon Gate East, Central Milton Keynes, MK9 3EJ).

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Community Life: New Community Orchard opening in Conniburrow

Over the last couple of years Big Local Conniburrow (BLC) have been working with the local residents and groups to turn aspirations for a community orchard into a reality, which has finally been realised. Planted in March 2017 with 50 fruit and nut trees, soft fruit bushes, grapevines, and raised beds, the orchard is available both to the local residents and the wider community in Milton Keynes – to use and enjoy.

Big Local Conniburrow would like to invite all community members and groups, and anyone with an interest in this great and innovative project, to come along to their opening event on Saturday 30th September: 12-4pm.

The event will be packed with lots of activities and attractions for all the family. Pete Marland, the leader of MK Council will officially open the Orchard.

Community Action: MK are delighted to be working on this initiative and the event through the Community Champions Scheme in conjunction with Big Local Conniburrow.

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If you have any questions about the event please email Big Local Conniburrow.

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Community Life: Bucks Festival – Artisan Craft, Food and Drink in MK

Following the  success of the first festival earlier this summer, Bucks Festival are back on 23rd September with an Artisan Craft, Food and Drink Festival for the whole family.

This free event will take place at Westbury Arts Centre in Shenley Wood. The festival gives you the chance to listen to talented local performers whilst trying some of the best locally produced craft beer and artisan cuisine. There will be face painting, a bouncy castle, as well as beautiful handmade crafts to admire or acquire.

This series of not-for-profit small business events has been organised to give a platform to emerging local businesses, providing them with a chance to promote their products.

The festival brings together makers and bakers, chefs and growers from in and around Milton Keynes alongside a programme of speakers covering health and well-being, localism and sustainability.

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If you have an idea for a project that could increase the sustainability of your own neighbourhood, community or a group, please visit the Our MK website, a dedicated crowdfunding campaign for Milton Keynes supported by Community Action: MK.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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