Walking tours of Fairfields a great success!

On a very wet and rainy Monday in early June, 29 people braved the weather and headed out for guided tours of Fairfields in the Western Expansion Area (WEA). The WEA is Milton Keynes’ largest new development, and once complete, will have around 6500 homes as well as new schools, local centres, green space and community facilities.

The group included new residents living in Fairfields, as well as residents of the wider MK, and representatives from local voluntary and community sector including Parish Councils, MK Springers, Girl Guiding and youth services.

The tours were kindly led by Rob Bellamy, Project Manager from Barratt Northampton who provided attendees with lots of useful information about the site and future development plans.

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To read a full write up of the event click here.

A big thank you to Rob from Barratt Northampton for the tour, and to Costain Carillion Joint Venture for lending us hard hats and hi viz jackets! Thanks too to all that braved the great British summer weather to join us on the tour!

If you are interested in finding out more about the Western Expansion Area, please contact the Community Action: MK Growth Officer. We can talk to you about plans for the site, as well as give feedback from residents to help you to shape your services.

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Residents pop by for our ‘community pop up’

Yesterday afternoon, our Community Mobiliser for the Expansion Areas, Josan, and our Growth Officer, Hannah, ventured on into the sunshine to run a ‘pop up’ in the new Fairfields development in the Western Expansion Area.

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We invited residents of the new site to come along and chat to us about plans for the area and to meet their neighbours. There was even cake decorating and arts & crafts to keep the little ones busy!

We had 4 lovely ladies who dropped by to chat. They heard all about plans for the site, and were particularly interested in preschool and nursery provision, crossing points across the V4 and what leisure facilities are available locally. They also chatted with a local volunteer from Fullers Slade about ideas for their new community and how they could integrate with existing estates.

Thanks to all who attended! If you were unable to come, we are running 2 further pop ups in Fairfields and Whitehouse….please feel free to stop by and say hello!

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What’s it like to live in a new community?

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We are asking residents of Broughton Gate and Brooklands to answer a few short questions about what it’s like to live in a new community, and what you would like to see as the area develops.

We will use the information (anonymised of course!) to get a sense of how the community is developing, and share your views with decision makers who are involved in creating new communities to see what lessons can be learned.

As a ‘thank you’ for your time we will enter you into a prize draw to win a £50 voucher.

Click here to access the survey or email Hannah@communityactionmk.org for more information.

 

 

 

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New Communities Project

Community Action: MK runs a Community Development project across MK’s Expansion Areas. These areas include:

  • Broughton Gate and Brooklands (known as the Eastern Expansion Area)
  • Fairfields and Whitehouse (known as the Western Expansion Area)
  • Kingsmead South and Tattenhoe Park
  • Strategic Land Allocation

The aim of this project is to build strong and sustainable communities in MK’s newest areas, and encourage people to take a more active role in their community, whether it be through attending or running activities, volunteering or having a say in local decisions.

We have published a short summary to give you a flavour of some of the exciting activities and achievements for these areas which is available to download.

If you would like to find out more about our New Communities project, please contact Hannah M or visit our website.

 

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Join our Vital Signs Focus Group in Broughton and Brooklands

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We are looking for 10 residents of Broughton and Brooklands to come along to a short focus group to talk about experiences in your community and help us to build a picture of your neighbourhood.
The focus group is run by Community Action: MK as part of the Vital Signs project which is coordinated by MK Community Foundation. We will cover issues around:
  • Strong communities

  • Tackling disadvantage and exclusion

  • Local environment

We want to hear the views from people living in your new community, and see what hopes and plans you have for your city.

Date: Tuesday 10th May
Time: 5.15pm arrival/refreshments for a 5.30pm start. Session ends by 7pm
Venue: Broughton Pavilion, Tanfield Road, Broughton
Please book via Community Action: MK’s Eventbrite as spaces are limited.

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Underpasses, a Talk by International Artists Boyd and Evans

On the Verge are organising a talk at CMK Library by international artists Boyd and Evans on the occasion of the rehanging of ‘Situation Comedy’ in the Library. The talk is on Thursday 12 May 6.00-8.00pm at CMK Library, and will include a tour of the artists’ paintings based on Milton Keynes on display at CMK Library.

Residents of Milton Keynes for almost thirty-four years, Fionnuala Boyd and Les Evans began working together in 1968 and have exhibited widely both nationally and internationally.

The talk is part of a series of events that will be taking place over the next ten months under the title ‘Underpasses connecting people, connecting places’ designed to uncover, share and celebrate the unique heritage and personal stories from Milton Keynes’ past.

The event is free and open to all but booking is essential.

 

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Community Space in the Western Expansion Area

The Western Expansion Area (or WEA for short!) is a new development which, when complete, will be home to around 18,500 people. The site runs along the v4 Watling Street from Stony Stratford in the north, all the way to Crownhill. There are plans for 6600 homes, as well as shops, schools, parks and open spaces, and community facilities. The WEA will take a number of years to build but the first residents have already moved in.

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Are you interested in using community space in the WEA? (photo courtesy of Portakabin.co.uk)

Community Action: MK have been working with MK Council to install 2 temporary community centres in the WEA, one on each end of the site. The first temporary facility will be in place by autumn this year in Whitehouses (near to Crownhill). The second will be built by Spring 2017 in Fairfields (near to Stony Stratford).

We are looking for voluntary, community and sports groups who may wish to hire the space in these facilities. If you would be interested in finding out more please get in touch with Hannah, CAMK Growth Officer.

There is also a grant fund available to support the setup and development of new or existing activities which benefit residents living in these new areas. Get in touch to find out how we can help you and to explore the exciting opportunities to work with MK’s newest residents.

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