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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Consultation on Whitehouse Primary School in Western Expansion Area

There are two drop in consultation events about the new ‘Whithouse Primary School’ which is located in the Western Expansion Area, MK’s biggest new development.

Pop along to the events on 24th May or 7th June to find out more, or visit www.whitehouseprimary.co.uk.

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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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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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Update on CAMK work in the Expansion Areas

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Community Action: MK is funded to deliver a Community Involvement project in the ‘tariff’ expansion areas in Milton Keynes. These areas include:

  • Broughton Gate and Brooklands (known as the Eastern Expansion Area)
  • Whitehouse and Fairfields (known as the Western Expansion Area)
  • Tattenhoe Park and Kingsmead South
  • Strategic Land Allocation (land to the south-east of the city)

The aim of our work is to get residents of these new areas more active and involved in their community, and support the integration of these areas into the wider city.

We have just published an update on the activities we supported in 2015. Click here to view this report.

We also publish quarterly reports on what residents in the Expansion Areas are talking to us about. This information can be used to help get a flavour of the issues and interests of the community, and can help those involved in these new areas to shape their services. These reports are also available on the ‘Expansion’ section of our website.

If you would like to find out about these new communities, please contact our Growth Officer, Hannah Mills.

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Western Expansion Area Public Exhibition well attended by local people

Last week we hosted a public exhibition about the Western Expansion Area (WEA), MK’s biggest new development which will be home to around 18,000 people once complete.

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This event was kindly hosted at the MK11 Kiln Farm Club. Members of the public were invited to drop by to find out about plans for the site and meet the organisations involved in delivering this new area. We had information stands from developers, a range of MK Council departments, a local parish council and residents group, and the Parks Trust. Around 280 people attended the exhibition, heard about plans and got chance to ask the stallholders questions.

Plans for the site are ongoing so we will do our best to keep residents up to date.

  • Sign up to Growth Gossip – our newsletter providing updates on MK’s growth, links to consultations and community news
  • Visit the Growing MK website
  • Join Josan, our Community Mobiliser on Facebook
  • Email Hannah, our Growth Officer with your questions and comments
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