Pirate play park (by Loughton Sports & Social Club) closed for refurbishment

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The Pirate play-park next to the Loughton Sports and Social Club will be closed from:

Tuesday 8th May

for 7-10 working days for the play equipment to be refurbished.

Your patience while equipment is brought to the site and the repair work is

undertaken would be greatly appreciated.

If you have any concerns, please contact the Parish Clerk.


Planned roadworks

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Repairs are planned on 3/5/18 between 12:30pm – 16:30pm on:

Bradwell Rd between Linceslade Grove and Woodward Place.


Neighbourhood Policing Joint Community Forum

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Information sent on behalf of Thames Valley Police

Neighbourhood Policing – Joint Community Forum

The purpose of the Community Forum is to bring together, at a local level, the right organisations and members of the public to tackle the top community safety priorities identified through consultation.
Thames Valley Police will be setting their new priorities following this consultation process. The meeting will be attended by an officer from your local Neighbourhood Policing Team.

The joint Community Forum for Loughton and Great Holm with Shenley Church End parishes will be on:

Monday 4th December 2017 at 7:30pm at

Shenley Church End parish meeting room.
The Cartshed, 19a Shenley Rd, Shenley Church End. MK5 6AB


Current priorities for neighbourhood policing are:

Priority 1 – Drugs Related Anti Social behaviour (ASB) in Grange Farm

Priority 2. Oxley Park: Anti Social Behaviour (ASB)
Children in groups varying from two to six in number causing ASB issues in and around surrounding area of Oxley Park.

Priority 3 – Drug Use and general Anti Social Behaviour, Children’s play areas across Oxley Park, especially noted at Charrise Gardens and Fonda Meadows


Loughton School has a Professional Weather Station

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Loughton School has a professional weather station that transmits weather data from their roof to the web site (see link below) pretty much in real time and, yes, you can check the weather here wherever you can get online.

Watch and interact with Loughton School’s 24/7 real time and recorded information on the Energy Watch portal.

Loughton School has installed a sophisticated energy monitoring system that feeds almost-real-time information into this online portal. Loughton School believes it is very important that their students can learn how weather and real-world energy use are related, like in their own school.

The electricity use by Loughton School is being monitored 24/7 so you can learn about its daily and seasonal patterns of energy consumption. You can see a chart with the past few days’ electricity consumption. The first thing you may notice is the weekly pattern. Can you identify the weekends?

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Upcoming road closure on H7 Chaffron Way

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The following length of road is expected to be closed over three consecutive weekends (Friday night to Monday morning) between 17th November 2017 and 4th December 2017 (between 8.00pm and 06.00am only):-

  • H7 Chaffron Way – From it’s junction with V4 Watling Street to it’s junction with V6 Grafton Street.

Whilst the above length of road is closed the alternative route will be via V4 Watling Street, H6 Childs Way and V6 Grafton Street (and vice versa).



The Hugh Parke Charity

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Loughton School : an observation of the morning school run

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The Parish Council recently received a complaint from a local resident about school drop off parking.

The resident complained :-

“The bends on Bradwell Road heading towards Linceslade Grove are generally parked up on both sides – gridlock ensued last week when a lorry was heading towards the School!

The car parks on either side of Bradwell Road are regarded by a not inconsiderable few as a second choice to parking on the pavements either side of the car parks, presumable to give a quicker getaway than the car parks. On Monday drop off there were around a dozen free parking spaces and yet four cars parked on the pavement. I have heard anecdotal complaint that when PCSOs / PCs have been at the school they have merely observed – no education and certainly no tickets. “

We discussed the problem in the full Parish Council meeting on Monday 16th October 2017 and I proposed to go down to observe the problem.

I chose the morning of Thursday 19th October because the weather forecast was for rain around the morning school drop off time and therefore I expected to see the problem at its worst.

I arrived at about 8.15am and stood near the junction of Bradwell Road where it meets Ashpole Furlong/Paynes Drive. The school gates open at about 8.30am, the doors or the school open at 8.40am and I think school starts around 8.50am.

It was cloudy and there was very light drizzle. It was quite grey so most cars still had their lights on as it seemed dark and gloomy.

From 8.15am until about 8.35am my impression was everything was going quite ok. The traffic was busy and moving with lots of bicycles, pedestrians and cars. It was busy but not gridlocked. There were lots of children of all ages making their way to Loughton and Denbigh schools. Some were on their own, some with parents, and some accompanied by young pre-school siblings.

At 8.35am, things noticeably changed and there was then what I would describe as a “mad 10 minutes”. A number of cars started to park on the pavement around the car park areas near where I was standing (on Bradwell Rd near the j/w Paynes Drive). One car parked on the zig zag lines in Paynes Drive

A Mercedes parked on the pavement – rather than using the car park – potentially forcing pedestrians into the road

A Nissan parking on the zig zag lines near Paynes Drive

A VW parked on the pavement – outside the car park

The owner of a BMW parked on the pavement outside the car park also. I offered the driver a leaflet from the Parish Council asking drivers to be considerate, which she initially refused to take. She was busy accompanying her daughter into the school and verbally abused me in front of her young child.

Another driver had parked right on the junction of Bradwell Rd and Ashpole Furlong – part on the pavement. When I spoke to that driver and pointed out that he was both blocking the pavement and creating a potential hazard for pedestrians crossing the road, and might be better to use the vacant space in the car park, he informed me he had paid his car tax and was therefore entitled to park where he liked!

By 8.50am the “moment of madness” had passed and serenity resumed.

My overall impression was that the complaint made by the resident about the parking of parents of the school making the drop-off was entirely justified. It seems parents were arriving at school at the last moment and trying to drop off their children in a great hurry and were not willing to try to consider parking in the car park but felt entitled to park on the pavements and/or close to the junctions. They seemed to be so focused on trying to do the school run in the minimum time that they were not really thinking about the safety of pedestrians, including particularly vulnerable road users, and young children.

It might help if some “no parking on the pavement” boards were erected just before the school run as well as some signs reminding parents of the importance of enabling young children to get to school and home safe and sound.

I will be passing on these observations to the management of the School and to the local traffic enforcement authorities at MK Council and Thames Valley Police. Lets hope together we can keep our children safe and avoid any serious injuries and accidents occurring.







Review of Polling Districts and Polling Places

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Milton Keynes Council is undertaking a review of polling districts and polling places.

Milton Keynes Council would welcome your comments about existing polling stations and ideas for new ones in your area.

The deadline for submitting comments is 24 November 2017.


Road Closure in Loughton

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Milton Keynes Council has informed the Parish Council that Pitcher Lane, Loughton will be closed between Monday 2nd October – Wednesday 4th October the alternative route will be via School Lane and Leys Road.

This is to allow Anglian Water to undertake repairs to the water main, man hole cover and install a new sewer pipe.



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FEAST OF FIRE: Saturday 21 October from 6.30pm in Central Milton Keynes, FREE

To celebrate MK50, Milton Keynes will come together on Saturday 21 October for Feast of Fire.

This magical and fiery event has been created by outdoor arts company Walk the Plank, commissioned by City Club and produced by IF: Milton Keynes International Festival.

The evening will open with the beautiful large-scale ‘Spellbound’ show featuring captivating puppetry, dance and special effects to tell an ancient story of love, loyalty and friendship, then Midsummer Boulevard East will light up with fire sculptures, followed by live music with fire drawings, special effects and fireworks in a grand finale in The Point car park.

An important part of the evening will be ‘The People’s Procession’ made up of 250 citizens who live or work in Milton Keynes – and this is where you can play a part.

The Feast of Fire organisers would like to invite people across Milton Keynes to sign up, or nominate people to take part in the Procession.

They are looking for people of all ages and backgrounds, and would like to include the broadest possible cross-section of people, showing Milton Keynes to be the diverse, vibrant city it has become over the past 50 years.

The People’s Procession will be by torchlight and start at the MK Rose in Campbell Park and work its way on level ground to a traffic-free Midsummer Boulevard and The Point car park.

Participants can be young or old, living or working in the city, a community organiser, a group representative or someone who makes a difference…

Want to take part? Read more and sign up here www.ifmiltonkeynes.org

Put Saturday 21 October in your diary now – Feast of Fire is FREE to attend and is the last of the official events to celebrate MK50!

Created for MK50 and City Club by Walk the Plank and is produced by The Stables and IF: Milton Keynes International Festival. Sponsored by Gallagher Estates, IDI Gazeley, centre:mk and intu Milton Keynes. Supported by Arts Council England, Milton Keynes Council, The Rothschild Foundation, MK Community Foundation, PRS for Music Foundation and MK Dons SET.        


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Twitter: @Feast of Fire https://twitter.com/FeastofFire