Keep your feedback coming!

We’ve now had 56 residents take the 2013 online residents’ survey – many obviously prompted by the newsletter that is being delivered at the moment.

Some recent comments for your info :-

About the parish council

  • The newsletters etc keep us well informed to an extent that I have never experienced before I lived in Milton Keynes. When living elsewhere the only time I was actually informed of anything was during elections. There seem to be events. The planting everywhere is beautiful.
  • I feel very privileged to be living in an area with such a dedicated team of people looking after the well being of our environment.
  • Love the flowers. Park much improved.
  • The magazine/leaflets on what the council is doing , keeps the community up to date. Realise not a lot of money and majority only have a passing interest.
  • The Parish council is active and gets things done.
  • Up to now I haven’t heard too much about what the parish council has done
  • Generally, Loughton is a clean, tidy and safe environment where the majority of residents take pride in their houses and surroundings.
  • Having contact with some of the Councillors and the Parish Council I am aware that a lot of work goes on to the benefit of the local community. Keep up the good work.
  • Level of communication is high and interaction is measured and impressive (as judged by your work on proposed refurb of local playgrounds etc)
  • I think a lot of progress has been made over the last couple of years with a much more professional approach to the role. This is particularly well demonstrated with the obtaining of more funds to carry out projects as well as in my case the excellent support at Loughton Allotments. Enhanced communication with the Newsletter and Email News are very good. The setting up of NAGS has also been worthwhile.
  • Members are volunteers and its always difficult to get things progressed at any type of speed, so I’m pleased the Parish Council is being more active than it used to be.
  • Although not perfect Great Holm looks a lot more tidier and cared for than many other comparable estates.

 

About the newsletter

 

  • Informative.
  • Effective and informative communication is vital in the drive to build/maintain community spirit as well as secure favourable turn out a local elections.
  • It was good , lots of information.
  • Did not read it as i am not usually interested in local politics. However, i am now trying to get involved and i am testing the waters to see if my views are heard. When is the next newsletter out?
  • I did not have it delivered. I found it by accident in the pharmacy of the Surgery whilst waiting for a prescription to be ready. I do think its an excellent initiative – as is the e-newsletter. I wish you engaged more on facebook. You can do this for free by using HootSuite at the same time as posting to twitter.
  • It pointed people to various websites available in MK. The names of the Parish Council Members and other news items not readily available if people on their own are very unsure of their safety to attend the 8pm meetings.
  • I fully read the newsletter for the first time as I have only recently moved to Loughton and was very impressed with the variety of subjects covered and the many activities in which LPC is involved. I have kept the copy of the newsletter for future reference.
  • Good, regular update on local info. Blog is also very informative.
  • Excellent in both style and content.
  • Lots of good detail about what’s happening. Well done, more please.
  • I think the Newsletter serves as a reminder to all residents that the Parish Council exists and that it is carrying out a function that is worthwhile.
  • Very good quality and included relevant information.
  • Look forward to more details with regards to ongoing projects e.g. Village Green,Graveyard and future planning proposals. Publish perhaps quarterly. Not as informative as Wolverton Town Council’s publication, which obviously has a lot more events with a budget to suit.

 

 

Poll on the proposal to change name to Loughton & Great Holm Parish Council

 

31 votes cast so far; 74% (23) in favour and 26% (8) against. As more votes come in this percentage is seeming to stay roughly the same. It might change as the newsletter has not reached all parts of Loughton quite yet

 

 

 

Poll on the Badminton Centre development

 

21 votes cast so far; 95% (20) say refuse permission and 5% (1) say grant it

 

Comments on the Badminton centre planning issue:-

 

  • there are already a number of residential developments on or near lodge lake….more are NOT required
  • Parking issues along Bradwell Rd. 2) Lodge Lake is a perfect fit for the surrounding estates, building more houses will increase the amount of people to the detriment of the natural environment. Lodge Lake is not Willen Lake, which I fear it could become. 3) Already Danstead Way is heavy with traffic; having even more cars coming off Bradwell Rd. will exacerbate this issue. Also I’m worried cars will use Kensington Drive as a cut through to Portway creating more traffic on an estate road, which already has a lot of use with cars and buses.
  • 104 houses at this site is ridiculous. It will ruin the setting of Lodge Lake which is enjoyed by all local residents. The old barn should not be demolished. This is dedicated park land in the main and should remain for local people to enjoy. Badminton England should get the funding for their new centre from Sport England who can easily afford it rather than ruin Lodge Lake and our parks
  • We have lived at Gt Holm for 27 years and have already seen many changes to the area, some good some not so good. This latest development would probably one of the most drastic changes to the area. This is going to totally ruin not only the beautiful surroundings around the Lake but will inevitably be so much busier, nosier and probably dirtier (litter etc). It would be a real shame for all that to happen. Lodge Lake is one of Milton Keynes best kept secrets and everyone around Great Holm feel very lucky to be part of it. Not only that, I am also a member of the Fusion Gym, and the fact that it is walking distance is a huge advantage for me. This Gym is one of the friendliest gyms in Milton Keynes and has a loyal member base going back as far as 15 years! I am really hoping that for all the above reasons and more, that the planning application is refused.
  • It’s totally inappropriate
  • The site forms an important backdrop to Lodge Lake and any development needs to be sensitive to that fact and in keeping with the surrounding areas. The density and height of the proposed development is significantly out of keeping with the established housing in Loughton and in Great Holm adjacent to the lake.
  • Too great a negative impact on Lodge Lake.
  • high density housing in this area will be detrimental to the natural beauty and tranquility of the area, certainly in terms of increased traffic.
  • I agree with the reasons given by the Parish Council
  • spoil the area for everyone – area will become too densely populated – infrastructure unable to handle the additional traffic – loss of green space and loss of heritage buildings – loss of desirable location
  • Too many houses, impact of traffic not really considered.
  • Traffic and insufficient infrastructure to support it as well as Degrading a beautiful area.
  • The impact on Lodge Lake for the community and green area entrance into Loughton Village. Many people come on a regular basis for walking and taking lunch breaks in quiet pleasant surroundings. Parking for residents and visitors. 104 properties on the land are far in excess of the others in the vicinity. There is insufficient space for delivery vehicles and visitors to the properties which have entrances directly onto Bradwell Road. It is very close to the H4 and entrance to the Apartments in Woodward Place.
  • Not enough consideration has gone into the increased traffic that will result in the area, plus the impact on local amenities (or lack of them)
  • Would be a great message to the whole of UK on Milton Keynes as a growing town: improved facilities & great economic boost More Jobs in MK over left-wing anti planning NIMBY views in Loughton & in MK.
  • Building density too high.
  • Parks Trust land should be preserved as open space and not built on. The density of the proposed development is too great. Bradwell Road and the junction with H4 will not cope with the extra traffic generated from the development. The historic barn should be preserved.
  • not designated for housing, also too dense
  • Inconsistent with surrounding area. Parking difficulties on Bradwell Road. Far too many properties in the development.
  • The project is not well thought out, it is definitely unsympathetic to the area and additionally it will bring no benefit to our area other than to defile the heritage buildings and the lodge lake visa as well as condemning locals to 3 to 4 years of building development along Bradwell Road in the event that the development is granted

 

Useful to know what people are thinking! You can take the surveys via the homepage

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2013 residents online opinion survey launched

Loughton Parish Council would like to know about the issues which are of concern to local residents in Loughton and Great Holm.

We’d also like to know about how local residents feel we are doing and how we can improve the job we are doing.

The 2013 online residents opinion survey gives local residents the chance to give us their opinions.

We would be very grateful if you would take a few minutes to give us your views and comments, and all feedback will be taken into account when deciding on future activities.

The 2013 online residents opinion survey is now available here

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The result of the online parish survey

We promised to publish on the website the results of the online 2012 parish survey which was advertised with the precept leaflets.

An anonymised version of the closed questions is now available here:-

Parish survey

The answers given to the open answers were interesting.

The planning issues mentioned were:-

  1. Parking needs to be banned around the Harvester
  2. Conservation of the “village” areas
  3. Protecting green space Slow broadband Huge amount of speed bumps
  4. Parking adequacy Pressure on remaining green space Removal or major pruning of mature trees Traffic turning right on to grid roads
  5. Too many houses being rented out. Lack of public transport across Loughton. Car parking.
  6. School parking Potential station parking issues
  7. Potential over-development and agreement to over-sized houses in comparison to plot size

The answers given to the question about “major issues in the area” were

  1. Cars parking on London Road near the Harvester, often illegally on the bend 
  2. Noise Nuisnace from Daytona Raceway Parking scheme no longer in operation
  3. Street lights obscured by trees that need to be trimed. Leaves and small branches laying on the road making it difficult to walk safely
  4. Dangerous slippery corner Church Lane / Bradwell Road. In winter, water drains out of gardens over the sloping pavement and turns to a thin sheet of ice. No pavement on west side of Bradwell Road, forcing all pedestrians to navigate this slippery area. 
  5. Parking at the bail hostel (including delivery vehicles and vehicles used by contractors), Parking on pedestrian pavements. Lack of footpaths where people actually walk or use powered mobility equipments (e.g. from redway on east side of Watling Street to pavements in Haddon and Highgrove HIll and from underpass from Loughton to the fire station across the fire station site to Haddon or Waddesdon Close) – there will be a serious accident due to this in Highgrove Hill soon and someone will be injured when they fall scrambling over the brook in Waddesdon Close. Parking at Hilltops Medical Centre – I have given up trying to park here as the disabled bays are regularly abused and the slope makes the free spaces further down no use to me in my wheelchair – I now use the surgery at Broughton Gate.
  6. Litter Redway surfaces 
  7. Park area for smaller children
  8. parking

And as for what residents would like done about this; they said :

  1. Double yellow lines outside, and 100 metres either side of The Harvester 
  2. Review and amend licence for Daytona. Carry out the proper consultation or complete parking scheme signage
  3. Put pressure on the council to deal with both of these safety hazzards.
  4. Increase drainage / change pavement surfacing 
  5. Provide a parking plan for the bail hostel with designated bays created opposite and parking banned on the bail hostel side of the road. A parking ban on pavements with enforcement. Provide new footpaths where required. Parking regulations for all public car parks in the parish preventing all day parking by staff and ensuring adequate and enforced disabled bays.
  6. Place more bins to collect rubbish Impose fines for dropping litter Resurface the worst redway surfaces
  7. the Sports field alongside the sports club park is very small and often unusable due to broken and often messy play area, Being a local resident for many years and a long standing childcare provider of over 20years i feel loughton play areas has been forgotten. I along with other childcare providers have now resorted to using the new play area in great hom or will travel by car to Oxley Park or Medbourne for the children to be able to play safely. Surely with the parish havig two well established schools a play area would be an added assat to the residents and visiters to Loughton. 
  8. If the proposed parking restrictions come into force, they will solve many issues. The school issue could be solved by changing the morning restriction to 8:30 to 9:30
  9. note that the cost of emptying dog hygiene bins is the parish council’s major expenditure item. I would like to see dog owners asked to contribute to this service

In answer to the question what changes would most improve the neighbourhood :-

  1. Parking 
  2. Increase the conservation area to include all of the village area 
  3. Clearing of weeds and rubish in the brook in Waddesdon Close. 
  4. Cleaning the streets and clearing the rubbish 
  5. More grit boxes at places where they could be used to the advantage of the residents not the council. As a childcare provider and who lives in a close at the bottom of a small hill both neighbours and parents alike are not able to exit or enter. 
  6. Move Millenium Meadow to the plot opposite the middle school and change current Millenium Meadow to allotments 
  7. More frequent trimming of hedges alongside footpaths and pavements.

What do residents most like about the neighbourhood?

  1. Prestige 
  2. Feels like a village community 
  3. Very quiet 
  4. The lakes, the brook, the old buildings 
  5. Quiet, safe and pleasant. Near CMK and station. Adequate bus service for care staff.
  6. Open spaces
  7. Friendly and “Village like” people looking out for each other, happy neighbourhood. 
  8. Peaceful
  9. The amount of green open spaces and parkland. The current density of housing.

And what they least liked :-

  1. Parking on the road near the Harvester 
  2. Almost constant development in the area particulary resulting in noise nuisance and mud on road and pavements.
  3. Cars parked everywhere. The lack of neighbourliness that the bail hostel appears to have.
  4. Rubbish strewn everywhere 
  5. No parks for the children of the village to play safely.
  6. High turnover of tenants thus preventing any sense of neighbourliness and responsibility for the area in which they live.
  7. Inconsiderate road users when collecting children from either school. The roads are usually difficult to negotiate and while I try to avoid the school run it is sometimes not possible. I feel for the bus drivers. Could we have a half hourly bus service? 
  8. The lack of parking spaces associated with houses causing certain streets to be clogged with parked cars.

 

 

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