Projects & Priorities

Residents’ Parking

The two most frequent causes of neighbour disputes is parking and noise.

A key priority for the Town Council is trying to improve parking for residents in CMK.  Our work has tackled this problem on a number of fronts:

Parking standards

In our CMK Alliance Business Neighbourhood Plan, we have proposed new ‘parking standards’ for CMK which increase the number of parking spaces that new developments must provide.  (Update: the Alliance Plan passed its independent examination in May 2014 but now must pass referendums by residents and businesses to become law.)

Parking policy

We monitor and influence CMK parking proposals by Milton Keynes Council (MKC).  For example, when MKC proposed eliminating the residential scratch-card scheme in 2013 due to abuse by some residents (who were selling their surplus scratchcards to commuters), we convinced MKC not to throw the baby out with the bathwater, who agreed to keep the scheme whilst seeking ways to improve it.

Fire-fighting

We try to resolve particular parking issues, such as those recently highlighted at Adelphi Street, by working with MKC and Thames Valley Police (TVP) to develop targeted solutions.  This is usually quite challenging, as it involves changes to the highway code or adopted roads or law enforcement priorities.  It also takes a lot of time and effort, which is why the Town Councillors (who are all volunteers) made the decision in Summer 2014 to create a new part-time (paid) Projects Officer role.