Flying the Red Ensign

3rd of September, 1939

Some know this date as the start of WWII. It was also the date of the first British casualty, SS Athenia, and her crew of 128. Throughout both WWI and WWII there were many more casualties as the Merchant Navy seafarers and fishermen fought the enemy, the weather, and the seas to keep the nation and the Armed Services supplied and able to defend themselves. Seafarers often didn’t return home for over two years, some having been sunk, survived and transferred to other ships to maintain lines of support. The total recorded loss for the First World War was 2,479 ships and 14,287 seamen, as well as 675 vessels of the Fishing Fleet and 434 Seamen. However, these figures only account for those who died at sea and were commemorated – those who died ashore were not commemorated.

Every 3rd of September, Merchant Navy Day honours the brave men and women who kept our island nation afloat during both World Wars and the more routine perils of violent storms and mountainous seas. The Red Duster, as the Red Ensign is affectionately named, has been the flag of the British Merchant Navy since 1854. Today, we are raising the flag to remember the sacrifices, salute the courage, and support the future of the often unsung personnel of the Merchant Navy.

What can Stantonbury Parish Council do for 11-21 year olds?

Calling all 11-21 year olds (or parents of), we want to know what you would like to see from Stantonbury Parish Council.

Maybe its a monthly movie night in a community centre, a session where students going into GCSE/A Levels can talk to students who’ve done it about their tips and tricks, more community events, or something else.

We want to know – Fill out this form and tell us:

New Bradwell Railway Footbridge & New Bradwell Canal Bridge Refurbishment WP

Starting Monday the 19th of August, there will be refurbishment work on the New Bradwell Railway Footbridge and New Bradwell Canal Bridge. This work, comprised of ‘shot blasting and painting to ensure future integrity, is expected to last 4 weeks for the footbridge followed by 5 weeks for the canal bridge.

Detailed preparations have been underway to minimise the impact of the bridge closures. A suitable alternative access to the pedestrians and cyclist will be provided during the works.

Lane closures with traffic lights will be installed during the works. For the canal bridge, there will be no impact to the canal users and tow path users.

For further details/update of the schemes, please see below: Bradwell Canal No. 83411 Shot Blasting & Painting of Parapets Bradwell Railway Footbridge No. 83415 Shot Blasting & Painting of Parapets

Milton Keynes Car Cruise Consultation

MK Council is consulting on whether it should implement a borough-wide Public Space Protection Order (PSPO) to tackle the anti-social use of vehicles associated with car cruising.

Milton Keynes Council and Thames Valley Police have worked hard to disrupt the dangerous driving and anti-social behaviour demonstrated by some of the attendees at car cruise events.
The consultation aims to obtain feedback a borough-wide PSPO should be implemented to tackle the anti-social use of vehicles associated with car cruising.

A survey has been created for the consultation where you will be asked a series of questions  to ascertain if you have been affected by the anti-social use of vehicles in MK, what you perceive the scale of the nuisance to be and whether you support the implementation of a PSPO to tackle the issue.

You will also have the opportunity to object and state your reasons why.

You can access the short survey on the MK Council website at

The consultation period closes on 11 September 2019.

Council proposals to refocus regeneration on jobs, skills and improving life chances

Labour-led Milton Keynes Council will move away from regeneration that could involve wholesale demolition, and refocus the project on employment opportunities, improving skills and estate renewal, if proposals being considered are  agreed by the Council’s Cabinet before Christmas.

Last month MK Council passed a new Council Plan with a promise to review the existing regeneration strategy that priorities 7 estates for regeneration.

Now the MK Council Cabinet Member Nigel Long has said the continued focus and concerns of residents about wholesale demolition of estates has held the project back for too long, and the council will therefore be consulting over the next few months on a new strategy to change the story from one of demolishing homes to building stronger communities. The new strategy will be put before the Cabinet to approve in December.

Proposals being considered will specifically remove the threat of wholesale demolition on priority estates with more targeted work on specific sites and longer term investment. Physical changes will still be possible, but on a more gradual basis with the emphasis instead placed on improving existing stock and small scale rebuilding and remodelling, if approved by residents as part of a masterplan.

Work on the Lakes Estate and Fullers Slade will continue as planned, with the current schemes already a significant way into the process, but in future the council will be looking for a lighter touch on physical changes, and more focus on working with residents to improve skills, find better jobs and estate improvements.

Cllr Nigel Long, Cabinet Member for Housing and Regeneration said:

“Regeneration in the old Your:MK model will end. We will be consulting on a new way forward that will give residents certainty that wholesale demolition will not happen, and so hopefully we can change the focus to skills, jobs and estate renewal. Investment will be the proposed priority now.”

He continued:

“Over the past two years, as we have moved forward with plans for the Lakes Estate and Fullers Slade, it has become fairly obvious that the current process is too slow and that the word “regeneration” has become mired in negativity around demolition no matter what the council says. It is very clear that after the current work on the Lakes Estate and on Fullers Slade, we need to change things. The people on those two estates have done amazing work, and we will continue with those plans as we don’t want to lose what they have done.”

“However we need to draw a line under one era, and start a new one that is free from the fear of wholesale demolition. We will be bringing forward our proposals for consultation soon, both with our communities and within the council. We are clear that we want to move forward with regeneration, but move to a focus on jobs, skills and better life chances. Yes, we will improve estates, yes we will build new houses and yes, we will be spending £165m on improving our housing stock But the clear and overwhelming message from residents is that if we want to change the conversation to other things we need to be clear to people  that M  wholesale demolition is not an option and regeneration is about more than bricks and mortar. We will be investing in people and your estates, not destroying them.”

He concluded:

“Regeneration should be about building stronger communities. If we are serious about regeneration we need to stop the focus on demolition of specific estates and start talking about a renewal of MK, better jobs and improved life chances, and I look forward to listening to people’s  views before we make any decisions.”

Contact: Cllr Nigel Long 07799035756.