Welcome Letters

Welcome from Councillor Sue Smith, Chair of Woughton Community Council

Hello Woughton

Welcome to our new website.  We felt our old one was very dated and quite difficult to find information, so hopefully this one will put that right.

Please have a look around the website, your estate Councillors are there, as well as easier bookings for our community halls/meeting places. You can view minutes from our meetings, which are all public, and you are very welcome to come along and have your say.  We are trying to make the meetings easier to follow and more interesting, but bear with us as miracles take a little while.

Our staff work tirelessly to improve services and now all their contact details are on this website. Our Advice service is one of our success stories and is helping hundreds of residents a month.  We are aware that we are not perfect and if residents have an idea for an improvement then please contact either a member of staff or even better, your estate Councillor and have a chat.

We have now moved to our new offices, which sounds very extravagant, but will save money and will be the hub of the community, hence why we have called it Woughton Community Hub. The building is now fit for purpose and will allow the staff to work more efficiently.

Well always been told to leave people wanting more ……….. so that’s where my welcome will finish

Sue Smith

Chair, Woughton Community Council


Welcome from Councillor Kevin Wilson, Leader of Woughton Community Council

Woughton Community Council is your Council providing services at a local level in the 7 estates that we cover. The importance of local cannot be overstated. We can respond flexibly to your local needs and concerns.

We provide a range of services. Youth services for our younger members of the community, Advice Service for those in need of help and advice, on for example debt, benefit and housing, landscaping and environmental services, community development and much more besides. We have recently adopted a new strategy entitled Woughton Cares which will entail providing new services for the elderly, lonely, those who are vulnerable or with mental health needs and the physically disabled too. We cannot do everything and where possible we seek to work in partnership with other agencies. We work with the local schools, churches, resident associations, as well as statutory bodies such as Milton Keynes Council, The Health and Police Authorities.

We have recently moved our main offices and headquarters from Netherfield to Coffee Hall to bigger premises which will also save us money.

Providing such services does not of course come without cost and this is more difficult because we are the poorest resourced Parish Council in Milton Keynes. We don’t enjoy large numbers of expensive houses with high council tax valuations. Quite the opposite and we are always campaigning for a fair or at least a fairer deal, but we are determined to be the voice of the community and to respond as best as we can to your needs and concerns.

As Leader of the Community Council I am lucky in having a set of dedicated hard working staff and officers and supportive representative members as well. Collectively we are also lucky in having a vibrant supportive community. Woughton is a special place. Since moving to Milton Keynes in 1975 I have always lived here, firstly in Netherfield, then on Eaglestone and now Coffee Hall. I would not wish to live anywhere else and am proud to lead your council and this fantastic community. Financially we may be the most deprived part of Milton Keynes, but nowhere matches our determination and community spirit making a real difference to real people and real families

 

Kevin Wilson

Leader, Woughton Community Council