Welcome from Councillor Sue Smith, Chair of Woughton Community Council
Well would you believe it… Summer has been and gone, Children are back at school and the Christmas countdown has begun…….
There is another important date for your diary and that’s the 19th October REFERENDUM DAY, this is when Woughton votes if it accepts the Neighbourhood Plan or not. (See inside) Please have your say.
May I take this opportunity to publicly Thank the steering group for over 2 years work on this.
We have a busy time at the Council, as this is the beginning of the budget setting for the next year. What services are important to you, again come and have your say at the consultation dates (TBC) what you want us to provide against what you don’t.
Estates have had their fun days and coach trips and lots more over the summer and look forward to the onslaught of the Christmas events.
Look out for other events happening like the Chairs awards on Friday 23rd March, where we recognise local volunteers and where the Deputy Leader Cllr Donna Fuller will also be launching Woughton Cares.
That’s enough from me, Hope Christmas planning goes well and look forward to seeing you at events around the parish’
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
Leader, Woughton Community Council