In our 2008 Parish Plan, we asked for a safe crossing for children between the Carrington Arms and the Village Hall. Subsequently, the parish council has been concerned about parking outside the Carrington when it eventually re-opens. As a result, the parish council invited MKC Highways to come to the village, look at the area and come up with some ideas.
The MKC Highways and Urban Design teams felt that the area outside the Village Hall and the Carrington is a key feature of the village but has got rather unsightly not only because of the sad state of the pub but also because of the ugly railings at the back of the green. They felt that the area as a whole could be improved to create a more attractive ‘Village Centre’ whilst keeping key facilities such as the green and tree where the village gathers for carol singing at Christmas.
The plans were first presented at the Open Forum which preceded the parish council meeting on 7th March. The presentation was advertised in ‘Castlethorpe News’ and on the Notice Boards. The consultation period has run until the end of August.
There are three options and the preference can be a mix and match of any of the features in them. For example, the parish council discussed the plans for the first time on 7th March and felt that the parking in the centre of North Street would cause an obstruction for the large agricultural vehicles which occasionally pass and thought that it would be preferable to move the parking to the side of the road.
Milton Keynes Council have put some funds aside in the 2011/12 financial year but it is expected that the parish council will have to seek grants for the balance of the funds – as it has done for improvements at the village hall, sports ground and play area.
If you have comments on the plans, please send them either by email to Melissa Jones or by post to
Milton Keynes Council
1 Saxon Gate East
or contact the Clerk or any member of the Parish Council.
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