The plans to build the Fenny Lock Travellers site here were dealt a final blow on Wednesdays cabinet session (28th Feb). The decision taken by Milton Keynes Council reflects years of lobbying by protest groups and Cllr Lee Barney to try and get the money reserved for the site put to better use. Cllr Barney said “I am delighted that the Cabinet has listened to the people and has reviewed the spend of such a large amount of money. I have always said that this money could be spent better elsewhere and that we should look at the other, higher priority issues we have in Milton Keynes.”
There is a remaining amount of £1.2million left in this years budget that was set aside for the building of 10 pitches for Travellers families. This money will now be spent protecting the more vulnerable in our City. Instead of 10 Travellers families the money will now be spent on building specialist housing for disabled people. This represents the first Council house program in 15 years and the Conservative party are the ones to do it.
Alice Bramall said “Finally we have acknowledged that there is an issue with specialist housing in Milton Keynes. There are many disabled people in Milton Keynes who really need our help and changing the use of this money represents a real step forward in addressing this shortfall.”
The land set aside for the Travellers site will now be allowed to grow back to forest which will delight many residents of the area who enjoy walks through the area.
The Liberal Democrats have worked to keep the Fenny Lock site despite the public back lash against such a decision. This single minded approach has meant long term isolation of a high priority group which we will now seek to redress. The Conservative party listened to you at the last local election and continue to deliver on their promises, such as free parking, broadband and now the Fenny site. Contact us for more info.