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Lakes Estate Regeneration progress update, May 2021

Work has been continuing to develop plans for the community-led regeneration of Serpentine Court and the wider Lakes Estate.

A thorough ground investigation of the proposed development areas will start soon. This will help inform the type of materials we need to consider for foundations of the new homes and buildings. It’ll also help us uncover any potential unknown issues which may lie underground.


MK Council is currently in the process of agreeing the contract for managing the ground investigation with engineering consultants. We expect the investigation to last for six months once it begins.


Other pre-tender design and preparation activities will not be impacted and can continue alongside this.


MK Council will update residents closer to the time, but we will aim to keep disruption to a minimum.


Lakes Estate Renewal Forum


The third meeting of the Lakes Estate Renewal Forum takes place on Thursday 27 May at 6pm via Zoom. The Renewal Forum is an opportunity for residents to set the priorities for their estate, particularly around regeneration, renewal and community improvement.


Please do join us if you can. Email Steve Hallet, chair of the Lakes Estate Renewal Forum on lakesrenewal@outlook.com for joining details.


Serpentine Court Steering Group


The next meeting of the Serpentine Court Steering Group will be held on Tuesday 8 June at 6.30pm via Microsoft Teams. If you’d like to attend, please email regeneration@milton-keynes.gov.uk.


Residents Association AGM


The Annual General Meeting of the Lakes Residents Association for 2021 will be held on Wednesday 26 May at 7pm via Zoom. The meeting will be chaired by Jeanette Marling (jeanettemarling@talktalk.net or 07966 157265).


Contributors will include Steve Hallett, Chair of the Lakes Estate Renewal Forum and Will Rysdale, Head of Housing Delivery at Milton Keynes Council. Please register to join the online meeting by emailing residentengagement@milton-keynes.gov.uk or by calling 07557 318980.


Mears Virtual Repairs Session


Do you need repairs to your property, or have an ongoing issue you need fixing? Please join our next online Lakes Repairs Group with contractors MEARS. The next session is on Monday 17 May from 3.30pm until 5pm.


To book your slot or have one of the team call you, please email lakesrepairs@outlook.com.


MK Connect public transport service


A new ‘demand responsive transport system’ has been launched in Milton Keynes. It’s a faster and greener way of travelling on public transport in MK.


MK Connect is different to a traditional bus service as it runs on minibuses that don’t follow a fixed route or bus stops. Instead, local people can book a trip using a mobile app or over the phone to be collected at a nearby safe location. Passengers are dropped off at their destination, picking up other people along the way who are travelling to the same area of the city.


Passengers using a wheelchair or who have a disability will be matched with a fully accessible vehicle. The service is delivered by Via in partnership with MK Council. MK Connect has replaced some underused bus routes. For full details, and links to download the app, visit www.ridewithvia.com/mk-connect. If you need additional support, please call 01908 252526.


Primary school offer day


Children in the Lakes Estate, along with thousands of others across the city, have learned recently which primary school they’ll be starting at in September. MK Council received 3,350 applications and helped a record 99% of children secure a place at one of their preferred schools, with 93% getting their first choice.


The Council is still processing a small number of late applications. Parents, carers or guardians who still need to make an application on behalf of a child can do so online at www.milton-keynes.gov.uk/school-admissions.

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