East West Rail

Further public consultation is taking place on the East West Rail upgrade. This is the line that passes through Fenny Stratford and Bletchley to Bedford in the East and will go to Aylesbury, Bicester and Oxford in the west with connections onward. Paper copies of the consultation document are available for viewing at the Town Council offices in Queensway or will be available on-line from 30/06/17 here www.networkrail.co.uk/east-west-rail There will also be events you can visit. Local to us are Tuesday 11th July 12.00 to 20.00 at Scots Social Club, Selbourne Avenue, Bletchley, MK3 5BX and on Monday 17th July 15.00 to 19.00 at Newton Longville Village Hall, 2 Paradise, MK17 0AQ.

What do you want from this service? Would you like faster service trains to stop in Fenny Stratford? The present outline plan suggests users of Fenny Stratford station would have the present slow service to Bletchley and Bedford but would have to change at Bletchley for faster trains. What are the plans for the Simpson Road level crossing? Will the line be duelled through Fenny Stratford? Now is your chance to put forward your ideas. If you want to influence the thinking on any of these matters then please do so. The consultation ends 11th August 2017.

EWR overall map proposed

A very big thank you to Bailey Roofing

Bailey Roofing

Bailey Roofing, a local family run business have repaired the roof of the mortuary chapel and replaced all the guttering and downpipes free of charge for the community. Their vans are a familiar sight on local roads and we are very thankful for their support of this community project.

The cemetery with two gothic style mortuary chapels, was opened in 1859 (others suggest 1864). The chapel under repair was Anglican and the second, situated adjacent and to the south was Non Conformist. The exact dates that the Non Conformist chapel went into disuse, and was subsequently removed, are unknown but it is thought this was around the time of the first world war. Both chapels are shown on the 1900 OS 6” map but the second chapel is not present on later editions.

The chapel has not been used for many years and, as a result, has fallen into disrepair. In 2016 Bletchley and Fenny Stratford Town Council completed a successful application to Milton Keynes Council to take over the running of this chapel as part of the Community Asset Transfer programme. This application was on behalf of the community, as consultation had shown a desire to retain and restore the building for an as yet unspecified use. Restoring the building back to a 'living' and used building will be a community project and will proceed in stages, starting with making it safe, then usable, and finally a long term sustainable future can be established.

The Town Council will work with local groups. If you would like to assist or to donate a skill or trade (all trades needed) then please contact us via the contact us tab.

The Bells of St Martin's

St Martin’s Church allowed us to put up a banner advertising the Poppers Festival. Climbing the tower I took the following pictures of the bells. There are six in total. Unfortunately there are presently no bell ringers.

The Bells of St Martins

The Bells of St Martins

The Bells of St Martins

New Play Area at Simpson

Parents looking for a new playground to keep their children amused over the summer break can shortly visit the new play area being constructed at Simpson (off Simpson Drive).

New Play Area at Simpson

Additional Parking In Aylesbury Street

The Milton Keynes Council highways work in Aylesbury Street has provided additional parking bays. This will greatly assist with the parking shortage at peek times and has removed several pot holes in the process. One bus stop has moved along the street slightly opposite the Esso garage.

Additional Parking In Aylesbury Street

Map of Fenny Stratford

Fenny Map