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Car park planning application rekindles dispute with residents in Milton Keynes

Wednesday, November 17th, 2021 9:14am

By Rory Butler, Local Democracy Reporter @rorythomasb

An application relating to land and a lake next to Greensand View and west of Eastaff Croft, in Woburn Sands has been submitted to MK Council.

Mr John Maple, of Vauxhall Angling Club (VAC), has submitted the plans to Milton Keynes Council, they detail ‘the construction of an anglers car park on a landfill lake known as The Shovel, the widening of an existing pedestrian/vehicle access and retrospective permission for fencing around the site’.

Fourteen spaces have been proposed.

In 2017, a meeting with Woburn Town Council resolved that an anglers car park was the ‘solution to local parking problems’.

However, residents said the new car park plans are “wrong”.

There has also been swimming in the lake and trail bike use.

One resident wrote: “Having objected to the previous application, I object to this application on the same grounds,

“This car park is situated in the wrong location, the anglers are not welcome as they show no respect for the local area dropping rubbish, blocking access to vehicles – including emergency vehicles – and the car park would encourage more anglers to stay overnight but there is no sanitation at all and so their excrement will be (as it is now) just dumped in the vegetation around the lake.

“The street, and surrounding streets, are populated with many families with small children and so increased traffic for the car park is not an option.”

Another said: “There is direct access to the lake from Bow Brickhill Road with no houses, so this really has to be the obvious choice.

“I believe that many anglers would be happier to have access from there too, rather than cause the grievances already present.

“Put the entrance in from Bow Brickhill Road and shut off the one from Greensand View.”

Council officers will now decide what becomes of the application.