MILTON KEYNES COUNCIL
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MK Council has set up a Local Support Service which is providing a vital lifeline to vulnerable MK residents during the coronavirus outbreak. The service is there for people who have registered with Government as ‘extremely vulnerable’ and who need extra help, and for other residents who are self-isolating and do not have family, friends or neighbours to support them. You can find out more here.
Financial help for individuals - If you are an individual and need emergency financial support you can find out about getting help here.
Milton Keynes Council have developed a Covid 19 Help Plan to support residents, especially those who are most vulnerable. They have created a Local Support Service (LSS) to support vulnerable people who are self-isolating. To see details of their Help Plan please click here.
To see a full update on how MKC are responding to the pandemic from Milton Keynes Council Chief Executive please click here.
Green waste collection restarting from 11th May!
MK Council will be restarting its weekly food and garden waste collections on Monday 11th May. Collections were suspended earlier this month due to reduced staff numbers caused by the coronavirus pandemic. The situation has now improved enough for MK Council and partner Serco to resume collections from 11th May. For full details please click here.
Waste Recycling Centres
Household Waste Recycling Centres (HWRCs) will open from Monday 18 May. All three sites, Newport Pagnell, Bleak Hall and New Bradwell will be open 7 days a week.
COVID-19 safety measures
Milton Keynes Council have introduced a series of measures to make sure that both the workers and the public will be able to maintain social distancing at these sites. The most critical of these is a booking system which will stagger the number of people at the site, ensure that queues are kept at a minimum and that this vital service benefits the residents of Milton Keynes.
No one will be able to drop off materials without making a prior booking.
Anyone wishing to attend a HWRC will be required to book a 15 minute slot by either contacting Customer Services on 01908 252811, or via their online booking form here. This is for essential visits only and for waste that cannot be safely stored at home.
The Council are booking slots a limited number of days in advance and these slots will fill up quickly. If you are unsuccessful when trying to book, please try again the next day when more slots will be released. Milton Keynes Council apologise for any inconvenience this may cause. If you are trying to book, they are usually less busy in the afternoon and evening.
Book a slot at HWRC
To make a booking (15 min slot) you will need the registration number of the vehicle you plan to use, which site you wish to visit and your email address, MKC will email confirmation of your booking - you will not be allowed on site without your confirmation email. On arrival at the HWRC, residents will be required to show confirmation of booking and identification.
The sites are open for essential visits only, so residents can dispose of harmful waste that cannot be stored at home safely. Please only bring waste that you are able to handle yourself as MKC staff are unable to assist at the current time.
In addition, they have extended the opening hours to 7am-7pm at the New Bradwell site as it is the most appropriate site to handle the additional traffic. The Newport Pagnell site and Bleak Hall will be open from 8am-6pm.
HWRC staff will not be able to assist with carrying items so please ensure that you come to the tip with whoever helped you load heavy items into your vehicle.
Milton Keynes Council have also worked with highways and the police to ensure that there are sensible plans in place to avoid the chaos seen at locations in other local authorities. To manage traffic, the entrance and approach to some of the sites has been adjusted. These details will be included with the booking confirmation.
The demand for booking slots will be high so MKC ask residents for their patience. These measures are in place to maintain social distancing and protect the health of workers and residents. It will be monitored on site and there will be CCTV in operation.
Do please remember:
-Food and garden waste collections are now in place
-Bulky waste collection service is available
-Fly tipping will be prosecuted
-Without a confirmed booking, residents will not be able to enter the HWRC.
For further information please go to: https://www.milton-keynes.gov.uk/waste-recycling/community-recycling-centres-tips
Bulky Waste Collection
Milton Keynes Council have advised us that bulky waste collection will resume on Monday 27th April. These collections can only be arranged by calling MK Council Customer Services on 01908 252 570.
They are aware that there will be additional demand as this service restarts and they will be working hard to clear the backlog of bulky waste from residents’ homes.For short time only bulky waste collection requests will not be taken online. This means that bookings can only be done through the Customer Service Advisors who will take the details of what is to be collected and give a time and date for collection. Milton Keynes Council ask that residents do not put items out for collection before the date allotted as it makes our streets and neighbourhoods look unkempt.
Coronavirus - How you can help
In difficult times like these, communities come together. Milton Keynes Council are launching an emergency response appeal and have put these packs together with MK Community Foundation and Community Action: MK, to show what you can do to make the biggest positive impact.
To see a copy of the MK Good Neighbour Guide please click here.
To see a copy of Coronavirus Community Support How You Can Help please click here.
Milton Keynes Council Play Areas
All play areas are now CLOSED. Clear government guidance is that all children’s play areas must not be used at all. Please do not put others at risk by allowing children to use them. The Government is very clear that if a small minority do not follow the rules then they will tighten the lockdown further.. Please do your part and stay away.
Support to Business
Helpline for Businesses Reopening
Support to business registration page: Certain businesses are now eligible for a grant of £10,000 or £25,000 to help with funding at this difficult time. MK Council has started paying these grants to business that they hold data for. Other qualifying businesses can register their details to speed up the process. You can check your eligibility or register your details here.
The government also has a number of other schemes available to help, and you can find out about the support on the GOV website here.
Milton Keynes Council is supporting our high streets and local businesses as they reopen carefully during the COVID-19 pandemic. For further information and guidance for local businesses please click here.
In Rented Accommodation?
If you’re having difficulty paying your rent, you may be able to claim extra financial help with a Discretionary Housing Payment. Milton Keynes Council have more advice for renters on their website here.
Parking for Key Workers
Since April Milton Keynes Council have offered free parking to all key workers in council owned bays in central Milton Keynes. From Wednesday 1 July parking charges will apply.
From 1 July, MK Council will instead offer a 30% discount to all NHS staff, volunteers and care workers parking in any standard space. These spaces are lined purple and nearby signs will say E1 for employee permit parking. These drivers do not need to apply if they’ve already registered here. All they need to do is choose the employee permit option when they park using the RingGo app. The discount applies 7 days a week. Other people on the Government’s key workers list will not receive this discount unless they are an employee in Central Milton Keynes, and have applied for a permit.
Clear Recycling Sacks
Milton Keynes Council will be starting to deliver the annual roll of clear recycling sacks to every home from the week coomencing 6th April. If you don't receive them by the end of June please email Milton Keynes Council at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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