Serpentine Court regeneration ballot given the go-ahead by Milton Keynes Council

    Milton Keynes Council Cabinet has given the go-ahead to move to a ballot on resident proposals to regenerate Serpentine Court on the Lakes Estate in Bletchley.

    The Cabinet meeting on 10th July was attended by community Campaigner Emily Darlington and by a large number of residents from Serpentine Court.

    The residents highlighted the work they have been doing to plan the future of Serpentine Court.

    They favoured demolition of the 1960s block and its replacement with new houses and facilities.

    Emily Darlington said: “It was great to join residents at Cabinet and to be able to support their case for the future of the flats and the need for high-quality houses in its place.”

    “It was also good to see the Cabinet listening to residents and committing to a ballot.”

    Local councillor Mohammed Khan, who grew up on the Lakes estate told the Cabinet meeting that he supported the residents and their request to move to a ballot.

    He spoke powerfully about the high-quality work the residents had undertaken.

    Cllr Khan said: “I totally support the residents and their commitment to replace Serpentine Court with a revitalised area, with decent new homes and new facilities.”

    Residents from Serpentine Court presented Council Leader Pete Marland with a letter requesting the ballot process to start.

    Cabinet Member for Housing and Regeneration Cllr Nigel Long thanked residents for all their work on regeneration and the high level of engagement achieved.

    He said: “The Residents Steering Group have spoken to 88% of all Serpentine Court residents and they have my full support in moving to a ballot on the regeneration proposals in the autumn.”

    "We do need to do the financial modelling and ensure that the needs of all residents and businesses are met, but the Cabinet has started the ballot process.”

    Emily Darlington concluded: “The Cabinets’ support for the Serpentine Court Residents Steering Group was really good. I will continue to work with residents as they move towards the ballot.”

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