Woughton - Campaign For A New, Smaller, Parish

Campaign For A New, Smaller, Parish

In 2010, the residents of Woughton On The Green, Woughton Park and Passmore (in the Tinkers Bridge grid square), came together to argue for the parish to be split into two smaller ones – one consisting primarily of private housing and the other of public housing. In autumn 2010, the campaign was launched after a group of residents surveyed the three estates to find over 90% of those who responded supported the proposal. In response, the chairman of the community council accused those in favour of elitism, saying 'to divide those communities in an artificial way that divides rich from poor is surely against the very spirit of what we are all seeking to do in Milton Keynes'. In October 2010, Milton Keynes Borough Councillors, in a recorded vote, voted against the proposal to split the parish into two smaller parishes, however a further review was instigated. Just one year later, Milton Keynes Council changed this decision and instigated the new parish which was to operate under the temporary title of Ouzel Valley. Parish elections were held in May 2012 and, at the first meeting of the nine-member parish council, the name of Old Woughton Parish was adopted.

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