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We have now had confirmation from Milton Keynes Council that the planned completion date for the Olney Road roadworks is 30th November. It is possible that there may be some time with a traffic light system to allow for the concrete to "cure" correctly. 
After extensive behind the scenes activity from a number of parties we have now been informed by the Senior Bridge Engineer of Milton Keynes Council that the expected start date for the works on Olney Road is Monday 19th November. 
We are still working on getting an estimated completion date and ideally an interim measure of partial road opening. 
Draft Neighbourhood Plan Consultation 
The Lavendon Neighbourhood Plan is at draft stage so we are now looking for your views on the plan before it goes forward to Milton Keynes Council for scrutiny. 
The following letter has been received from the National Energy Foundation 
This post is just to inform you that the issues with the closure of Olney road are being/have been escalated to higher authorities with Milton Keynes Council and through the office of Mark Lancaster MP who has, after consultation with our Ward Councillor, written directly to Cadent. 
Not much of an update but this is what we have. 
Basically, it’s a very complicated situation based around the gas pipes and the culvert, involving MK Council, Cadent and Inland Drainage Board. 
Deep excavation will be required around the damaged culvert to survey the area for a modern replacement, this will span the width of the road. There is also an inspection chamber that needs to be moved. The rebuild will future proof any flooding issues in the area. 
The site is deemed unsafe and will not support a temporary fix which is something the parish council asked to be looked into. 
We are in constant contact with MK Highways on this issue and this will not be a quick fix but as soon as we have a definitive timeline we will publish it. 
We now have an official response from Milton Keynes council as follows... 
Dear Councillor 
So that you are fully aware of the situation, there has concern regarding the condition of a large culvert access Chamber that has been damaged by Cadent whilst they were looking for a gas leak. The chamber is directly beneath the highway and forms part of the flood relief scheme originally installed by Anglian Water in the early 1900’s and added to in 1970’s. 
Cadent’s gas pipe goes through the walls of the chamber and in an attempt to find a gas leak Cadent have seriously damaged the overlying concrete slab which supports the road. Whilst the culvert and chamber does not belong to Milton Keynes Council (MKC) we clearly have a duty to keep the structure in a suitable condition to withstand the expected load capacity for this type of road. 
We are therefore in the process of taking over from Cadent the reconstruction of the concrete slab and chamber to ensure that it is built to suitable standards. In the first instance we have requested that Cadent remove the gas pipe from the chamber so that it is safe for us to work on. Health and Safety regulations (and common sense) prevent us from working in or around the gas pipe. 
We hope to be able to gain access to the area soon so that a thorough inspection and redesign of the damaged area can take place. 
Unfortunately this may mean that the road could be closed for the duration of the works or when possible with traffic lights so that a flow of traffic can be maintained. However, until we are able to gain access to the chamber it is very hard for us to guess what work is required. We will keep you informed of any developments. 
We will recharge all MKC costs to Cadent for this work, we have already met on site with Cadent’s insurance assessors. 
Please be aware that the following length of road has been closed by Cadent Gas for the excavation of the carriageway in order to locate and repair a gas escape .  
Location:- High Street, Lavendon – From A428 Northampton Road to Olney Road 
Works :- Emergency repairs to rectify a gas escape 
Traffic Management type :- Road Closure 
Alternative Route:- Via A428 Northampton Road, A509, Lavendon Road B565 and A428 
Start time :- 14/08/2018 
Estimated Finish time :- 17/08/18 4.30pm 
With the harvest now well underway due to the hot weather, please be on the lookout for hare coursers out & about. We are looking for 4x4s / estate vehicles in cut fields & people with lurchers type dogs with slip leads. For more info see below: 
Hare coursing 
What is hare coursing?  
Hare coursing is a blood sport where dogs are used to chase, catch and kill hares. 
It is illegal in the UK under the Hunting Act 2004, which makes it an offence to hunt wild mammals with dogs. Anyone convicted of the offence can receive a fine of up to £5,000 by a Magistrates’ Court. 
Legislation also gives police the powers to seize and detain vehicles until the court hearing. Powers to seize vehicles may also be granted under section 30 of the Game Act 1831. 
Hare coursing tends to start after harvest when large areas of land have been cleared of standing crops. It usually occurs at dawn or dusk. 
Milton Keynes rural landscape makes it a popular area for hare coursing. It often attracts coursers from outside of the county. 
What to look out for 
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