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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 
If you see a suspicious vehicle / persons looking like they are scouting out your village, it is important to call 101 in the first instance and ask for Thames Valley Police and give them the registration plate if possible and description of people. 
The reason for this is:- 
a. The vehicle may be known to the police for previous crime activity 
b. The registration gets logged on our systems and the control room do a registered owner check on the vehicle so if it is spotted again, we have the details on our system 
c. If there has been a theft or burglary in the village, then at least we have a suspicious vehicle registration number that we can follow up on when investigating. 
d. Don’t forget when they are driving around, they are normally only scouting, looking to see who is home or not and they wouldn’t hesitate to come back a few days later, if not that night. 
We will be running monthly litter picking mornings around the village on the last Saturday of each month. Equipment is provided and this will give you a chance to get more involved in your village and keep the place looking good. 
We meet at the pavilion at 10am and finish around midday. 
The next dates are... 
30th June 
28th July 
25th August 
29th September 
If you would like to get involved please Email you. 
As discussed at the recent annual meeting to the parish we are looking for volunteers to operate the speedwatch equipment in the local area. We will be having a demonstration on the eqiupment this Friday, 8th June at 9.00am and can operate during the day plus over the weekend. The plan is to use the equipment periodically as it will be shared with neighbouring parishes. 
If you would like to get involved just come along to the Olney Road bus stop on Friday at 9am for the demo and if you can spare the time on either Friday, Saturday or Sunday we would welcome volunteers to operate Speedwatch and make our roads safer. Simply Email if you are interested. 
The weather seems to have finally arrived so that we can all go litter picking on Saturday 26th May from 10am to 12pm. All equipment will be provided so just come dressed appropriately for the day. We will meet at The Pavilion on the playing field at 9.45am to get organised. 
Simply contact to volunteer. 
Thank you for your support. 
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