A council will spend an extra £500,000 this year on tackling fly-tipping, deep cleans, tree management, roundabout improvements and replacing broken grid road name signs, it has said.
In Milton Keynes Council’s 2019/20 budget, 1% has been added to MK’s council tax to fund public realm improvements under the heading of ‘Getting the Basics Right’.
Initial plans include piloting CCTV in fly-tipping hot spots, plus dash cams on council vehicles to help capture evidence. The fine for fly tipping can be up to £50,000 and/or a prison sentence up to 5 years.
Other initiatives include:
- Buying a new dedicated street deep clean vehicle.
- Using state-of-the-art ultrasonic devices to detect internal tree decay.
- Several roundabouts to be smartened up and have other essential work.
- A survey of regeneration estates to check the condition of litter bins, benches and other street furniture, as well as the need for graffiti removal and pest control.
Council leader Pete Marland said: “I recognise that some of MK is looking a little unloved as we’ve had to make £144m of cuts since 2011 while dealing with massive extra demand for our services, especially from MK’s most vulnerable people.
“But we’ve listened to what residents are telling us. We all want to be proud of where we live which is why we’re putting half a million pounds back in to make MK cleaner and greener.”