Working with parish councils

The Highways team work with parish councils on a range of projects each year from small maintenance works and repairs to consultations and large community projects through the Community Infrastructure Fund (CIF).

Parish Projects

Any parish councils who wishes to fund repairs, maintenance or a project involving the highway can submit a Project Request Form to us providing all the details. The application will be reviewed by one of our highways team and if feasible, they will provide a quote for the works. Parish funded projects carried out this year include street name plate rewraps, a new feeder pillar for festive lights and the installation of benches, planters or verge protection fencing.

To find out more contact the Highways Liaison Team on 01908 252353 or email

Dog Waste Bin Guidance

Dog bins should not be placed on any highways assets including lampposts or signs. The extra weight can cause the lamppost or sign to become unstable, it is also difficult and unhygienic for any repairs or maintenance to be carried out.

For full details including details about where they can be placed, view the Guidance on Dog Waste Bins.

Community Infrastructure Fund (CIF)

Each year MK Council offers all parish, town and community councils the opportunity to apply to the CIF to match fund a local community project. The total fund is £100k. All applications received are scored based on criteria including what benefits will it bring to the parish, encouraging biodiversity, solving an existing problem and local community support.

Parishes can apply for up to £20k of funding from the CIF with the other half coming from parish funds. Smaller parishes with less than 200 households can receive 75% funding.

Projects must be within the public realm e.g. on the highway or public open space. They must not incur ongoing maintenance costs to the council. 

You can view all the related documents for the Community Infrastructure Fund for both 22/23 and 23/24 by clicking on the links below:

Quick Guide to the CIF

Guidance for the Community Infrastructure Fund.

CIF 2022-23 projects list. (approved by Delegated Decision)

The application window for CIF 2023-24 closes on 26 August 2022.

CIF Application Form (Word)

CIF Application Form (PDF)