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).

If you are a parish council and want to find out how to order a grit bin for your area, visit the Winter Services page.

 

Applying for Double Yellow Lines (residential areas)

From 1 January 2024, any requests for double yellow lines in a residential area must go through the local parish, town or community council. They will ask the local community for their views on the proposal and if there is sufficient support, the parish can submit an application to the Council's Highways team for consideration. Support from at least one ward councillor is also required. By changing this process to involve parish councils, only schemes with local support will go through the formal, legal process to create the Traffic Regulation Order (TRO) required before double yellow lines may be installed.

To find out more about this process including the Parish Toolkit for organising informal consultations, visit Parking Information.

To search for your local parish, town or community council, visit Parish Councils

To search for your ward councillors, visit Ward Councillors.

 

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 highways.liaison@milton-keynes.gov.uk

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.

 

Festive Lights

Before any electrical items may be installed on or around the highway, we need to make sure that they are safe and has been properly installed by qualified individuals. There are regulations around electrical installations on the highway and we have a duty to ensure that all operators are complying with the law.

We will work with local organisers to ensure that any festive celebrations are safe for the public.

Any festive lights must be approved by our streetlighting team before they are installed. If they are not compliant, we may ask you to remove them. Any contractor must be HERS approved at the time of installation otherwise they will not be allowed to work on the MK highway.

You can find out more details including the full electrical specifications for any contractor on our Streetlighting section.

 

Community Infrastructure Fund (CIF)

Each year MK City 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. 

The 2023-2024 Community Infrastructure Fund projects being delivered this financial year are listed below following a Delegated Decision in March 2023, some are being carried out directly by the parish or town council or by MKCC on behalf of the parish.

SCORE 

(max. 16) 

PARISH NAME 

PROJECT  

NAME 

TOTAL PROJECT COST 

MKC CONTRIBUTION 

PARISH CONTRIBUTION 

16 

Bletchley & Fenny  

Concrete planters Queensway 

£10,000 

£5,000 

£5,000 

15 

Olney 

SIDs 

£10,000 

£5,000 

£5,000 

14 

Olney 

CCTV for recreational ground/allotments 

£9,390 

£4,695 

£4,695 

14 

Stoke Goldington 

Village gateway signs 

£12,000 

£6,000 

£6,000 

14 

Wavendon  

SIDs x 2 

£6,800 

£3,400 

£3,400 

14 

Wolverton & Greenleys 

Parking bay markings Jersey Rd 

£10,000 

£5,000 

£5,000 

14 

Woughton 

Accessibility works on council buildings 

£16,228 

£8,114 

£8,114 

12 

Bletchley & Fenny  

SIDs x 3 

£7,000 

£3,500 

£3,500 

12 

Filgrave & Tyringham 

SIDs 

£4,460 

£3,450 

£1,010 

11 

Bletchley & Fenny  

Parking signage for multi-storey 

£10,000 

£5,000 

£5,000 

11 

Campbell Park 

Community Hub Fixtures 

£40,000 

£20,000 

£20,000 

11 

Wolverton & Greenleys 

Play area upgrade 

£30,000 

£15,000 

£15,000 

11 

Woughton 

Solar panels on Community building 

£7,200 

£3,600 

£3,600 

10 

Castlethorpe  

SIDs x 2 

£10,227.50 

£5,113.75 

£5,113.75 

10 

Newport Pagnell 

Speed guns for Community Speedwatch 

£800 

£400 

£400 

Astwood & Hardmead 

Play equipment 

£7,000 

£5,250 

£1,750 

 

Apply to the Community Infrastructure Fund 2024-2025

We received 27 applications from parish councils to the next CIF. These have now all been through feasibility checks, scored and shortlisted. The final list will go to a Delegated Decision in early 2024.

The criteria, guidance and timeline may be viewed below.

Quick Guide to the CIF

Guidance and Criteria for the Community Infrastructure Fund 2024-2025.

CIF 2024-2025 Application Process Timeline