Following the action on 21st April, pupils from four schools met Cllr Pete Marland and his Highways chief Sean Rooney to lay out their initial plans for Redway improvements.
Each school had 10 minutes to present images and details of their top 10 priority ‘hotspots’ for improvement. These included over-hanging bushes, broken steps, old paintwork, discoloured signposts and lots and lots of rubbish and broken glass. The schools involved were Jubilee Wood, Summerfield (pictured), St. Monica’s Catholic Primary, MK Academy and St. Paul’s Catholic School.
Cllr Marland agreed to meet with the pupils again once his team had drawn up a list of RAG-rated works, and following a meeting with The Parks Trust, which has responsibility for some of the Redways on which improvements are needed.
On summarising the pupils’ thanks to Cllr Marland, Josephine Osei from MK Academy said: “We feel privileged that you are finding time to work with us on something we are so passionate about.”
“I’ve been very impressed with the students’ research,” said Cllr Marland. “I really like their idea of painting the Redway lamp posts in the school colours, so that hopefully former pupils and parents will take as much care of their school’s Redways as the current pupils and staff. If this works, I think it can be rolled out to include schools that aren’t members of Citizens:mk.”
Pupils pictured outside Civic Offices below.
Seven members of staff from Shoosmiths LLP joined dozens of pupils from Summerfield Primary School for 90 minutes of litter-picking on the local Redways.
This was another good example of local businesses doing their bit to help Citizens:mk member schools generally, and the Redways Relaunch campaign in particular.
“I simply put a request out by email and all these colleagues came forward to volunteer,” said Sarah Lovell of Shoosmiths (pictured third from left). “It’s good for us individually as well as a business to be involved in community projects like this.”
“This is fantastic,” said Pam Weston, Summerfield School head teacher. “We want to get involved in our local community and that includes companies like Shoosmiths.”
Four staff from Dentons LLP UMEA joined pupils from Jubilee Wood Primary School in a massive clean-up of the Redway alongside the school. This was an action for the Citizens:mk Redways Relaunch campaign.
Working with Mitch Michener from Campbell Park Parish Council as well as Dentons, the pupils split into groups to clean different sections of the Redway.
“It’s great to see how enthusiastic the children are,” said Angela Monzione from Dentons. “What they’re hoping to do is adopt this area and maintain it. It’s going to happen for years to come, so it’s a project for now and for the future.”
“If we can monitor the area at least once a week, we can keep it clearn,” said a 10-year old member of the School Council.
“I’m using a litter picker and picking up some glass,” said a 7-year-old pupil, “so people riding their bikes won’t fall on it and cut themselves.”
“We love our Redways and want to look after them,” said head teacher Tony Berwick. “Our children are learning to love Milton Keynes, and that is good news for us all.”
Click here to see short video of Tony Berwick speaking.