Milton Keynes Council is to ballot estate residents over regeneration plans as it makes changes to its partnership with the Mears Group. The council’s cabinet met on Tuesday (10 July) to agree on a number of changes to how regeneration is delivered in the borough, including giving residents on one estate – Serpentine Court – a ballot on proposed improvements. Milton Keynes Council set up a joint venture with the Mears Group – YourMK – in 2016 to lead on regeneration and manage the repairs and maintenance service for al council-owned properties. Speaking to New Start, council leader Cllr Pete Marland, said the council is also now bringing some of the partnership’s community engagement work back in-house because some residents were confused about the work being done and ‘who was answerable’. Cllr Marland said the cabinet also agreed to some ‘technical changes’ to the repairs and maintenance contract with Mears, … (To read the full article, subscribe below)

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Jamie Hailstone is senior reporter – NewStart