Bletchley and Fenny Stratford
is a civil parish
with a town council, in Milton Keynes
. It was formed in 2001 from the unparished area of Milton Keynes, and according to the 2001 census had a population of 13,971.
The parish includes Brickfields (includes the Blue Lagoon), Central Bletchley (that is, Bletchley east of the West Coast Main Line), Denbigh (Denbigh North, Denbigh East and Denbigh West), Eaton Manor, Fenny Stratford, Granby, Manor Farm, and Water Eaton (includes "Lakes Estate").
Originally, Bletchley was exclusively west of the railway line (around the Church of England
church beside Bletchley Park
and around the Methodist
chapel at the junction of Newton Road/Shenley Road with Buckingham Road. This area is now known as Old Bletchley and is the reason why the station faces that way. But as Bletchley grew, a new centre grew up around Bletchley Road (the road from Fenny Stratford to [Old] Bletchley. In 1966, after a Royal Visit, the Town Council renamed the street as "Queensway".
For many years, Denbigh has been an important employment area: perhaps its most famous resident is Marshall Amplification
In 2005, large commercial developments occurred on the immediate outskirts of Bletchley, although still in the civil parish of Bletchley and Fenny Stratford. The supermarket chain ASDA-Wal-Mart and the Swedish furniture retailer IKEA built and opened large stores at Denbigh North, northeast of the town centre on Watling Street, and Tesco responded by expanding its Fenny Stratford store (also on Watling Street). Whether or not these new developments accelerate the decline of the town centre remains to be seen.
This same area of development is also home to the new for Milton Keynes Dons F.C.. Many away fans will arrive via Bletchley railway station, and this may bring some added business to the town on their way to the ground. However, most fans will use intercity services to Milton Keynes Central and be bussed to the stadium.
The Blue Lagoon
Milton Keynes has its own nature reserve in Bletchley. The Blue Lagoon attracts many local visitors every day. School children in Bletchley are often taken on trips to learn about the history of this site.
"The Lakes Estate
was the last London overspill
estate to be built in Bletchley. It took some time to build -beginning in around 1968 and not being fully completed until 1975.
The Lakes Estate council estate
has one of the highest teenage pregnancy rates in Europe: 59 in every 1,000 girls aged 15-17 have children. Though this is not the highest in Milton Keynes and the local school (Leon) is actively working to combat this.