With a New
York style grid system, uncluttered skyline, some of the best shopping
and entertainment on offer and, of course, the unforgettable concrete
cows, is Milton Keynes the centre of your universe?
Is it too sterile
for you? Are parking spaces hard to find? Or public transport links
too far away? Tell us what you think.
us your comments
Keynes is not a "NEW CITY", it is a TOWN. It failed in its
bid to gain city status yet people insist on calling it the
Lee Ashcroft, Bedford
see why many people are saying the mk is horrible. as a teenager
I know what its like to be bored, but in Milton Keynes I don't
There is so much to do and all the new clubs and pubs thay
are building are amazing. If I was you I'd take my time to
think of the positive points not the negative.
Ria Gardiner, Milton Keynes
Having lived in a sleepy village in Buckinghamshire (Haddenham)
for the first 18 year of my life, and then moving the completely
urban BIRMINGHAM, it made a pleasant change to be relocated
to Milton Keynes. MK offers an inbetween something better
and more rural than a big connurbation but with the added
bonus of being rural and having riural surroundings.
You cant help but be captivated by the beauty of the rolling
Beds and Bucks countryside. Admittedly the grid system is
a bit americanised, and there are too many roundabouts, where
as in the UA it would be a junction with traffic lights! However,
you cant get lost so that s bonus. Everywhere has its + and
- points buy MK is cool as it is.
Especially with a venue like the bowl, anyone who saw Robbie
there last July couldn't help but be overwelmed by its ability
to host such an event so smoothly and responsibly. ROCK ON
Milton Keynes - a strange city to someone like me from Singapore.
Love it here because it's not as congested and expensive as
London is. Lots of greenery and variety. Cheers to shopping
and entertainment in MK too! But honestly speaking, more could
be done to the public transportation system in MK. It's a
nightmare if you don't drive and just who are those using
the vandalised pedestrian walkway? I've my doubts about walking.
No complains about MK really but don't you think a real city
should provide easy access to anywhere? I'm still calling
for a taxi when I need to go Tesco at Wolverton or to the
shopping malls. Maybe the council (or whichever concerned
party) should get on their feet and do something about it?
of your correspondents said if you like MK you could not have
lived anywhere else. I like MK. We once considered moving
to Paignton in Devon, but comparing what was on offer, MK
won hands down. I have lived in Shenfield, Essex, Hemel Hempstead
I originate from a small village outside of Swindon. Now,
that place is a real headache to get around. Swindon too has
lots of roundabouts, but not as well designed as MK and the
roads have 40mph limits. We thought about moving back there,
and one estate agent proudly told us that from this new housing
estate you could get to the centre of Swindon in about half
an hour in the rush hour (about 4 miles in distance)! No,
give me MK any time.
As for history - there is loads of it, you have to get out
there and find it.
I haven't lived in Milton Keynes but visited there through
work and being dragged kicking and screaming to the shopping
centre. The word that springs to mind is BORING. Sodding roundabouts
everywhere, cant find anything and don't even get me started
on getting lost!!! Still all you people who happen to live
there - you are in a nicer place than Bedford, where I used
to live. However anybody who says it is the best place on
earth should come to New Zealand and see what you are missing.
I wouldn't swap anything for the peninsula where we live,
14 beaches within 15 minutes drive, plenty of space and no
pollution. Milton Keynes, you can keep it.
My family moved here from North Herts in the autumn of 2001.
We've found the 'natives' to be wonderfully friendly, there's
always somebody to chat with in the supermarket ques Getting
to the Centre is a doddle, as is parking. The wide 'national
speed limit' roads promote easy travelling within the city,
and the open spaces are second to none. I wish I'd moved here
a long time ago.
I find that people in Bletchley and Milton Keynes are both
friendly and honest, on the whole. Problems with parking arise
at Christmas when "out of towners" try to park and exhibit
bad manners. Otherwise people are generally considerate. The
wonderful plantings and wide grid roads make driving pleasant
and apart from the rush hour there is very little in the way
of traffic jams; I used to feel that three cars at a roundabout
constituted a traffic jam during the day! There is a wonderful
spirit in MK which I thoroughly enjoy.
Cross, Shenley, MK
Milton Keynes has some average areas, ironically those with
an old village at its heart, but there is a dearth of no-go
estates. To list just a few, Netherfield, Tinkers Bridge,
Fishermead, Lakes, Coffee Hall, Furzton, Heelands, Shenley
Brook End, and Bradwell Common plus others. Unfortunately
these Areas account for significant volumes of our population.
It is obvious why these estates have fallen into disorder
after only 20 to 30 years. You cannot place 1,000 houses around
one shop and pub and replicate this by ten and hope to have
a community with a heart at the centre. These estates are
highly vandalised, litter strewn and the Redway underpasses
are becoming drug dens. Its not even safe in daylight anymore.
I have lived here for sixteen years and seen it progressively
Milton Keynes. Good idea, bad execution. What kind of an idiot
puts the train station so far away from the shopping centre
up a hill? Milton Keynes is less a city than a badly done
attempt at an enormous suburb as found in '50s America. A
true city has trams or an underground (metro subway etc) properly
integrated system of public travel and small shops owned by
individuals. Milton Keynes has an endless parade of chain
store rubbish in a badly laid out and sterile environment.
What has been impressive is the commitment made to providing
entertainment for evenings. Aylesbury could learn a lesson
from that but not much else I'm afraid.
Heath and Reach
Hiya!! I'm 13 and I think mk is BRILL!! Ican just get on the
bus wiv my mates, go to a film do some shoppin, go ice scatin,
play basketball......ANYTHING WE WANT IT'S ALL THERE! Anyone
who hasn't been there really should go. It's easy to get round
and most important of all IT'S SAFE!! My mum is extremely
paranoid but she lets us go round mk as we like. It's got
almost exactly the same things as London but its not as busy
and not as dangerous! I would like to thank all the people
who made mk BRILLIANT!!
think that M.K is the best new city in the world. it got so
much to do ie snozone.
Keynes - love it or hate it.
Having lived in Leighton Buzzard MK is an obvious vast improvement.
Though some smaller towns and larger towns/cities knock MK
for six went it comes to night-time entertainment. It's too
controlled, too sparse and non individualistic.
Goad, Abbots Langley near Watford
I have just read all the other comments many praising MK for
all the variety of leisure activities available in the area
well watch out because you may soon lose your one and only
Developers want to pull it down and build yet another supermarket
in its place. Many local families children schools and visitors
to MK from far and wide use the rink.
If you object to this plan then you must write to the council
and tell them that if they allow the destruction of this valuable
amenity then they will be hurting the local community particularly
all the youngsters who choose the variety of sports and leisure
activities run at the rink.
If the planners get permission then the council could include
a clause whereby the developers have to build a replacement
ice rink elsewhere in the area. IF ENOUGH PEOPLE ASK FOR IT.
Bradwell Common, MK
Having recently moved from London to Milton Keynes with my
family I find MK enjoyable - no longer do I have to spend
hours getting my shopping done and sitting in traffic jams
on route to hairdressers, shopping centres etc. My husband
who is quite fussy cannot stop saying how much he is enjoying
living in MK. On the down side I noticed some of the London
habits of begging is in MK and in my opinion should be stopped.
Seeing teenagers begging outside the MK Rail Station on Monday
25 March was a real turn off and I hope the authorities stop
Harris, Leighton Buzzard
MK is fine, I suppose, but if you don't own a car, forget
it. It's the most pedestrian-unfriendly town I've ever seen.
It reminds me of an industrial estate just outside my home
town of Swansea but with a few more trees and some residential
housing. I'm happy living in one of the smaller towns outside.
And yes, I do own a car.
moved to Milton Keynes over 20 years ago, as far as I am concerned
it is the centre of the universe, it has absolutely everything
anyone of any age could need.
I work in Dagenham and can't wait to get home to MK at the
end of my day.
Bringing my three children up in MK has given them the best
start in life that I could wish for them.
If you don't like MK, there has got to be something wrong
with you! We've got it all, roads that don't get jammed (no
matter what Mike O'Sullivan might say!), shopping that's the
best anywhere, open spaces galore, clubs and pubs, indoor
skiing, etc, etc. I'm sure if it weren't for our biggest handicap
(the Council) we would have even more. We moved here nearly
6 years ago and now can't imagine living anywhere else. Hopefully
we'll soon have a First Division football team too. As for
those who dispute we are a city, well we are a NEW CITY, the
only one in the UK, no matter what government, royalty or
anyone else might say. Forget about the dirt, the old houses,
the narrow streets of Luton, Watford, Northampton, etc. MK
is the future!
Two Mile Ash, MK
MYTH...... We talk about negative unemployment in Milton Keynes
but if you are one of the unlucky ones, it's the worst place
in the world to live.
am trapped in my shared ownership house in one of the myriad
of villages containing one new pub, one shop and a surgery
on the flanks of the town. As I am car-less and the local
bus company is hopeless, I very rarely get out.
options in town are limited as everything costs a fortune.
We suffer higher prices for everything due to lack of variety.
seem to take one step forward and two steps back. We open
a theatre and then talk about closing The Point cinema.
De Monteford University is pulling out due to lack of student
numbers. There are plans for a new supermarket on the site
of our icerink.
We try to poach a league football club but will probably drop
the basketball team.
The people are unneighbourly insular and unfriendly. This
problem does not affect the likes of myself, the old and infirm
face the same crisis.
was born here and see little prospect of affording to move
away even though the desire has always been there.
F, Milton Keynes
As a life long resident of Milton Keynes I have grown up to
see the good and bad side of The New City. On the good side
we are not a rural backwater like Northampton or an urban
ghetto like Luton, Somehow the city has evolved into a pleasant
Urban-Rural amalgamation. On the down side the city is let
down by its dreadfully run council which has ruined our once
proud recycling system, bullied the motorist through carpark
charges and show the world how not to run a Park and Ride
system (If bother to in the first place).
Bletchley, Milton Keynes
I think people's attitudes to Milton Keynes are often preconceived
even though they have never actually been there. Those attitudes
are often negative. I live in Milton Keynes and unfortunately
those with less than positive impressions are fully justified.
Everything has been done too quickly and on the cheap. Even
the newest developments begin to look tired. The famous redway
footpaths are becoming unsafe even in the day and many estates
are becoming ghettoised.