STILL GREEN IN MILTON KEYNES
Milton Keynes is Still Green’s home town. Our founding members all lived here, whereas now we are a group made up of both local residents and those who have joined from far and wide.
A sympathetic local council
Several housing co-ops were set up in the early years of Milton Keynes. One of them, the Rainbow Co-operative, is a cohousing arrangement.
Rainbow Housing Co-operative developed 40 years ago in old railway cottages
The current MK Council members and officers support more community-led housing. A few years ago we were offered a site owned by Milton Keynes Development Partnership (the Council’s land development agency). We developed a costed design for a mixed-tenure development of about 25 homes: apartments and houses, including affordable homes. Site complications and insufficient members ready to commit to the development meant we could not proceed to purchase. It was a near miss – we learned a lot and emerged with our credibility intact.
The search continues
Possible sites are identified mainly through discussions with public bodies and include ones that may arise as part of the development or regeneration of larger sites. We are exploring several sites at the moment.
Milton Keynes – still growing, still young in spirit
Exploring the Floodplain Forest Nature Reserve
Just some of our members’ ‘likes’ about Milton Keynes:
- Walking and cycling on the Redway paths through the very extensive parks, beside streams, the canal and lakes.
- A very active civil society – including Citizens:mk, Wolverton Urb Farm, Transition Town MK, a vigorous U3A, numerous choirs, dance centres and two excellent museums (one the nationally known Bletchley Park, home of the World War Two codebreakers).
- An ecumenical and inter-faith success story – including the city-centre Christ the Cornerstone Church, the Quaker Centre (where Still Green was born), a synagogue, gurdwaras, a Hindu centre, mosques, a Buddhist temple, a stone circle beside Willen Lake (a Millennium project).
- The market towns of Stony Stratford, Wolverton, Newport Pagnell and Bletchley, with their independent shops, local activities and festivals, as well as our modern city centre.
- The showcasing of historical sites across the new city.
- A lively arts scene – including not just the city centre Milton Keynes Theatre and The Gallery, but public art across the city, independent cinemas, The Stables (the renowned music venue) and Arts Central (an incubator of young arts-based enterprise).