STILL GREEN in MILTON KEYNES
Milton Keynes is Still Green’s home town. Our members now come from far and wide, but the majority are residents of Milton Keynes.
A sympathetic Council
Several housing coops were set up in the early years of Milton Keynes – one of them, the Rainbow Cooperative, is a cohousing arrangement
Rainbow Co-operative Housing developed 40 years ago in old railway cottages
The current MK Council members and officers want more community-led housing. A few years ago we were offered a site owned by MKDP (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 regeneration of larger sites.
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 – 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 code breakers).
- An ecumenical and inter-faith success story including: the city-centre Cornerstone Church; the Quaker Centre (where Still Green was born), a Synagogue, Gurdwara, Mosques, a Buddhist Temple, a stone circle beside Willen Lake (a Millennium project)
- The market towns of Stony Stratford, Newport Pagnell and Bletchley, with their independent shops, markets and festivals as well as our modern city centre
- A lively arts scene – not just the City Centre theatre and art gallery, but public art across the city, the Stables in Wavendon, and Arts Central, an incubator of young arts-based enterprise.