Milton Keynes Development Partnership (MKDP) is sounding out people across the city to determine ways in which Station Square could be improved. They conducted a survey over the summer which asked people what they most like and dislike about the area around the station. It also sought views on what they would like to see there in the future. More than 80% of the people who responded to the survey live in Milton Keynes and three quarters work in the city.
One in ten of respondents said there was nothing they like about the area, however around half said they like the landscape, particularly the openness of the area, the planting and many gave the thumbs up to the pedestrianised zones. The most common cause of complaints (42%) related to transport issues with criticisms of the road layout in front of the station, problems with parking and the interface with taxis and minicabs. Around a third of respondents thought the area appeared neglected and just over 15% mentioned issues regarding the presence of homelessness people and begging.
In response to “what are the most important things you need to happen to improve the area?” most people think that tackling problems relating to transport is the most important followed by community issues including encouraging activities and events in the Square and then the appearance
MKDP also gave local stakeholders another chance to have their say through workshops held in November and there will be a public consultation in Spring 2019 so that as many views as possible are captured to inform Station Square’s future.
MKDP chief executive Charles Macdonald says:
“As owner of Station Square, MKDP is looking at how the area should be developed for the benefit of the people who live, work and visit the city. We want it to be a place that interests people and delivers what they expect from a modern city gateway. What this means has not yet been decided, but getting it right is key to making Milton Keynes a destination city with a great cultural offer and places that attracts investment.
“We were impressed both by the large number of MK residents who responded to this survey and their detailed responses, underlining the importance of the area to the people who live and work here. It is vital that their views are taken into account when ideas are considered.”