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Do you ever think about what the future of Milton Keynes could possible look like? MK Futures 2050 is asking that question and 300 pupils from St Thomas Aquinas primary school Bletchley took on the challenge with some amazing ideas for the future.
The classroom activity asked pupils to imagine they were the designers of their future city. What could make MK an even greater city in the future and to create a model/drawing/design of an idea that would make MK better for everyone.
The project was set over one week and led by teacher Tara Williamson who said ‘We really wanted to give our pupils the opportunity to be part of the discussions about the future of MK so we decided the best way of them expressing themselves was creatively, using a variety of materials and techniques.
The creative art project saw eight winners:
What I like about Milton Keynes (collage and drawing) Ciara-Mai Kennedy Aged 5
A Waterpark (mixed media) Alfie Monaghan Aged 5
Milton Keynes Skyscraper (mixed media) Max Jurewicz and Weronika Piwnik aged 6
A Tropical Swimming Pool (mixed media) Bethany Aitken aged 6
Milton Keynes Rocket Station (Mixed media) Isaac Rufai, Isabelle McGlue, Andreas Pinto and Sophie Slinn Aged 8 & 9
The Crescendo - A Hotel for Royalty (mixed media) Mia Gilmore, Natalya Bozkurt, Sam Roberts, Daphne Michelle, Jacob Palmer, Georgia Zeolla Aged 9 & 10
An Exciting Old Persons Home (computer aided) Noah Wheatley Aged 9
A Bridge Inspired by the Eiffel Tower (mixed media) Rachel Nketia, Marcella Standen-Matthews and Giselle Pinto Aged 10 & 11

MK Futures 2050 Commissioners MK Dons Chairman Pete Winkelman and local DJ and business entrepreneur Oliver Dean awarded all the winners with a certificate of achievement.
Pete commented ‘We are overwhelmed by the fantastic, innovative ideas the pupils of St Thomas Aquinas have made. Their imaginations are just what MK Futures 2050 is all about’.
Oliver added ‘ It will be these pupils  that are the future of MK and these ideas that they have shown here today, could be a reality very soon or even built by themselves. That’s why it is important for everyone to be involved’.


16th Launch Event

The MK Futures 2050 campaign – to help shape Milton Keynes over the next 35 years and beyond - has been officially launched at a high profile event in CMK.

The Pinnacle, the home of the ground-breaking Transport Systems Catapult, was the packed venue for the official launch of the MK Futures 2050 Commission.

The Commission comprises nine independent specialists, and the first public meeting was launched by its Chair, Sir Peter Gregson, Vice-Chancellor at Cranfield University.

The other Commissioners are drawn from a variety of backgrounds, with either strong local connections or as experts in key topics. They have been tasked by Milton Keynes Council with engaging all sections of the local community in the debate about the city’s future.  

The launch included presentations by speakers from the local community who each talked about what makes Milton Keynes a great place and how we could make it even greater. This was followed by a lively open forum Q&A session with the audience.  

Chair Sir Peter Gregson commented: “This is an ambitious project that asks ‘What should Milton Keynes look like in 2050?’ Over the coming months we will be developing an ambitious vision for the city informed by its future demands of infrastructure, economy, environment and technological developments. I’m clear that the success of this project must start and end with engagement of local residents. We need to hear as Commissioners about the type of city that people want to live in, what their ambitions are for the city and what they believe makes Milton Keynes special.”

Fellow Commissioner Pete Winkelman said: “Milton Keynes is moving onwards and upwards, we are a city of firsts and we continue to change, adapt, grow and innovate – that’s what we do.

“There is one constant with Milton Keynes – and that is change. For the MK Futures 2050 campaign we want to hear from everyone from every walk of life, from local residents, businesses, people working in the private and public sectors, the charity sectors – we want to hear from everyone.” 

The intention is that at the end of the Commission’s research, an evidence-based report will be produced with a series of recommendations, including viewpoints from stakeholders, and will be put forward to Milton Keynes Council by July 2016.

It is hoped that the significance of the project will help to develop a framework, or a ‘deal’ with government, businesses and other relevant stakeholders to help put in place the arrangements that will help deliver the vision for Milton Keynes’ future

So, what do you think? 

Why not get involved in the debate on some of the key questions that the Commissioners will be considering through their work? 

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