The Milton Keynes BID (Business Improvement District) has celebrated a successful 2018, with the organisation seeing several plans implemented.

The organisation aims to deliver positive change within Central Milton Keynes saw several initiatives carried out, delivered a number of events within the city centre and has under went a rebrand during the second half of the year.

Here’s how the facts and figures stack up:

  • Over 2,000 people attended the Christmas light switch on, the most successful yet.
  • Over 3,200 MyMiltonKeynes App registered users – local employees (from 5/11/18)
  • Over 1,300 offer redemptions via the CMK employees only offers scheme – My Rewards (From 5/11/18)
  • Charity events have raised a total of £5k shared between Willen Hospice and MK Hospital Cancer Appeal.
  • MyMiltonKeynes funded police officers have dealt with 329 incidents in CMK over the past 6 months.
  • A major success from the police results has been the decrease in illegal street beggars. 60 incidents and 5 Community Protection Notices (CPN’s) have been issued, resulting in a current total of 16 beggars and tent encampments, a reduction of 64%.
  • The police officers have delivered personal protection talks to both PwC and the Foreign Office.
  • Over 1,000 My Bus users/passengers during its first month of operation.

During 2018, landscaping within the Central Milton Keynes BID area was also transformed as part of a further success for the organisation.

  • £10,000 of additional funding from MKDP has been spent on improving public realm landscaping and green spaces in the city centre.
  • The BID assisted in facilitating and locating the planting of 20 additional trees outside the centre:mk.
  • Street cleansing works undertaken by the BID was instrumental in the MK Council securing £50k of additional funding to upgrade the street landscape.
  • An apprentice gardener was hired to provide 780 hours a year of landscaping improvements.
  • 47 planters cleared and prepared for winter flower planting.
  • 5,400 sqm of underpasses pruned and landscaped in key areas.
  • 18 staircases cleared in key areas.
  • Over 750 needles removed from pedestrian shrub areas.
  • 20 tonnes of waste removed from Grafton Park.
  • 34,000 litres of weeds and detritus cleared from underpasses and planted areas.

MyMiltonKeynes is already planning a calendar of exciting events for 2019 and is also looking to use uplighters to animate the city’s landscaping even further.

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