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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