Milton Keynes has been designated one of the four potential growth areas in the south-east of England. There are plans to build up to 70,000 new homes in the city before 2031, and also develop transport infrastructure. Here, Robert Cook examines the history of Milton Keynes so far, and also explores surrounding towns and villages.
This was Bletchley September 2019
History is being made everyday. One could certainly not accuse the North Bucks Town of being stuck in the past.
I have had three books publsihed on the town. My father was a driver
for London Brick Company at their Newton Longville Road brickwork-
about which I have also written a book. I had my driving lessons and
passed my test first time in that town.
So here are a few of the pictures I took around town this month.
When the book ‘Building on the Vision’ went into a third edition, the author was invited to a book signing because the Mayor had been photographed holding up the book, thinking it was about praising the development.
The criticism of the way the original vision- for profit rather than meeting needs- was being distorted and built over rather than on, seemed to have been missed, according to author Robert Cook.
I went to school in Buckinghamshire, where my interests were music ( I was a violinist ), art ( winning county art competitions ) athletics and cross country ( I was a county team athlete ).
My father died as a result of an accident- he was an ex soldier and truck driver- when I was 11.
It could be said that I grew up in poverty, but I did not see it like that. As a schoolboy, I had my interests, hobbies and bicycle, worked on a farm, delivered news papers, did a lot of training for my sport, painting, and music.
I also made model aeroplanes and was in the Air Training Corps, where we had the opportunity to fly an aeroplane. I had wanted to be a pilot, but university made me anti war.
At the University of East Anglia-which I also represented in cross country and athletics- I studied economics, economic history, philosophy and sociology.
Over the years, I have worked in a variety of manual, office and driving jobs.
My first job after univerity was with the Inland Revenue in Havant, near Portsmouth. I left Hampshire to work for the Nitrate Corporation of Chile, then lecturing, teaching and journalism - then back to driving.
I play and teach various styles of guitar and used to be a regular folk club performer. I quit that after being violently assaulted in Milton Keynes pub, after singing a song I wrote about how cop got away with killing Ian Tomlinson at G7, in broad daylight and caught on camera.
The police took no action, saying taht my assailant had a good job. The pub in question was, and probably still is, popular with off duty police officers.