xplain: standing up for Milton Keynes

If approved on 21st Feb, thecentre:mk’s plans to build a new Primark over Secklow Gate will literally smash up the core of Central Milton Keynes, replacing a safe, efficient master-planned city centre with a dog’s dinner of chicanes, dead-ends and dangerous zebra crossings.

For 2-3 years bulldozers and heavy trucks will be carting away rubble from the demolition of the massive elevated junction of Secklow Gate & Midsummer Boulevard. Market Square will be history. For market traders, forced onto a 40% smaller, hopelessly inadequate site, this means immediate job losses and inevitable decline. “The market will be dead before Primark even opens its doors!” says Gary Eaton, who has traded in Market Square for over 12 years.

Short of total demolition, it also means substantial harm for the most important Listed building of its type in Britain: “breathtaking architecture” according to English Heritage, that not only continues to work extremely…

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