The bespoke cobbled granite paving in Central Milton Keynes is part of CMK’s distinctive identity, and MK’s original masterplan specified it should be made of Cornish granite.
Now MK Council is spending £50,000 to repair and replace broken paving stones to give it a new lease of life. It’s part of the council’s Getting the Basics Right programme of works, which also includes cleaning road signs and cutting back overgrown bushes.
It’s the first time in ten years that this paving has been replaced. As well as looking better, the improvements mean less weeding will need to be done by council crews in the future.
The council is upgrading the paving at the same time as other work by contractors Serco and Ringway to tidy the boulevards and trimming branches on trees, saving costs on doing this work separately.
Cllr Emily Darlington, Cabinet Member for the Public Realm, said: “We’ve listened to what our residents tell us about MK looking a little unloved. And even though we’ve had to make some cuts while dealing with extra demands for council services during the recession and Covid-19, we’ve invested in this essential programme to make MK cleaner, greener and help the centre be an attractive place for work and play.”