Author: Milton Keynes

Electric Vehicle Drivers To Be Part Of Trials In Milton Keynes

Those who live in Milton Keynes and own Electric Vehicle (EV) are given a chance to apply to domestic smart charges trial as well as home battery storage and vehicle to grid (V2G) chargers. Moreover, those who apply are given the privilege of keeping the equipment after the project has ended.

Several charging technologies will be put on trial using the battery energy management platform and CrowdCharger’s digital charger. All this will be accomplished during the Domestic Energy Balancing EV Charging project. The main aim of carrying out this project is to make sure that electricity networks have less demand. Furthermore, the final results are expected to be released to the energy market in the UK in the next 2 – 3 years.

With the help of CrowdCharge and Flexitricity, which is the energy demand response partner, the project is aimed at looking for new ways to sufficiently charge electric vehicles at home.

Milton Keynes Councilor Martin Gowans stated that this project was one of the four pioneering trials that will be used to develop the technology needed for charging electric vehicles. Furthermore, Martin Gowans, who is also a cabinet member for planning and transport, also added that Milton Keynes would be the one to lead in the project.

The project will be conducted as part of the Go Ultra Law Programme, which is aimed at testing and advancing new technologies. The trials will last until December 2021. After that, the final results will be published in the following year in 2022.

Those who participate in the trials will be given a small reward of £10 per month, for even minimum participation, such as marking their EV charged for at least ten times every month until the 12 –month trial period is over.

Moreover, participants will be given the privilege of keeping the technologies once the trial has ended. However, you will be required to pay a transfer fee of £250 for the stationary battery storage device, £100 for ownership of the smart charger and £250 for V2G Charger.

This project will help the electricity industry as well as the Distribution Network Operators (DNOs) in managing the high demand caused by charging and maintaining electric vehicles.

CrowdCharge chief executive officer Mike Potter stated that “it is our passion to introduce to the world EV’s that rely on renewable energy and are part of the electricity system.”

“Milton Keynes will continue leading in the adoption of charging technologies, and as a brand, we are glad of being part of this project of creating a carbon-free living environment.”

After an evaluation of these charging technologies, the final results will be published when the trials are completed.…

The Milton Keynes Landscaping After Over 50 Years Old

Milton Keynes created over 50 years ago now to provide a range of housing opportunities for the overpopulated areas of London.

Various areas across the UK planned to become new towns, and were passed over to different development corporations to be developed (1946 new towns Act), Milton Keynes was one of those new towns.  

The organisation responsible for the development of Milton Keynes was the Milton Keynes Development Corporation. At that time the other new towns due to be developed as part of the 1946 new towns act were Redditch, Stevenage and Bracknell.

Newtown Plans Across English Countryside

The new towns were planned to be built around several existing settlements on undeveloped or agricultural land.

The Department of Agricultural Economics, based from the University of Reading, carried out a survey around the late 1960s to early 1970s for the location of Milton Keynes.

The original survey details are archived in the Museum of English Rural Life. There are a range of documents including files, documents, publications, maps and press cuttings that all relate to the Milton Keynes survey that connects to various studies about how Milton Keynes impacts the local agriculture.

The new town research information is also held with the landscape Institute, such as a copy of the Milton Keynes plan published in 1970 by the Milton Keynes Development Corporation. 

The plan contains outlined ideas of transitioning land used for rural applications to urban, along with the environmental landscape impact of the new town expansion.

The Milton Keynes landscaping was designed in a very rural and country scene. The design of a very creative lake as part of Loughton Valley Park called Tear Drop Lakes, by Marian Thompson, a trainee landscape architect.

These Newtown developments, such as Milton Keynes, combines a unique relationship between urban areas and the countryside. Important questions need to be researched and answered, such as balancing a growing populations requirements against protecting the environment and landscape.

With Milton Keynes now over 50 years old, the original developments and the rural-urban questions have been asked and answered with success.

An Introduction To Milton Keynes

Milton Keynes was developed in 1967 for the main reason of reducing the housing issues in London, moving out of London into Milton Keynes.

Milton Keynes is situated in the heart of the south of England, north of the Buckinghamshire County, with an extremely convenient location, equal distance between London and Birmingham on the M1 motorway and the main railway line, also equally distance by road from Oxford, Leicester and Cambridge.

Milton Keynes (shortened to MK) was built around existing towns of Bletchley, Stony Stratford and Wolverton.

Within the boundaries of Milton Keynes are some smaller villages that date back to the early Middle Ages.

Before Milton Keynes was developed, there was a population of 50,000 people, and now MK is around 250,000 people with further development and growing all the time. Based on these figures, Milton Keynes was considered a success by the town planners, and today there are plans to double the size by 2026.

MK has a very modern design, with a road system very similar to what you’ll find in America in a grid system with a horizontal (H) and a vertical (V) road network. There was a plan for D boulevards which are roads that run diagonally across the grid.

Many features within Milton Keynes brings in many residents from other villages, towns and cities throughout the UK. These features are lakes, parkland, wooded and plant-based areas that give a great feeling of being out in the countryside.

Milton Keynes has been described by many residents as having a perfect blend of old and modern, which creates its own character and diversity that cannot be matched.

There is already a range of attractions, and things to do from two 10 screen cinemas, the home of the MK Dons football club, the Xscape leisure complex that holds Europe’s biggest man-made artificial snow ski slope of 220 feet. The town also has sophistication with over 220 public works of art, one being the famous half life-sized concrete cows.

There’s a range of new industry relocated to Milton Keynes, such as the likes of UNGP Oil and Gas Investments, Red Bull Formula One racing, WD-40, Audi UK, Tein Uk Ltd, Prototrim Ltd, Evo Automotive Solutions Ltd, V Group (International) Ltd Headquarters and many others.

Bletchley is famous for breaking the Enigma code during the Second World War that was hugely significant in the war’s victory.

With many benefits Milton Keynes has to offer, its future vision and expansion plans, it’s easy to understand how this great town has earned its love and affection in the heart of England, with many residents are happy and proud to call their home.…