Back to the future with visions for MK in 2041

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WHO knows what the future will hold – we were told we’d have robots and hover-cars by the year 2000.

But whatever the future has in store, we’d like to hear about it. Will there be a monorail running through the city? Perhaps an underground train network, huge high-rise buildings or even a top Premier League football club?

This year, the Citizen celebrates its 30th anniversary and to mark the occasion, we are calling on readers of all ages to send us suggestions on what they think Milton Keynes will be like in 2041.

The ideas will be judged in a competition, but entries will not just be judged on artistic skill – we are also looking for stories and poems to describe the city in 30 years’ time.

To mark the anniversary, the Citizen has teamed up with Places for People, the developer of the award-winning new estates of Brooklands and Wolverton Park, to bury a time capsule to be opened in 2041.

The most creative, fun and inspirational entries will be placed in a time capsule on the 30th anniversary at the new Brooklands development, to be left for another 30 years.

The Citizen will also be adopting Willen Hospice, which shares our 30th birthday, as our charity of the year, by backing an anniversary appeal.

Features in the coming months will focus on how MK’s leading local newspaper has played its part in the growth and success of the new city of Milton Keynes.

Articles will reflect and celebrate the city’s unique identity, cultural diversity, heritage, and recognition as a leading business centre.

The first edition of the Citizen was published on October 1, 1981, a bright new publication for the new city of Milton Keynes.

It was delivered to 60,000 homes and businesses and featured news, sport, a women’s page, prize crossword and competitions.

The first issue featured a front page story about a police warning in a bid to beat motorway maniacs, with former DJ Noel Edmonds dropping in to open a new housing development.

It also featured property pages with the average price of typical semi costing around £15,000, a motors and classified section and two pages of sport focusing on the success of MK United, celebrating their first win of the season in the Premier Division by beating Greens Norton 1-0. And, while a lot has changed over the years, notably the price of property and the city becoming home to the up and coming MK Dons, the award-winning Citizen remains at the forefront of local media – and recognised as one of the country’s leading free newspapers.

Editor Olga Norford said: “We are very proud to be celebrating this special anniversary and marking 30 years of delivering Milton Keynes’ best read newspaper.

“We are also delighted to be supporting Willen Hospice as part of an anniversary appeal with Citizen reporter Gareth Ellis doing his bit by running the London marathon to raise £2,000.

“Gareth has been in training since mid-December and is currently running around half the marathon distance in two hours so will be flying the flag for the Citizen.”

To submit your ideas of Milton Keynes in 2041, send your pictures and ideas to Emma Caswell, MK2041, Milton Keynes Citizen, Napier House, 2 Auckland Park, Bond Avenue, Bletchley, MK1 1BU or email emma.caswell@jpress.co.uk. The closing date for entries is Friday, September 30.