Leader plugs a smarter vision

Milton Keynes Council leader Andrew Geary in Brussels for the first meeting on promoting work on low carbon initiatives. 'EU-China Mayors' Forum''� Committee of the Regions / Wim Daneels
Milton Keynes Council leader Andrew Geary in Brussels for the first meeting on promoting work on low carbon initiatives. 'EU-China Mayors' Forum''� Committee of the Regions / Wim Daneels

University boffins and a council leader used a trip to Brussels to promote their vision of Milton Keynes as an energy saving city.

The concept of a Smart City, where residents can use mobile phones to control electrical devices at home, is being touted as one where Milton Keynes can gain world leading status.

Milton Keynes Council Leader Andrew Geary and other local VIPs, including Professor Keith Straughan, Dean of University Centre Milton Keynes and representatives from the Open University, addressed European and Chinese city leaders.

The EU-China Urbanisation Partnership was a platform for local government and business partners from across Europe and China, to discuss ways of working together to create a more sustainable low carbon society.

Councillor Geary said: “This was a very significant opportunity to promote Milton Keynes to an international audience. Our reputation as a place of innovation is growing internationally and that can only be good for investment and jobs growth in the city.”