Young people’s brush with leader of Milton Keynes Council

Group of youngsters from the National Citizen Service
Group of youngsters from the National Citizen Service

Young people in Milton Keynes have painted a wall in a public underpass in an effort to make it more attractive to the general public and to promote sport in the area.

On 19 August, the group of youngsters from the National Citizen Service met with Council Leader Peter Marland to showcase their mural in the public underpass between Stadiummk and Mountfarm.

The NCS project, in partnership with the MK Dons Sport and Education Trust (SET), came about after Councillor Marland visited the National Volunteer Service at a Dragon’s Den style event on 6 August.

The event consisted of 120 young people, split into groups, pitching ideas around community improvement to the ‘dragons’, who included Councillor Marland, Andrew Pakes Parliamentary Candidate for Milton Keynes South and Angela Novell, Director of Education at MK Dons SET.

In order to complete the project, the young people visited stores to procure the materials, created stencils from their own sports-themed designs and spray painted them onto the underpass walls.

To finish, they went over the whole mural with a clear lacquer to prevent the paint from being ruined or weather-damaged. Councillor Martin Gowans helped fund these materials from his Bletchley Park ward budget.

Councillor Marland was pleased to see the mural in its final state. He said: “These young people have created a piece of artwork which is really eye-catching and will certainly facilitate in the promotion of sport in the Milton Keynes area.

“This is what their original pitch promised and it’s great to see this delivered in the final design. It is always nice to see young people with the drive to make the community they live in a better place and this group of young people should be proud of themselves.”

Roisin McElroy, Team Leader of the NCS group, was pleased with the finished artwork. She said: “The concept of our project was to regenerate underpasses in Milton Keynes, specifically the public underpass going from stadiummk to Mountfarm.

“We’re all really happy with the final mural and we hope that it contributes to promoting sport in the area of Milton Keynes as well as encouraging a community feeling.

“Finally, we wanted to leave a lasting legacy that will inspire other young people to think of ways to improve their communities. We’re pleased that Councillor Marland and Councillor Gowans liked the final mural as much as we do.”

In addition to decorating this underpass, the group have also cleaned and brightened up an additional three surrounding underpasses.