The first thing that comes to mind when you think of Milton Keynes, 50 years old last week, is perhaps not that the city is about giving power to communities (G2, 24 January). But it is the only urban area in England to have a complete coverage of local (parish, community and town) councils – 30 – a number of which I helped set up as leader of Milton Keynes council in the early 1990s. This hyper-local democracy has undoubtedly contributed to its social cohesion and sense of place, helping it attract families and businesses. Milton Keynes is a model for new towns the world over, one that other urban areas in England could usefully follow post-Brexit to reconnect communities with democracy.
Leader of Woughton community council, Milton Keynes
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