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Mean Spirited, Money Grabbing Milton Keynes

Jacob Marley would be so proud of you ...



I parked in central Haverhill today as I'm in panto there. I found a car park and it cost me just £1.80 for the entire day! Not bad if you compare it to Central Milton Keynes where it's £2 per hour. Though it's pretty bad when I recall them saying, many years ago, that parking for shopping would always be free ...

Let's save money by closing the local centres for the old and vulnerable around Milton Keynes. Humbug!

Let's save money by closing the local centres for the old and vulnerable around Milton Keynes. Humbug!

The rulers of Milton Keynes are a pretty awful lot really. They're now proposing to close centres for the old and vulnerable in Olney, Netherfields and Bletchley, then ship them all to a central location - as yet unspecified - somewhere in Milton Keynes.

"I expect it's all about money although I'd say it's mean-spirited at best."

They'll pretend it's about improving the service to the end user, but how transporting vulnerable people around instead of having centres on their doorstep is something that is as yet unexplained.

I know business is supposedly thriving in Milton Keynes, and I am pleased about that, but I wish it could be a nicer place. The shopping centre is about as boring as they come. There's hardly an interesting independent shop there as they just can't afford to rent any space.

I've never seen such a bleak railway station either. It's a vast expanse of concrete at the front and not enough car parking at the back. They should have taken a leaf out of the book of Kings Cross/St Pancras in London. Now that's a railway station. It even has pianos that anyone can play. Its great.

But on the other hand, London is a proper city whereas Milton Keynes is, as Billy Connelly would say, a 'pretendy' one. Putting up signs to the City Centre doesn't make it a city. And it doesn't deserve to be either.

I suggest that Cental Milton Keynes pulls itself together. It could be great, but not the way it's going with its money grabbing ways.

Anyway, I'm just off to rehearse my panto where we make people laugh (oh yes we do) and perhaps forget their troubles for a few hours. Far more positive than a meeting to disrupt vulnerable peoples lives.

Until next time ...


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More about David Pibworth ...

David is the owner of David Pibworth Productions who provides entertainment for theatre and corporate events. This ties in very well with The Arches Theatre, an outside venue that David owns underneath a disused railway line, equidistant from Bedford, Northampton and Milton Keynes. This was one of the few venues that could operate with social distancing in place during the summer of 2020 and where they ran everything from Shakespeare to Richard Digance through the summer months.

David has been involved in light entertainment for many years, even going back as far as working on a production with Norman Wisdom in London. He has a knack of keeping in touch with everyone he's worked with and would bring such people as Chas and Dave, Kenny Ball and Acker Bilk round to play locally when the chance arose.

His company also represent the stage rights for Ray Galton and Alan Simpson, the writers of Steptoe and Son and Hancock's Half Hour. He has recently negotiated permission with Dick Clement and Ian La Frenais to produce Porridge on stage although this is all hampered by the current situation and the availability of theatres.

Next year, at the Arches Theatre, he will produce Ripping Yarns, written by Michael Palin and Terry Jones. This will be an interesting production as not only does one episode involve playing a football match, but also with the agreement of Michael Palin and the wife of the late Terry Jones, it has been decided that all the profits on this production will go to a dementia charity as Terry Jones died as a result of dementia, as did David's father and uncle.