…Let me share an email I got this weekend with you! Got to go and show my support for sure… Come if you can….. Mitch
Dear Milton Keeners (Friends and Colleagues)
An invitation to attend a “photoshoot” demonstration on Tuesday at 1pm.
The following transpired today OUTSIDE of Midsummer Place today (Friday). I was taking pictures on the Eastern side of Midsummer Place near by the horseshoe turn around road. I was in the city to take photos of one or two other buildings for an exhibition I am working on with Living Archive. As I had the camera with me, and I was going to Barclays Bank, I thought it a good idea to take some photos for the MKCDC New Towns Archive of the buildings around Midsummer Place and specifically the bit intu is planning to change. This for posterity, so that we have a record of it if it does change.
Whilst innocently taking these photos for the archive two burly intu security guards in black suits strolled up and really aggressively challenged me. Conversation went more or less as follows. Security: “What are you doing? Who are you?” Me: “I am taking photos, why?” Security “You are not allowed to take photos of our shopping centre” Me: “Why not, I am not doing anything wrong?” Security: “You have to stop, you are just not allowed to” whilst moving closer. Me: “I am sorry but I am on public land, and I am doing nothing wrong and it is definitely not a restricted government building or secret site” Security: “You might be on public land, but you cannot take photos of our shopping centre” Me: “Surely I can take whatever photos I want to as I am on public land and the shopping centre is a public space. So if I am doing anything wrong then call the police.” Security1 : “It our centre and you cannot” Security2 walks off and mumbles into walkie talkie. Next moment both disappear without a word or an apology.
Two things that really upset me are:-
1. I started out with a very pure motive and then my civil liberties got trampled on; plus my democratic rights and freedom of movement to innocently take touristy photos or gather photographic information were curtailed by a sinister overzealous approach.
2. If I was a tourist I would definitely not want to come back to MK after such and experience. Worst would be if I was an international tourist or academic/professional.
I know that I have quietly voiced my dissatisfaction with the detail of intu plans and their absolute lack of localism; transparency and consideration for MK and its citizens; but now they (intu) have gone too far.
Please join me and other local protestors on Tuesday the 1st of September outside of Midsummer Place (near Gap) with your cameras to “shoot” intu…photoshoot obviously. A peaceful event.
Please invite your friends and other Milton Keeners who might have something to say about the erosion of our civil liberties and lack of localism or local interest by intu.
Henk van Aswegen
Tel W: (01908) 227229