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“The plans need a major rethink if we are to avoid a massive hit on the quality of life of thousands of Luton residents. The plans must change.”
– Liberal Democrat leader, Councillor David Franks.

Whilst supporting the expansion of London Luton Airport, Liberal Democrat councillors have some very serious concerns about the way the expansion is being planned. As Cllr David Franks, Liberal Democrat leader on Luton Council explains, “The plans need a major rethink if we are to avoid a massive hit on the quality of life of thousands of Luton residents. The plans must change.”

A briefing note produced by Liberal Democrat councillors claims there is no need for the new access road to swallow up almost the whole of Wigmore Valley Park, it could follow the airport boundary instead. It is not necessary to sacrifice the park to gain access to Century Park and Terminal Two.

The briefing note also says the plan proposes a link into Eaton Green Road which will make Ashcroft Road, Wigmore Lane, Lalleford Road and Eaton Green Road itself major access routes to the airport and this is not acceptable.

Cllr. David Franks explains, “We have voiced these concerns at meetings many times and will continue to do so. The Council, and its airport company, cannot be allowed to get away with a plan which unnecessarily blights 20% of the town.”



 

“And, Labour councillors have the cheek to look surprised when people say Luton Council consultations are a sham.” – Cllr. David Franks, Liberal Democrat leader of the opposition, Luton Council.

49%* of the people who responded to Luton Council’s own consultation exercise said moving to fortnightly black bin collections would have a big impact on their family but the Labour Council is to do it anyway. The bin in which people put food, nappies, continence waste are to be collected only once every two weeks.

“Hundreds of people have contacted Liberal Democrat councillors to protest and many have said responding to Council consultations is a waste of time because they have already made up their minds what they are going to do,” says Liberal Democrat councillor David Franks, “And Labour councillors have the cheek to look surprised when people say Luton Council consultations are a sham.”

“Even families who never fill their black bin are concerned about the smell, flies from rotting food left for a minimum of two weeks. With the hot summer we’ve just enjoyed there must be real health concerns.”

The Council claims that fortnightly bin collections will lead to less waste being taken to landfill but Liberal Democrat councillors say there will not be less waste, it will just lie around smelling for longer and that’s why they opposed the move from the start.

 


* Based on the following data from the survey: Very or fairly big impact 49%. Very little (but some) impact 34%. No impact 13%. Don’t know 3%

Full survey results are available via this link.


The local Liberal Democrats have chosen Steve Moore to stand in the Limbury by-election on 20th September.

Steve has been co-ordinating the local campaign and petition against Labour’s plans to introduce fortnightly food and household waste collections.

“This is an opportunity to send the Labour controlled Luton Council a strong message that they are out of touch with the priorities of local people. I also strongly support the #saveourtown* campaign to get Luton Town a new stadium at Power Court and regenerate the Town Centre.” – Steve Moore, Luton Liberal Democrat Candidate, Limbury Ward

If you would like to help Steve’s campaign please contact us.

 


* #saveourtown is an independent, apolitical group and is not in any way linked to or supportive of the Luton Liberal Democrat Party or the Liberal Democrat Party. 

If you would like to show your support of their campaign, you can do this via the following website and social media pages:
Website – https://www.saveourtownluton.co.uk/
Twitter – https://twitter.com/saveourtownltn
Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/saveourtownluton/

You can also donate to the cause via the following page:
https://www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/saveourtownluton