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Human Rights Day 2018

Human Rights Day takes place annually on the 10th December commemorating the establishment of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, with this year marking its 70th anniversary. 

The declaration is a document that establishes the equal dignity and worth of every person. It is available in more than 500 languages making it the most translated document in the world, marking its global importance.

Human Rights Day recognises the success of the document whilst realising that the documents promise is yet to be fully realised. There are countries around the world where these rights are not observed, leaving people at great risk. It is important that we stand up for the rights of those in these countries as well as our own rights. Human Rights Day helps to raise awareness of human rights and their importance, whilst putting pressure on non-abiding countries to make a change.

The Liberal Democrats recognise the importance of the International Declaration of Human Rights and fully support the document, realising its relevance now as much as ever.

The events can be followed through the hashtag #StandUp4HumanRights.


“Labour Councillors tell us children need somewhere to live,” says Liberal Democrat leader, Cllr. David Franks. “But children also need somewhere to play. A congested town like Luton needs its parks and green spaces.”

Claiming that Luton’s Labour Council has already built on far too many of the town’s parks and green open spaces Liberal Democrat members of the Overview & Scrutiny Board are sending a recommendation to the Council’s Executive Committee that a clause specifically seeking to avoid building on any more parks & green open spaces should be included in the Council’s official housing strategy document.

“Labour Councillors tell us children need somewhere to live,” says Liberal Democrat leader, Cllr. David Franks. “But children also need somewhere to play. A congested town like Luton needs its parks and green spaces.”

“The Labour Council has built on parks and green open spaces at Manor Road; Roebuck Close, Farley Hill; Bradley Road; Thirlstone Road; Falconers Road; Abbotswood Road; Butely Road; Wigmore Lane and is already planning to build on Wigmore Valley Park and the much-used green area at Wandon Close. When will they stop? When every blade of grass has been concreted over?”

The recommendation will be discussed at an Executive Committee meeting on Monday 10th December.


 

“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.”