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“We strongly object to their expansion plans and are determined to preserve our right to say so out loud,”
– Liberal Democrat leader Cllr. David Franks.

With their increased strength in Luton Council chamber after the recent elections, Liberal Democrat councillors have been allocated two places on the board of the Council owned company London Luton Airport Limited. But Liberal Democrat leader Cllr. David Franks told the Annual meeting of the Council on Tuesday they would not be taking up their places.

The two Liberal Democrat former directors on the board of the airport company resigned in January saying they have been told they are not allowed to publicly criticise decisions of the board with which they disagree.

“We strongly object to their expansion plans and are determined to preserve our right to say so out loud,” says Liberal Democrat leader Cllr. David Franks.

“14 Luton schools are either close to the airport or sit under the flightpaths and they plan to have only one air quality monitoring site. That’s a woefully inadequate response. They say the equipment is expensive, we ask what price they put on children’s lungs?”

“Their plans will cover most of Wigmore Valley Park in concrete and make Ashcroft Road & Wigmore Lane major access routes to the airport, we cannot allow ourselves to be associated with this destruction of neighbouring residents’ quality of life.”

“These plans have Labour and Conservative finger-prints all over them, let no-one be in any doubt, we have never supported them and cannot stay silent now.”


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“We’ve been told the supermarket is needed for local Park Town residents who want a supermarket they can walk to. So, why does it need a car park with 108 spaces?

– Liberal Democrat leader Cllr. David Franks.

At a meeting of the Council’s Development Control Committee on Wednesday evening as Labour councillors tried to force through approval for a plan to build supermarket on the former bowling green in Gipsy Lane, Liberal Democrats employed a little used provision in the Council’s standing orders to block the scheme. By using this device, Liberal Democrat councillors removed the right of the Committee to make the decision leaving the members only able to recommend that the plan should be approved to the next meeting of the Full Council.

“We’ve been told the supermarket is needed for local Park Town residents who want a supermarket they can walk to,” claimed Liberal Democrat leader, Councillor David Franks. “So, why does it need a car park with 108 spaces? It seems every week the Labour council finds an excuse to build on another park or green open space. They will not be happy until they have covered every blade of grass in Luton with concrete and it’s time to call a halt.”


Luton Liberal Democrats are pleased to confirm their candidates for the Local Elections on 2nd May 2019 as follows:

Barnfield Ward