As London Luton Airport Limited says it is planning to make its expanded airport greener and more sustainable the leader of the Luton’s Liberal Democrat councillors, Cllr. David Franks, asks just how green they intend it to be.
“We’ll believe them if they tell us they are going to abandon plans to concrete over the second-best park in Bedfordshire. We’ll believe them if they tell us they are going to abandon plans to make Ashcroft Road and Wigmore Lane major access routes to their airport.”
Cllr David Franks, Council Group Leader, Luton Liberal Democrats
The Luton Council owned company claims it is putting off until next year its application to the government for permission to expand the airport from 18 million passengers a year to 32 million and wants to make it greener and more sustainable.
Commenting on the announcement Cllr. David Franks said “We’ll believe them if they tell us they are going to abandon plans to concrete over the second-best park in Bedfordshire. We’ll believe them if they tell us they are going to abandon plans to make Ashcroft Road and Wigmore Lane major access routes to their airport.”
“In spite of constant complaints from those living near the airport or under its flight paths they are not doing anywhere near enough to deal with air quality and noise problems. There’s not enough monitoring of air pollution and without the information you cannot even begin to work out how to deal with the problem.”
Luton Liberal Democrats have been lobbying for years for more air quality monitoring around schools in the eastern and southern areas of Luton concerned that the potential damage to children’s lungs cannot be assessed because the technical information is not being collected and analysed.
Liberal Democrats strongly opposed the new road on two grounds.
First, New Bedford Road, Old Bedford Road and Stockingstone Road in Luton are already pretty much a disaster zone in the rush hours with very long traffic queues in both directions. Without a continuing road to the A505 the new road will bring these roads to a standstill most of the time. Central Bedfordshire Council must have been told this by their own traffic engineers. They obviously don’t care at all about the consequences.
Second, professional traffic engineers now agree the M1-A6-A505 road is needed but to gain maximum benefit it should be further north on the A6 and further east on the A505.
Liberal Democrats supported the Judicial Review attempt by Luton Council simply because all other options had been exhausted and this was literally the last resort. We are sorry it appears to have failed.
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