“The decision to say no is hard to justify so it is only reasonable to give the Labour Council a chance to reconsider.”Liberal Democrat Leader Cllr David Franks
Liberal Democrat councillors have exercised a rarely used standing order to force a reconsideration of Luton Council’s decision to refuse Luton Town Football Club’s request for a lease on playing fields at Cutenhoe Road to expand the Club’s youth academy activities. The Club had already promised they would be happy for any lease agreement to include unrestricted use of the playing fields by local schools, to accept full responsibility for maintenance of the pitches and said they would pay a commercial rent.
“The decision to say no is hard to justify so it is only reasonable to give the Labour Council a chance to reconsider,” says Liberal Democrat leader, Cllr. David Franks.
“Having discussed the situation with my colleagues I have to say we are all mystified. No reason for the decision has been given, at least not publically and since the football club offer would benefit local schools, benefit young people interested in a football career, benefit the club itself of course and would produce some income for the Council it is really hard to work out why they would say no.”
The decision now has to be referred to the Council’s Overview & Scrutiny Board who will review it. The Board does not have the power to change the decision but can refer it back to the Executive Committee for reconsideration or onwards to a meeting of the Full Council with or without a recommendation.