“The prevailing winds are from the west which means most of the pollution will head straight for South and East Luton. We do not need more toxic Dioxins on top of the polluted air much of Luton already breathes.” – Liberal Democrat leader Cllr. David Franks.

Plans to build an incinerator to burn 500,000 tonnes of waste a year near the East Hyde sewage works have been slammed by Luton Liberal Democrats.

“There’s no way you can burn half a million tonnes of waste without throwing out tonnes of heavily polluted air”, says Liberal Democrat leader on Luton Council, David Franks. “The prevailing winds are from the west which means most of the pollution will head straight for South and East Luton. We do not need more toxic Dioxins on top of the polluted air much of Luton already breathes.”

“The only access to the proposed site is from Lower Harpenden Road and even if all of the waste was delivered on 40 tonne articulated lorries that would mean a minimum of 50 lorries into the site and 50 lorries out again every day. One hundred 40 tonne artics a day on Lower Harpenden Road does not sound to me like a good idea. Are the lorries coming away from the site going to be carrying the highly toxic ash the incinerator will produce?”

If the plan gets as far as a formal planning application it will have to be decided by Central Bedfordshire Council but Luton Council will be consulted and asked for its views. It is clear Liberal Democrat opposition councillors are pressing for a very strong objection.


Following requests from local residents the local Liberal Democrats have re-launched their campaigning and Focus Newsletter in Round Green Ward.

The ward was held by the Liberal democrats for nearly 20 years up to 2010 and residents have told us they miss the hard work our former councillors put into the area.

Teams have already been out campaigning in the ward and we received a fantastic response to our latest Focus newsletter.


“It is impossible to disagree with a single word she says, but there’s no mention of the fact that her Labour Council has brought the town’s youth services to a near shut down.”
– Liberal Democrat leader on Luton Council, Cllr. David Franks.


Luton Council’s press statement on the recent violent crime incidents in the town has brought a sharp response from Liberal Democrat opposition councillors. They say that actions speak louder than words and the Council’s massive cuts to the town’s Youth Services have contributed to the growth of knife and gun crime in Luton.

“It is impossible to disagree with a single word she says, but there’s no mention of the fact that her Labour Council has brought the town’s youth services to a near shut down,” says David Franks, Liberal Democrat leader of the opposition on the Council.

“Youth clubs have closed and others are struggling. Whilst it is certainly true the huge funding cuts imposed by Tory government have made life more difficult, the decisions on detailed spending cuts have been made by our Labour Council. The families of both victims and perpetrators have seen their lives shattered and warm words are not enough. We need more investment in Youth Services, not less.”