“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.”
“We have suggested several times that the Council should compensate residents, now after years of complaining this completely pointless £2 excess taxi charge is to end.” – Liberal Democrat leader Cllr. David Franks.
At last, and after several years of complaints from local residents and Liberal Democrat councillors, Luton Council is to allow taxis from the town centre railway station to use the busway from the station to Church Street.
Until 24th April, when this experimental new system comes in, taxis from the station taking passengers to Stopsley, Wigmore, Vauxhall Park, Round Green, Hightown and anywhere involving the use of Crawley Green Road or Hitchin Road will still have to go via Mill Street, New Bedford Road and Hucklesby Way adding about £2 to the cost of every journey.
“There never was any sense at all in banning station taxis from using the busway to get to Church Street”, says Liberal Democrat leader Cllr. David Franks. “Only because of the Council’s perverse attitude, Stopsley, Wigmore and Vauxhall Park residents have been paying this penalty fare ever since construction of the busway started about ten years ago.”
“That’s ten years of paying an unnecessary £2 penalty on every taxi fare from the station. We have suggested several times that the Council should compensate residents, now after years of complaining this completely pointless £2 excess taxi charge is to end.”
Further to our report on 19th February relating to the council’s plans to implement fortnightly bin collections, we have had a huge response to our latest local Focus campaign and the message is clear – NO TO FORTNIGHTLY BIN COLLECTIONS!!!!!
If you agree and wish to send a clear message of your opposition, please sign the petition on the back of the Focus Leaflet and return it to the address shown or alternatively e-mail us and we will add your name to the objections.