“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.”


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Station Road Busway, Luton

“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.

 

Wheelie Frustrating – Council proposes fortnightly black bin collection less than a week after latest denial


A national tour by a red bus emblazoned with the slogan “Brexit to cost £2,000 million a week. Is it worth it?” reached St. George’s Square, Luton on Wednesday 28th February 2018.

Speakers at the Luton event included Luton South MP Gavin Shuker (Labour), former councillor Sid Rutstein (Lib Dem), former FT journalist Quentin Peel and Bob Wilkin from local organisation Bedfordshire for Europe.

Liberal Democrat councillor David Franks described the visit as an opportunity to explain the benefits Luton has enjoyed through Britain’s membership of the European Union and the concerns many local residents have about Brexit.

“EU funding has contributed towards many local projects including the development of St. George’s Square, Stockwood Discovery Centre and the support of many local voluntary organisations providing real benefits for the town. Many businesses employing thousands of Luton people rely on our membership of the EU. The Vauxhall van factory exports thousands of vans to Europe every year and London Luton Airport’s success has been built on growing airlines like Wizz & easyJet flying to European destinations.”

“The bus is a light-hearted attempt to draw attention to a very big issue. The Government’s own leaked analysis is that Brexit, even with a Free Trade Agreement, will cost us 5% of GDP after 15 years. At today’s prices, that means our country being £2,000 million a week poorer than we would have been if we stayed a member of the EU. To put this in context, that’s 80% of what we currently spend on the NHS across the UK”. – Cllr David Franks

Vote Leave’s bus falsely claimed that we send the EU £350 million a week. Now the Government’s own analysis shows the hit to our economy from leaving the EU will be ten times as great as the cost of staying in. Some people want us to leave without a trade deal at all. Again, the government’s own figures say that would cost us £3,200 million a week or sixteen times the cost of EU membership. More and more people are asking ‘is it worth it?’

A balanced and fully-sourced summary of the various likely Brexit scenarios is set out at www.isitworthit.org.uk.

During its tour, the bus is visiting towns and cities across the country at which there will be speaker events featuring local businesspeople, trade unionists, and politicians.

 

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