The apparent lack of effective action by Luton’s Labour Council needs to be challenged and we are the only people doing it” claims Liberal Democrat leader on Luton Council, Cllr. David Franks.

Luton’s Liberal Democrat councillors are calling for a full report to be made to the Council’s Overview & Scrutiny Board after figures released by Liberal Democrat HQ revealed that there are 777 empty homes in Luton, 269 of them have been empty for more than two years and 29 for ten years.

“According to these figures, in the year 2016-17 only three empty homes were brought into use by the direct action of Luton Council and in the last five years they have not once used the Empty Dwelling Management Order powers which would have allowed them to take over empty houses and flats and use them to house local families”, says Cllr. David Franks. “Labour Councillors have some explaining to do.”

“The apparent lack of effective action by Luton’s Labour Council needs to be challenged and we are the only people doing it.”

The full report will be considered by the Council’s Overview & Scrutiny Board at a future meeting. The Board meets regularly at the Town Hall and the meetings are open to the public. Residents and press representatives are encouraged to attend.



Liberal Democrats from Luton joined tens of thousands of men and women from all parts of the country on the People’s March for Europe on Saturday 9th September. More than 3000 other Liberal Democrats also took part in the march through central London.

At the end of the march, Liberal Democrat MP Ed Davey spoke to the crowd: “I’ve gone from anger to distress, from fury to despair. But since the Brexit negotiations began there’s a third emotion I’ve been feeling: Embarrassment. Embarrassment at our country’s leaders. Embarrassment for Great Britain.”

The Liberal Democrats want the public to have a choice when the final outcomes of Brexit negotiations are clear.

There have been a large number of complaints about noise coming from London Luton Airport overnight. Some of the calls have been from residents who live more than two miles from the airport. Liberal Democrat councillors have investigated. The noise is from piling work on the extension to the terminal building. We have been able to extract a promise that the work will not continue over the August bank holiday weekend. We will resume our investigations after the bank holiday. Meanwhile, we can advise that Council Environmental Protection officers have carried out noise monitoring and they report that the noise level is at around 102db which is close to the legal maximum of 110db. The feeling is that the topography serves to amplify the noise.

The work is being carried out by the operating company over which the Council has no control but some influence. The company says the piling has to be carried out when there are no aircraft flying for health and safety reasons. Liberal Democrat councillors for the area are asking them what they are doing to protect the health and safety of local residents. The works are expected to take up to three weeks to complete.

Update 15:30 Tuesday 29th August 2017

Luton Council has notified London Luton Airport Operations that this night-time piling work could be in breach of the conditions of the planning consent. Information about the work had not been provided to the Council by the operator in advance, as was required under a planning condition. We understand that the work has been suspended for the time being. We await further clarification.

Luton Council is supposed to monitor air quality in Luton to make sure it does not exceed safety limits set down by the Government and European Union.

The local Liberal Democrats are running a campaign to get Luton Council to take its responsibilities seriously with regard to pollution from vehicles on our congested roads. Recent research has shown there is a link between particulates with not only cancer but also Alzheimer’s disease.

Several of our local roads are often gridlocked with cars and vans pumping out fumes. A recent report by Friends of the Earth showed that pollution was over the maximum level for safety in many parts of the town.

The recent Local Air Quality Management Annual Status report presented to the Council showed that Luton Council lacks serious plans to tackle air pollution.

Results for the elections held on 8th June 2017

Luton North

Labour (K. Hopkins) 29765 [Elected]
Conservative 15401
Lib Dem (Rabi Martins) 808
Green 618

Turnout 69.96%

Luton South

Labour (G. Shuker) 28804 [Elected]
Conservative 14879
Lib Dem (Andy Strange) 1056
UKIP 795
Green 439
Independent 160

Turnout 68.83%

Sundon Park ward

Luton Borough Council by-election

Labour (M. Rogers) 1919 [Elected]
Lib Dem (Clive Mead) 957
Conservative 908
Green 72

Turnout 66.25%

Thank you to everyone who supported the Liberal Democrats in these elections.

Ref: Results on the Luton Borough Council website