Liberal Democrats strongly opposed the new road on two grounds.

First, New Bedford Road, Old Bedford Road and Stockingstone Road in Luton are already pretty much a disaster zone in the rush hours with very long traffic queues in both directions. Without a continuing road to the A505 the new road will bring these roads to a standstill most of the time. Central Bedfordshire Council must have been told this by their own traffic engineers. They obviously don’t care at all about the consequences.

Second, professional traffic engineers now agree the M1-A6-A505 road is needed but to gain maximum benefit it should be further north on the A6 and further east on the A505.

Liberal Democrats supported the Judicial Review attempt by Luton Council simply because all other options had been exhausted and this was literally the last resort. We are sorry it appears to have failed.

Luton Borough Council:

Updates and information can be found on the Council website:

Brown bins, glass and food waste collections are suspended. Both the tidy tips are closed as are all community centres.

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Please note that your local Councillors must follow Government advice in relation to social distancing.  This means that there may be some matters that we will be unable to resolve until the social distancing period has ended.

Easy Read Coronavirus Guide:

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Volunteering – how to give help or get help

Volunteer to Help Vulnerable Residents

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Supporting Family and Friends

The government has released guidance for individuals supporting family and friends who are self-isolating. Under the government’s stay home policy, providing care or support to vulnerable friends and family is one of the four reasons to leave the home.

The guidance outlines how you can do this safely, by minimising the time spent in a vulnerable person’s home and maintaining a two metre distance from people outside of their own household.

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If you’re a vulnerable person – aged over 70 and/or with underlying health conditions – and require urgent help, please contact 01582 547659.  

Anyone else needing assistance of any kind at this time is urged to click the link below to see a list of trusted help networks operating in your area.

Health Services:

Changes to Luton children’s community health services

See the link below for changes and cancellations to children’s community health services such as MASH, 0-5 services, nursing and others.

Changes to Luton adult’s community health services

See the link below for changes and cancellations to adult’s community health services such as safeguarding nursing and other services.

Urgent dental care

All dental practices have been requested to establish (independently or by collaboration with others) a remote urgent care service, providing telephone triage for their patients with urgent needs during usual working hours, and whenever possible treating with advice, analgesia, and antimicrobial means where appropriate.

The regional commissioner will then inform the Directory of Services (DOS) lead so that 111 are up to date with the correct information.

Whilst the system is still being worked out, the best advice we can give to residents today is to call your dental practice in the first instance. Even if they are physically closed, they should be taking calls. Failing that, please call 111 for emergencies. 

Clinicians returning to NHS and care professions to help

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Advice for Businesses, including the Self-Employed:

Advice for Businesses on the following issues is available here –

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Acas – free employment law helpline and webinars

Acas are the workplace experts, funded by BEIS. They are advising employers and their workers through the Acas Helpline 0330 123 1100. They are running weekly live Twitter Q&A sessions with Acas experts (every Friday at 10:30).  

There are also advisory webinars for employers. with multiple dates available. These free webinars will provide practical advice for employers to help manage the impact of Coronavirus in the workplace.

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The new free to use service aims to provide official, trustworthy and timely information and advice about coronavirus (COVID-19), and will further reduce the burden on NHS services.

Sport England – #StayInWorkOut campaign

With people mostly confined to their own home following the latest government advice, Sport England’s ‘Join the Movement’ campaign will give people fun and creative ideas on how to get active at home and encourage them to share their own experiences and join the movement online using the hashtag #StayInWorkOut.  The campaign will have its own online hub to give access to a range of home workout options. For more info check: .

“Luton Liberal Democrats are proud to play their part by putting Country before Party” – Councillor Lee Bridgen, Chair Luton Liberal Democrats.

The only National party in the general election with a clear and positive policy of maintaining Britain’s full membership of the European Union is the Liberal Democrats.

The Tories want out at any price and the Labour position is so confused no-one knows what they would do.

There is no conceivable form of Brexit that would not seriously damage Britain politically and financially.

In the general election Liberal Democrats have committed to put country before party and to work with others to maximise the number of Remain MPs in the new parliament.

The Luton South constituency independent candidate Gavin Shuker has made clear his intention to do all he can to maintain Britain’s membership of the European Union. In line with the party’s National position, Luton Liberal Democrats will not be fielding a candidate in Luton South.

Councillor Lee Bridgen, Chair of Luton Liberal Democrats comments: “Research by Best for Britain shows that an effective Remain Alliance can deny Johnson a majority in the new parliament. The agreements emerging in the past few days give real hope we can achieve this and Luton Liberal Democrats are proud to play their part by putting Country before Party.”

“With the Extinction Rebellion movement demonstrating in towns and cities all over the country and Luton high school students protesting in our own town centre it’s time the Council took the threat of Climate Change seriously.” – Cllr. David Franks, Liberal Democrat leader of the opposition on Luton Council.

Liberal Democrat Councillors are calling on Luton’s Labour run Council to declare a Climate Emergency and to take urgent action to reduce the town’s carbon footprint. They have put down a motion for debate at the Full Council meeting on Tuesday 30th July asking the local authority to set up an officer and member Climate Emergency Task Force to research what actions other Councils are taking.
“The Task Force also needs to take evidence from local and wider sources, including local schools, colleges and the University, we need to capture the investment and economic opportunity arising from a low carbon future,” says Cllr. David Franks.

“With the Extinction Rebellion movement demonstrating in towns and cities all over the country and Luton high school students protesting in our own town centre it’s time the Council took the threat of Climate Change seriously.”

“Seeing those protesting high school students with their banners and posters outside the town hall made me feel really proud of our young people. The future is theirs, but only if local, national and international powers that be don’t destroy it.”

“We strongly object to their expansion plans and are determined to preserve our right to say so out loud,”
– Liberal Democrat leader Cllr. David Franks.

With their increased strength in Luton Council chamber after the recent elections, Liberal Democrat councillors have been allocated two places on the board of the Council owned company London Luton Airport Limited. But Liberal Democrat leader Cllr. David Franks told the Annual meeting of the Council on Tuesday they would not be taking up their places.

The two Liberal Democrat former directors on the board of the airport company resigned in January saying they have been told they are not allowed to publicly criticise decisions of the board with which they disagree.

“We strongly object to their expansion plans and are determined to preserve our right to say so out loud,” says Liberal Democrat leader Cllr. David Franks.

“14 Luton schools are either close to the airport or sit under the flightpaths and they plan to have only one air quality monitoring site. That’s a woefully inadequate response. They say the equipment is expensive, we ask what price they put on children’s lungs?”

“Their plans will cover most of Wigmore Valley Park in concrete and make Ashcroft Road & Wigmore Lane major access routes to the airport, we cannot allow ourselves to be associated with this destruction of neighbouring residents’ quality of life.”

“These plans have Labour and Conservative finger-prints all over them, let no-one be in any doubt, we have never supported them and cannot stay silent now.”