“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.”


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“We’ve been told the supermarket is needed for local Park Town residents who want a supermarket they can walk to. So, why does it need a car park with 108 spaces?

– Liberal Democrat leader Cllr. David Franks.

At a meeting of the Council’s Development Control Committee on Wednesday evening as Labour councillors tried to force through approval for a plan to build supermarket on the former bowling green in Gipsy Lane, Liberal Democrats employed a little used provision in the Council’s standing orders to block the scheme. By using this device, Liberal Democrat councillors removed the right of the Committee to make the decision leaving the members only able to recommend that the plan should be approved to the next meeting of the Full Council.

“We’ve been told the supermarket is needed for local Park Town residents who want a supermarket they can walk to,” claimed Liberal Democrat leader, Councillor David Franks. “So, why does it need a car park with 108 spaces? It seems every week the Labour council finds an excuse to build on another park or green open space. They will not be happy until they have covered every blade of grass in Luton with concrete and it’s time to call a halt.”


Luton Liberal Democrats are pleased to confirm their candidates for the Local Elections on 2nd May 2019 as follows:

Barnfield Ward



Liberal Democrats Call for End to Building on Parks

“The Labour Council has built on too much of Luton’s green open space it’s time to call a halt. It looks like they will not be happy until they have covered every blade of grass in Luton with concrete.” – Liberal Democrat leader Cllr. David Franks.

Following the Labour Council granting planning permissions for a supermarket on the Brache bowling green in Gypsy Lane and for an access road to a second airport terminal on Wigmore Valley Park, Liberal Democrat councillors are calling for an end to building on Luton’s parks and green open spaces.

The supermarket was approved against Planning Officer advice and the Wigmore Valley Park development was approved in the face of vigorous objection from residents.

“The Wigmore plan involves concreting over one of the biggest, busiest and most attractive parks in town” says Liberal Democrat Cllr. David Franks.

“Labour Councillors tell us children need somewhere to live, but children also need somewhere to play. A congested town like Luton needs its parks and green spaces.”

“The Labour Council has built on too much of Luton’s green open space it’s time to call a halt. It looks like they will not be happy until they have covered every blade of grass in Luton with concrete.”

The Council is currently consulting residents about their plan to build new homes on Wandon Park in Stopsley.