“……..the Council needs to come up with a really good explanation of what they are doing and why.”
– Liberal Democrat Leader of the Opposition, Councillor David Franks.
Liberal Democrat councillors say the Council decision to refuse to allow Luton Town Football Club to lease the Cutenhoe Road playing fields is illogical and makes no sense educationally or financially.
Liberal Democrat leader of the opposition on the Council, David Franks comments “The Club has offered to allow free use of the sports fields by the local schools, to pay for the maintenance of the pitches and to pay a commercial rent. Where’s the logic in saying no?”
“At a time when Luton Council is covering open green spaces with concrete all over the town here’s an opportunity to give the football club the chance to improve their youth academy facilities, offer the schools the use of the playing fields with no maintenance costs and make a few bob for the hard pressed Council finances. How can you say no to that? Certainly, the Council needs to come up with a really good explanation of what they are doing and why.
“Pathetic and predictable” – Liberal Democrat response to the Council Standards Committee judgement on the three Labour Councillors who attended a mass tea party during the Covid-19 lockdown.
“You don’t stop being a Councillor for an hour or two when you choose to do something naughty, you still have a responsibility to behave yourself. When you put yourself up for a position where you will attract attention you have an additional duty not to set a bad example.
As for the recommendation that they should make a charitable donation equivalent to one month’s allowance, that comes to £450 after NI and income tax has been deducted, hardly enough to cause serious hardship. It’s also interesting the Committee didn’t recommend they resign their Council seats. That’s what they should do.
Let us not forget they have still not been suspended from the local Labour Party nor from the Labour Group of Councillors so we must assume the Labour Party thinks their behaviour is acceptable. Well 6,000 people who signed the petition don’t agree.”
As London Luton Airport Limited says it is planning to make its expanded airport greener and more sustainable the leader of the Luton’s Liberal Democrat councillors, Cllr. David Franks, asks just how green they intend it to be.
“We’ll believe them if they tell us they are going to abandon plans to concrete over the second-best park in Bedfordshire. We’ll believe them if they tell us they are going to abandon plans to make Ashcroft Road and Wigmore Lane major access routes to their airport.”
Cllr David Franks, Council Group Leader, Luton Liberal Democrats
The Luton Council owned company claims it is putting off until next year its application to the government for permission to expand the airport from 18 million passengers a year to 32 million and wants to make it greener and more sustainable.
Commenting on the announcement Cllr. David Franks said “We’ll believe them if they tell us they are going to abandon plans to concrete over the second-best park in Bedfordshire. We’ll believe them if they tell us they are going to abandon plans to make Ashcroft Road and Wigmore Lane major access routes to their airport.”
“In spite of constant complaints from those living near the airport or under its flight paths they are not doing anywhere near enough to deal with air quality and noise problems. There’s not enough monitoring of air pollution and without the information you cannot even begin to work out how to deal with the problem.”
Luton Liberal Democrats have been lobbying for years for more air quality monitoring around schools in the eastern and southern areas of Luton concerned that the potential damage to children’s lungs cannot be assessed because the technical information is not being collected and analysed.
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.
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