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Luton Borough Council

26/10/2020 - Have your say on emerging vision for a reimagined town centre

Luton Council is asking for views on an emerging vision for how the town centre could improve and change over the coming years.

​Taking on board comments following extensive consultation earlier in the year, the Reimagine Luton town centre vision has been updated along with a number of artist impressions which bring to life some of the potential changes to the look, feel and new uses for the area.

More than 1,400 passionate and considered responses were received from residents in this consultation round, where a wide range of views were given, with a clear and collective desire to improve the town centre.

As we move to the next stage, the vision now reflects the views of businesses and communities which included a desire for:
  • more parks and green space; and the opening up of the River Lea
  • improving the shopping offer and night-time economy; with better leisure facilities and food, museums and art galleries
  • improved safety and increased focus on tackling anti-social behaviour
  • more community spaces and affordable activities
  • high-quality office space
  • preservation of Luton’s rich heritage
The scheme is a key part of the Luton 2020-2040: A place to thrive town-wide vision and Luton’s recovery from Covid-19 by securing investment to support new jobs, opportunities and economic growth.
 
The vision and master plan will also set out how we can improve public spaces, take care of our heritage, provide new and affordable activities and be a welcoming place for everyone to enjoy.
 
Cllr Hazel Simmons, Leader of Luton Council, said: “We have been working closely with our communities and businesses to come up with a vision and plan for a much more welcoming, cleaner, greener, accessible town centre that local people are proud to call their own.
 
“There is so much passion, creativity and ambition across the town to really reimagine what our town centre can be and drive changes which will boost growth, create opportunities and instil a sense of civic pride.

“2020 has been a really tough year for everyone, with some more challenging months ahead, so we want this to be a glimmer of hope for everyone that much brighter days are around the corner.
 
“The town centre vision and masterplan is much more than just the look and feel of the area, it’s about securing investment and creating jobs and opportunities for local people as part of our commitment to tackling poverty in the town.”
 
To view the plans and have your say visit www.luton.gov.uk/towncentre. The consultation closes on 30 November.

Watch Councillor Hazel Simmons outline the exciting town centre improvement plans​.
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