Luton Borough Council

Luton Borough Council is the local authority of Luton in Bedfordshire, England. It is a unitary authority, having the powers of a non-metropolitan county and district council combined. It is a member of the East of England Local Government Association.

It is made up of councillors from the 19 wards[3] that split up the town. The current leaders of the council, Hazel Simmons, is in the Labour Party.[4]

Luton Borough Council
Luton Council's logo
Luton Borough Council's logo since 2016[1]
Mayor of Luton
Cllr Tahir Malik[2], Labour
since 21st May 2019
Leader of the Council
Cllr Hazel Simmons MBE, Labour
since 22nd May 2007
Chief executive
Trevor Holden
since 2010
Seats48 councillors
Luton Borough Council composition
Political groups
     Labour (34)
Other parties
     Liberal Democrats (8)
     Conservative (5)
     Independent (1)
Length of term
4 years
Last election
7 May 2015
Next election
2 May 2019
Meeting place
Luton Town Hall
Luton Town Hall



In July 2017 it decided to merge its health commissioning budget with the local Clinical Commissioning Group, establishing an integrated commissioning committee. It is one of the first areas which the NHS has designated an Accountable care system.[5]

See also


  1. ^ "A fresh and modern brand for Luton".
  2. ^ "Luton appoints first female Asian Mayor". Luton Borough Council. 19 June 2018. Retrieved 19 July 2018.
  3. ^ "Luton Council Website - Election Maps".
  4. ^ "CMIS > Councillors". Retrieved 22 March 2019.
  5. ^ "CCG and council to merge commissioning budgets". Health Service Journal. 13 July 2017. Retrieved 14 July 2017.

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2011 Luton Borough Council election

The 2011 Luton Borough Council election for the whole of Luton Borough Council (a unitary authority) was held on 5 May 2011. The Labour Party strengthened its control of the council, mainly at the expense of the Liberal Democrats, winning three-quarters of the seats (albeit with less than half of the votes cast). The Liberal Democrats were marginally outvoted by the Conservatives (see table, below) but won twice as many seats, probably due to not putting up candidates for all available seats (only Labour and the Conservatives had the maximum number of candidates).

2015 Luton Borough Council election

The 2015 Luton Borough Council election took place on 7 May 2015 to elect members of the Luton Borough Council in England. It was held on the same day as other local elections.


Bramingham is a suburb of Luton in Bedfordshire. The area is situated in the north of the town and is roughly bounded by the A6 to the east, Great Bramingham Wood to the west, the edge of Luton to the north, and Icknield Way to the south.

Crawley Green

Crawley Green is a suburb in southern Luton near to London Luton Airport. The area is roughly bounded by Crawley Green Road to the north, Devon Road to the south, the Midland Main Line to the west, and Vauxhall Way to the east.

Economy of Luton

Over the centuries, due to technological and economic change, Luton's economy has changed and developed to keep pace with the rest of the UK. Major industries that are related to Luton include Brickmaking, Millinery or Hat making, Automobile production and its airport, London Luton Airport.


Icknield is a parliamentary ward in the town of Luton, Bedfordshire, England. The ward takes its name from the Icknield Way, a pre-Roman road which passes through Luton. Situated towards the northeast of Luton, the ward is made up of parts of Runfold and Warden Hill, as well as Bushmead.

Kenilworth Road

Kenilworth Road is a football stadium in Luton, Bedfordshire, England. It has been home to Luton Town Football Club since 1905 when they left Dunstable Road. The ground has also hosted women's and youth international matches.

The 10,356 all-seater stadium is situated in Bury Park, one mile (1.6 km) west of the centre of Luton. It is named after the road which runs along one end of it, but the official address is 1 Maple Road. Kenilworth Road hosted football in the Southern League until 1920, then in the Football League until 2009, when Luton were relegated to the Conference Premier. It has hosted Football League matches once more since 2014.

The ground is known for the artificial playing surface which was present from 1985 to 1991, the unusual entrance to the Oak Road End, and the five-season ban on away supporters that Luton Town imposed following a riot by visiting fans in 1985. Floodlights were fitted in 1953, and the ground became all-seated in 1991. The record attendance of 30,069 was set in 1959, in an FA Cup sixth round replay against Blackpool.

List of future transport developments in the East of England

A list of proposed, planned and under construction transport developments in the East of England region in a sortable table. Following the 2010 general election the new government's Comprehensive Spending Review, many unstarted projects have been reassessed for feasibility, with an eye to save money due to the late 2000s recession. Some schemes have since been given a go ahead, or cut from plans, however many are still waiting till January 2011 to know what decisions have been reached on them.


Luton ( (listen)) is a large town, borough and unitary authority area of Bedfordshire, in the East of England. It has a population of 214,109 (mid-2018 est.) and is one of the most populous towns without city status in the United Kingdom. The town is situated on the River Lea, about 30 miles (50 km) northwest of London. Earliest settlements in the Luton area can be traced back over 250,000 years, but the town's foundation dates to the sixth century as a Saxon outpost on the River Lea, from which Luton derives its name. Luton is recorded in the Domesday Book as Loitone and Lintone and one of the largest churches in Bedfordshire, St Mary's Church, was built in the 12th century. There are local museums which explore Luton's history in Wardown Park and Stockwood Park.Luton was for many years famous for hatmaking, and also had a large Vauxhall Motors factory. Car production at the plant began in 1905 and continued until the plant's closure in 2002. Production of commercial vehicles continues, and the head office of Vauxhall Motors is still in the town. London Luton Airport opened in 1938, and is now one of Britain's major airports, with three railway stations also in the town. The University of Bedfordshire was created from a merger with the University of Luton, and two of its campuses are in Luton.Luton Town Football Club, nicknamed "the Hatters" due to the town's connection to hatmaking, has had several spells in the top flight of the English league as well as a Football League Cup triumph in 1988. They play at Kenilworth Road, their home since 1905, and planning permission for a new larger stadium was approved in 2019. Luton International Carnival, the largest one-day carnival in Europe, is held on the day before the last Monday in May, and the Saint Patrick's festival is held on the weekend nearest to Saint Patrick's Day as there is a large Irish community in Luton. The town also has a large Pakistani community, which along with the Irish were attracted to employment at the Vauxhall car plant. Luton Hoo is an English country house, estate and Grade I listed building designed by Scottish architect Robert Adam.

Luton Borough Council elections

Luton is a unitary authority in Bedfordshire, England. Until 1 April 1997 it was a non-metropolitan district.

Luton Carnival

Luton International Carnival is a large carnival in Luton, Bedfordshire. The carnival is commissioned by Luton Borough Council and is artistically produced by UK Centre for Carnival Arts, which is based in Luton town centre.

Traditionally it took place on the Spring Bank Holiday Monday every year, but since 2013 it has been on the Sunday of the bank holiday weekend. The route of the procession has varied over the years; in 2016 it started at Wardown Park and made its way along New Bedford Road, Stockingstone Road, Old Bedford Road, Cromwell Hill and back to Wardown Park.

Luton DART

The Luton DART is a planned automated guided people mover from Luton Airport Parkway station to Luton Airport in England. DART is an acronym for Direct Air-Rail Transit. It is currently under construction and is scheduled to open in 2021, and will replace the current 888 Shuttle Bus.

Luton to Dunstable Busway

The Luton-Dunstable Busway is a guided busway system in Bedfordshire, England, which connects the towns of Dunstable, Houghton Regis and Luton with Luton Airport. It was built on the route of a disused railway track and opened in September 2013. The busway runs parallel to the A505 (Dunstable Road) and A5065 (Hatters Way) for 13.4 kilometres (8.3 mi), of which 7.7 kilometres (4.8 mi) is guided track with a maximum speed of 50 mph. It is claimed to be the second longest busway in the world.

Politics in Luton

Luton, England, is a unitary authority, and remains part of the ceremonial county of Bedfordshire. Luton is currently represented on three different tiers of Government.

Luton Borough Council (local)

Bedfordshire Police and Crime Commissioner

Parliament of the United Kingdom- 2 members of parliament (national)Formerly the East of England Regional Assembly (regional).

Putteridge High School

Putteridge High School is a coeducational secondary school, located in the Putteridge area of Luton, in the English county of Bedfordshire.

The school educates children ages 11 – 16, in preparation for GCSE examinations. It is a community school under the direct control of Luton Borough Council, and has previously been awarded specialist status as a Mathematics and Computing College. The school coordinates with Luton Borough Council for admissions.

The school announced its intention to convert to academy status in October 2011, under the sponsorship of the Barnfield Federation. However, in December 2013 it was announced that the school had withdrawn from the conversion process and will not be converting to an academy with the Barnfield Federation, due to an ongoing investigation into Barnfield's finances.

Qurban Hussain, Baron Hussain

Qurban Hussain, Baron Hussain (Urdu: قربان حسین‎; born 27 March 1956) is a politician and life peer, born in Kotli, Azad Kashmir.He was the unsuccessful candidate for parliament for Luton South in 2005 and 2010. He was firstly a member of the Labour Party, from 1996 to 2003 but then joined the Liberal Democrats. He has been a member of Luton Borough Council since 2003, serving as its Deputy Leader from 2005 to 2007.

He was created a life peer as Baron Hussain, of Luton in the county of Bedfordshire on 20 January 2011. Previously aligning with the Liberal Democrats, Hussain withdrew from the party in March 2015 amidst a scandal involving his allegedly smuggling a two-year-old Kashmiri boy into the UK decades earlier, he was later readmitted.

Stockwood Park

Stockwood Park is a large urban park in Luton, Bedfordshire, in the Farley Hill estate. With period formal gardens, leading crafts museums, Stockwood Park Rugby Club and extensive golfing facilities, it is about 100 hectares in area.

The Hat Factory

The Hat Factory is an arts facility in the centre of Luton, England that seeks to develop the arts in the town and surrounding region. The Hat Factory opened in April 2004, and includes theatre, music, comedy, dance and film programmes.

The Hat Factory contains a studio theatre, sprung dance studio and space for music rehearsal and recording, as well as meeting rooms and conference facilities. It is home to several creative companies, including the organisers of the Luton Carnival. The Hat Factory Gallery is a joint venture between Luton Borough Council, the Hat Factory and the University of Bedfordshire.

Transport in Luton

Luton is less than 30 miles (50 km) north of the centre of London, and has good transport links via the motorway network and the National Rail system. Luton is also home to Luton Airport, one of the major feeder airports for London and the southeast. Luton is served by buses run by Arriva Shires & Essex and other operators, and has a busway. As a Unitary Authority, Luton Borough Council is responsible for local highways and public transport in the borough.

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