The Environment Group has a wide remit ranging from maintaining a close connection with LADACAN, the residents’ group concerned with the impact of an ever-expanding Luton Airport, to pressing Local Authorities into maintaining the pleasant ambiance we expect (and pay for!). For some time, this ‘Group’ has been a ‘one-man band’ but we would welcome others to join, not only to widen the area occasionally visited (ideally walked by), from the Southdown/High Street area of the present incumbent, but also to broaden our concern into e.g. the use of Tree Preservation Orders (TPOs) to preserve a particular view or setting.
In parallel with the above, there are actions individual members can take, as outlined in a recent newsletter and repeated below (and for simplicity, mainly only phone numbers are given so all have access & to simplify, hopefully, explanation of the problem - but best to avoid Monday mornings):
- for overflowing litter bins, which so obviously give an uncared for impression of any community: if outside the immediate High Street/Leyton Road/Station Road shopping area (which is the responsibility of the Town Council, Tel. 768278), then phone SADC’s contractor, Veolia on 01727- 809019; similarly for uncollected or dumped bags of refuse.
- for weed-filled or silted up gutters, which again can make a residential area look unkempt, again ring Veolia - though to be fair, there’s no point in them spraying the weeds during unsettled weather as the weedkiller needs a day or two of dry conditions to have an effect and then typically takes another 2 or 3 weeks (so, be patient!)
- in contrast, blocked drains, which can lead to large puddles in the road, of obvious hazard to passing pedestrians, and/or cause floods lower down a hill, are the responsibility of Herts County Council, and you should ring 0300-123-4047 (or e-mail their website) and get a Job no. so you can follow it up if necessary. Not surprisingly, with the large - and pleasing - number of trees in the area, combined with the effect of grit from the road itself, this is a recurring problem and a more frequent check would seem sensible and worth pressing for.
Finally, some unsightliness is outside the various Councils’ responsibilities, such as the often scruffy appearance of unoccupied premises, which may be waiting Planning Permission, where the owners would need to be contacted; or Network Rail regarding litter in Station Approach