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7m Luton carnival centre completed

Friday, May 8th, 2009

The £7 million building is part of a wider £125 million investment project by Arts Council East and EEDA aimed at creating cultural centres of excellence.  Designed to encourage the development of carnival arts, the building will host showcases for musicians and costume designers, and includes welding and casting space for building floats and costumes, a band practice room, bar, creche, and a small business centre arranged around a “street” space.

The future’s bright, as LTFC’s youngsters shine

Wednesday, February 25th, 2009

In a tournament of 26 qualifying under 11 teams from eight countries held in Zurich , Luton Town beat Bayern Munich 3-2 in the final to win the cup.

Manchester United were the other English team to qualify but they failed to reach the quarter finals. Werder Bremen, Borussia Dortmund, CSKA Moscow, Zenith St Peterberg, Grasshopper Zurich and Nautico Capibaribe from Brazil all had teams entered, but the Hatters triumphed.

Looks like the future is bright under the stewardship of Gregg Broughton, Jon De Souza, James Hughes and Martin Prickett.

Hatters only fire blanks against Stanley

Wednesday, February 25th, 2009

The Hatters failed to win their third-straight game as they were held to a goalless draw at Accrington Stanley.

A scrappy encounter wasn’t without incident, but lacked quality and a point apiece was about right.

That will be of little consolation to Mick Harford’s side though who, as we all know, really need to be taking maximum points whenever possible.

Thomas to axe Luton flights to Tel Aviv

Wednesday, February 25th, 2009

Airline operator Thomson announced on Friday that it is to axe its route from Luton to Tel Aviv at the end of April.

The company says it is cutting the route to the Israeli city maximise the efficiency of its fleet of planes, and to focus on more traditional holiday destinations for this year’s summer season.

Passengers can still book flights on the route until April 30.

Doubt re: new football Stadium plans (again)!

Tuesday, February 24th, 2009

The Luton and Central Beds Economic and Development Partnership has proposed a 20,000-seater stadium, plus more than 5,000 new homes to the west of Luton.

But councillor Richard Stay branded the scheme “eye-catching but unaffordable”.

“I can’t say whether they are serious about all this,” he told BBC Three Counties Radio.

It is also unclear whether the Hatters themselves are backing the plans. Luton’s new owners, the 2020 consortium, have always said they would conduct a feasibility study before announcing any plans for a new stadium.

The development partnership’s proposals for a new neighbourhood on land around Caddington and Slip End, known as Bush Wood Green, include a stadium and training facilities for Luton Town, as well as a new sports village including a swimming pool, a new ground for Luton Rugby Club and a country park.

Councillor Stay said: “If you are a developer who is looking to make a lot of money, how would you get people to pay attention to your bid?

“You would attach to your money-making bits a very large Olympic-sized swimming pool and a community stadium for 20,000 people.

“[The plans] are eye-catching, but I would seriously doubt if they are affordable.”

Luton Airport cancels flights after heavy snow.

Wednesday, February 4th, 2009

About 95 flights were cancelled at at Luton Airport in Bedfordshire on Monday because of heavy snow.

Luton Airport suspended all flights, but the runway at Stansted remained open and services were expected to improve on Tuesday.

Road traffic was disrupted on the M11 and A12 in Essex after crashes.

Train services were affected and hundreds of schools closed, with Essex, Suffolk and Hertfordshire worst hit.

On Monday, Ryanair cancelled all flights from Luton and Stansted from 1500 GMT while 40 Easyjet services were affected by the weather.

Luton teacher’s teeny weeny bikini confession!

Tuesday, December 2nd, 2008

An embarrassed Luton schoolteacher has broken nearly two decades of silence to claim that he sang the lead vocals for reality TV star Timmy Mallet’s ’90s hit Itsy Bitsy Teeny Weeny Yellow Polka Dot Bikini.

The wacky I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here! star has been telling “teeny weeny” porkies in the jungle over his involvement in the number one song, according to Luton’s Lea Manor High School deputy year head Everton Barnes.

The 45-year-old has finally confessed that he was drafted in to sing on the novelty record by producers Nigel Wright and Les McCutcheon because Timmy could not nail the high notes.

The former Wacaday children’s TV presenter and his band Bombalurina held on to the top spot in the UK charts for three weeks in 1990 with their cover of Brian Hyland’s 1960 hit.

Luton Airport to charge for fast-track security checks

Monday, November 24th, 2008

According to TimesOnline, Passengers using Luton airport are to be offered the opportunity to pay for fast-track security checks, in a scheme scheduled to begin early next year. Tickets will be available from vending machines in the check-in area.

“We are aware that some passengers would value a way of guaranteeing the quickest possible progress to the security search point,” said Natalie Raper, marketing director at the airport. “We are therefore introducing the ‘priority lane’ option and will be making a charge of £3 per passenger for this service. Only those who choose to use this lane will be charged. By offering a range of options, we can provide an airport experience to suit the needs of all passengers.”

Not everyone has welcomed the idea. Alice Reinkel, who regularly flies on business from the airport, believes premium-rate security lanes are a worrying development. “It’s as if the airport is learning from the no-frills airlines,” she said. “How long before they introduce pay-as-you-go check-in or priority baggage reclaim? Airport security should be a classless matter.”

The shadow aviation minister, Julian Brazier, says asking passengers to pay extra for faster checks is not the way forward. “It’s a distraction from the main issue, that we need a thorough review of airport security in this country. What we have at the moment isn’t very effective and is far slower than other countries.”

Giant 7 foot cigarette ‘lights up’ Luton!

Wednesday, November 19th, 2008

According to the borough council website, An officer from the Council’s Street Services Enforcement Unit donned a giant cigarette butt suit last Friday as part of an exercise with Council and Hospital staff to encourage people not to drop any litter outside the hospital, particularly cigarette butts.

A specially trained nurse from NHS Luton was also on hand to give out information offering help and support to anyone considering quitting smoking.

Cllr Don Worlding, portfolio holder for the environment, said: “Friday’s exercise was to remind people that dropping litter, including cigarette related material, is antisocial and against the law. Litter around the hospital has a negative effect on hospital patients, staff, visitors and local residents. If necessary, Council officers will be issuing Fixed Penalty Notices in future if the situation doesn’t improve.”

Lynne Watson, Director of Personnel and Development at L&D, said: “Staff from NHS Luton’s Stop Smoking Service are based here at L&D to support staff, patients or visitors who want help to quit smoking and we are actively promoting this service to improve the health of our local community.”

Luton Stop Smoking Service offers help and support to people who want to stop smoking, from a variety of locations across the town.  To find out more, call free of charge on 0800 013 0845 or visit their pages on the NHS Luton website

John Menzies to cut jobs at Luton Airport

Thursday, November 13th, 2008

John Menzies has cut hundreds of jobs in its airport ground handling and cargo business to cope with turbulence in the airline industry, according to a recent press release.

Around 50 workers at Gatwick, Manchester and Luton have lost their jobs as part of a 600-staff cull across Menzies Aviation’s global operations in 118 airports.

The Edinburgh-based company said the move was in response to cuts in passenger flights and weaker cargo volumes.

Menzies said divisional earnings for the year would be in the range of £14 million to £16 million, as revealed in its lower-than-expected October forecast.

Company secretary John Geddes said the staff cuts would be spread across the company’s 14,000-strong global workforce with one office, Hong Kong, closing completely.

He said the company, which employs staff at Heathrow, Gatwick, Edinburgh, Glasgow and Manchester, had lost staff in both its cargo and ground handling businesses.

“We have trimmed our workforce through a combination of natural wastage and redundancy,” he said.

The division was also hit by the bankruptcy of Sterling Airlines, its largest customer in Denmark. However, Menzies Aviation won a number of new contracts from easyJet, Etihad, Qantas, Air New Zealand and jet Blue.

Mr Geddes said he thinks the job losses could be the last of the bad news for the foreseeable future.

“We have great visibility into the first quarter of 2009 and we think things are settling down,” he said. Blog is proudly powered by WordPress
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