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The mysterious relocation of Luton Town Football Club… and other stories
Posted Monday, 30 April 2007 at 17:45

Twelve months ago I convened a public meeting in the Church rooms in Toddington to discuss the relocation of Luton Town FC.

 

The meeting was packed. There was very little conclusion which could be reached at the meeting - no plans had been submitted. No authority contacted. No preliminary discussions held. Nothing. I even received a written answer from the DCLG (Dept for Communities and Local Government) confirming that they also had not been in discussion with anyone on this matter, and would not comment further should the matter be subject to an appeal at some point in the future.

 

On Friday night, a further meeting was called by Toddington Residents’ Association. I have no idea how many people attended, however, given that I am becoming fairly used to these large public meetings, I would imagine around 350+

 

I had a slight feeling of ‘deja vu.’ We were still in the same position: no plans submitted, no discussions held, just further posturing on behalf of individuals within the Club.

 

I had been told that the Club’s board had held meetings with ministers. I asked the ministers was this true? As I referred to above, DCLG stated, in writing, that no discussions had been held.

 

Could the Club be using the rumour mongering as a stalking horse?

 

Is their intention really to relocate to another, more appropriate, junction on the M1, such as junction 10, but are using the junction 12 story as a way of flushing out the opposition and preparing the ground to present the case for junction 10?

 

Whatever the Club is up to, this is no way to treat your fans and local residents. I have many letters and queries from both groups of people wanting to know what is going on.

 

We all want to know just what is going on.

 

A residents’ action group was formed at the end of the meeting to mirror the group already formed in Harlington. People at the meeting were very angry. Come on Luton Town, get your act together, put your cards on the table.

 
 
 
Man Utd Fan said:
Responded: Monday, 30 April 2007
What is all the fuss about ? They are in the 3rd tier of English football, so it is not as if they are going to have bit attendances.
 
 
MK Don said:
Responded: Monday, 30 April 2007
Maybe they will relocate to Milton Keynes..
 
 
Travelling Fan said:
Responded: Monday, 30 April 2007
Hmm..couldn't they put the ground near the proposed Bedfordshire travellers' camp, and kill two birds with one stone..?
 
 
AP Luton said:
Responded: Monday, 30 April 2007
Maybe they want to attract a bigger gate? Or all the money which comes as the spin off through merchandising etc
 
 
Anonymous said:
Responded: Monday, 30 April 2007
Shouldn't Luton town stay in Luton Town?
 
 
Anonymous said:
Responded: Monday, 30 April 2007
I'm a fan and there is no way I want to travel to junction 12. I don't believe all of this rubbish.
 
 
Tom said:
Responded: Monday, 30 April 2007
You could see how strongly people felt. thanks for coming. Great diary.
 
 
Alistair said:
Responded: Monday, 30 April 2007
I wouldn't be shocked Nadine to find that it is junction 12 that they want to relocate to. The land is owned by one of the directors of the club, and he doesn't want just the club to move onto the land, he wants warehouses as well. As though we don't have enough of those in Bedfordshire.
 
 
 
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