The park, situated on New Bedford Road, is listed on English Nature's Register of Historic Parks and Gardens, and is renowned for its mature trees. Replacement trees have been planted, but it will be many years before they reach maturity.
The Council has also shown the hollowness of its vaunted (pre-election) green credentials in the park by removing all the shrubs around the lake and most of those on the island, converting what was an oasis for small birds and other wildlife into a desert.
To be fair, the Council have brought about some improvements to the park, such as the restored fountain and some refurbished buildings, and in planting new trees they are taking account, among other things, of both the effects of climate change (making beech a poor choice for a warmer, drier future climate) and new serious diseases threatening the future of some species (especially horse chestnuts, which may soon disappear as a new fungus disease kills them).
Of course a council or government which took global warming seriously instead of merely talking about it would not consider building the road in the first place.
You report that our local prospective Tory candidate says of Luton airport that it is "vital to plan expansion in a sustainable way."
No air travel is sustainable. Air transport is, in terms of energy used per passenger mile, the least efficient means of mass transport ever invented. It is a major contributor to greenhouse gas emissions and other pollution, and is unfairly subsidised by tax breaks not available to any other means of transport. Luton airport also imposes an unreasonable noise blight on our neighbours in nearby towns and villages.
The only sustainable expansion would the negative sort - reduce its activities, not increase them.
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