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Following a committee vote on June 10th, Leighton-Linslade Town Council has recently announced its intention to make a number of key changes to our town market. Most notably these include the relocation of all existing market stalls to the north side of the High Street, and the shrinking of various stalls to fit the new allocation.

 

Consumer shopping habits are changing rapidly. In an age when almost any product is available for cheap and convenient delivery from an online vendor, both the traditional charter market and small town-centre shops are becoming an endangered species. So we must, and do, recognise that these must continue to adapt to the marketplace as it changes around them, in order to stay in business.

 

However, the Town Council’s approach to revitalising our market seems to work at cross purposes. We believe the council when they say they wish to see our historic market perform better; that goal is shared by all concerned. But the council proposes to uproot small businesspeople from market stalls that they and their families have held, in some cases, for decades. They will force traders in the same field, such as greengrocers, to directly compete with each other cheek by jowl. And they will require grocers, butchers and fishmongers to store and sell their wares in constant sunlight in the hottest hours of the day.

 

All of this incurs needless extra business expense, on top of recent increases in small business rates. It puts our market's future at risk, and with it the readily available and affordable local produce upon which many local people rely. And, in reducing the size of the market and thus the customer footfall it attracts, it threatens a key revenue stream that many of our High Street shops depend on to survive.

 

We believe that these proposals amount to an ill-advised attempt at gentrification, harming our local community and a fundamental part of our town's heritage. We strongly urge Leighton-Linslade Town Council to reconsider the matter.

Our Market's Future: LL Labour Urges Town Council To Rethink Planning Proposals

Following a committee vote on June 10th, Leighton-Linslade Town Council has recently announced its intention to make a number of key changes to our town market. Most notably these include...

Labour’s shadow health secretary, Jonathan Ashworth, said that concerns had been repeatedly raised over the NHS’s outdated computer systems. Both the NCSC and the National Crime Agency had given repeated warnings about their vulnerability.

Reports two years ago in The Guardian revealed that the government had decided not to extend its £5.5m deal with Microsoft to provide support for Windows XP, leaving computers that still ran on the obsolete operating system at risk from hackers.

Jeremy Corbyn said "I am very angry that in 2014 there was a one-year renewal of the protection system on the NHS systems which was not renewed after that and not renewed the year after that, and so the systems are now not upgraded and not protected. As a result, we’ve got this dreadful situation that NHS workers are facing today.

We obviously support our NHS workers but I tell you this, a Labour government would not leave our NHS’s very vital information systems unprotected. We would protect them."

Government claims that patient care has been unaffected have been dismissed by doctors, nurses, pharmacists and patients. Meanwhile Jeremy Hunt hasn’t appeared to defend himself or acknowledge the criticism, leaving that to Home Secretary Amber Rudd.

Jeremy Hunt ignored warnings about out-of-date NHS IT systems

Labour’s shadow health secretary, Jonathan Ashworth, said that concerns had been repeatedly raised over the NHS’s outdated computer systems. Both the NCSC and the National Crime Agency had given repeated...

Labour candidate Daniel Scott will debate the other three candidates for South West Bedfordshire in an open meeting at the Dunstable Conference Centre on Dunstable High Street. You can find the venue here. Join him from 7:30 to 9:30 pm on Monday 22nd May to support Labour in our area.

Election hustings, May 22nd at Dunstable Conference Centre

Labour candidate Daniel Scott will debate the other three candidates for South West Bedfordshire in an open meeting at the Dunstable Conference Centre on Dunstable High Street. You can find...

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