The 6th of January 2020 will go down in the history of our town as the day the first rays of a bright new future shone on Luton.
We know now that Capital & Regional will not appeal the High Court’s decision to throw out their judicial review application over Newlands Park. For once, they have made the right decision, but we no longer need to speak of them.
What today means in simple terms is that Luton has won!
This is the confirmation that you don’t mess with Lutonians.
This is the confirmation that only Lutonians know what is best for our town.
This is the confirmation that our children can grow up in a town to be proud of.
This is the confirmation that our town will benefit from the creation of 10,000 new jobs.
This is the confirmation that our town’s economy will be boosted by £250million per year.
This is the confirmation that our football club will have a new 17,500-seat stadium and a sustainable future.
This is the confirmation that our town will start to punch its weight with facilities to bring us music, leisure, entertainment, food, drink, high-end retail and more.
Today we celebrate and we raise a glass to everyone who stood up to make a difference.
Yet, we know it won’t happen overnight and we would echo the recent words of Luton Town chief executive Gary Sweet that people shouldn’t expect spades in the ground tomorrow.
But this is everything he and the 2020 board has fought for. This is everything Luton Council has fought for. They are heroes.
For our small part, we are thrilled to have supported them and been a voice for you. The stronger the team, the stronger the team.
Today, we are all Lutonians. Today we are bursting with pride. Today, more than ever, we are united.
Long live our town.