What do you think of Luton?
That’s the question Luton Borough Council is asking in an attempt to understand why people hold certain views of the town.
A short survey is being distributed to those who live or work in Luton, those who occasionally visit, and even those who have never been to Luton but still hold an opinion on the town.
The results will be published in January, but the Herald & Post asked readers to give their own opinions on the town by using Twitter and Facebook to send in “three words for Luton” yesterday.
The response was overwhelming, and while some people were negative, most ‘three words’ showed the people of Luton are very fond of the town.
Councillor Sian Timoney, the council’s Portfolio Holder for regeneration, said: “Luton is a vibrant and diverse town that has a lot to be proud of. There are also some challenging opinions about Luton, some of which may be based on experience and others on misconceptions.
“We don’t only want to hear from people who live, work, study or run businesses here; it as just as important to get views from those who visit the town to shop, see family and friends or make use of our transport links.
“Even if you have never visited Luton, but have heard about it or have an opinion on the town, we are interested in hearing your views.”
The consultation aims to identify any work that may need to be done to improve negative perceptions.
It is part of a wider piece of work the council is doing to further encourage business growth in Luton.
Questions include how people rate their experiences of Luton, what its strengths and weaknesses are and words they would use to describe the town.
Councillor Timoney said: “The results of this survey will provide us with valuable insights into what residents and non-residents alike think of Luton and help us understand how we can best target our investment in the environment to encourage business growth and increase the number of jobs on offer.”
To complete the survey, go to http://consult.luton.gov.uk/portal/lbc click on ‘Perceptions of Luton Survey’.
Three words for Luton by our readers:
Ian Wells: “Love my town” David Powell:“Unfit for purpose” Peter Bywaters: “Not that bad” Aaron Dass: “Diversity, culture, carnival” Simon: “Better than Bedford.” Steven Manfredi : “Home sweet home” Sam: “Diverse. changing. misunderstood!”Nicky Manix: “Fun, friendly, networked” Chris Lennon: “Got a busway!” Paul Scoins: “Once Made Hats” John Burden: “Enjoy being here”
Alternatemark: ”often underestimated town!” Tina Buhagiar: “inspiring talented children” Richard Armstrong: ”love my town!”
excelsior: “dirty chicken shops” Stew Lucas “Just like Marmite” Robert Chapplow “It’s a dump” Julia Poole: “Ruined, real, rough” Sue Hartley: “Lost it’s identity.” Sunita Johal: “Diverse, multicultural, changing” Carol Boutwood “Good, Bad, Ugly!”
Neil Jones “On the Up” Roger Fensome: “worst council ever.”
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