The Luton Lea Catchment Partnership is made up of representatives from:
Groundwork Luton & Bedfordshire (hosts)
The community charity that is changing places and lives. Groundwork works towards a vision of a society of sustainable communities which are vibrant, healthy and safe, which respect the local and global environment and where individuals and enterprise prosper. Groundwork gives local communities to shapre their economic and social futures, whilst maintaining and enjoying local environments.
Cranfield University (hosts)
Cranfield is the postgraduate specialist for research and teaching in science, engineering, technology and management.
As one of the top five research-intensive universities in the UK, we are making a significant difference in the real world and we do this by working in partnership with some of the world's greatest organisations.
A public body responsible to the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs. Their principal aims are to protect and improve the environment. The EA help deliver the environmental priorities of central government and are playing a crucial role in supporting the development and implementation of the Catchment Management Plan.
Affinity Water are the largest water-only supplier in the UK and are committed to delivering a high quality water experience to all our customers. We provide on average 950 million litres of water each day to a population of more than 3.83 million people in parts of Bedfordshire, Berkshire, Buckinghamshire, Essex, Hertfordshire, Surrey, the London Boroughs of Harrow and Hillingdon and parts of the London Boroughs of Barnet, Brent, Ealing and Enfield. We also supply water to the Tendring peninsula in Essex and the Folkestone and Dover areas of Kent.
We work to make our three counties a place where nature matters, where wildlife can flourish and enrich the lives of the people who live here. Ninety five per cent of the local population live within five miles of one of our 120 plus reserves. Our vision is people close to nature, in a land rich in wildlife – and this translates into our Living Landscapes, where we are working to connect our existing reserves by supporting activities which create a more valuable habitat for wildlife in the wider countryside. The Lea lies in our priority scheme in Bedfordshire, the North Chilterns Chalk, hence our keenness to be involved.
London Luton Airport is the fifth largest and among the fastest growing of the UK’s airports. In 2013 it served over 9.7 million passengers and facilitated the movement of 29,000 tonnes of cargo. The airport is an important landmark in Luton, contributing 8,400 direct jobs and nearly £1 billion to the regional economy each year. London Luton Airport is committed to operating sustainably, and maximising the socio-economic benefits for the local and regional area whilst minimising our environmental impact. As a member of the Luton Lea Catchment Partnership, London Luton Airport is actively involved in a project to improve the water quality entering the River Lea at Luton Hoo.
Find out more about environmental management at London Luton Airport.
Luton Friends of the Earth have campaigned to improve the water quality and environment of the River Lea for over two decades, and have planted more than 100 trees along its banks. They have attended many meetings about the river, and contributed numerous ideas. The group is keen to see improvements in wildlife habitat along the river, and has been locally promoting the national Bee Cause campaign, liaising with local beekeepers.
The Friends are a like-minded group of people who initially became friends of their local parks or green spaces and were later invited and encouraged by the Council to form a wider “umbrella” group covering the whole of Luton.They work in partnership with the Council and other appropriate agencies to maintain and continually improve Luton’s parks and green spaces for the benefit of people and wildlife.
The source of the River Lea and the stretch from source to Luton Hoo Lakes fall within the area administered by Luton Borough Council (LBC). LBC is the Local Planning Authority passing development plans that may affect the river and Local Lead Flood Authority responsible for strategic overview and management of local flood risk. The Council's parks departmenr look after the river banks in public open spaces.
As a local authority we have a key role in reducing the greenhouse gas emissions that are causing climate change - both as community leaders and through the services we provide. We are acting to reduce the risks posed by climate change to service delivery, the public, local communities, local infrastructure, businesses and the natural environment.
Thames Water is the UK's biggest water and wastewater services provider. We have invested more than £1 billion every year, on average, for the past 13 years improving service for over 15 million customers across London, the Thames Valley and surrounding areas. For an average of just over £1 a day for our households, we provide 2.7 billion litres of clean drinking water and safely remove 4.4 billion litres of wastewater – every day, 365 days a year. We are regulated by Ofwat, the Environment Agency and Drinking Water Inspectorate and, as part of our draft £10.9 billion business plan for 2020-25, propose to invest record amounts on improving resilience, service and efficiency, as well as providing more support for customers in vulnerable circumstances.
The University of Bedfordshire is a post-92 university, a modern, innovative university with a heritage of top quality education going back more than 100 years. We nurture our students to become educated, employable and entrepreneurial global citizens. We contribute financially and socially to our local and regional economies, partnering with many organisations in a whole range of research and enterprise funded projects. In 2017, 1,086 students volunteers in over 30 local community organisations.
Vauxhall is the UK's oldest surviving car brand, its first models rolling off the line in 1903, since when it has had a continuous manufacturing history in Great Britain. Today, Vauxhall remains woven into the fabric of Britain's motoring life. Luton, its spiritual home since 1905, is base to the Vivaro van plant - the only light commercial vehicle in the country. Vauxhall is also head-quartered in the Bedfordshire town, with its one-million-square-foot parts warehouse nearby. One of the majoir challenges facing the automotive industry is the environment. As a car manufacturer, we have a social responsibility to operate ethically. Our goal is to reduce our carbon footprint and continue taking significant, positive steps that set an example for the industry as a whole.