Luton is one the most youthful urban areas in the UK. The borough has a higher birth rate than the national average contributing to a total fertility rate of 2.49 per woman of child bearing age in 2007 compared with 1.91
Over 45% of Luton’s population is under the age of 30, a 7.5% increase on 60 years previously, and against the trend of Britain’s ageing population. Part of this increase is due to high levels of international migration and students studying at the University of Bedfordshire, while our school age population (0-19) shows a remarkable consistency. That is not to say that Luton is only a place for the young. Our retiree population has increased over time, demonstrating that Luton’s continued vitality appeals to all age groups.
Voluntary Action Luton is the lead organisation behind TOKKO, assisted by the Luton Assembly, to create a new youth hub in the centre of Luton. TOKKO will be the new world class building on Gordon Street, the street behind the Town Hall in the centre of Luton, on the site of a former advice centre, donated by Luton Borough Council. The existing building will be demolished and an innovative, high quality new landmark will be built in its place, representing the ambition, inspiration and inclusivity of Luton’s young people. Young people have been the driving force from the very beginning, organising a youth steering group to ensure that the venue and the project meets the needs of young people in Luton. They have been involved in designing the building with the architects and hosting events for stakeholders. The centre is due to open in spring 2013.
With thanks to our Love Luton partners:
Arriva; A Thin Place; Barnfield College; British Land; easyJet; FCC Environment; Gulfstream; Heart FM; Keepmoat; London Luton Airport; Luton Borough Council; Luton Hoo Hotel, Golf & Spa; Luton on Sunday; The Mall; Signature Flight Support; University of Bedfordshire; Vauxhall Motors; VolkerFitzpatrick and VolkerHighways.