The newly introduced £1 charge for dropping passengers off at Luton Airport has been revealed today to be a fix, and is not actually for dropping off passengers at all.
The Council in Luton, the only town in the country to have more roads coming out of it than going in, has introduced the charge as an incentive to keep people in the town.
The Mayor of Luton, Councillor Faye Daway explained that 2008 saw only three tourists visit Luton. The £1 charge has been introduced to encourage visitors to Luton to actually stay for a while in the town.
If a visitor to the town stays more than a day, they are refunded the £1, and if they visit the Arndale Centre, they actually receive another £1 in compensation.
Miss Daway went on to explain that while Luton has been in the Guinness Book of records for the past 17 years as the country's least visited town, she felt that this was not an accolade that might be seen as an especially useful, unique selling point for the town.
"We set the charge at £1, as we felt this was somewhere in the region of what the town is worth. In fact, for a fiver you can have the entire town, the Vauxhall plant, Luton Hoo and the Capability Green trading estate.