‘Bold idea’ to improve parking in Dunchurch

Pictured: Cllr Howard Robert's by the new parking restrictions that have recently been done on Daventry Road, which is still an issue with local residents.
Pictured: Cllr Howard Robert's by the new parking restrictions that have recently been done on Daventry Road, which is still an issue with local residents.

A PIECE of land has been identified as a possible partsolution to parking problems in Dunchurch.

Rugby borough councillor Howard Roberts is proposing that a car park should be created within the village to help alleviate a shortage of spaces. He believes a small patch of land between Done Cerce Close and Coventry Road could be converted into 17 parking spaces.

He said: “I want to address the parking crisis and the only way to do this is through bold ideas.

“My plan for an overflow site adjacent to Done Cerce Close would hopefully provide some respite to residents and would be particularly helpful due to its proximity to the primary school.”

Residents and traders in Dunchurch claim that a lack of parking in the village is making life a misery. According to campaigners the situation was made worse when double yellow lines were installed in Daventry Road.

Cllr Roberts said that he will now pursue the car park idea with Rugby Borough Council (RBC), Warwickshire County Council (WCC) and Dunchurch residents.

Meanwhile campaign group RAPID (Residents Action: Parking in Dunchurch) has asked RBC to review public consultations and the subsequent decision making process. The group has taken action following claims that WCC ignored pleas from residents and a 500-signature petition against the double yellow lines in Daventry Road.

Rosie Callaway from the group said: “The overwhelming view coming from the consultation was against the parking restrictions on Daventry Road.

“However ours views were ignored and we feel excluded from the decision-making process.

“We want RBC to investigate how processes such as this are managed.”