Campaigners on march of death to defeat Rugby creamtorium plans

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MORE than 100 protesters marched on Sunday against plans to build a £3 million crematorium in Rainsbrook Valley.

Organisers said they were pleased with the support and described the day as “emotional”.

The campaigners followed a coffin and walked to the mournful sound of a slow drum beat.

One child held a placard reading: “We want lawn not ash”.

Members of the Residents for the Protection of Rainsbrook Valley are worried about the loss of open countryside, pollution and traffic.

Lesley Link speaks on behalf of the group, which met at the site earmarked for development.

“We were really pleased with the way the march went,” she said.

“It was an emotional day, very moving.”

She said the group were pleased to see three borough councillors at the demonstration.

“It’s great to think we’ve got their support,” added Lesley, who lives on the Ashlawn estate.

Cllr Noreen New (Lib Dem, Paddox) is one of the councillors against the plans. She said: “There was a mixture of adults and children - even a four-month-old baby joined the procession, which shows you are never too young to protest!”

More than 1,000 people have sent letters of objection to Rugby Borough Council and a well-supported petition will be presented later this month.

Some fear the facility, which could open next year, will ruin the landscape, damage wildlife and lead to traffic problems. But others believe there is a need for a crematorium in Rugby and that Rainsbrook Valley is the best place for it.

“We are very upset by it,” added Lesley.

“Rainsbrook Valley is part of our history and culture and we don’t want to lose it.”

Currently there is a 30-mile round trip to the nearest crematorium to Rugby, with burial space quickly running out. Plans show that the building, which could be built behind St Andrew’s rugby club, would be surrounded by trees taller than the crematorium’s features.

If built, there will be two multi-faith ceremony rooms and a large area outside for burials and ash scattering. The revised plans include more parking spaces and different ways to get on to the site.