Diamond Wood could be another Cock Robin, fears Rugby councillor

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PLANS for a wood in Ashlawn Road have been questioned by the town’s Lib Dem group.

They fear poor planning will lead to it becoming overgrown and a target for antisocial behaviour.

The Woodland Trust and Rugby Borough Council are keen to site the wood, the size of 40 football pitches, next to the proposed crematorium as a tribute to the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee.

But Cllr Jerry Roodhouse, leader of Rugby Lib Dems, is fearful it may become “another Cock Robin Wood”.

Cllr Roodhouse said: “We have an area at this point in time with fantastic views.

“If the council pushes ahead and just plants tree after tree we will see another Cock Robin Wood, which is overgrown and suffers from vandalism and other related crimes.”

Cllr Roodhouse thinks there should be more consultation with people living nearby to ensure the site becomes a long-term asset, rather than a problem.

“We all know the kind of thing that Cock Robin Wood has become notorious for,” he added.

A report seen by councillors this week said: “A comprehensive consultation exercise was initiated.

“This involved a stall in Caldecott Park, a display in Rugby Art Gallery and Museum for four weeks, displays at all of the recent local forum meetings as well as press and radio coverage.”

It added: “The Diamond Wood will not be a densely planted forest of trees, as many commercial types of woodland can be.

“The balance of land use will be approximately 60 per cent planted and 40 per cent open spaces.”

The wood is expected to be planted by February next year. In addition, smaller woods are proposed in Parkfield Road in Newbold and Whinfield Park and Freemantle Road in Rugby.