Rugby residents urge county council to spend money on something more useful

Campaigner John Tunstill with the petition against county council plans to impose parking restrictions in his area, pictured here on Saturday with borough councillor Sue Roodhouse who is supporting the residents.
Campaigner John Tunstill with the petition against county council plans to impose parking restrictions in his area, pictured here on Saturday with borough councillor Sue Roodhouse who is supporting the residents.
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A campaign has kicked off in several Rugby streets to halt plans for parking restrictions which residents say are unnecessary and a waste of money.

People living in Winfield Street, South Street and East Street are urging Warwickshire County Council to abandon the plans for their area.

They are also urging residents around the town to check what’s planned for their streets as a whole swathe of streets are affected by the proposals put forward by the county earlier this month.

In the Winfield Street area a petition is under way, people have been writing to the county council and have enlisted the support of borough councillor Sue Roodhouse.

The plans would see the current unrestricted parking changed to a two-hour limit with no return for two hours, meaning residents would have to buy a permit.

Campaigner John Tunstill has been out and about with other residents and they have already got more than 150 names for the petition.

He said while people wouldn’t have a problem with buying a permit, they just can’t see the point of the change. And he said the 21-day period to make objections hadn’t given them long to rally support as the time runs out on April 1 and thereby includes the Easter break.

But the substantive objection is about why streets so far away from the town centre and the station need to have the changes made.

Mr Tunstill said: “The situation during the day is that there is plenty of space to park. In the evenings and weekends when we’re all home it does get crowded but that’s our fault, not the fault of commuters or anybody else.”

And he added that if, say 200 people paid £15 a year for a permit, that would not raise enough money to cover the cost of implementing the scheme or of the wardens needed to cover it.

His concerns were echoed by Cllr Roodhouse. She said: “They will be paying money out to get nothing back. Nobody walks from there into town.

“The scheme will be of no advantage to anybody. I’m supporting the residents.”

A Warwickshire County Council spokesperson said: “Requests for parking restrictions in various locations in Rugby have been considered and these have resulted in a number of proposals.”

“Warwickshire County Council are currently consulting on these changes to the Traffic Regulation Order.

“The consultation started on 10th March 2016 and is due to finish on 1st April 2016. We would encourage residents who have any comments or objections in relation to the proposals to make these in writing by 1 April 2016. Details of the proposals and how residents can send their feedback can be found on www.warwickshire.gov.uk/trafficschemes.”

n Objections to any of the proposals made in the scheme, must be sent in writing to: Phil Salter, Communities Directorate, PO Box 43, Shire Hall, Warwick CV34 4SX.