Rugby’s new £2million crem is given the go-ahead

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RUGBY’S hotly debated £2million crematorium and burial ground was given the go ahead at Rugby Town Hall last night (Wednesday).

Noisy campaigners packed the public gallery to hear their long battle to stop the development going ahead had been lost.

It will take place on Rainsbrook Valley, off Ashlawn Road.

The joint project between Rugby Borough and Daventry District council is intended to address the lack of a crematorium and a shortfall in burial space in the area.

There were angry cries from the packed public gallery as the Planning Committee’s vote fell in favour of the proposals.

Plans for the crematorium have proved divisive, with people living near to the site and across Rugby objecting to it being built at the expense of open land in Rainsbrook Valley.

Cllr Dr Mark Williams, Rugby Borough Council portfolio holder for sustainable environment, said: “With cemetery space in Rugby set to run out within the next few years, and with such a long trip for families to attend crematoria, these facilities are long-overdue.

“I’m pleased that the planning process has now concluded, and that everyone had an opportunity to register their views on our application.”

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