Willoughby villagers prepare for crematorium meeting at Rugby Town Hall

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CONTROVERSIAL plans to build a crematorium in a rural village have been recommended for refusal by Rugby Borough Council.

The planning department at Rugby Borough Council has confirmed that the application to build the crematorium in Moor Lane, Willoughby will be discussed at the Town Hall on June 13. Officers have recommended that it should be refused.

More than 900 letters of objection have been given to the council since the application was first submitted. Aamer Waheed, who owns the land, is hoping to turn the field into a 22,000-plot cemetery and crematorium. He doesn’t currently have planning permission to build on the land and the group Villagers Against Cemetery and Creamtorium (VACC) was set up in October 2010 to fight the plans. To date more than £15,000 has bee raised by the community to help their fight and maintain a strong campaign.

Over the last year protest marches have been held, petitions signed and large public meetings held.

VACC said this week that local residents remain ‘strongly opposed’ to the plans.

Dozens of people are now expected to travel to the Town Hall in Rugby for the planning meeting next week where committee members will discuss where the crematorium and cemtery should be given the go a head.

Willoughby Parish Council chairman Mike Thomas said: “The meeting begins at 5.30pm. The public can attend and we anticipate that many people will wish to do so. We have arranged free transport by coach leaving from Main Street at 4.30pm and returning after the meeting. Anyone wanting a lift to the coach can call me on 01788 891338.”