Advice teams help Rugby local plan objections to grow

People have been queuing up to have their say at the advice sessions being held around the borough.
People have been queuing up to have their say at the advice sessions being held around the borough.

The sterling work of a number of the campaign groups fighting the draft Local Plan is ensuring people’s protests are heard.

When the last draft of the plan came out voices were raised in opposition but very few of those were converted into actual objections registered with Rugby Borough Council.

The official figure was only 284 from across the whole borough, no doubt leaving the council thinking people were okay with the overall idea of the massive expansion of the town.

But in this critical latest phase of consultation, the opponents of the plan have got much more organised both in terms of what the plan could mean on the ground and in terms of getting objections in to the council by the closing date of November 11.

Alongside the council roadshow events which have set out the official line on the policies and the logic behind them, there have a have been a range of meetings setting out the alternative view, from umbrella protest organisation About Turn and its constituent groups.

A number of these groups, including Woodlands Residents Association, Stop Ashlawn Road Development and Stand Against Lodge Farm Village (SALFV) have then taken matters further by setting up advice surgeries to help people register their objections in the correct way.

Woodlands RA is holding another drop-in help session today, Thursday, at the church hall, Cymbeline Way, from 7pm-9pm.

SALFV is also holding a help session in Grandborough Village Hall today, Thursday and for the next two Thursdays.

And About Turn is holding a similar session in the Old Telephone Exchange, Albert Street, this Saturday, October 29, from 9.30am until 1pm

Meanwhile, with Dunchurch being surrounded by the threat of thousands of homes, Dunchurch Parish Council is holding a public meeting on the Local Plan in Dunchurch Junior School from 7pm to 9pm on Monday, October 31.