Ashlawn Road crematorium petition debate at Town Hall

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CAMPAIGNERS will present a petition against a proposed new crematorium and cemetery to Rugby Borough Council this week.

Representing the Residents for the Protection of Rainsbrook Valley (RPRV), Lesley Link will speak at Rugby Borough Council’s (RBC) meeting at the Town Hall on Tuesday evening.

A petition against a new cemetery and crematorium on land off Ashlawn Road was handed to RBC earlier this year, containing 1,388 signatures.

A report in Tuesday’s agenda reads: “Under the council’s Petitions Scheme a valid petition with more than 1,500 valid signatures should be referred to the next available meeting of the council. Although this petition did not meet this criteria the council does have some discretion and the council is invited to consider the petition at today’s meeting.”

A further 317 signatures have since been added to the petition.

At the meeting Lesley will introduce the petition.

She said: “More than 1,800 residents signed the petition which urged the borough council to save the Rainsbrook Valley from any form of development. This includes the current proposal for a joint Rugby and Daventry crematorium and cemetery and plans to cover this farm land site with scrub and small woodland trees.”

Lesley said the area is a ‘special landscape’ with spectacular views enjoyed by Rugby families.

Lesley said: “We want to protect this site for future generations. Why would we want to change natural beauty for imposed vegetation?

“Once changed it can never return to what it was and this beautiful site will be lost forever.”

The Petition Scheme allows council to debate the petition for a maximum of 15 minutes.

Members will be reminded that a planning application has been submitted for the crematorium proposal and this is due to be considered by RBC’s planning committee later this year.

The application has been submitted by Rugby Borough Council and Daventry District Council.

The two authorities want to build a new cemetery and crematorium facility which will include two ceremony rooms, an office, a book of remembrance room, associated administration rooms and floral tribute area as well as external areas including a garden of remembrance, cycle, car and coach parking spaces along with landscaping and highways works.