A packed protest meeting at Rugby High School last Tuesday evening heard a rousing speech against the town being bullied into unnecessary housing.
More than 300 people attended the event staged by the Woodlands Residents Association which stressed the need for people to get their views across to Rugby Borough Council by making their objections by the November 11 deadline.
They also heard a defiant speech from John Robards of the Friends of Lime Tree Avenue Association.
While acknowledging the need for more houses, he turned his fire on the developers and landowners who, he claimed, were driving the massive growth in the draft Local Plan for their own interests and, “Not for the benefit of the current and future residents of Rugby.”
To loud applause he said: “Our town is famous worldwide for a character who stood up to the bullies, a certain Tom Brown. I really believe that if he was alive and here with us today he would be on our side.
“He would look at the plans to concrete over the fields, hedgerows, paths and lanes that he and his chums would run through and say... this is not acceptable!”
And he claimed Tom would urge everybody to persuade their councillors to ask for a fresh look at the draft plan.
“Send it back to the planning department and ask them to review it. Surely, we are in a different world post-Brexit? So previous statistics and projections should not be relied upon to decide such important long-term planning.”
He said they should get it reviewed by independent assessors, insist on firm infrastructure plans and, “ensure the Flashman-like big developers do not land-grab but rather build all the homes that they have already received planning permission for.”