Consultation plans for Rugby town centre pedestrianisation scheme

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People could be asked if they want the town centre pedestrianised in June, according to Ian Davis, Rugby Borough Council executive director.

The consultation for the £1m scheme is likely to include an option for people who are against the development, which is being funded half and half by Rugby and Warwickshire councils.

The scheme would pedestrianise Church Street, outside and St Andrew’s Church, and North Street, down to Caldecott Park.

Advocates of the scheme believe it would be boost trade if Rugby’s High Street and its Independent Quarter were linked.

However, critics of the scheme think the money would be better off being spent elsewhere in the town centre.

The original plans were deemed too expensive at £2,252,000, but now a revised £1m version has been produced, the main sacrifice being that Church Street and North Street would be open to buses, bikes and taxis.