Plans for a major roundabout that residents feared could have ruined Clifton and overwhelmed Clifton Road with traffic have been abandoned.
It would have been part of a link road between Vicarage Hill (which becomes Clifton Road as it nears Rugby) and the 6,200 planned development on the former mast site. Residents feared 2,000 cars an hour could have used the roundabout, leading to disruption down Clifton Road. But it’s now been confirmed the road will come from Butler’s Leap instead.
Borough Cllr Leigh Hunt, a resident of the village, said; “Common sense has finally prevailed and it has been confirmed that the link road from the new development on the BT mast site will now come out at Butlers Leap rather than at the top of Vicarage Hill as had been originally proposed. It is over two years now since residents staged a protest against the original proposals and much work has gone on behind the scenes since then.”
Residents will want the new road built before the development, especially as the DIRFT expansion will also lead to increased traffic in Clifton and Hillmorton.
Cllr Hunt added: “We also need to ensure that adequate traffic calming is installed through the centre of the village to discourage rat-running, especially as some roads are becoming increasingly busy which leads to increased danger.”
Rugby Borough Council is expecting a full set of documents in the next few weeks covering all of the points that were raised during the previous consultations and the outstanding issues such as transport, environment, ecology, archaeology and other matters. There could then be a full six-week consultation prior to submitting the application to the planning committee.
Cllr Hunt said: “I would urge everyone to go to at least one of the consultation events to see what it proposes.”