Consultation on Rugby’s controversial Local Plan started today, Monday and provoked an immediate response from campaign group About Turn.
The umbrella group formed to give independent protest groups a combined strength in their opposition to Rugby Borough Council’s plan went to have a prompt look at the documents this morning to start work on them - only to find they weren’t there.
Heather McBreen of one of the groups in About Turn - Stand Against Lodge Farm Village - said: “The documents were not available. How can we scrutinise the plan if we can’t see it? It’s a farce and a fiasco. Rugby Borough Council are just playing lip service to public engagement. They should extend the consultation.”
About Turn’s Richard Allanach added: “The government says local councils should not produce a Publication Draft of their local plan until they have got all their ducks in a row. Rugby are rushing ahead with an unsatisfactory plan and are not giving local people a fair chance to have their say.”
Rugby Borough Council responded swiftly to the problem and confirmed late this afternoon the documents had been made available in the library from 2pm.
They are also available at the town hall, Dunchurch library and Wolston library.
And the spokesman added that because of concerns about poor broadband in Grandborough, one of the places directly affected by the Lodge Farm garden village plan, a physical copy of the documents had been sent to Grandborough Parish Council.
For those people who have a signal and broadband access the documents are available, together with details of how to have your say at: www.rugby.gov.uk/lpconsultation