Standing ovation at Rugby Town Hall for Ashlawn Road crematorium protest

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CAMPAIGNERS packed the public gallery at Rugby Town Hall on Tuesday night to express their anger at plans to build a new crematorium and cemetery in Ashlawn Road.

Lesley Link, who represented the Residents for the Protection of Rainsbrook Valley at the full council meeting, received a standing ovation for her five-minute speech.

She outlined the reasons behind the 1,800 signature petition which she presented on behalf of the group. Borough council officials believe the development is needed to meet demand.

Lesley, who said around 70 people were in the gallery to show their support, said: “I spoke on why we want to save the valley but I don’t feel we are being listened to by a lot of the councillors.

“They simply pay lip service and read from sheets and I think it’s appalling.”

She said the area outlined for development is the last untouched piece of land in the borough.

People who signed the petition are against any form of development.

This includes the current proposal for a joint Rugby and Daventry crematorium and cemetery and plans to cover the farmland site with scrub and small woodland trees.

“It’s sacred and we are asking for it to be protected,” added Lesley.

“Whilst we honour our Queen and her jubilee year and value all that trees can bring to the environment, this is the wrong site for a wood and is more value to the residents of Rugby and the borough left as it is.”

“We must save this beautiful open space for future generations,” said Lesley.

The council voted in support of the wood plan.

The crematorium plan, submitted by Rugby Borough Council and Daventry District Council, will be considered later this year.