VIDEO: More than 1,000 people sign a petition against Ashlawn Road housing development

More than 1,000 people have signed a petition to stop developers building 860 homes in Rugby.

David Wilson Homes wants to build 860 houses on the fields between Ashlawn Road and Hillside.

Peter Evans, Cllr Marion Nash, Cllr Bill Lewis, Richard Allanach and Glenda Allanach outside the town hall before delivering the petition

Peter Evans, Cllr Marion Nash, Cllr Bill Lewis, Richard Allanach and Glenda Allanach outside the town hall before delivering the petition

Residents and some borough councillors have been campaigning against the proposal, arguing that there is insufficient infrastructure to support extra families.

Cllr Bill Lewis, Cllr Marion Nash and supporters delivered a petition to Rugby Borough Council yesterday (Wednesday).

Cllr Lewis said: “Ashlawn Road is already very busy and people are very concerned about the impact of additional traffic.

“There simply isn’t enough infrastructure to support more people and we will do everything we can to stop this development from going ahead.”

Newly-elected councillor Marion Nash said health care was a serious concern.

“Services at St Cross are closing down regularly and it’s struggling to meet the needs of the town as it is.

“More housing will mean an increased demand on this already struggling and reduced service.

“There isn’t any shops, health care or enough schools in the area to support this kind of development.”