Villagers’ fury over loss of parking spaces in Dunchurch

The proposed changes
The proposed changes

Motorists in Dunchurch fear there will be nowhere to park if traffic plans are given the go ahead as part of a massive housing development.

Traders are also concerned about the proposals, which would see more than half the village car parking axed.

It’s part of a massive outline planning application to build 860 homes on land in Ashlawn Road, Rugby.

Included in the developers ‘application is a proposed new ‘Dun Cow Junction Arrangement’.

Tony Kember, chairman of Dunchurch Traders’ Association, said: “It will have significant impact on those living in, trading in and visiting the centre of Dunchurch.

“Issues for concern are loss of seven car parking spaces in The Square, loss of seven parking spaces in Southam Road, loss of five parking spaces on the village green, loss of five parking spaces in Coventry Road and loss of parking to Almshouses. In total, more than half of our village centre parking lost.”

Tony, owner of the Village Green Hotel, said loss of village centre bus stops is “inevitable”.

Naomi Leugs, who lives in Rugby Road, Dunchurch, has written to Rugby Borough Council.

She said: “It is already a nightmare getting onto and out of my own drive, the queues go on for miles at rush hour.

“I can’t imagine that the increase in houses will in any way help this situation.”

Naomi added: “The proposed flow for crossroads looks ridiculous - it will only add to the traffic jams along Rugby Road and Southam Road. Also, I think they’re removing the pedestrian crossing which is crazy and dangerous for people who need it.”

Developer David Wilson Homes says the development will benefit the local economy.

The borough council’s planning committee will decide whether to grant permission.