Development and growth pressure is continuing to build. To the east of Rugby we see DIRFT 3 and the mast site. In the early days of the mast site, some engagement with the public was allowed with, but as the months have slipped by, discussions have continued with any information being kept under wraps. I have constantly asked for a clear timetable establishing when further consultation will take place. These requests are always kicked off into the long grass. The leader of the borough council recently stated that he expects the outline planning to be decided this year with a start on site by 2015. We recently saw Cllr Leigh Hunt in the press saying that the road from the mast site will exit onto Butlers Leap. But when officers are asked to brief the community in September we are told there is nothing to be further to add and no updated position. The developments to the east of Rugby will bring about significant change. Surely the community deserves a full update and timetable with when greater engagement will take place, or has the ‘we know best’ attitude taken over planners and the leader?
Cllr Jerry Roodhouse
Liberal Democrat group leader, Rugby Borough Council