|Community and voluntary organisations can now apply for a grant from Rugby Borough Council.
The council has a total funding pot of nearly £85,000 available for 2018/2019, with grants on offer to community, voluntary and charitable organisations based in the borough.
Organisations can apply for:
The community grants support Rugby’s regeneration strategy, drawn up by the Rugby Local Strategic Partnership (LSP), and the council’s corporate strategy.
The regeneration strategy focuses on developing and supporting projects which increase community cohesion, improve health and wellbeing, tackle unemployment and help residents access education and training.
Cllr Emma Crane, Rugby Borough Council portfolio holder for communities and homes, and chair of the Rugby LSP, said: “The regeneration strategy has put a framework in place to support new projects and services which benefit residents.
“By supporting the goals of the regeneration strategy and the objectives of the council’s corporate strategy, the community grants aim to encourage voluntary and community organisations to work in partnership with us to make a real difference in our communities.
“We recognise the vital role the voluntary sector plays in the borough and understand the challenges of securing funding,” Cllr Crane added.
“So I’d urge community and voluntary organisations to find out more about our funding criteria and make an application before the deadline.”
Applications for community grants must be made by 12 noon on Monday 9 April.
For more information, contact Mike Green on (01788) 533599 or email Mike.Green@rugby.gov.uk
| The public hearings into the borough plan will resume on 17 April for ten days, following the conclusion of the first stage of hearings on 1 February. The plan sets out where in the borough housing and employment land should be allocated and identifies the supporting infrastructure that will be needed.
The second stage of the examination will focus on housing allocations at villages in the borough together with gypsy and traveller allocations, economic development policies and sustainable design, among other matters.
The hearings will take the form of a roundtable discussion led by Mike Hayden, the planning inspector.
Only individuals, groups or organisations who have made representations seeking changes to the plan will have the opportunity to take part, provided they contact the programme officer to register their interest. However, anyone may attend the sessions to observe, subject to space being available.
Cllr Heather Timms, Rugby Borough Council portfolio holder for growth and investment, said: “The examination in public is an important process that determines whether or not the council’s plan for growth meets all of the legal tests. I am pleased that this independent and objective examination is moving on to its second stage.”
A copy of the inspector’s correspondence, which includes guidance notes and a draft timetable, can be found at www.rugby.gov.uk/localplan along with all of the examination documents.
For further information please contact: Matthew Deaves, on (01788) 533562 or out of hours on 07766 423006, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
RUGBY Borough Council holds a public workshop next month to discuss issues for councillors to review in 2018.
Councillors have started to plan the programme of overview and scrutiny work for the coming year, and have urged residents to raise issues of local concern which could benefit from a detailed review.
The public workshop takes place at the Benn Hall’s Rokeby Room, Newbold Road, at 5.30pm on Wednesday 7 March.
Cllr Claire Edwards, overview and scrutiny chair, said: “We would like to hear about issues that people think the borough council should put under the spotlight.
“We are looking for matters of real community concern where there is a realistic prospect of making improvements.”
Each issue included in the overview and scrutiny programme becomes subject to an in-depth review by a cross-party group of councillors.
Recent review topics have included homelessness, Public Spaces Protection Orders, town centre heritage, and waste and recycling.
Cllr Neil Sandison, fellow chair of overview and scrutiny, added: “Overview and scrutiny has the power to make a real difference.
“But to be really effective it is important for local people to be involved and that’s why we have issued an open invitation to the workshop.”
To find out more information, suggest an issue for review or to confirm your attendance at the workshop, visit www.rugby.gov.uk/scrutiny and click ‘Get involved.’
Residents can also call the council’s democratic services team on (01788) 533591 or (01788) 533522, or email email@example.com
For more information, contact Mike Green on (01788) 533599 or email Mike.Green@rugby.gov.uk
MADE in the Middle, an exhibition of contemporary crafts, opens at Rugby Art Gallery and Museum this weekend.
Craftspace’s recurring, touring exhibition of contemporary craft and applied art from the Midlands visits the Little Elborow Street venue from Saturday (20 January).
The eighth in the series, Made in the Middle provides a great opportunity to purchase and commission work from some of the best makers in the Midlands.
Developed in partnership with Coventry’s Herbert Art Gallery and Museum, this Made in the Middle exhibition forms part of Craftspace’s 30th anniversary programme.
Featuring both recent graduates and makers with established reputations, visitors can explore a wealth of creativity, including ceramics, jewellery, metalwork and textiles.
Selected by an expert panel through open entry, 28 makers offer an insight into the skill, creativity and innovative practice within the Midlands.
Exhibitors include jeweller Dauvit Alexander, who creates striking jewellery from found materials and precious gemstones, and Aimee Bollu, who also takes inspiration from found items which she combines with beautiful, minimal ceramic vessels.
John Grayson uses traditional metal forming and enamel decorating processes to create whimsical, humorous and decorative metal objects, while Karina Thompson pushes the boundaries of digital embroidery.
Made in the Middle runs at Rugby Art Gallery and Museum from Saturday 20 January to Saturday 10 March.
A preview takes place from 6pm to 8pm on Friday (19 January), where visitors can meet some of the artists who have contributed works to the exhibition.
Cllr Heather Timms, Rugby Borough Council portfolio holder for growth and investment, said: “Rugby Art Gallery and Museum has a rich and varied programme for 2018 and we’re delighted to welcome Craftspace’s celebration of contemporary craft in the Midlands to start the year.”
For more information on exhibitions and events at Rugby Art Gallery and Museum, visit www.ragm.co.uk
A new website celebrating 30 years of Made in the Middle has recently launched at www.madeinthemiddle.org
The online exhibition features 30 makers from almost 250 who have exhibited during the 30 year history of the exhibition and draws on the wealth of resources created to tell the story of Made in the Middle from 1988 to the present.
Made in the Middle is a partnership between Craftspace and the Herbert Art Gallery and Museum in collaboration with The National Centre for Craft and Design.
|Residents can benefit from free advice on staying warm and saving money on their fuel bills after Rugby Borough Council launched a new helpline.
The freephone number is available Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm, thanks to a partnership with the charity Severn Wye Energy Agency. The project aims to support households who struggle with cold homes or who find it difficult to pay their energy bills.
Cllr Emma Crane, Rugby Borough Council portfolio holder for communities and homes, said: “With autumn setting in and the nights getting longer, now is the time to make sure you will be able to keep warm and well this winter.
“By following some straightforward tips it is possible to keep warm and reduce your bills, and some householders may be eligible for grants or heating upgrades.
“I’m very much hoping that the Warmer Rugby project will help residents keep warm, stay healthy and save money.”
Caroline Harmon, project manager for Severn Wye Energy Advice, said: “Small changes to how we heat and use our homes can improve energy efficiency, keeping the temperature up and costs down.
“Other residents will find that they will save money by switching energy supplier or applying for a Warm Home discount.
“Our friendly advisors can help residents explore all of their options and help take the first steps towards a warmer home.”
Residents can find out more by calling the free helpline on 0800 500 3076 Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm.
Rugby Borough Council propose to make a Public Spaces Protection Order to prevent anti-social behaviour arising from dog fouling and dogs being off leads in restricted areas in the borough identified in the order being satisfied that the effect, or likely effect, of the activities is to be:
- detrimental to the quality of life of residents
- persistent and continuing in nature
A copy of the proposed order can be viewed or downloaded here
Following the Borough Council’s approval for the new garden waste collection service they have compiled some web information that is now online at www.rugby.gov.uk/gardenwaste.
This information addresses most of the questions that have been seen on social media or that have been asked of the contact centre or through the website, and it is hoped you will find it useful when discussing the service with residents. However, feedback is welcomed, either on the clarity or consistency of the information or on information that could be added.
There are links to this web information from the recycling pages of the website and from the home page. It can also be found through the site search facility.
The Borough Council has now also confirmed that subscriptions will open on 6 March 2017, either through the weblink above, 24/7, or via (01788) 533332 between 9am and 5pm. They will accept card payments only. Credit cards will incur a 2.5 per cent surcharge, but debit cards will not incur any additional charges.
Social media, radio and newspaper advertising will start in the next few weeks, but in the meantime you may wish to “like” the council’s new facebook page at www.facebook.com/rugbyboroughcouncil.
The scheme will replace the existing green bin service which will end on 31 March, helping the council close a projected £800,000 shortfall in its medium term financial plan brought about by government changes to the way councils are funded. The savings will be achieved by a combination of income from the service, reducing the number of rounds, and more efficient collection routes.
Nearly half of all local authorities already charge or plan to charge for garden waste collection, which is not a service that councils have to provide.
Households that opt in to the new scheme will receive a sticker to place on their bin. This will entitle them to a fortnightly collection of garden waste year-round, except for a short break at Christmas or in exceptional circumstances such as persistent bad weather. Residents will be able to sign up for the service online or by telephone from the beginning of March.
Residents who choose not to opt-in for the service will be able to take garden waste to recycling centres or compost it at home. As now, black bins containing garden waste will not be emptied, allowing the county council to continue disposing of black bin waste at the incinerator in Coventry.
About thirty five per cent of black bin waste is food waste and this will continue to be accepted in the black bin, though residents will be encouraged to save money by wasting less food.
Cllr Lisa Parker, Rugby Borough Council portfolio holder for environment and public realm, said: “While no-one would choose to make this change, we have to set a balanced budget and this service will help us make the savings that we need over the next few years.
“The new service allows those residents who want a garden waste collection service to continue to have one while removing the financial burden from general taxation.
“The change also supports a key objective of the Warwickshire Waste Partnership, which is to reduce the amount of waste collected, while providing valuable information for the partnership’s work stream on charging for garden waste collections.”
Details of the garden waste collection scheme will be sent to all residents in early March, and will be published online at www.rugby.gov.uk/gardenwaste as they become available.
RUGBY Borough Council will deliver waste collection calendars to all households next week (w/c 9 January 2017), outlining the council’s final changes to waste collection schedules that come into effect from w/c 23 January.
The calendars will be hand delivered by waste collection crews, and are also available to download from the council website.
Changes have been needed to make sure that every household had a black bin collection in the week before and after Christmas, and to make waste collection rounds more efficient in future.
The council first announced the changes at the beginning of October and delivered leaflets to every household by the beginning of December.
Blue-lid recycling bins will continue to be collected fortnightly, on residents’ normal collection weeks. Before the changes come into effect, black bins will be collected in weeks beginning 2 January and 16 January. From 23 January, residents should refer to their waste collection calendar for full details.
Cllr Lisa Parker, Rugby Borough Council portfolio holder for environment and public realm, said: “The changes to the Christmas waste collection schedule were publicised to all residents before Christmas – nevertheless they will have caused some disruption and inconvenience.
“It is important that residents look out for their new calendar and also continue to follow the schedule that was delivered to them and published on the council website – the schedule has not changed and we are continuing to collect rubbish and recycling as planned.
“This week (w/c 2 January) we will collect black bin waste from all households, and the blue bin collections are continuing fortnightly. If you didn’t have a blue bin collection last week you will be due one this week.”
More information on changes to the waste collection schedule can be found at www.rugby.gov.uk/recycling.
Green bin waste collections will restart immediately after planned changes to waste collection rounds are completed, thanks to an innovative partnership agreement between Rugby Borough Council and Warwickshire County Council.
All households will receive a collection in the weeks beginning 23 or 30 January – depending on their collection round – which is around a month earlier than planned. The council will deliver waste collection calendars to residents in the week beginning 9 January 2017.
The agreement follows discussions between the authorities led by the borough council’s cross-party Waste Management Services working party, a meeting of which was attended by county council representatives earlier this month (December).
Green bin collections were suspended by Rugby Borough Council so that every household could have black refuse collections over the Christmas period, and to allow the council to reconfigure waste collection rounds to make them more efficient.
The agreement will see Warwickshire County Council provide a partnership grant of £25,000 to fund some of the changes, giving Rugby Borough Council sufficient funding to restart green bin collections earlier.
Cllr Lisa Parker, Rugby Borough Council portfolio holder for environment and public realm, and chair of the cross-party Waste Management Services working party, said: “I would like to thank Warwickshire County Council’s representatives for their contribution to the working party, and in particular for recognising the long-term benefits of remodelling our waste collection rounds during the suspension period.
“This agreement demonstrates that the working party is able to make a real difference to services that affect residents, and I would urge all councillors to support its work.”
Cllr Jeff Clarke, Warwickshire County Council portfolio holder for environment and Chair of the Warwickshire Waste Partnership, said: “It is fantastic that, through effective partnership working arrangements, Rugby’s green waste collection can continue after the festive period.
“Encouraging residents to put their food waste in their green wheeled bin instead of their dustbin has been generating huge savings in disposal costs since it was introduced and there is the potential to save another £1 million a year across Warwickshire.”
More information on waste collection schedules is available at www.rugby.gov.uk/recycling.
Food waste and garden waste should be placed in the green bin until collections restart, or garden waste can be composted or taken to one of the Warwickshire County Council-run tips. Black bins containing garden waste will not be emptied.
The borough council’s Waste Management Services working party will make recommendations on future changes to waste management services, including the possibility of charging for garden waste collections, in time for all councillors to consider when setting the council’s budget for the next financial year.