Month: November 2015

Community Safety, News

Protect yourself from Bogus Electrical Websites

Action Fraud logoFraudsters have set up a high specification website template advertising various electrical goods and domestic appliances. These goods are below market value and do not exist. The fraudsters will request your card details via the website; however the purchaser will then receive an email stating the payment failed and they must pay via bank transfer.

The fraudsters entice the purchaser and reassure them it is a legitimate purchase by using the widely recognised Trusted Shop Trustmark. The fraudsters are using the Trustmark fraudulently and have not been certified by Trusted Shops and therefore the purchaser is not covered by the Trusted Shop money-back guarantee.

Protect yourself:

  • Check the authenticity of the websites before making any purchases. Conduct a ‘whois’ search on the website which will identify when the website has been created, be wary of newly formed domains. You can conduct this search using the following website –
  • Carry out online research in relation to the website, company name and the business address provided to identify any poor feedback or possible irregularities.
  • Check the Trusted Shops Facebook page where warnings about websites using their Trustmark are published. I f you are in doubt about the legitimacy of a Trustmark then you can contact Trusted Shops on 0203 364 5906 or by email They will confirm whether they have certified that website.
  • Payments made via bank transfer are not protected should you not received the item. Therefore always try to make the payment via PayPal or a credit card where you have some payment cover should you not receive your product.
  • If the item advertised seems too good to be true, then it probably is.

If you believe that you have been a victim of fraud you can report it online or by telephone 0300 123 2040.

General, News, Traffic

Traffic Calming update – Councillor Leigh Hunt

Councillor Leigh Hunt has kindly provided the latest news on the provision of a traffic calming scheme in the village. The text of her latest Clifton ‘District Diary’ which features in the rugby Advertiser has been copied below.

Clifton District Diary

As regular readers of this column will know, you writer has been liaising with the developers of both the Rugby Radio Station site and DIRFT III to bring forward traffic calming for Clifton. I have now seen the draft proposals – and they appear to meet all of the requirements that we have stated. It is difficult to describe what is set out on a plan, but please bear with me as I take you on a journey through Clifton and describe the measures that will be put in place.

As you approach the village along Rugby Road there will be a series of speed cushions to slow down the traffic. These will be of the type where there are two pads rather than one continuous hump across the road. The reason for this is that it is a quieter solution, and one that is better for busses to navigate. The central part of the village will be a 20Mph zone, and this will be enforced through a variety of physical measures, starting as you approach the school. Immediately before the school there will be a raised platform, with a puffin crossing at the school itself. There will be further raised platforms through to the centre of the village and at the junction of Main Street, Church Street and Lilbourne Road will also be raised. It is hoped that the central refuge at this point will be retained so as to slow down traffic, make it safer for pedestrians to cross, and to make it more difficult for HGVs to get through the village. Further speed cushions will slow traffic on Church Street and the 20Mph zone will continue up to roughly where the 30Mph signs used to be.

As you leave the centre of the village on Lilbourne Road, there will be a raised pad near the car park, then speed cushions out past the triangle at the junction of Lilbourne Road with Hillmorton Lane and Buckwell Lane. At the moment this junction is not raised, but with the speed that traffic comes through from Hillmorton this is something that probably ought to be considered.

Going up Hillmorton Lane, the stretch from the triangle to just past the junction with South Road will need to be illuminated, as a 20Mph zone cannot be put in place without street lighting. There will also be speed cushions on this stretch and the 20Mph zone will end roughly where the driveway to Clifton Hall exits. Further speed cushions will be provided along South Road. North Road will also be in the 20Mph zone, and will have painted markings to indicate this. I did ask the question, but was informed that owing to the nature of the road it would not be possible to extend the 20Mph zone further down Rugby Road.

This is a major step forward for Clifton, and there will be a consultation, probably in the Townsend Memorial Hall, soon. The intention is to get everything in place and completed before the end of 2016. It should be noted that this is not a pick and mix solution. In order to have a 20Mph zone the whole of the area outlined above must be covered and the measures proposed are what is legally required for this to happen. Therefore if any element were to be taken away then the whole scheme would fail.

Your writer is also pushing for a weight limit to be applied throughout the zone, which would deter some of the very large lorries from coming through the village.

A further area for consideration is the St Thomas Cross junction. It is not easy to see what can legally be done here. A roundabout has been suggested by some residents, but that would make matters worse. It would make it virtually impossible for residents of Newton to get out of the village as the priority would be for Newton Manor Lane, and it would also encourage more rat-running. WCC are to carry out further work to investigate options.

One further area that needs attention is Vicarage Hill. At the moment cars are parking before the junction with Avon Street. Some park almost completely on the pavement, which makes it

impossible for prams or disabled buggies to pass; whilst others park almost completely on the road, which forces traffic onto the wrong side of the road on a blind bend. Your writer has suggested that a solution might be to paint lines for car parking which could be part on the pavement and part on the road (as happens elsewhere in the county). If the centre line of the road was repainted to give room for traffic from both directions, with double white lines in the middle, then the traffic would be slowed down, which would also make it safer for residents of Avon Street to exit.

General, News, Uncategorized

Our Rugby – Our Future

Have your say on the challenges facing Rugby over the next few years at Our Rugby – Our Future on Saturday 14th at the Benn Hall Rugby 10am-2.30pm.

The event will run as a market place, providing the opportunity for anyone to drop in to find out about a range of organisations, services, activities and developments across the whole of Rugby borough.

There will also be entertainment, including from Hillmorton Community Choir and a prize draw. Look out for #ourrugbyourfuture on Twitter!
For more information please make contact by email or on the phone number below.
So, please come along and have your say…!

If you have any questions , please contact Leonie Yeend on 01788 539573  or by email for more information.

General, News, Uncategorized

Local Mum to host a Community Book Launch

A Clifton Mum, Kristina Gray-Scotland,  whose son was born with a form of dwarfism has published a children’s book ‘Strong and Mighty Max’, which is designed to tackle prejudice and offer children with the condition a positive role model for life.

MaxThe book chronicles the life and adventures of Max, a young boy who is smaller than average, but is brave and enterprising and, most importantly, has lots of fun.


Kristina will be hosting a community book launch at the Diamond Jubilee Centre, Rugby on Saturday November 21 2.30pm – 4pm.

News, Rugby Borough

Rugby Town Centre Christmas Light Swwitch On – road closures

Rugby Town will be getting the Local Community in the festive spirit on the 22nd November 2015 in line with tradition, to switch on the Christmas lights.

Christmas TreeThis will involve the closure of the following roads for the duration of the event:-

  •  North Street the whole length
  • Sheep Street the whole length
  • High Street the whole length
  • Church Street westbound to its junction with Railway Terrace
  • Regent Street to its junction with Bank Street

For more information about the event please click here.

News, Parish Council

Leader of the Borough Council – Councillor Michael Stokes to attend the next meeting of the Parish Council

The meeting of the Parish Council  to  be held on Monday 7 December 2015 at 7.30pm in the Townsend Memorial Hall will feature a presentation by Councillor Michael Stokes – Leader of Rugby Borough Council; on the proposals for a West Midlands Combined Authority.

Members of the public are most welcome to attend.

General, News, Traffic

Bonfire Night Road Closures



In line with tradition, there will be a bonfire night fireworks display taking place on Saturday  7 November 2015 at Whinfield Recreation Ground.

This will involve the following road closures and/or restrictions:-


  1. Clifton Road from its junction with Winfield Street and Eastland’s Road to its junction with Butlin Road.
  2.  Clifton Road from its junction with Butlin Road to its junction with Ridge Drive (restricted access 20mph)
  3. Butlin Road – (restricted access residents only)
  4. Townsend Road – (restricted access residents only)

General, News, Parish Council

No.9 Bus Service to Newton

Having been informed by a local resident at its meeting on Monday 2 November  that the No.X44 Arriva bus service which runs between the town centre and Newton is to be withdrawn imminently, the Parish Council has contacted Stagecoach to request that a replacement service should be provided.

bus picThe Parish Council has been informed that discussions between Warwickshire County Council and Stagecoach have already taken place and, as a result the County Council has agreed to fund the extension of an additional three service No.9 journeys to Newton village for an initial six month experimental period with effect from Saturday 14th November 2015.

A copy of the proposed revised 9 Public Timetable RU141115 Mon – Fri,Sat is attached for  information.


News, Parish Council, Uncategorized

Draft Budget – 2016/17

The Parish Council has published a draft of its budget for the forthcoming financial year, and invites residents of Clifton upon Dunsmore to comment by 1 December 2015.

The draft budget is subject to the provision of the Council Tax Grant provided by Rugby Borough Council.  It is anticipated that the final decision on the budget will be made at the December meeting.

Please click here to view the draft budget.