Month: August 2016

Community Safety, News, Parish Council

Traveller update

Two parish Councillors have met with the travellers tonight (Sunday) and then discussed the options with the rest of the Parish Councillors. We have an agreement that the travellers will leave on Sunday (the traditional day for movement by travellers). The Parish Council has taken a balanced view on timelines and cost and have decided that this agreement is the cheapest and most effective way forward. It will also mean that recovery trucks won’t be crossing the field and so mitigates any damage to the field.

Parish Councillors will meet again with the travellers tomorrow, accompanied by police. Parish councillors also plan to attend throughout Sunday to ensure that the playing fields are secured immediately upon the travellers’ departure. However, please be assured that we have contingencies in place for Monday should the departure of the travellers not happen.

We understand that, for cultural reasons, the Whitehall Rec travellers would not join those on our playing fields. If there is anything else to inform residents about, we will do this again in a timely fashion.

General, News

Groundsman required

Quotations are invited for the annual maintenance contract for the Clifton and Newton cemetery at Clifton-upon-Dunsmore, to commence 1st November 2016

 For details of the work specification and to view the site please contact the Clerk to the Joint Burial Committee.  or  01788 861869

General, News, Rugby Borough

Take a trip to the top of the tower during Heritage Open Days

Visitors can climb to the top of the plant’s tower and capture a unique view of Rugby on camera during the tours – but with limited places on offer, book early to avoid missing out.

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Heritage Open Days runs from Thursday 8 September to Sunday 11 September, with a host of Rugby’s historic and iconic buildings opening to the public for free.

The CEMEX tours take place on the Thursday and Friday, while on the Friday the Mayor of Rugby, Cllr Sally Bragg, opens the doors of the Mayor’s Parlour at the Town Hall.

Visitors can meet the Mayor at 3pm before being taken on a guided tour of the Council Chamber.

Historic buildings taking part in Heritage Open Days include Brownsover Hall Hotel, The Arnold House, Princethorpe College and Percival Guildhouse.

Rose Narrowboats offer free boat trips on the Oxford Canal in Stretton-under-Fosse, while visitors to Coombe Abbey Country Park can enjoy a guided tour of the park’s lake, which was designed by Capability Brown.

A number of the borough’s churches also take part in Heritage Open Days, including St Andrew’s in the town centre, Newbold’s St Botolph’s and the Church of The Ascension at Clifton Road cemetery.

And Rugby Family History Group and Rugby Local History Research Group both support the event with displays at Rugby Library from the Thursday to Sunday.

Cllr Heather Timms, Rugby Borough Council portfolio holder for growth and investment, said: “Heritage Open Days celebrates the history on our doorsteps and gives residents the chance to explore places which often remain closed to the public.

“We have a packed programme on offer for this year’s event and with limited places available on tours, it’s best to book early to secure a place.”

Leaflets detailing the full Heritage Open Days programme can be picked up from Rugby Visitor Centre or downloaded at

To book a place on a tour, call the Visitor Centre on (01788) 533217.

For more information, contact Mike Green on (1788) 533599 or email

General, News, Traffic

Amendment to date – Overnight road closures in Crick Road Rugby

Warwickshire County Council has made a Temporary Traffic Order closing Crick Road, Rugby, from the junction with Moors Lane to the A5 Roundabout, to vehicular traffic.
The closure is required for carriageway resurfacing.
The Order commenced on 17 September 2016 for a period of 18 months, or until the works are completed, whichever is the earlier. However, due to unforeseen circumstances the works have been delayed and the details as advertised in the Rugby Observer week ending 2 September 2016 have changed.
The works have now been scheduled to commence Monday 3 October 2016 with anticipation of completion by 06.00hrs on Saturday 8 October 2016. PLEASE NOTE: The work will be carried out overnight between 22.00hrs and 06.00hrs each night. The road will be re-opened each day.
Pedestrian access to and egress from properties and land situated adjacent to the length of road to be closed, if any, will be maintained at all times. Vehicular access will be maintained where possible.
An alternative route will be signed and is available via: A5 from end of dualling east of Newton to the junction with the A5 Spur Roundabout Watling Street, A5 Watling Street Rugby Radio Station Gates – County Boundary, A5 from start of dualling East of Newton to end of dualling north of M6 Nw, A5 from junction with the A426 Roundabout to start of dualling north of M6, A5 junction with the A426 Roundabout, Leicester Road, Newbold Road, Evreux Way, Corporation Street, Lawford Road ,Warwick Street, Lawrence Sheriff Street, Hillmorton Road, (and vice versa).
The Council regrets any inconvenience that may be caused. The team dealing with this Temporary Traffic Order at Warwickshire County Council is Network Management (Tel: 01926 412515).
Any enquiries relating to the works being undertaken may be directed to the Contractor dealing with this matter, Jackson Civils Ltd (Tel: 07805 767698).
Please find attached the diversion and Public Notice
Crick Road diversion route
TTOnotice2amended-V1 (5) Temp Closure of Crick Road
PLEASE NOTE: The works will be carried out overnight each night between
22.00 hours and 06.00 hours – the road will be open during the day.
The emergency services will be informed and the contractor will notify residents and businesses directly affected by the closure.
To view this closure, please click on the following link


General, News, Parish Council

Further update – Traveller encampment

Further to our initial update we would like to advise that we decided, in the interests of hygiene, to give the travellers access to the toilet area of the pavilion. This decision was made in conjunction with the Police Liaison Officer and was made to try and ensure proper sanitation is available.
There was a report of a break in over the weekend – we would like to allay concerns and the above statement provides the necessary explanation.

General, News, Parish Council

Clifton upon Dunsmore Conservation Group

The first meeting of the Conservation Group has been arranged at the TMH on Thursday, 22nd September at 7.30pm.

There are already several projects in the pipeline that will hopefully engage all interests which includes: refurbishing the fencing between the Churchyard and Pocket Park, Pocket Park (details tbc), Refurbishment of the Bier (a Victorian cart used to transport coffins), wild flower bank by the Glebe Allotments, as well as 600 crocuses to be planted.

Whilst this is an opportunity to get involved with some interesting projects, it’s also an opportunity to learn new skills, develop new interests, make new friends and most importantly, to have fun and help to create a parish that is well cared for.

Come along and find out how you can be involved….you can always pop to the pub afterwards and contemplate which activity you want to be involved in!

Please contact Councillor Lesley Edwards for more information on  07973 849335 or via email


Community Safety, General, News, Parish Council

Update – Traveller encampment

As residents may be aware, there is currently an encampment of 5 caravans on the Clifton upon Dunsmore playing fields. These caravans are lived in by three families, originating from Galway in Ireland, where, we are told, the children are schooled, and that the families are travelling to England during the school holidays.

Having now been out to visit the encampment twice, the Chair and Vice Chair are reassured that the travellers do not pose a threat to residents, and have a responsible and reasonable approach. The playing fields have been kept clean and tidy and the caravans are in good condition. One of the ladies on the encampment is heavily pregnant and is due to be delivered by C Section on Monday 22 August. We understand that one caravan is returning to Galway on Monday and that the group will not expand.

The playing fields are owned by the village and, as such, the Parish Council is responsible for the removal of the travellers. The Parish Council has today taken advice from Rugby Borough Council Environmental Protection Team and has attended a very useful meeting with Warwickshire Police’s Gypsy Traveller Liaison Officer in order to gain insight into the issues and costs behind illegal encampment and eviction.

Advice has led the Parish Council to understand that removal can be achieved in a number of ways, all of which take time to achieve. We are advised that the courts are unlikely to grant an eviction order whilst one of the ladies is heavily pregnant or has just given birth.

The Parish Council have agreed therefore to take a pragmatic and positive approach, and have secured an undertaking from the travellers that they will vacate the site by Sunday 28 August. They have been made aware that should they not comply a 24 hour notice will be served and that they will be evicted by bailiffs.

Whilst the travellers are on the playing fields, the Parish Council is making arrangements for household rubbish produced on the site to be stored and collected and for the site to be deep cleaned once it is vacated.

We recognise that there are lots of anxieties attached to this situation. We would like to assure villagers that the police are remaining watchful of the situation. We would urge all residents to remain vigilant, and immediately report any issues to them by dialling 101; but not to prejudge the travellers. This is the first occasion that an illegal encampment has occurred within the parish, which has, as a consequence, caught the Parish Council and its residents unawares. Please be assured that plans are being made to improve security so that entry cannot be made into the playing fields once the travellers have vacated the site.

Community Safety, General, News, Parish Council

Illegal Traveller encampment – Clifton upon Dunsmore

During the evening of Wednesday 17 August a small band of travellers made camp on Clifton upon Dunsmore playing field.

The Chair and Vice Chair met with police late that night and ascertained that, as the travellers had not damaged anything when they had broken into the field (they removed the gate from its hinges), the Parish Council will have to go through due process to arrange their removal.

An attempt to block the field was made to ensure that no further travellers were able to camp there, but councillors were asked to remove this to allow emergency exit and entrance into the field as there is a pregnant female in the group.

Borough Councillor Leigh Hunt is also aware and will work in partnership with the Parish Council to ensure a speedy return to the status quo.

An update on the situation will be issued in due course.