|Residents and businesses in Rugby are being reassured that Rugby Borough Council is implementing its contingency plans for a third lockdown as Covid-19 restrictions tighten once again.
Cllr Seb Lowe, Leader of Rugby Borough Council said: “The first lockdown was difficult for many of our residents and businesses, but it also showed that our communities can pull together to do what is right for Rugby.
“Rugby Borough Council is prepared for this third lockdown and will lead our communities through it, just as we continue to run the services that they rely on.
“We are supporting the new rapid test centre that opens this week, and also supporting the vaccination effort being delivered by GPs across the borough.
“And, we continue to distribute financial support to businesses as these funds become available from the government.
“We know that residents who are clinically extremely vulnerable will be anxious at this time and we have remained in touch with these residents who have needed our support. We remain ready and willing to help our most vulnerable residents should they need us.
“A further lockdown period brings with it another period of uncertainty. However, if we all follow the guidelines and remember to wash our hands regularly, wear a face covering in enclosed spaces and keep apart from people we don’t live with, we can reduce the rate of infection and protect NHS services that are now under pressure.
“With the vaccine rollout now starting to accelerate, there is hope that things can get back to normal soon.”
Residents who need urgent support and who do not have friends, family, neighbours or community groups who can help can contact the council on (01788) 533 533.
Rugby Borough Council has reached an agreement with the Rugby Foodbank to take over the operation of the food bank.
The agreement comes after the food bank had to suspend its operations due to the impact of the coronavirus on their volunteer base and the need to maintain social distancing to keep volunteers and public safe.
Rugby Foodbank have kindly donated their stock which allows the council to start distributing food with no pause in services.
The council will operate the warehousing and distribution of food packages until the food bank is able to return to normal operations.
Diana Mansell, Chair of Hope4, said: “I am sure that our supporters will be so pleased that the council have stepped in when we just could not continue. We have been getting concerned calls about the food bank closing and it is so good to have some good news to share.
“I very much hope that the public will continue to donate food items to the food bank at their usual collection point so that this service can continue.
The food bank operated its last distribution session on Wednesday and the council intends to be able to open in time for the scheduled session on Monday.
Details of how eligible residents can collect food parcels will be published at https://www.rugby.gov.uk/foodbank
Please see the below information regarding the bin collections over Christmas. All bins that are affected will be tagged to advise residents of the changes.
- There will be no green garden waste collections during w/c Monday 24 December or Monday 31 December 2018.
- Black refuse and blue-lid recycling collections due on Tuesday 25 December will be made on Saturday 22 December 2018.
- Black refuse and blue-lid recycling collections due on Wednesday 26 December will be made on Saturday 29 December 2018.
All other collection days will remain as normal, including on Tuesday 1 January 2019.
THE LEADER of Rugby Borough Council, Cllr Michael Stokes, has announced that there is to be a formal consultation on changes to the document that sets out where in the borough should be allocated for housing and employment.
The consultation on changes to the Local Plan is likely to take place over the summer, and will be for eight weeks instead of the statutory six to allow additional time during the holiday period.
It will seek the views of residents, businesses, developers, parish councils and any other interested parties on changes that were proposed during the public examination of the plan, held earlier this year.
Changes include suggested amendments put forward by the independent inspector responsible for the public examination, Mr Mike Hayden, as well as the many others that were discussed during the examination sessions.
Cllr Stokes said: “The council welcomes the initial feedback from the Local Plan Inspector and officers are currently working with the Inspector to agree the detailed modifications necessary.
“It should be noted that the vast majority of Local Plans submitted to the Secretary of State experience a similar level of modification through the Examination process and that our plan is not unusual in this regard. The vast majority of the Plan and the Development Strategy for the Borough remain as agreed by the Council.
“On this basis, Cabinet are minded to accept the modifications proposed by the Inspector as outlined in his letter, and to progress our corporate objective of adopting an up to date plan as soon as possible.
“Because the Inspector’s modifications and the other modifications proposed during the examination must be subject to public consultation, it is currently anticipated that Council could be recommended to adopt the plan in its modified state by December 2018.”
Cllr Stokes has asked council officers to arrange a special meeting of the council’s Cabinet, which will deal with the democratic and constitutional process to allow the consultation to take place. As of 25 June 2018, it is anticipated that this meeting will take place in early August 2018.
More information on the Local Plan can be found at www.rugby.gov.uk/localplan
|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 email@example.com.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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