News, Rugby Borough

Public consultation to develop vision for Rugby Town Centre

 

A PUBLIC consultation aims to discover the views of residents and businesses on the future of Rugby town centre.

The first stage of consultation marks a key milestone in the development of a new Rugby Town Centre Spatial Strategy, creating a roadmap for the regeneration of the town centre over the next 15 years.

In addition to public consultations to find out the views of residents and businesses, Rugby Borough Council plans to conduct detailed analysis of the town centre’s current strengths and weaknesses in order to identify opportunities for regeneration and redevelopment.

Cllr Jill Simpson-Vince, Rugby Borough Council portfolio for growth and investment, said: “The council’s new Corporate Strategy prioritises driving the borough’s economic recovery following the pandemic and the Rugby Town Centre Spatial Strategy forms a key component of our plans.

“The challenges facing town centres across the country have been brought into sharper focus during the pandemic, and while Rugby town centre has proved to be resilient in comparison with other town centres, we know we need to adapt to changing circumstances in order to create a thriving town centre for the future.

“Residents and businesses play a vital role in creating a vibrant town centre, so this first stage of public consultation has a vital role to play in helping us shape a successful strategy.”

The council has joined forces with strategic real estate advisor Avison Young, masterplanners Allies and Morrison Urban Practitioners, and transport planners Urban Flow to develop the strategy, which focuses on retail, residential, leisure, transport and tourism.

The team has worked on a number of high-profile town centre regeneration projects, including Luton, Enfield, Birkenhead and Northstowe.

The first stage of public consultation runs from today (Monday 8 March) to Thursday 19 March. Residents can complete the online consultation on the council’s website: www.rugby.gov.uk/tcstrategy

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Local Transport plan consultation

Warwickshire County Council’s consultation with residents is now live as the Council seeks views of residents and businesses to help refresh the Council’s Local Transport Plan.

 

The current Local Transport Plan is scheduled to go through until 2026 but is now felt to be outdated due to a number of factors, notably the shift in attitudes towards fighting climate change and the response to Covid-19.

 

The initial consultation will be categorised into five themes with residents and businesses being invited to give their views around them.  These are:

 

  • Environment: How the refreshed plan can encourage and promote sustainable travel
  • Economy: How it will provide the infrastructure to attract and retain investment into the county
  • Place:  How it will help to create an attractive place
  • Wellbeing: How the stress of being on the transport network can be alleviated
  • Road safety: How road accidents and casualties can be reduced.

Following the consultation and analysis of its findings, Cabinet will be asked to approve the drafting of a revised plan which will also go to consultation before going to the County Council for approval prior to being published in 2022.

 

The consultation can be found here .

Community Safety, News, Traffic

Operation snap- Warwickshire Police

As part of Operation Snap, members of the public can report and submit digital footage showing potential moving traffic offences.

This can range from driving dangerously or carelessly to overtaking on solid white lines, using a mobile phone while driving, ignoring traffic lights or dangerous driving around other road users, such as horse riders and cyclists.

Please note that on street parking enforcement is the responsibility of Warwickshire County Council and if someone has parked in contravention of the parking restrictions you can report the matter to them.

For moving traffic offences, your submission to Operation Snap will be sent to Warwickshire Police where the evidence will be reviewed by one of our road traffic police officers.

Any footage submitted through the portal can be used by us to help educate other road users and to advise on case results.

Please follow the link below to report:

Operation Snap | Warwickshire Police

Community Safety, News

Neighbourhood watch update

At the time of writing there was one reported crime in our area during the last period: Theft near Whiley Close.

The police are reminding residents to lock their cars even if they are only left unattended for a few minutes. Do not leave your cars unattended when you are running them to defrost the windows. The police are also advising people to lock their cycles when not in use.

As well as keeping houses secure the police are asking farmers to be extra careful keeping, not only their house secure at all times, but also paying particular attention to equipment and tools on the farm.

Please observe the speed limit in the 20 mph zone that is in place throughout most of the village; if you keep to it then strangers driving through our village are more likely to observe it as well.

The police are reminding residents to lock their cars even if they are only left unattended for a few minutes. Do not leave your cars unattended when you are running them to defrost the windows. The police are also advising people to lock their cycles when not in use.

All households in the village are covered by Clifton NHW so there is no need to apply for membership. However, if you would like to know more or take an active part in Clifton NHW please contact Steve Woodford.

 

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Vaccine Scams

The Parish Council have been contacted by Detective Inspector Thompson, Warwickshire Police Intelligence Unit, in respect of a developing national trend:

 “Nationally there have been reports of individuals targeting the elderly and administering fake vaccinations for a fee.

Regionally/Nationally we are also seeing fake emails being sent to the vulnerable and elderly purporting to be the NHS and asking them to click on a link to obtain vaccines.

They are then usually asked to provide a payment or bank details.

 The NHS will never ask for payment or bank details from patients and I do believe the NHS send letters out for patients to book appointments for tests”.

Community Safety, News

Neighbourhood watch update

At the time of writing there was one reported crime in our area during the last period: Theft in Whiley Close.

Please observe the speed limit in the 20 mph zone that is in place throughout most of the village; if you keep to it then strangers driving through our village are more likely to observe it as well.

The police are reminding residents to lock their cars even if they are only left unattended for a few minutes. Do not leave your cars unattended when you are running them to defrost the windows. The police are also advising people to lock their cycles when not in use.

Please park in a way that would enable a fire engine to drive along your street/road. If the fire appliance “cannot get through it cannot get to you”.

The police continue to give warnings about criminals using eMails, phone calls, social media etc. to encourage you to part with your money, bank account details or your personal information.

All households in the village are covered by Clifton NHW so there is no need to apply for membership. However, if you would like to know more or take an active part in Clifton NHW please contact Steve Woodford.

 

News, Rugby Borough

Update from Rugby Borough Council

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.

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Rapid Community Testing Initiative

A community testing initiative, in partnership with the Department of Health and Social Care, is planned to launch in Rugby next month to help drive down transmission rates.

Roughly one in three people have the virus without symptoms so could be spreading the disease without knowing it. Broadening testing to identify those showing no symptoms will mean finding positive cases more quickly, and break chains of transmission.

With its targeted approach, community testing aims to reduce the prevalence of the virus in the highest risk areas. Taken together with existing restrictions, community testing will help put areas in tier 3 on a path to begin to move towards tier 2.

Rugby will receive a batch of lateral flow tests as part of a new pilot to enable local public health leaders to start testing. Rugby Borough Council’s preferred model of providing multiple testing sites close to communities has not been supported, so a single mass testing site will be provided. A location has been identified and will be confirmed subject to survey. When available, more information will be published at www.rugby.gov.uk/coronavirus.

Testing should be available for asymptomatic individuals from early January 2021.

All efforts to find people without symptoms work hand in hand with the existing free PCR testing service for those with symptoms. Anyone with one or more of these symptoms – a high temperature, a new, continuous cough, or a loss or change to sense of smell or taste – should book a test at nhs.uk/coronavirus or by calling 119. The PCR test centre in Railway Terrace is open seven days a week.

Cllr Seb Lowe, Leader of Rugby Borough Council, said: “We have been working on plans for mass testing for some time with partners in public health, and it is a welcome step forward to have government confirmation that lateral flow tests can begin as soon as plans are finalised.

“While we had hoped to have testing already underway at local test centres, I hope it will not be long before the central test centre will be open.

“I know that all of Rugby’s residents and businesses want Rugby to move to a lower tier of restrictions as soon as possible. If we can identify more positive cases in residents who are asymptomatic we have a better chance of isolating the virus and preventing its onward spread.

“I would urge all residents to take part in the programme once it is up and running in the new year.”

Health Minister Lord Bethell said: “We’ve already come so far since first setting up a national testing programme at an unprecedented pace to help counter COVID-19, but we continue to strive to go further, faster.

“Roughly one in three people have the virus without symptoms so could be spreading the disease without knowing it. Broadening testing to identify those showing no symptoms will mean finding positive cases more quickly, and break chains of transmission.

“I’m delighted that Rugby Borough Council is working with us to roll out community testing in Rugby, and I look forward to seeing the results.”

Baroness Dido Harding, Interim Executive Chair of the National Institute for Health Protection, said: “NHS Test and Trace continues to play a leading role in the fight against COVID-19. Increased community testing is a vital additional tool at our disposal to help identify those who are infected and infectious, but unaware that they might be spreading the disease.

“The work of Rugby Borough Council will be essential in driving down transmission rates in Rugby. I urge all those living in areas where community testing is offered to come forward and get tested.

Community Safety, News

Neighbourhood Watch update

At the time of writing there were three reported crimes in our area during the last period: Violent Crime in North Road, Public Disorder in South Road and Burglary in Elms Paddock.

With cold weather arriving, the police have advised motorists not to leave their car running to defrost it while they go back inside the house. This is an opportunity for criminals to take the contents of the car or even to take the car itself.

The police are reminding residents to leave a light on somewhere in the house when the house is left unoccupied in the dark evenings. A dark house can be a message to criminals that there is no one at home.