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  • St Andrews Church in Rugby (April 2015)
    Article: Jun 4, 2020
    By Rugby Lib Dems

    Rugby Borough Council is working with partners including Rugby First, the company running the town centre Business Improvement District, to make sure that the town centre is ready to reopen as lockdown restrictions are eased.

    With open air retail able to restart from 1 June if they can do so safely, the partners have confirmed that Rugby's market will reopen this Friday, 5 June.

    The partners are working with market traders to make sure that they have the necessary safety measures in place.

    And, with all retail able to reopen from 15 June provided that Government restrictions are eased as expected, work is well underway to make sure that businesses and open spaces are ready.

    Also involved are the county council's highways team, which is looking at proposals for changes to the highway network, and Rugby Central, the town centre shopping centre.

    Rugby First's Bid Rangers and Rugby Borough Council's Community Wardens are preparing to mark out social distancing guides on pavements and pedestrianised areas, with regular reminders to keep two metres apart.

    These measures will particularly focus on bus stops, taxi ranks, the market place and areas where queues may be expected to form.

    The leaders of Rugby Borough Council's political groups have welcomed the plans.

  • LD demand better
    Article: Jun 1, 2020
    By Rugby Lib Dems

    The Liberal Democrats are calling for more support for mental health services across Rugby and Warwickshire as new figures from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) expose the enormous mental health impact of the COVID-19 crisis.

    In West Midlands, an estimated 82% of adults have reported feeling "stressed, anxious or worried about the future" or "that their mental health had become worse" between 3 April and 3 May 2020.

  • TD rugby ball 1
    Article: May 31, 2020
    By Rugby Lib Dems

    To coincide with English Tourism Week (25 May to 31 May), Councillor Tim Douglas (Paddox) has written to Bill Beaumont congratulating him on his re-election as Chairman of World Rugby and urging the organisation to maintain its investment with the Hall of Fame being located in Rugby, the home of the game.

  • Rugby sign (lighter)
    Article: May 31, 2020
    By Rugby Lib Dems

    Cllr Tim Douglas (Paddox) calls on Rugby Borough Council to implement the Private Renters Charter to ensure renters and landlords get the support they need following the impact of coronavirus.

    In February 2019, Rugby Borough Council voted to introduce a Private Sector Housing Charter for Rugby Borough but so far little or no work has been done in promoting, publicising, or getting the Charter up and running.

  • Great Central Way
    Article: May 26, 2020
    By Rugby Lib Dems

    Rugby Liberal Democrats are proposing six ways to help schools respond to a new way of working following the coronavirus pandemic.

    The pandemic has made many people think again about the relationship between nature, open spaces, and our communities. Liberal Democrats believe that new thinking about what we want from education is now possible and the informal, practical learning in forest schools should be a major way forward.

  • RBC Chamber
    Article: May 26, 2020
    By Rugby Lib Dems

    The leaders of Rugby Borough Council's political groups have thanked residents for supporting the council during the coronavirus pandemic.

    Cllr Seb Lowe, leader of the Conservative group and leader of the council, Cllr Maggie O'Rourke, leader of the Labour group, and Cllr Jerry Roodhouse, leader of the Liberal Democrat group, issued a joint statement ahead of the publication next week of a report summarising the council's response to the pandemic.

    Since the start of lockdown, the council has redeployed staff to operate the Government's community shielding hub for the borough and run the Rugby Foodbank.

    So far, the council has delivered 1,000 food parcels from the shielding hub to vulnerable residents and 500 packages via the Foodbank.

    Council staff have also delivered the Government's support for businesses in the borough, distributing 1,300 grants worth more than £15 million, and carried out minor adaptations to homes to allow the NHS to safely discharge patients from hospital.

    Elsewhere, the council has maintained essential frontline services throughout the lockdown, with crews collecting bins from around 12,000 homes every day, including Bank Holidays.

    Rainsbrook Crematorium and the council's cemeteries have remained operational, offering bereavement services with the support of funeral directors, while the council's Community Support and Advice Team, and contact centre, have delivered advice and information to residents throughout the pandemic.

    In the joint statement, Cllr Lowe, Cllr O'Rourke and Cllr Roodhouse recognised the role council staff have played in supporting the borough's vulnerable residents during the lockdown and thanked the community for its support and patience.

    "The coronavirus pandemic has been the most significant civil emergency Rugby Borough Council has ever had to deal with," the group leaders said.

    "The council has rightly prioritised the needs of vulnerable residents during this time, supporting the clinically extremely vulnerable who were advised by the NHS to shield and sourcing accommodation for rough sleepers and homeless residents in the borough.

    "Many staff have been redeployed to support this work and we're grateful for all their contributions, which have kept Rugby going through this difficult period.

    "While some of our lower priority services have stopped while staff have supported other services, we have now started to return staff to regular roles and thank residents for their support, patience and understanding during this period."

    The cabinet consider the report on 1 June at the first council meeting held by video conference and streamed live on the council's YouTube channel.

    The report will be published next week on the council's website at www.rugby.gov.uk/cabinetJune2020 ;

  • Rugby Town Hall
    Article: May 22, 2020
    By Rugby Lib Dems

    The Liberal Democrats have secured cross-party support for their calls for local authorities to be empowered to enact measures that would help tackle the climate emergency as well as recover from the coronavirus crisis.

    Rugby Liberal Democrats Councillors are calling for the Climate Change group on Rugby Borough Council to start working now and not in a few weeks time.

    The cross-party letter sent to Communities Secretary Robert Jenrick states "we cannot simply return 'back to normal'" and that "tackling the climate emergency is at the heart of our recovery".

    Liberal Democrat Spokesperson for the Climate Emergency, Energy and the Environment Wera Hobhouse initiated the letter, putting forward measures that include incentivising councils to support sustainable travel, revitalising high streets and allowing local authorities to close streets to traffic at allocated times.

    Following the letter, Wera Hobhouse said:

    "We cannot return to 'normal' following the Covid-19 crisis. The measures introduced by the Transport Secretary to promote the use of sustainable transport are welcome, but without cross departmental buy-in they will fail to have a lasting impact on how we travel.

  • Social care image
    Article: May 20, 2020
    By Rugby Lib Dems

    Lib Dem Councillor (Paddox and Eastlands) Jerry Rooodhouse has written to the local papers about the need to level up support for social care sector.

    Dear Editor,

    As the weeks have gone by with the Covid-19 pandemic and we listen to the guidance handed down from Government as well as the advice provided from the Scientific Group for Emergencies (SAGE), it has become increasingly clear to me that the social care sector has been let down.

  • Mental Health Awareness Week ()
    Article: May 20, 2020
    By Rugby Lib Dems

    To coincide with Mental Health Awareness Week from 18 - 24 May 2020, the Liberal Democrats are calling on the Government to ramp up mental health support for health and care staff in Rugby to ensure "world-class" support for those tackling the virus head on.

    Liberal Democrats have put forward a package of mental health measures, including:

  • Tory Misrule A - derelict shops in the heart of Rugby
    Article: May 19, 2020
    By Rugby Lib Dems

    The Liberal Democrats are at the forefront of a cross party call to protect pubs in Rugby in the face of the "unique combination of challenges" created by the Covid-19 crisis.

    Liberal Democrat MP Daisy Cooper, alongside MPs from the Tory, Labour, SNP, Plaid Cymru and Green parties, are calling for Ministers to ensure pubs - a "cornerstone of British culture" - are in a position to reopen once social distancing measures are eased.

    The group have written to the Chancellor to demand bespoke support for the industry including calls to: