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  • Bus stop sign pic
    Article: Jun 23, 2020
    By Rugby Lib Dems

    Following the easing of the lockdown by the UK government, more shops and businesses have re-opened. To help people maintain social distancing there will be several changes implemented in Rugby Town Centre from Monday 22 June 2020. These changes will mean that you may have to catch your bus from a different place to normal.

  • LD demand better
    Article: Jun 17, 2020
    By Rugby Lib Dems

    Rugby Liberal Democrats and Labour Councillors have expressed their anger after Warwickshire County Council announced it is to implement considerable traffic changes in Rugby with no public consultation.

    Both groups of Councillors believe that all stakeholders in the success of the town centre should have been consulted and given time to comment as well as the opportunity to ask questions.

  • Town Centre Map
    Article: Jun 17, 2020
    By Rugby Lib Dems

    To assist the reopening of Rugby and the recovery from the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic, Warwickshire County Council, Rugby Borough Council and other partners are working together to make temporary changes to the road layout in the town centre.

    This will provide additional space for pedestrians to safely circulate, for customers to queue outside shops, whilst balancing other considerations such as deliveries, residents access and maintaining blue badge parking.

    The County Council is working to introduce the scheme next week following the reopening of non-essential shops at the beginning of this week.

    The scheme includes closing Clifton Road, Church Street and North Street to westbound traffic from the Murray Road roundabout to the junction of North Street, Evreux Way and Park Road. Hillmorton Road will be closed to eastbound traffic from Barby Road to the Whitehall Road roundabout. Lawrence Sheriff Street will remain open in both directions between the Gyratory and Barby Road to support access to Hospital of St Cross. Some on-street parking will be suspended on parts of Regent Street, Albert Street, Bank Street and Henry Street, with parking for blue badge holders at the southern end of Albert Street.

    The space created by a combination of lane closures and the suspension of some on-street parking will create areas for customers waiting for shops to queue whilst allowing pedestrians to circulate safely.

    Traffic management equipment such as cones and barriers will be used to safely segregate people from motor traffic. The councils have plans to work with local art groups to consider options for improving the appearance of barriers to ensure the distinctive look and feel of the town can be retained.

    Rugby Borough Council has a free app which has the location of every single bike rack in the town centre. The free App for iPhone and Android can be downloaded from www.rugby.gov.uk/app.

    Information about the scheme can be found at www.warwickshire.gov.uk/covid19roadlayouts.

    Summary of the plans https://apps.warwickshire.gov.uk/api/documents/WCCC-930-426.

  • Rugby sign (lighter)
    Article: Jun 14, 2020
    By Rugby Lib Dems

    Rugby town centre reopens for non-essential shopping on Monday 15 June, and Rugby Borough Council and Warwickshire County Council have been working to make sure that it is a safe and pleasant environment for shoppers.

    While the Friday and Saturday market is already back up and running, other non-essential shops reopen next week provided that they can do so safely. Our priority is to create a safe shopping environment and support our town centres businesses so the Borough Council is implementing a number of measures designed to help maintain social distancing.

    Residents can expect to see pavement markers to indicate how far to keep apart, one-way pedestrian flow in restricted spaces such as stairwells, and restrictions on the use of public benches. Touch points such as bin handles and parking machines are being sanitised frequently through the day and North Street toilets are also being cleaned more frequently. All car parks and public toilets remain open. Rugby Borough Council's Community Wardens and Rugby First's Bid Rangers will be on hand to monitor pinch points and provide help and support to businesses and shoppers where needed.

    To assist residents and businesses with social distancing Warwickshire County Council will be introducing key changes to the road network around the town centre to allow more space for pedestrians and cyclists.

    The changes include a temporary one-way system around North Street, Church Street, Clifton Road and Hillmorton Road and restrictions on on-street parking. The town centre taxi rank will be relocated from the westbound side of the road to the eastbound side.

    Rugby Borough Council will provide additional disabled parking bays at North Street car park to compensate for the reduction of on-street spaces.

    Not all non-essential shops are reopening immediately, but may be providing additional services either online or via telephone. Some shops are offering appointment systems for a one-to-one approach or takeaway/delivery services and may need to be contacted in advance.

    Cllr Seb Lowe, Leader of Rugby Borough Council and leader of the Conservative Group joined Cllr Maggie O'Rourke, leader of the Labour group and Cllr Jerry Roodhouse, leader of the Liberal Democrat Group, to welcome shoppers back. The group leaders said: "We are pleased to be able to reopen the town centre and have worked hard at implementing measures to support businesses and keep our residents safe.

    "The council will continue to work with partners to monitor our open spaces and ensure that we can support the town centre by making sure that it is a safe and welcoming place to be. We need to "act and adapt" to make sure that these changes work well."

    The group leaders also warned residents may experience delays due to the highway changes being made by Warwickshire County Council, saying: "The new one way system being introduced by the county council will affect nearly every journey that passes close to the town centre. Residents might experience delays and should consider their route.

    "We would encourage all residents to consider walking or cycling into town if they can. Every bike rack in the town is mapped on the council's App, and there will now be plenty of pavement space too."

    Residents can provide feedback on the highway changes direct to the county council by emailing trafficandsafety@warwickshire.gov.uk. Depending on availability the changes are expected to be introduced on 22 June.

  • Eastlands Primary School January 2015
    Article: Jun 11, 2020
    By Rugby Lib Dems

    Liberal Democrats are calling on Warwickshire County Council to step in and give extra support to children and families following the Government's U-turn on schools reopening.

    Warwickshire Liberal Democrats are concerned that vulnerable children will be at greater risk and the gaps for attainment and schooling will widen, along with the mental health stress that this is causing not only for young people but also to parents.

  • Rugby Town Hall
    Article: Jun 10, 2020
    By Rugby Lib Dems

    Businesses in Rugby impacted by the coronavirus pandemic can now apply for a Discretionary Business Support Grant.

    Rugby Borough Council has launched the grants scheme to support businesses which were ineligible for the Government's Small Business Grants and Retail, Hospitality and Leisure Grants, launched in March.

    Small and micro businesses in the borough can apply online for a grant, ranging from £3,000 to £10,000.

    For more information and to apply, visit www.rugby.gov.uk/discretionary

    Applications must be received no later than 12 noon on Wednesday 24 June.

  • Rugby Gyratory - 12 December 2014
    Article: Jun 7, 2020
    By Rugby Lib Dems

    Warwickshire County Council has put forward proposals for changes to highways around Rugby town centre in response to COVID-19 that consider options for reallocating road space to encourage cycling and walking as well as to enable social distancing.

    Any changes implemented by Warwickshire County Council would be made under Section 18 of the Traffic Management Act 2004.

  • Rugby sign (lighter)
    Article: Jun 7, 2020
    By Rugby Lib Dems

    Rugby Borough Council joined forces with the New Bilton Community Association to successfully apply for a £25,000 grant from the Government's Pocket Parks programme to fund the project. The work to create a new pathway network at a New Bilton open space looks set to start next week.

    And Fields in Trust has also backed the plans for the Freemantle Road open space with a grant of £8,400, with work on the pathway network set to take four weeks to complete.

    The informal route through the open space has proved popular with dog walkers, runners and cyclists for many years, despite suffering from severe boggy conditions during spells of wet weather.

    But thanks to the Pocket Parks programme and Fields in Trust, the council plans to lay a tarmac pathway on the route, creating a circular link with the footbridges over the Sow Brook.

    The pathway plans also include a connection to the existing path from the Western Relief Road and Lias Line, creating a connected network of paths linking Freemantle Road open space with Addison Road Recreation Ground, the Somers Road industrial estate and nearby homes on both Freemantle and Cornwallis roads.

  • Map of Warwickshire
    Article: Jun 7, 2020
    By Rugby Lib Dems

    A Cambridge University and PHE England study has suggested the decline in the COVID-19 death rate in England may arrest by mid-June. Responding to this, Liberal Democrat spokesperson for Health, Wellbeing and Social Care Munira Wilson said:

    "Scientists and public health officials sounded the alarm when the Government eased lockdown this week, given the COVID-19 risk level is still "high". These findings show that they were right to advise caution.

    "An effective test, trace and isolate system is the only way to keep people safe. But Ministers relaxed lockdown measures before establishing a fully functioning test and trace service, or even getting the NHSX App up and running.

    "The UK coronavirus death toll has now, tragically, surpassed 40,000 - the highest in Europe. Given the scale of the crisis in the UK, Ministers must be frank about whether measures to ease lockdown were premature. Ministers must now urgently explain whether regional lockdowns will come into force and - if so - how they will be implemented, and who is legally responsible for this process."

  • 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.