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  • Have Your Say!
    Survey: Jul 27, 2021
    6 questions

    We are conducting our community survey and we are keen to find out what you as local residents think about Rugby.

    Please fill in a few quick questions to tell us about your priorities and what changes you want to see. This will help to inform the work of our group of Councillors.

  • Glenda and Team!
    Article: Jul 26, 2021
    By Rugby Lib Dems

    Does your community matter to you and do you care about the future of Rugby?

    Rugby Liberal Democrats are looking for like-minded individuals that want to represent their community.

    If not you, is there someone you know that might stand for election?

    We currently have nine Councillors on Rugby Borough Council and the group is the official opposition.

  • Housebuilding
    Article: Jun 17, 2021
    By Rugby Lib Dems

    Rugby Liberal Democrats will call for a delay in the adoption of the South West Rugby Masterplan Supplementary Planning Document (SPD) at full Council on Thursday 17 June 2021 to rethink how we can better protect our environment and green spaces.

    The proposed SPD will lead to urbanisation not seen in Rugby for years with the potential loss of biodiversity, trees, and green spaces.

  • Land at Wiggan Farm
    Article: Jun 16, 2021
    By Rugby Lib Dems

    In support of farmers, small holders and horse owners around the county, Warwickshire Police Rural Crime Team, the NFU, NFU Mutual Insurance and Stratford District Council are working together to help tackle rural crime.

    Working with a number of companies for two days in June, trackers, beam alarms and other equipment will be available at discounted prices, signage and useful information will also be available, plus the opportunity to speak to the Rural Crime Officers for your area about any issues or concerns that you may have.

  • Sam Edwards
    Article: Jun 9, 2021
    By Rugby Lib Dems

    Sam Edwards will stand for the Liberal Democrats in the Wolvey and Shilton by-election scheduled to take place on Thursday 24 June 2021.

    Sam is 36, lives in Rugby, and is married to Victoria. He is a member of the Liberal Democrats and wants a Fairer, Caring, Greener council.

    Sam has previously worked in community development promoting equality and fairness for different communities, and within the voluntary sector. Sam is committed to local and sustainable development within communities and is aware of the unique problems rural villages have.

  • Cycle Guide
    Article: Jun 9, 2021
    By Rugby Lib Dems

    Warwickshire County Council is inviting local people to suggest improvements to make it easier and safer to travel on foot and by bicycle.

    During the COVID-19 pandemic, more Warwickshire residents have used 'active travel' modes for short journeys as well as walking and cycling for daily exercise. This increased focus on active travel is positive for a number of reasons:

  • Rugby Town Hall
    Article: May 19, 2021
    By Rugby Lib Dems

    Rugby Liberal Democrats are now the second largest political group in the borough council following the local elections on 6 May 2021.

    Labour's loss of the Newbold and Brownsover seat means the Lib Dems are now the second largest group, with group leader Cllr Jerry Roodhouse now considering the party the borough council's official opposition.

    The Lib Dem's seats in Rokeby & Overslade, Paddox and Eastlands were up for election - and the party held on to all of them.

    Commenting, Cllr Jerry Roodhouse (Paddox), said:

    "When the results had come in I had a text from Seb Lowe [Conservative leader of Rugby council] to say, 'you are now the official opposition'.

    "It's been a very difficult election, we've had three elections in one go and because of covid we haven't been able to be out in the community meeting with people as much as we would normally be doing.

    "But we've held our seats against a wave of blue across the country - it's been heartening for us that people still recognise the work we've been doing in the community.

    "As the new opposition we are going to be pushing for our priorities - we will be giving constructive criticism to the Conservatives where needed but we will work with them when it is appropriate.

    "One of our priorities is looking at forming a Rugby town council. If Rugby council is abolished, or if it is merged with Nuneaton or Bedworth council, we will need our town centre to be represented.

    "The urban area in the town is not part of a parish - so we will need to form a council to make sure it's represented.

    "We also want to look at setting up rural traveller sites. When there are no sites for travellers to go to they will set up in inappropriate areas - like they have done recently at St Andrew's Rugby Club.

    "This costs the taxpayer a huge amount of money to deal with.

    "I've been around for a long time and worked in different councils, in Sussex we made arrangements with the police so that travellers could be evicted within 24 hours - we need to look at doing that here."

    "The climate emergency is a major priority, we need to put our foot on the accelerator because not enough is being done by the current portfolio holder.

    "Their working group has been given hundreds of thousands of pounds to bring in consultants and work towards a solution - but things are not moving fast enough.

    "Overall we want to create a fairer, kinder council, and we will push for better housing, mental health care and care for the elderly."

  • Rugby Lib Dem diamond
    Article: May 4, 2021
    By Rugby Lib Dems

    Voters in this week's local elections have been urged to follow safety measures introduced at polling stations to ensure votes can be cast in a Covid-secure environment.

    Rugby Borough Council's elections team has worked with the Electoral Commission, Government and public health chiefs while planning for the elections on Thursday 6 May.

    Safety measures have been under constant review to ensure precautions meet the latest public health guidance, while voters have been encouraged to help keep polling stations Covid-secure by bringing a pen or pencil to cast votes and wearing a face mask (unless exempt).

    Voters can expect the following measures to be in place on polling day:

  • Lee and Abigail (March 2021)
    Article: Apr 29, 2021
    By Rugby Lib Dems

    Local Liberal Democrats campaigners Lee Chase and Abigail Sawyer are concerned that there is no safe place to cross for children going to Cawston Grange Primary School.

    Calvestone Road needs a safe place for children to cross on the way to school.

    At either end of the school day, cars that park in this area using the footpath blocking visibility, especially for younger children, and there have been some very near misses.

    More needs to be done with funding for a new programme of safer routes to school with 20mph limits. Liberal Democrats have long championed the safer routes scheme across Warwickshire and want to see it utilised in Rugby.

  • Rans Das Gupta Parliamentary Candidate ()
    Article: Apr 26, 2021
    By Rugby Lib Dems

    On Thursday 6 May 2021, residents have the opportunity to vote for Councillors to represent their local area. Here's why you should vote for the Liberal Democrats.

    During the pandemic, the Liberal Democrats team have supported residents and worked with community and voluntary groups across Rugby. Covid-19 has challenged us all and changed how we live and work. It has, however, also provided opportunities that we need to take advantage of. We must put mental health and families first along with accelerating our actions in tackling climate change. Our task as politicians is to lead our communities and build the foundations for the next generation. Liberal Democrats are calling for a Fairer, Caring and Greener Rugby. This builds upon the work that we have been doing in the Town Hall such as investigating a Town Council for Rugby under proposals for local government reform, protecting our green spaces, introducing a Private Rented Sector Charter to help tenants and support landlords, supporting volunteering and community groups, and a plastic free Council.