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Tories vote against proposals to generate much needed income for Rugby

September 29, 2017 5:29 PM
By Rugby Lib Dems

Rugby Borough CouncilAt a full meeting of Rugby Borough Council on 28 September 2017 the ruling Conservative group voted against a Liberal Democrat motion that asked the Council to consider re-opening the former Stone Yard Cattle Market car park by seeking temporary planning permission.

If passed the Council would have been able to introduce a temporary car park to alleviate considerable on street congestion for local residents in the area, provide relief from all day parking at the train station and allow additional parking for the two doctors surgeries and pharmacy at the Rugby medical centre.

The idea would provide an additional revenue stream from car parking charges that would not otherwise be available to the Council as it faces difficult financial times ahead.

The land has been derelict for over 10 years and hasn't been looked at for 18 months. Previously when a car park was in place on the site it generated £250,000 per annum.

Commenting, Cllr Neil Sandison who proposed the motion, said:

"I can't believe the complacency of the Tory group about land which they hold in trust for the people of Rugby. We can't afford to ignore this long standing wasteland and must use it to ease congestion around the station and generate much needed income to support services in Rugby."

Cllr Tim Douglas, who seconded the motion, added:

"This Tory led Council is taking too long to make decisions and should be sweating the assets that we own to earn an income for hard pressed tax payers in Rugby."

Motion and Agenda from Council on 28 September 2017

https://www.rugby.gov.uk/meetings/meeting/818/council