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Councillors continue call for Transport Plan for Rugby

July 21, 2018 11:12 AM
By Rugby Lib Dems

Cllr Neil Sandison at Rugby Gyratory on 20 April 2015Frustrated Rugby Councillors are urging Warwickshire County Council chiefs to come up with a Transport Plan for the town - nine months after first raising the matter.

On Monday 16 July 2018 at Rugby Borough Council's Whittle Overview and Scrutiny Committee, a report into Rugby's air quality admitted that a Local Transport Plan would help the environmental health team plan for the future.

Principal environmental health officer Henry Biddington reported to Councillors that there had been improvements to air quality around the borough and put this down to improved awareness and improvements made to vehicles.

But he warned that there was likely to be a knock-on effect when extra houses were built and that it was important to find the right balance.

Councillors agreed that Rugby Borough Council's Head of Environment and Public Realm, Dan Green, should write to Shire Hall inviting the portfolio holder and Head of Transport and Economy to a future meeting.

Committee Chairman Cllr Neil Sandison (Lib Dem Eastlands) said:

"As a committee we have been pushing Warwickshire County Council for nine months. It's not so much that we haven't got a date out of them, we haven't even got a month or a season when they are going to start looking at this. Clearly the air quality report, the Local Transport Plan and the Local Plan should all be dovetailing together.

"We had their four top officers here and we had another promise saying that they would produce a plan similar to the one done in Warwick."