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No public consultation on traffic changes

June 17, 2020 5:06 PM
By Rugby Lib Dems

LD demand betterRugby 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.

It is very unclear who has been spoken to about these changes for example St. Andrew's Church, Rugby Central, Lawrence Sheriff School, Rugby School, the Masonic Lodge and Arnold Restaurant and any residents who will be affected for example Elsee Road and the local Cycle Groups along with the Rugby Disability Forum.

The traffic regulation order is eligible for 18 months and will significantly alter the road network through Rugby town centre into a one-way system.

Commenting, Cllr Jerry Roodhouse, Lib Dem Group Leader, said:

"We agree that some parts of the town centre could be improved to cater for and encourage pedestrians and cyclists, but the improvements have to be sensible, achievable and comprehensive.

"We are extremely concerned that throughout this process, and the decision made by the Conservative Portfolio Holder and Deputy Leader at Warwick, failed to take account of the suggestions made by both Liberal Democrats and Labour such as consulting local residents and groups so they could have their say."

Commenting, Cllr Maggie O' Rourke Labour Group Leader, said:

"It is unacceptable for County Councillors to make decisions which will affect people in our town centre without consulting them first.

"Last year, both the Borough and County Council announced a climate emergency, and yet these plans could actually see an increase in traffic, air pollution and have an adverse effect on the health of our residents.

"For many people, the first they will know about the changes is when they come into place"

Both Liberal Democrats and Labour said:

"This is a big decision that will impact on the whole community and was pushed through with no genuine discussion. The decision was made before the talking started."