Village green, schools expand, A46 closed, barn dance - The Rugby Observer

Village green, schools expand, A46 closed, barn dance

Rugby Editorial 13th May, 2014 Updated: 27th Oct, 2016   0

MOVES to secure village green status for a small plot of land in Long Lawford have been dropped.

Two residents had applied to protect the land on Back Lane from development under new laws brought in in 2006.

But Warwickshire County Council, which was set to make a decision on the application, had said it had been withdrawn by the applicant thought to be amid concerns about costs.

A report to councillors added: “A limited amount of evidence was supplied by the applicant at the time the original application was submitted. However, officers have concluded the evidence supplied so far is manifestly not sufficient to satisfy the statutory test for the registration of a village green.

“What evidence there is does not suggest there is any real prospect of the statutory test being satisfied even if further inquiries were to be undertaken.”

THE expansion of Long Lawford and Paddox primary schools, and Brooke School has moved a step forward.

The county council intends to increase the admission number from Long Lawford from 45 to 60, at Paddox from 60 to 90 as well as catering for a further 30 pupils at Brooke.

Both are expected to be approved ahead of the start of the 2015 school year with little opposition expected as both are over subscribed.

The extra classrooms at the three schools will be largely funded by a government grant.

“Large areas of Warwickshire have seen a significant increase in the birth rate over recent years and this has resulted in pressure on existing primary school places. Additional capacity has already been built at a number of schools but further expansion is required to meet the forecast demand,” the county council said.

THE A46 will remain closed overnight along the Coventry-bound stretch between Rugby Lane and the Fosse Way near Stretton on Dunsmore.

Resurfacing work begain on Monday and is expected to last for nine night. The closure will be in place between 8pm and 6am.

A section of the A423 exit slip road from the A45 on the approach to Ryton Industrial Estate will also close overnight from this coming Monday.

The roundabout itself will also be shut between 8pm and 6am until May 30.

A BARN dance takes place at Manor Farm in Ullesthorpe on Saturday, May 31.

It is the latest fund-raiser by Lutterworth Rotary Club and includes a pig roast, raffle and stalls.

Tickets cost £5 and £10 from Aspect Stationers on Church Street.

RUGBY Ramblers will go on three walks in the coming week.

On Sunday they will walk 11 and 15 miles around, meeting at 8.30am at top of Barby Road while Tuesday will take them to Sulgrave where they will complete a nine mile route, meeting at 9am at the petrol station end of Sainsburys car park.

And on Wednesday there will be a four mile stroll around Churchover, meet 7pm by the village church.

VILLAGERS in Pailton are the latest to open up their gardens as part of the national Open Gardens scheme.

On June 15 11 gardens will be open to raise money for the village church, St Denys.

The village hall will host craft and plant stalls with entry £3 from 2pm to 5pm.

ANIMAL lovers are being urged to take part in a community action day which has been organised by the RSPCA Rugby branch.

It takes place tomorrow (Friday) at Hill Street Community Centre from 9.30am until 3pm when there will be microchipping for cats and dogs in return for small donations.

General pet care advice will be offered as well reduced price neutering vouchers for people in receipt of benefits.

PUPILS at Avon Valley have appeared in the dock at the old Warwick Crown Court.

They visited the old court building as part of a history day during which they recreated historic cases.

They also spent time in the 17th century dungeon where they heard gruelling stories of life as a prisoner.

“It was certainly an experience they would never forget,” said Louise Jennings, of Heritage and Culture Warwickshire.

THE finest wines will be served during a tasting day at The Manor Farm Shop in Catthorpe on Sunday, May 24.

There will be wines from Beacon Valley in Birmingham, Welland Valley in Market Harborough, Lyme Bay in Devon to be sampled between 11am and 4pm to mark the start of English Wine Week.


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