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Petition over Rugby cemetery plans

Campaigners opposed to a new cemetery and crematorium in Warwickshire have started a petition against the plans.

Opponents of the proposed cemetery south of Ashlawn Road in Rugby say it would spoil the view. There are also concerns over traffic issues.

Rugby Borough Council has submitted a joint application with nearby Daventry District Council in Northamptonshire.

The borough council said it needed the site as it was running out of burial space.

The facility would include two multi-faith ceremony rooms and have initial parking provision for 100 cars, it said.

'Fit sensitively'

Richard Smith, from a residents' action group, said: "Once a development does go ahead here, it's the thin end of the wedge for development in the remainder of the valley.

"It's not just local residents who have signed [a petition], it's people from all over Rugby who are concerned about the future."

Rugby council said the crematorium would "fit sensitively into the landscape", adding that it wanted to "enhance the countryside in the area".

The council said changes to the plans had been made following a public consultation, including increasing the number of parking places and improving a proposed junction.

Daventry council said as there are no crematoria in its area or Rugby borough, the plans offered the chance to create a local facility.

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