Town centre heritage under the spotlight

A TASK group of Rugby Borough Councillors aimed at encouraging residents and visitors to explore Rugby's heritage is asking for feedback on four areas of its work.

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The town centre heritage task group is asking for comments on:

  • the extent to which the current town centre events programme focuses on heritage;
  • improving access to information about attractions and activities;
  • reviewing the blue plaque scheme;
  • investigating the use of technology.

Cllr Kathryn Lawrence, chair of the task group, said: "Rugby has a rich cultural heritage covering sport, politics, literature, engineering and the arts.

"There's already lots of events and activities that celebrate our heritage, including the Festival of Culture, the blue plaque scheme and the volunteer-led walking tours.

"We are interested in exploring how well these are working, how we could make more of our heritage, and whether there is a role for technology to make our heritage more accessible."

The review follows the council's recent adoption of its new corporate strategy, which identified tourism and the visitor economy as one of its priorities along with a new strapline "proud of our past, fit for the future."

So far the task group has heard that the recent launch of new town centre branding and a new visitor website (www.therugbytown.co.uk) had brought renewed focus to promotional activity, with several organisations now working together.

Future meetings of the group will review feedback from residents and businesses, along with a focus on each of the four topic areas listed above.

Interested residents, businesses and organisations can view a summary of the task group's objectives and a feedback form at www.rugby.gov.uk/heritagereview.

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