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Leader's Summit to tackle school place provision 

The Leader of Rugby Borough Council, Cllr Seb Lowe, is to host a Councillor Summit with county council representatives.

Cllr Seb Lowe
Cllr Seb Lowe, Leader of Rugby Borough Council. Published Friday, 13th January 2023

It will cover their strategy for providing school places and the provision of new secondary schools in the borough.

After allocating a secondary school site in North Rugby in the Rugby Borough Local Plan, and securing developer funding for its construction, Rugby Borough Council has been pressing Warwickshire County Council to make progress on this development.

And, with demand for secondary school places high in the north of the town, the matter of safe and convenient access to nearby school places has been raised by residents as well as at recent council meetings.

Cllr Seb Lowe believes that the situation needs to be resolved. He said: "There is a consensus amongst Rugby Borough Councillors and our residents that development of a new secondary school at Coton Park East needs to happen on the site identified within the Local Plan and approved by the inspector.

"In a time when we are tackling air quality and a climate crisis we should not expect children in areas around Coton Park, Eden Park and Brownsover to walk or cycle alongside a busy dual carriageway to attend school when provision has been made for a new secondary school nearer to home.

"We have used the full extent of our powers within the planning system to provide a site and developer funding for a new school.

Having written to the county council previously on this issue, we now need to understand what will happen next and when we can expect to see more secondary school provision in North Rugby."

The Councillor Summit will be held on 17 January and is open to all Rugby Borough Councillors.

Rugby Borough Council is the Local Planning Authority, responsible for development planning. Warwickshire County Council is the Local Education Authority, responsible for school place planning and provision.

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