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[08 SEP 98] RUGBY BOROUGH COUNCIL PRESS RELEASE
Rugby Town Centre

Councillor Bryan Levy, Leader of Rugby Council, today responded to a recent national survey carried out by the British Chambers of Commerce which suggested that Rugby's Town Centre was losing out to its Warwickshire neighbours.

Councillor Levy hit out at Rugby's detractors and defended the town by saying:

"Once again this survey has been used by those who wish to run our town centre down, but it does not bear any relation to all that is going on in transforming our town centre.

"The Council has been at the forefront of encouraging everyone involved in the town centre to work together in partnership and those efforts are bearing fruit. The last two years have seen the number of empty shops halved from 16% to 8%, significantly better than the national average.

"Visitor numbers are increasing and plans have recently been unveiled to create a new Visitor Centre and Town Trail which will cater for their needs during and after the Rugby World Cup in 1999. This is again the result of working together in partnership.

"The new Rugby Art Gallery, Museum and Library will open next year and represents investment in the town centre of over 5 million. It will offer something new and encourage more people to stay longer in the town centre.

Earlier this year, the Council hosted a workshop which brought together many of the organisations and individuals involved in our town centre. The workshop examined how the success of the last few years could be developed further and an action plan was agreed, which will ensure the momentum for the revitalisation of Rugby will continue. Those who want to knock our town do a great injustice to those who are working so hard to improve it for everyone."

MORE INFORMATION:  Cllr Bryan Levy   01788 533548

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