RESIDENTS got their first look at controversial plans for a new crematorium in Rugby.
The £3 million project is being developed jointly by Rugby Borough Council and Daventry District Council and is proposed for land off Ashlawn Road.
Rugby Borough Council unveiled its plans at St Andrew's Rugby Club where 500 people viewed and discussed the plans with council representatives.
Some residents think the crematorium should be located elsewhere.
Noel Davison said: "It's in the wrong area. This is perfect farmland which should be kept for farmers but is instead going to be built on. I'm not saying we don't need a crematorium I just don't think it's in the right place. The plans look nice and people who are not fussed either way could be swayed by them.
"Another thing the planners push in your face is that if the land's not used for this it will be used for housing and it's like holding a gun to your head with the choice we are given. People don't want housing there and that could sway people to support this project.
It seems as though in every corner of this town the council wants to build."
And a concerned Dunchurch resident, who did not want to be named, said she felt the development would impact on residents living nearby.
But Coun Dr Mark Williams, Rugby Borough Council's spokesman for sustainable environment, said there were also many who backed the plans.
He added: "There was a lot of general support for the proposal and location and people were particularly interested in seeing how the building would fit into its surroundings.
"There were a wide range of issues raised during the day including access to and from the site, traffic management in the area and dog walking.
"I am really pleased that the event was so well supported and will make sure that we take account of the comments received as we finalise our plans."
A planning application will be submitted later in the summer.
Visit www.rugby.gov.uk for more information.