Cable Works Underway

Cable laying works on behalf of Western Power Distribution began in Beechwood Avenue on 8 November.

They are working from the Kenilworth Road end and there is a section of road with single file traffic and traffic lights at the junction with Warwick Avenue/Stoneleigh Avenue. A section of the footpath on the Warwick Avenue side is also closed.

The works from Kenilworth Road to Hearsall Common are expected to take 12 weeks and are being carried out by O’Connor Utilities; in case of difficulty their helpline number is 0845 3308615.

Craft & Christmas Fair for Alzheimer’s Society

This takes place on Tuesday 7 November 7pm – 9pm at Standard Triumph Club, Herald Avenue – Christmas gifts & decorations, handmade crafts & knits, cards & calendars, books, cakes, home made jams & preserves, jewellery, beauty & skincare and lots more. Free admission.

New Boundary Commission Plan

The Boundary Commission for England have re-assessed their proposals published in 2016 for new boundaries for Parliamentary elections which are required to:

• reduce the number of MPs in the UK from 650 to 600
• reduce the number of MPs in the West Midlands from 59 to 53
• ensure every constituency has between 71,031 and 78,507 electors
Under the latest proposals Earlsdon ward, which is currently part of the Coventry South seat represented by Jim Cunningham, would become part of a new Coventry South and Kenilworth constituency.

However the other wards local to the ECHO area, Whoberley, Sherbourne and St. Michael’s, which under the 2016 proposals were in line to move from Coventry North West to Coventry South, will now remain in Coventry North West – the latter seat, held by Geoffrey Robinson since 1976, would have ceased to exist under the 2016 plan.

To see the proposals go to: here

You have until 11th December to make your comments.

More on this will follow in the December / January edition of ECHO.

Plan Submitted for ex Car Showroom

A planning application (ref. FUL/2017/2280) has been submitted to redevelop the former Albany Motors site at 75-77 Albany Road. (The city council has refused permission for the current use as a carpet showroom). The new proposal is for the demolition of the existing buildings, removal of the existing hardstanding and the erection of a three storey building comprising 8 two bedroom, 4- person, flats.

The proposed building would be positioned to the front of the site and a parking court to the rear would provide 14 spaces for use by the residents. Cycle parking and a bin storage area would also be provided.

The applicants claim to have designed the block of flats to fit in with the character of the surrounding area, but it is entirely modern in appearance and has a flat roof, unlike all the nearby properties.

Public consultation on this plan runs until 27 October.

Trading Standards Warning on Bogus Phone Calls

Residents are being urged to be wary of bogus telephone calls claiming to be from HMRC. There have been numerous reports of attempted frauds starting with a telephone call or recorded message rather than the more typical email or scam texts, and it seems to be aimed at elderly people in particular.

Recorded messages are being left telling residents that HMRC are filing a lawsuit against them and to press 1 to speak to an advisor otherwise it will result in serious legal consequences. The tone of the message has been reported as being aggressive, and some residents have been left upset and concerned that there were problems with their tax.

One elderly resident who received such a call was so concerned they did press 1 and as suspected, they were asked for their bank details on the pretence this was needed to make a payment for the arrears.

Debbie Morgan, Coventry Trading Standards Enforcement Officer, advised:
“HMRC, banks and the police will never ring people in this manner or ask for personal or bank details over the phone. If you receive a call of this type, we advise that you hang up immediately. If you have elderly friends or relatives who may be vulnerable to this scam, please talk to them and make them aware.”

Anyone who receives a call is urged to report these incidents on the Action Fraud website, or you can call them on 0300 123 2040 (charged at your normal network rate).

This latest scam is being investigated by HMRC fraud section. HMRC has published advice with genuine HMRC contacts and how to recognise scams which can be found on their website. HMRC also advise that if any details are inadvertently disclosed, contact them immediately on or telephone 0300 200 3300.