For technical reasons the map printed in the April issue of ECHO to accompany ‘Walks from Earlsdon – Baginton and along the River Sowe’ was of poor legibility. The version posted here should be easier to follow.
Please note that the section of the walk leaving Stoneleigh Road to visit Wainbody Wood (East Section) is now removed. There are no official rights of way and the landowners have confirmed that they do NOT PERMIT walkers to cross their land to visit the wood.
Walkers can, of course, still enjoy the rest of the walk along King’s Hill Lane and can visit the western section of Wainbody wood if they wish by returning along the right hand side of Kenilworth Road and entering through the gate off The Spinney cul de sac.
A planning application (ref: FUL/2020/3049) has been submitted for the Farmhouse, on the corner of Beechwood Avenue and Canley Road. This is for “Change of use from Restaurant to mixed use Restaurant and Shisha Bar (Shisha Bar added to first floor) and existing roof space to accommodate CCTV office area and storage, minor amended (sic) to front elevation to apex and chimney”.
Our apologies that this was not picked up in previous editions of ECHO – it was submitted during our ‘month off’ in the run up to Christmas and not picked up in the New year. Public consultation ends on 16/3/2021, which is well before our April issue is published.
It is listed for a final decision by 19/4/2021.
For more details see the City Council’s planning portal at:
n.b. The Smokefree (Premises & Enforcement) Regulations 2007 prohibit the use of shisha pipes in all enclosed public places and workplaces. The law prohibits the smoking of tobacco and anything that contains tobacco and any other substance. If 50% of the walls or more are missing then it is legal to smoke in the area; if more than 50% of the walls are present then it is illegal to smoke in the area.
A planning application has been submitted for 54D Earlsdon Street for a “3 storey building comprising of community cafe, gymnasium and fitness suite”.
This was notified too late for inclusion in ECHO’s current edition but critically public consultation ends on 22/3/2021, which is before our April issue is published.
The plan is for a new building at the rear of Angelito’s (formerly Kendall’s). It appears to involve a new entrance in front of the existing alleyway to the right, Because it would be 3 storey it would be visible above the roof line of Angelito’s.
It is listed for a final decision by 8/4/2021.
For more details see the City Council’s planning portal at:
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The below information is from Coventry City Council Community Resilience team about the Messenger Updates.
– As you are aware the government this week set out their roadmap out of lockdown, a summary of this can be found here Roadmap out of lockdown Summary (GOV.UK) link:-
– The key points for the first stage from 8 March are:-
• All Schools and Colleges will reopen
• University students can return for practical courses. There will be a review by the end of the Easter holidays for all other students
• Wraparound childcare can also return for vulnerable pupils and where it is needed for parents or carers to go to work, support groups or to seek medical care
• Two people from different households can meet outside for recreation, which can include “a coffee on a bench”
• One nominated person can visit care homes, but will need PPE, a lateral flow test and to “keep physical contact to a minimum
– We continue to see the rates in Coventry falling. However, we must continue to follow guidelines and also go for a test if you are experiencing any symptoms.
– Don’t be a fool campaign – attached are some images from our ‘don’t be a fool campaign’ the key message around these now is that the end might be in sight, but we still need to follow the rules to get there, so please #DontBeAFool.
– Community Testing – A reminder that these are ideal for key workers and those who cannot work from home, but have no symptoms, they are urged to take regular tests to make sure they are not passing the virus on to colleagues, members of the public and loved ones. There are a number of sites across the city (see attached community testing document) and would encourage you to use your local community testing facility.
Vaccination updates from the CCG
The latest update provided by NHS England for Coventry and Warwickshire has been given at CCG level for the ALL residents over the age of 70s.
Please encourage people aged 70 and over who have not yet acted on their invite for a vaccination to contact the NHS.
NHS Coventry and Rugby CCG 94.70%
Cohort 5 ad 6:
As you will have seen in the news, the UK has reached its 15 million vaccination target and therefore the next two cohorts (5 and 6) have been opened up to enable more people to be immunised.
Cohort 5 – all those 65 years of age and over
Cohort 6 – which includes all individuals aged 16 years to 64 years with underlying health conditions which put them at higher risk of serious disease and mortality, adult carers, young adults in residential settings and clinically extremely vulnerable children age 12-16)
The JCVI defines patients who are ‘at risk’ as those with:
• chronic respiratory disease, including chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), cystic fibrosis and severe asthma
• chronic heart disease (and vascular disease)
• chronic kidney disease
• chronic liver disease
• chronic neurological disease including epilepsy
• Down’s syndrome
• severe and profound learning disability
• solid organ, bone marrow and stem cell transplant recipients
• people with specific cancers
• immunosuppression due to disease or treatment
• asplenia and splenic dysfunction
• morbid obesity
• severe mental illness
The Green Book also outlines that younger adults in long-stay nursing and residential care settings and adult carers (those in receipt of a carer’s allowance or who are the sole or primary carer of a person who is at high risk from COVID) will also fall into this cohort.
How are the new cohorts being contacted?
The pace of the vaccination programme has increased significantly, and already NHS England has begun to send letters to all over 65s inviting them to book their appointments. The letters invite patients to book their appointment at a Large Vaccination Centre such as Stoneleigh but this is a choice, and they can wait to be called by their local service
GP Practices or for some patients in North Warwickshire, Coventry and Warwickshire Partnership Trust, will be contacting those patients who fall into Cohort 6, based on their medical history, to attend an appointment.
Please encourage people to act on their invite as soon as it received.
Any patients who are aged 70 and over and who haven’t had their first vaccine can arrange a vaccination through the national booking service which can be accessed at www.nhs.uk/covid-vaccination or call 119 between 7am and 11pm.
New resources available:
As a result of the feedback we receive, the following videos have been produced and are intended to be shared within communities as well as on social media and on websites. Please share the videos through your channels and help encourage as many people as possible to take the offer of a vaccine, as soon as it given.
Dr Sarah Raistrick, GP & Chair of Coventry and Rugby CCG, explains that the COVID-19 vaccine is safe: https://youtu.be/CJ2tSkHoNqc
Dr Sarah Raistrick, GP & Chair of Coventry and Rugby CCG, explains the COVID-19 vaccine saves lives: https://youtu.be/e6Ao_jYw2cQ
Amandeep Kaur, Renal Pharmacist at UHCW, urges everybody to get the COVID-19 vaccine: https://youtu.be/PUcdDLdGkpI
Mr Deb Roy, Transplant Consultant at UHCW, urges everybody to get the COVID-19 vaccine: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MFLRe_cHVUY
Dr Deepika Yadav, GP in Coventry, explains the importance of taking the COVID-19 vaccine: https://youtu.be/7rljQrrMznI
Professor Kiran Patel, CMO and Consultant Cardiologist at UHCW, explains that it is safe to receive the COVID-19 vaccine: https://youtu.be/L1OUZMA1KPA
Dr Maisun Elftise explains that the COVID-19 vaccine is saving lives in Arabic: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xEG5G98x2hQ
Joanne Finney, Grapevine Trustee, talks about her experience as someone with Down’s Syndrome receiving their COVID-19 vaccine: https://youtu.be/N11t7mTrD1w
COVID-19 vaccine advice in Makaton: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W7-26Js2huk
Websites and Useful Information:
• Coventry and Rugby CCG https://www.coventryrugbyccg.nhs.uk/Be-Healthy/COVID-19-vaccination
• South Warwickshire CCG https://www.southwarwickshireccg.nhs.uk/Your-Health/COVID-19-Vaccination
• Warwickshire North https://www.warwickshirenorthccg.nhs.uk/Be-Healthy/COVID-19-vaccination
Arguments are far from resolved over the proposed merger of King Henry VIII and Bablake Schools, which is due to be actioned physically from September and already well advanced in the planning.
The news that the Charity Commission have opened what they call a ‘fact-finding compliance case’, has raised the temperature more than a little.
Julia McNaney, the Chair of Coventry School Foundation’s governors, the body which controls both schools already, is confident that the Charity Commission will be satisfied with how the governors have acted and has made an implied criticism of campaigners against the merger, whose concerns have brought about the Commission’s involvement. However she has as yet not answered questions about how the merger decision was arrived at which were raised with her 5 months ago by the Old Coventrians Association, which represents 4000 former King Henry VIII pupils as well as staff and parents.
Parents, staff and the wider school community, including people with a Bablake background, remain angry and upset and some of the protestors believe that the whole merger process should be paused until the Charity Commission have delivered their findings. There is a strong feeling that notwithstanding the Foundation’s commitment to co-operate, the Commission would not have started their investigation if it did not appear that there were issues. These may include when and how key decisions were taken, and the fact those decisions were taken with a below strength governing body with unfilled vacancies after resignations.
The status of the merger project from the Coventry School Foundation’s point of view can be found at the website: Coventry School but other than confirming that the Swallows site in Kenilworth Road will be sold at the end of the current academic year there is still little there to inform the general public about the implications for the ECHO area in terms of this site, and in the longer term, the King Henry VIII site in Warwick Road.
The census is coming on Sunday 21 March 2021.
By taking part, you can help to inform decisions on services that shape your community, such as healthcare, education and transport.
It’s important that you fill in your census questionnaire online. It’s easy to take part, but if you need a little extra help there are a wide range of support services.
There’s language support and accessible census guidance. You can also get help from census staff in the contact centre over phone, in a web chat or on social media.
The Office for National Statistics (ONS) will send you a letter in the post with an access code and instructions. You can fill your census questionnaire in online as soon as you get yours.
If your household circumstances change on Census Day, you can let the ONS know.
Remember, if you, or anyone you know, needs help, there’s plenty available.
For more information, visit http://ow.ly/4yy450DinKv
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Protect 999, go online
We need to keep our emergency 999 phone lines free to help those most in need.
Many of the calls we receive can be resolved online. So for all non-emergencies please try visiting our website first. http://www.west-midlands.police.uk/
If home doesn’t feel like the safest place to be, you can contact us on Live Chat https://west-midlands.police.uk/where specially trained officers can provide support and help keep you safe. Remember, in an emergency always call 999.
Officers break up uni accommodation party in flagrant Covid breach
We had to break up a party after dozens of people travelled to uni accommodation in Birmingham from as far afield as London and Newcastle Friday (22 January).
We issued around 50 Fixed Penalty Notices in the blatant breach of lockdown rules.
We are working with the university to identify the organiser and help them improve their security to prevent further breaches.
Here is a video of what happened
Latest update: The government has introduced new fines of £800 for people attending house parties of more than 15 people.
These will double for each repeat offence to a maximum of £6,400.
Officers crack down on people who attended protests
Following a planned protest in Birmingham two weekends ago (16 January), nine people were arrested, with eight of them being issued fixed penalty notices for their participation and a 20-year-old man was released on police bail following his arrest.
As we continue to investigate, CCTV and body worn video is being reviewed to identify more attendees as we crack down on people flouting Covid restrictions.
Chief Superintendent Kim Madill, who oversaw the event, said: “The current infection rate is significantly high and we all need to play our part by staying at home, protecting each other and saving the NHS.”
Coronavirus cases are rising rapidly across the country
We’d like to thank you again this week because we know the majority of you are co-operating with lockdown and helping to reduce the spread of the virus and protect the NHS from being overwhelmed.
For anyone who is not clear on what you can and cannot do here is a reminder of the current government guidance:
You must stay at home. The single most important action we can all take is to stay at home to protect the NHS and save lives.
You must not leave, or be outside of your home except where necessary. You may leave the home to:
• shop for basic necessities, for you or a vulnerable person
• go to work, or provide voluntary or charitable services, if you cannot reasonably do so from home
• exercise with your household (or support bubble) or one other person (in which case you should stay 2m apart https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-meeting-with-others-safely-social-distancing/coronavirus-covid-19-meeting-with-others-safely-social-distancing).Exercise should be limited to once per day, and you should not travel outside your local area.
• meet your support bubble https://www.gov.uk/guidance/making-a-support-bubble-with-another-household or childcare bubble https://www.gov.uk/guidance/making-a-childcare-bubble-with-another-household where necessary, but only if you are legally permitted to form one
• seek medical assistance or avoid injury, illness or risk of harm (including domestic abuse)
• attend education or childcare – for those eligible
If you do leave home for a permitted reason, you should always stay in your local area – unless it is necessary to go further, for example to go to work.
This guidance is the law and we will continue to enforce it to keep everyone safe.
More information is available on the government website https://www.gov.uk/guidance/national-lockdown-stay-at-home?priority-taxon=774cee22-d896-44c1-a611-e3109cce8eae#summary-what-you-can-and-cannot-do-during-the-national-lockdown
Key differences between Community Testing (lateral flow) and the PCR testing (pre booked tests)
Community testing is a walk-in test for anyone who is not showing any symptoms of coronavirus. Results are returned within an hour. Please note you must not attend this test if you are showing any symptoms even mild.
Community Testing sites are walk in and no appointment is needed (Monday-Friday 8am-6.30pm and weekends 10am-3pm):
– Transport Museum
– Indian Community Centre, Foleshill
– Moat House Leisure and Community Centre, Henley
– More sites due in the coming weeks
PCR testing is a pre booked test for anyone that is showing symptoms of coronavirus.
PCR tests should be booked by visiting the NHS website
https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/ or calling 119, sites are;
– Ricoh Arena
– Broad Street Surgery
– Moat Street Car Park
– Whitefriars Car Park
– University of Warwick, Westwood Games Hall
You will not need a confirmatory PCR following a positive lateral flow test from Monday 25 January onwards. Up to this date the PCR test is still needed.
Vaccination updates from the NHS
Housebound patients will be contacted by their GP and their vaccine will be delivered by the roving vaccinator team or by their GP practice.
Across Coventry and Warwickshire all care home residents are expected to have been offered a vaccine by Sunday 24 January with the exception of patients that are currently acutely ill with Covid.
To reassure those that have been sent letters inviting patients aged 80 and over to attend the new Large Vaccination Centre in Birmingham, this was an additional choice being offered by the NHS.
Patients who receive a letter do not need to attend the centre and can opt to wait to be called for their vaccine more locally.
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Frequently asked questions and other information is available on all three CCGs websites within Coventry and Warwickshire; Coventry and Rugby CCG website https://www.coventryrugbyccg.nhs.uk/Be-Healthy/COVID-19-vaccination