Updated Planning Application – 34 Belvedere Road

The planning application for the premises at 34 Belvedere Road (ref: FUL/2021/0974), which was previously ruled invalid, has been resubmitted and validated. The proposal remains to convert from use as a care home to 4 self-contained flats. There is a very short period for public consultation, which ends 30 August.

Because we search the planning portal by submission date, and the application is still listed by its original date, 30 March, we had not picked this up for the September issue of ECHO but in any case by the time that issue is on sale later this week it will be too late for people to respond.

Fortunately Cllr Gittins picked up on it and warned us, too late for the printed issue but in time for us to post it online.

For more details see: http://planning.coventry.gov.uk/portal/servlets/ApplicationSearchServlet?PKID=815691




ECHO FOUNDER’S LIFE CELEBRATED

Around 80 people gathered at the Village Hotel yesterday afternoon for the long-delayed celebration of the life of ECHO founder, Graham Partridge. Graham died in January 2020, aged 68.

As a succession of speakers testified, Graham’s contribution to the community went way beyond creating ECHO, important though that was.

Among the initiatives he was responsible for, or was involved in, were the New Diggers, Drop in the Ocean wholefood co-operative, Coventry Talking Newspaper for the Blind, the original Earlsdon Village Festival in 1978 and Coventry City Farm, whilst his other interests included rock music, tennis, running, drumming, and dance. That was all in his spare time, but he also worked for Coventry City Libraries in a wide variety of roles across the city over four decades.

There was inevitable sadness at such an occasion but also an outpouring of positive emotions at our good fortune at having known a person of such integrity, enthusiasm and energy.


Graham Partridge Event

We have had an excellent response to the invitation to the commemorative event for ECHO founder Graham Partridge, which is scheduled to take place on the afternoon of Thursday 29 July 2021 starting at 2pm. It will be held in the Inspiration Suite in the Village Hotel, Dolomite Avenue, Coventry CV4 9GZ. There will be light refreshments provided later in the afternoon.

The invitation is extended to the whole community including, but not limited to, ECHO readers, sellers, advertisers and contributors,

As the catering numbers need to be confirmed to the venue a week before the event, it would be helpful if anyone intending to be there who has yet to respond could let us know by Thursday 22 July. This does not mean that acceptances later than that will not be valid but it could mean a slight shortage at the buffet!


If you intend to come, please email: newsdesk@echonews.org.uk or text / phone 07879 456309, 07866 859497 or 024 7671 5116.

Please also assume that this invitation includes partners and friends, colleagues in your business or organisation, and anyone else who knew Graham, and pass it on where appropriate.

Thank you.

Graham Partridge

This a reminder of the commemorative event for ECHO founder Graham Partridge, which is scheduled to take place on the afternoon of Thursday 29 July 2021 starting at 2pm. It will be held in the Inspiration Suite in the Village Hotel, Dolomite Avenue, Coventry CV4 9GZ. There will be light refreshments provided later in the afternoon.

Restrictions on such events are expected to be lifted totally from 19 July, and with the invitation being extended to the whole community including, but not limited to, ECHO readers, sellers, advertisers and contributors, it is important for decisions about catering and room capacity to have an accurate idea of numbers. If you intend to come, please email: newsdesk@echonews.org.uk or text / phone 07879 456309, 07866 859497 or 024 7671 5116.

Please also assume that this invitation includes partners and friends, colleagues in your business or organisation, and anyone else who knew Graham, and pass it on where appropriate.


LITTERBUSTERS

Hearsall Litterbusters, a community litterpicking group based in the Earlsdon/Spon End/Chapelfields areas, gather weekly to help residents make friends and build community. Following the Covid19 pandemic, the group are undertaking a 24-hour charity litterpick for Samaritans, helping to raise valuable funds so that “there’s always someone there for anyone who needs someone”.

The event will cover a huge path across Coventry and will last from noon on the 31 July until noon on 1 August. All proceeds will go towards Samaritans and anyone interested can join the Hearsall Litterbusters facebook page for updates or can donate to the cause through the link Here


Appeal to Catch Cashpoint Vandal − can you help?

Can you help trace an “elusive” cashpoint vandal who’s struck up to 50 times in Coventry and caused thousands of pounds worth of damage?
The police have ATM camera images of the man who has repeatedly attacked cashpoints at four Coventry Building Society branches since February.
He’s inserted a glue-like substance into the card reader at cashpoints in Tile Hill Lane, Jubilee Crescent, Earlsdon Street and Holbrook Lane.
It’s estimated he’s caused up to £20,000 worth of damage, plus significant disruption and inconvenience for building society customers.
PC Andy Bishop is looking into the criminal damage. He said: “We issued an appeal for information in March but have since been working with security staff at the branches and have now recovered much better quality images.
“He’s proving somewhat of a Mr Elusive so far but we’re hopeful that with these clearer images someone will recognise him and contact us.
“This is sheer mindless damage which is causing lots of hassle for staff and customers.
“We need to catch the man responsible and I’d urge anyone who believes they recognise the man in the images to get in touch.”
Please let the police know by messaging on live chat at west-midlands.police.uk, 8am to midnight or by calling 101 anytime. Quote crime reference number 20CV/33548U/21 and if you’d prefer to remain 100% anonymous call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

**Images on Coventry Police Twitter and Facebook**

Music Festival Plan

There is concern locally over a Premises Licence application relating to an event planned for Hearsall Common this summer and potentially annually thereafter.


The application relates to an “outdoor performance of film, dance, live music recorded music and consumption of alcohol” on an unspecified date for Friday ,Saturday, Sunday 12.00 to 23.00 for up to 9,999 persons per day. This application, which was submitted on 31 March, is still in the consultation period. The last date to make representations is Wednesday 28 April.

The application is viewable online at: http://licensing.coventry.gov.uk/MVM/Online/EGov/License_Registers/StdDetails.aspx?PT=&TYPE=LicenceRegistersFullDetailsPK&PARAM0=%27WK/221011170%27&PARAM1=0&XSLT=/mvm/SiteFiles/Skins/M3PP_Online//xslt/Licensing/LicenceRegistersDetails.xsl&FT=Licence%20Details&LAYOUT=UE&DAURI=EGov

Subsequently we have confirmed that the application is for the Legends Festival, a tribute acts concert which is being advertised as being held over two days in July (Saturday 24 and Sunday 25). See: www.legendsfestival.co.uk/coventry