The Godiva Festival, which celebrates its 20th anniversary this year, is moving to a new date this summer.

Festival organisers today announced the event will this year be held in the War Memorial Park from 31 August to 2 September. Contrary to what people may have heard on BBC Coventry and Warwickshire, this is NOT the August Bank Holiday Weekend, it is a week after that.

The move is a result of last week’s announcement that Coventry has been chosen as the English host for BBC Music presents The Biggest Weekend on 27 and 28 May.

That would give less than six weeks until the traditional Godiva weekend in July and organisers said the park will need time to recover so it can be at its best to welcome the crowds who flock to the Festival every year.

With the dates now set, event organisers are hard at work scheduling bands and programming the weekend.

People can keep up to date with the latest news for Godiva Festival 2018 by following @godivafestival on Twitter and Facebook, or seeing www.godivafestival.com

Any businesses or potential sponsors looking to be a part of the event, should contact the Council’s Marketing Team on 024 7683 2466, and anyone looking to book a food, charity, craft or promotional stall should use www.godivafestival.com to register their interest.

Gas Works

Starting Friday 9 February there will be temporary parking and traffic arrangements in the Rochester Road area to enable gas mains works to be carried out. Diversion routes will be signposted and the works are expected to take up to three months. The roads affected are Palmerston Road, Radcliffe Road, Rochester Road (between Radcliffe Road and Beechwood Avenue) and St. Andrew’s Road.

We hope to provide more details in the March issue of ECHO.

Mayfield Road HiMO Plan Reaction

Nearby residents are objecting strongly to a planning application to create a House in Multiple Occupation (HiMO) in Mayfield Road. The plan is to turn the premises at 47a Mayfield Road and 3 Mickleton Road from retail shop and dwelling into a 9 bedroom HiMO and extend the existing outbuilding at the first floor and convert it into 2 self contained one bedroom flats. The proposal would take another family home out of the community and add to the transient population as well as making the existing parking problems even worse. There is a petition at Wint’s Wines in Mayfield Road.

You can view the plans (ref. FUL/2017/3242) on the city council website www.coventry.gov.uk by going to the planning portal. If you wish to comment on these plans the deadline is very soon – Thursday 8 February

Effects of Cabling Works on Hearsall Common

Update posted by Cllr Bally Singh via HERA Facebook page:

Following concerns regarding the untidy state of Hearsall Common left by the works from Western Power, the following steps are being taken to remediate. If any resident has any other concerns they can contact Des Gelly directly on 07850 720176 or email dgelly@westernpower.co.uk

“Areas of concern:

North of Hearsall Common

To the North of Hearsall lane there is a large area that is water logged. The primary cause of this appears to be restrictions between the ditch running generally west to east on the southern side of the substation being blocked between the driveway to the allotments and the pond. This appears to be an historic issue. Our trench has been left slightly crowned to allow for settlement which is also hampering surface water relieving to the ditch.

Our works are not complete in this area however in the interim, to address this issue we intend to attempt to clear the pre-existing blockages in the ditch and create some shallow relief channels to allow the standing water to drain away. This work will be completed today.

South of Hearsall Common

There is surplus excavated and fine fill material which is retained on site and some black plastic ducting which is not stored correctly. In addition there is a blocked ditch which runs across the common adjacent to the allotment boundary.
It is this blockage which is causing standing water to flood the area including the footpath. This ditch was flumed to allow our vehicles to cross during our installation works .

All materials are being moved and more appropriately stored. The flume which was installed is being removed, the ditch cleared and the existing drains cleared to allow the water backing up in the ditch to drain away. A small sump will be dug to collect standing to water to allow it to be over pumped into the ditch which runs along the side of the allotments. This work will be completed today.
Programme of works
The majority of works have been completed on Hearsall Common. Approximately 90 % of the ducting has been installed and the drill beneath the railway has been completed.

Outstanding works:
Approx 20m of duct to be installed adjacent to the existing substation on the Northern side of Hearsall Common which will involve crossing the adjacent ditch which is currently blocked . Hopefully the above remedial works to the existing ditch will hopefully improve site conditions prior to this work taking place. This work is planned to take place early March 2018.
Approx 50m of duct to install around the existing tower to connect ducts installed beneath the railway. This work is in the vicinity of the standing water. These works have been deferred until March 2018 to prevent further damage to this area.
The Horizontal Directional Drill across Hearsall Lane is planned for early February and will involve small excavations in the grassed areas each side of the road. Trackway will be installed to prevent surface damage by the drilling equipment.
Once all the ducting has been installed cables will be pulled through these, jointed and tested. These activities are planned to take place from mid- March 2018 through to mid-April 2018.”

Cabling Works – latest

Here’s the latest on the cabling works being carried out by Western Power Distribution. Works at the junction of Beechwood Avenue and Kenilworth are continuing, with normal access from Kenilworth Road but a diversion along Warwick Avenue/Earlsdon Avenue for traffic going in the other direction. This is expected to last another 2 weeks.

The contractors aim to start weekend work on Coat of Arms Bridge Road/Stivichall Croft and the Baginton Road/Stivichall junction this month. This will involve a road closure and diversion for three weekends while they install ducts. They plan to start work on Hearsall Lane this week – there will be some signage during the first phase, which will last for two days, but the main work, which they aim to carry out at the beginning of February, shouldn’t have any impact on traffic.

It is expected that installing the cable will be done in March. This will involve digging at points on Hearsall Common, the War Memorial Park, Beechwood Avenue and Baginton Road they can pull the cable through and carry out testing. There will be traffic lights and signage but there are no dates yet.

There will be further updates in our February and March issues.

ECHO Prize Competitions

Just a reminder that you still have a few days left to submit your entries for the various prize competitions which appear in the current issue of ECHO. These are the Wordsearch, the Quiz of the Year and the Aspire Style Competition. The deadline for entries is Friday 5 January.

The postal and email addresses below can be used to enter any of prize competitions. Remember to include your name, address and phone number:

By post or hand to:
ECHO box, c/o Earlsdon Library, Earlsdon Avenue North, Coventry CV5 6FZ


Please note that the Earlsdon Post Office Quiz had a deadline of 22 December and answers had to be submitted to the Post Office, not to ECHO.

Coombe Abbey Pub Plan Update

There have been some minor changes to the planning application for the Coombe Abbey Inn in Craven Street (ref. FUL/2017/2349).

The plan is still for 14 bedsits over 3 floors with ground floor extension at the rear.

However the comment from a City Council Senior Planning Officer to a representative of CARTA was “The changes reduce the 1st and 2nd floor rear extension by 1m in depth and amend the window design and identify a bin storage area to the rear.”

The other relevant information is the extension of public consultation to 30 December and new Planning Committee date of 18 January (it was 14 December as the current issue of ECHO went to press).

Contract Success for CWCT

Coventry & Warwickshire Chamber of Commerce Training (CWCT) are celebrating their success in securing a government contract with the Education and Skills Agency to support non-apprenticeship levy paying businesses with apprenticeship training, including recruiting new talent, up-skilling their existing workforce and ensuring that apprenticeships offer a valuable skills solution to support business growth.

Starting in January 2018, Coventry & Warwickshire Chamber Training will be working closely with employers, identifying their skills needs and designing apprenticeships which are tailored around business needs.

In what was a highly competitive tendering round, Chamber Training used its vast experience of delivering high quality apprenticeships across Coventry and Warwickshire.

Sally Lucas, Executive Director of Coventry and Warwickshire Chamber Training, said, “We are excited at the prospect of working closely with employers, supporting them to access apprenticeships with ease, train new and existing staff and gain a business return on their investment”.

Coventry & Warwickshire Chamber of Commerce Training (CWCT) is one of the largest providers of apprenticeships and wider vocational training and development in Coventry & Warwickshire with over 30 years experience. The team of advisers have a long track record in supporting businesses, working in partnership to design and develop relevant training solutions.

To find out more, call CWCT’s Business Development Team on 024 7623 1122 or email enquiries@cw-chambertraining.co.uk