NHS Plans – what people said is important in Coventry:

Find out the results of the work Healthwatch Coventry did to ask local people what the local NHS should focus on. They ran two surveys and discussion groups in April- May this year.

People called for more timely and consistent communication; joint decision making, professionals that listen; and faster support when needed.

Cost; computer literacy, trust and access were seen as barriers to people accessing NHS services more by computer; internet; phone etc

Read the report to find out more about what people said would help:


Coventry Spires U3A Open Day

Our apologies to Coventry Spires U3A – due to an error in the compilation of the September issue of ECHO, the information which appeared was from last year.

The correct information for this year’s Open Day is as follows:-

Coventry Spires U3A will be having an Open Day on Thursday 19 September at 2pm at St Barbara’s Church Hall, Rochester Road. If you are retired and looking for something worthwhile to fill your time, come and see their wide range of activities.

They have a meeting once a month with a speaker, and more than 20 sub-groups covering subjects ranging from educational to recreational, so there’s something for everyone.

At the Open Day you will find details of what they have to offer, plus you can have a go at table tennis!

Any queries, phone Rene on 024 7667 5158.

Rob Bills

Since the September issue of ECHO was printed, we have been shocked and saddened to hear of the untimely death of Rob Bills, owner of CV Nutrition in Albany Road. The business is featured, and Rob is quoted, on page 7 of this issue.

Rob died in a road traffic accident on Saturday 24 August on Grayswood Avenue.

A crowd funding site has been set up to support his family:


No 5 Bus Diverted from Monday 19th August for 5 Days

The diversion is to allow for gas pipe replacement work to be carried out.

Rochester Road will be closed at its junction with Beechwood Avenue. While the road is closed Service 5,in both directions, will divert via Shaftsbury Road.

Rochester Road and the Beechwood Avenue/Rochester Road bus stop will not be served.

Alternative bus stops are at
• Radcliffe Road
• Beechwood Avenue (Hartington Crescent bus stop and temporary bus stop opposite)

Can you Help with ECHO Advertising?

ECHO needs a volunteer to assist in managing our advertisers list. No specific skills are needed – just the willingness to spend a little time each month answering and sending emails, checking with advertisers on their requirements for repeat or new adverts, following up interest from potential new advertisers, and passing on requests to the ECHO team members who create the artwork for the small number of advertisers who don’t provide their own.

If you want to get involved in the country’s longest running independent community newspaper, please contact us at: newsdesk@echonews.org.uk

Improvements to Coventry Rail Station

The first phase of work on improvements to Coventry railway station – a new footbridge and improvements to the existing platform canopies – has begun. A second station building with shops, new multi-storey car park and a ticket office, as well as a bus interchange on the Central Six side, will follow soon.

Piling works are currently taking place on Warwick Road. The piling forms part of the foundations for the new station building and will allow the opening of the access tunnel under Warwick Road, connecting the new building to the bus interchange.

As part of the work, it will be necessary to close the steps on Warwick Road and the walkway from the station to the car park at Central Six. The closure will take place from Monday 5 August and pedestrians will need to walk down Warwick Road, past Eaton House – the tower block – and access the station past the new Council building.

From 5 August, 12 disabled car parking spaces will also be relocated from the station forecourt to the existing multi storey car park no.1, which can be accessed via Station Square.

Finally, the cycle shelter closest to the platform in the short stay car park area will be moved to a temporary location in front of the station while the work is carried out. There is also an undercover cycle hub located near to the British Transport Police.

For more information, visit Station master plan

or contact by email: stationmasterplan@coventry.gov.uk

Bus interchange
Plan of Upgraded Station

Healthwatch Public Meeting

Healthwatch Coventry is holding an open meeting for Coventry people at Queens Road Baptist Church Centre from 9.45am until 1pm on 16 July. Here are the details:

Join our conversation about what the local NHS should do to help people live well and get better support. NHS plans suggest lots of different approaches and priorities – but what do you think?

Healthwatch Coventry is focused on the views and experiences of local people about health and care services and wants to hear from you. We will also update on our work listening to local people.

Come along if you:

  • live in Coventry or use health or care services in Coventry
  • are involved in a local voluntary, community or self-help group or a faith organisation
  • work in NHS and care services

Find out more or book your place at:



Phone: 7622 0381 (option 3)

Bus Route Changes in Pipeline

National Express Coventry are conducting a consultation on possible bus route changes to be implemented in September. This would be the first major revision of services for 7 years. Routes affected, serving Earlsdon, Chapelfields, Spon End and Hearsall Common could include the numbers 5, 10, 11, 18, 19 and 23. However some of these changes may only affect parts of these routes around the city centre and where the route continues beyond the city centre. For more details, and to have your say before the plans are finalised in mid-July, go to the website:

Bus Proposals and Consultation

Road Closures Near Coventry Railway Station

Eaton Road will be subject to weekend closures (from Station Square to Warwick Road) for works by Western Power Distribution, from Friday night to Monday morning on the following dates:

• Friday 14 June at 20.00 until Monday 17 June at 06.00
• Friday 21 June at 20.00 until Monday 24 June at 06.00
• Friday 28 June at 20.00 until Monday 1 July at 06.00

The adjacent Warwick Road (southbound) will also have a nearside lane closure in place from the junction with Eaton Road to the Central Six island at the latter stages of these works in order to facilitate the works.

New Volunteers Needed for ECHO

We are constantly looking for more volunteers to contribute to ECHO.

We particularly need someone to help with our coverage of planning issues. This might suit someone who has working experience in planning, property or construction but the main requirements are an eye for detail, enthusiasm and a genuine interest in the area.

Equally anyone who can take on some of the general workload would be a welcome addition to the team.

If you want to get involved in the country’s longest running independent community newspaper, please contact us via email: newsdesk@echonews.org.uk