(Our apologies that due to an internal communication failure this article was accidentally omitted from our August issue).

Earlsdon Carnegie Community Library would like to thank all of their library members for bearing with them during their recent closure and the subsequent lockdown period.

They’re still awaiting guidance from Coventry City Council as to when they will be allowed to open the doors again – as you can appreciate, there’s a huge amount of work that will need to be done to ensure that they are able to safely begin lending books again. However, they have shared their current plans for “Unfolding The Library”.

Initially, they will be able to offer a “Select and Collect” scheme, where library members can state which books they would like to borrow from Earlsdon library’s stock (either digitally or using a paper based form) and a time will be arranged for them to pick them up. They have been in contact with other libraries who are successfully delivering this service to ensure that it works as smoothly as possible and are currently finessing the details of how this will work in practice.

They would love to be able to show you the refurbishment in person – this is certainly not the grand reopening that they had in mind – so they are also working on an innovative way to showcase the gorgeous new Reading Room whilst respecting current social distancing measures.

They know that it’s frustrating that the library is still closed when so many other establishments have already reopened so thank you again for your patience. Hopefully you won’t have much longer to wait!

They have had a lot of enquiries from people wanting to donate books to the library, but at the moment they are not allowed in the building to accept them. It would be great if people could hang on to their books for the time being and they will update everyone as soon as possible about when they can start collecting donations again.

To keep up to date with the library’s latest news, please visit their website, find them on Facebook @EarlsdonCommunityLibrary and follow them on Twitter @EarlsdonL.

UPDATE ON ISSUES AT THE CITY ARMS (see page 2 of the August issue of ECHO)

A multi-agency visit to the premises took place a few weeks ago with Police Licensing, Council Licensing and Health and Safety Officers, who met with the Regional Manager and Designated Premises Supervisor (DPS) to discuss issues that had arisen, particularly relating to the use of the outdoor areas. The Health and Safety Officers discussed their COVID-19 risk assessment, to ensure that the appropriate measures / controls are in place, and some recommendations were made.

A follow up multi-agency visit is taking place at the premises this week to ensure these recommendations have been implemented, and failure to do so may result in the appropriate Health and Safety enforcement action being taken.
With regard to the management of the outdoor seating area at the front of the premises, the venue has confirmed that they are installing a perimeter fence so that they can control this area more efficiently, including access; egress; reduced capacity limits and effective social distancing measures. This area will be monitored by door-staff at peak times who will also monitor the behaviour of individuals consuming alcohol in this area (which includes encouraging patrons to keep noise to a minimum). The fence and additional controls should be in place for next weekend (8-9 August).

The police are aware of the increased use of nitrous oxide in this area and will be monitoring the situation.
The Police Licensing team have put the City Arms on their patrol strategy for Night Time Economy visits, and the venue was visited both nights last weekend by a Police Licensing Officer. The council’s Parking Enforcement Team are now aware of the increased traffic in the area during peak times to deal with any issues regarding illegally parked cars and those causing an obstruction.

When the pubs first re-opened there were issues with the New Albany and a similar multi-agency approach was taken there. It is felt that some of the clientele have now been displaced from the New Albany to the City Arms, which may explain why there are now problems at the latter.

The concerns of ward councillors will be passed to the City Arms’ DPS / Manager at this week’s follow up visit.
If residents are experiencing issues with noise, they are encouraged to log a call with the council’s out of hours noise team on 024 7683 2222, and any anti-social behaviour is logged with the police on 101. This evidence is necessary should further action be needed, such as a Licence Review, if the problems persist and/or the situation worsens.

Eat Out to Help Out Scheme

From 3 August, customers will be able to eat out at participating restaurants and cafes and obtain a 50% discount on food and non-alcoholic drinks, up to a maximum discount of £10 per diner.

The scheme is available from 3-31 August on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday only. No vouchers are required, there is no minimum spend and no restrictions on either the size of the group dining or the number of times it can be used. The establishment will be reimbursed by the government.

Local establishments participating include the following:

• The Cottage, 22-24 Warwick Street, CV5 6ET
• Cafe Bravo, 62 Earlsdon Street, CV5 6EJ
• Allys Balti House, 48 Earlsdon Street, CV5 6EJ
• Emily’s Café, 40 Earlsdon Street, CV5 6EJ
• Street Restaurant, 24-26 Earlsdon Street, CV5 6EJ
• Millsy’s Cafe Bar Bistro, 20 Earlsdon Street, CV5 6EG
• Sage, 45 Earlsdon Street, CV5 6EP
• Subway, 51 Earlsdon Street, CV5 6EL
• Richards Kitchen, 227 Albany Road, CV5 6NF
• The Royal Bengal ,172 Albany Road, CV5 6NG
• Pickles Indian and Grill Cuisine, 51-52 Spon End, CV1 3HE
• O’Toole’s Café, 147 Westwood Road, CV5 6GD
• Ramada Hotel and Suites, The Butts, CV1 3GG
• Arco Bar & Ristorante, 13 Butts, CV1 3GJ
• Shimla Spice, 3 Butts, CV1 3GJ
• Aqua Food & Mood 14a The Butts, CV1 3GR
• Indigo Restaurant, 153-155 Warwick Road, CV3 6AU
• New Spires, Grayswood Avenue, CV5 8HJ
• Wing Wah, 583 Fletchamstead Highway CV4 9EL
• Oodles Noodles, Unit 1, Vanguard Avenue, CV5 6UA
• KFC, Unit 2, Vanguard Avenue, CV5 6UA
• Subway, Unit 2, Vanguard Avenue, CV5 6UA
• McDonald’s Restaurant, Alvis Retail Park, Holyhead Road, CV5 8BW

More businesses may be added to the list – participating establishments are shown on the government website:
Eat Out

where you can search for results close to any postcode you specify. It is advisable to contact the establishment first as a booking may be required.

Police Message – Vehicle Theft

A theft from vehicle has occurred in Earlsdon Street, between 13:00 – 14:00 hours on 21st July.

If you saw any suspicious activity in that area during the material times, or you have CCTV or dashcam footage of the incident, please contact West Midlands Police by telephoning 101 or by going online to .

For information about security and crime prevention please visit:



A reminder that copies of ECHO are available from most of its regular outlets but there are still some which are closed.

The ‘closed’ list includes the churches, Earlsdon Library, Coventry Resource Centre for the Blind and Hearsall Golf Club.

The ‘open’ list is:

Broomfield News
Butts News
Earlsdon St P.O.
Hearsall News, Hearsall Lane
Costcutter, Sovereign Rd
Shop Local, Upper Spon Street
Co-op, Allesley Old Road
Co-op, Earlsdon Street.
Earlsdon Park Village shop
Gabriel’s Chip Shop
Roskell’s Pharmacy
Popping Cork
Taylors Butchers
A.P. Harvey
Wint’s Wines
Earlsdon Traditional Meats

Our thanks to our sellers for helping us to keep our circulation up during lockdown.