Coventry City Council have published proposals to end unlimited free parking at the three car parks at the War Memorial Park, entered from Kenilworth Road, Leamington Road and Coat of Arms Bridge Road.

The justification given for this is that long stay parkers are often not park users and take up valuable spaces, preventing park users from using them.
Parking will remain free for people spending less than 3 hours at the park, after which charges of £3 – £5 would come into force, except for Park & Ride bus users, who would pay £1 in addition to their bus fare.

Payment would be on a ‘pay and display’ basis at Leamington Road and Coat of Arms Bridge Road and ‘pay on foot’ at Kenilworth Road.

Objections to the proposals can be made up to 29 October 2020 by email to: or by post to; Mr R. Parkes, Legal Services (Place team), Coventry Council, PO Box 15, Council House, Earl Street, Coventry CV1 5RR.

CARTA Needs You!

The long-established CARTA (Chapelfields Area Residents’ and Traders’ Association) is looking for new blood – several of its committee have for various reasons had to stand down in recent months which means that they are seriously short-handed, with attendance figures at recent meetings being alarmingly low. They meet on the first Wednesday of every month apart from August and December at 19.30 in the back room of the Nursery Tavern where they discuss issues appertaining to the historic area of old Chapelfields (the triangle bounded by Craven Street and the south side of Allesley Old Road, including Duke Street, Lord Street, Mount Street and Sir Thomas White’s Road).

CARTA says “We receive admirable support from local councillor Bally Singh, who attends meetings as often as he can and acts as a conduit between CARTA and council officers. Thanks to his good offices many issues close to the residents’ hearts have been resolved. If you can spare a couple of hours a month and you live in the CARTA area we would be delighted to see you at our next meeting on Wednesday October 7th”.

Drinking Fountain – correction

Anyone who has tried to contact Mike Torbe in connection with the Earlsdon Drinking Fountain as per the article on page 25 of the September ECHO may have had a problem trying to use the mobile phone number printed for Mike (079665618046) which is incorrect. The correct number is 07966 518046.

Virtual Jekyll and Hyde filmed at Albany Theatre

The critically acclaimed National Production Company has created a new adaption of Jekyll and Hyde in virtual reality – and filmed the production at the Albany Theatre.

This show was filmed over two days in the Theatre’s studio space, using specialist 360° recording equipment. The Albany’s Technical Manager said: “It was a great opportunity to get back into the theatre and get creative with the set, lighting, and sound. Virtual reality is a little different to our normal events but what a wonderful way to bring theatre to our audiences while we’re closed!”

The classic novella by Victorian writer Robert Louis Stevenson follows the complexities of science and the duplicity of human nature. The National Production Company’s ingenious adaption stays true to the original tale whilst embracing the comedic magic of theatre in a hilarious fast paced spin. Full of unexpected highs and lows, quick costume changes and sharp wit, all in virtual reality.

Jekyll and Hyde Director Andrew Alton said: “As live theatre is currently not an option, we had to figure out a way of getting our productions out there and virtual reality was a way of doing that whilst keeping that immersive and magical aspect of live theatre. It’s been so much fun to create and we can’t wait for our audiences to explore our VR world!”

Suitable for ages 13 and over, this show can be enjoyed anywhere from the sofa to the beach – wherever your mobile device can go, so can this show! Available to pre-order now, the package includes a cardboard VR headset and production programme with the full show available from 11 September, all this for the price of a normal theatre ticket.

Put the headset on and be transported into the centre of the story. Walk around the set while Jekyll and Hyde romp through the space, look up and see the Albany’s studio ceiling, gaze down to see the streets of Victorian England. Andrew added, “If audiences can’t come to us, we’ll come to them!”

Pre-order the package from the Albany Theatre’s website.


This news reached us too late to be included in our September issue.


(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: