Trading Standards Warning on Bogus Phone Calls

Residents are being urged to be wary of bogus telephone calls claiming to be from HMRC. There have been numerous reports of attempted frauds starting with a telephone call or recorded message rather than the more typical email or scam texts, and it seems to be aimed at elderly people in particular.

Recorded messages are being left telling residents that HMRC are filing a lawsuit against them and to press 1 to speak to an advisor otherwise it will result in serious legal consequences. The tone of the message has been reported as being aggressive, and some residents have been left upset and concerned that there were problems with their tax.

One elderly resident who received such a call was so concerned they did press 1 and as suspected, they were asked for their bank details on the pretence this was needed to make a payment for the arrears.

Debbie Morgan, Coventry Trading Standards Enforcement Officer, advised:
“HMRC, banks and the police will never ring people in this manner or ask for personal or bank details over the phone. If you receive a call of this type, we advise that you hang up immediately. If you have elderly friends or relatives who may be vulnerable to this scam, please talk to them and make them aware.”

Anyone who receives a call is urged to report these incidents on the Action Fraud website, or you can call them on 0300 123 2040 (charged at your normal network rate).

This latest scam is being investigated by HMRC fraud section. HMRC has published advice with genuine HMRC contacts and how to recognise scams which can be found on their website. HMRC also advise that if any details are inadvertently disclosed, contact them immediately on security.custcon@hmrc.gsi.gov.uk or telephone 0300 200 3300.

Footbridge overnight closures

From today, Monday 25 September , Coventry City Council is closing the Central Six footbridge for part of each day. The bridge spanning the railway tracks and Central Six Retail Park, connecting Spencer Avenue / Park with Westminster Road, will be affected for one week to complete bridge maintenance works.

These works will involve the resurfacing of the bridge and to complete the work it needs to be fully closed to its users.

This closure will be in place overnight from 8pm to 6am. A diversion route will be signed.

New Bin System

Tomorrow, Tuesday 12th September, is the first day of the new bin collection system which affects not only the frequency of collections of the three different bins but also, for many people, the day of the week.

You should have had a printed calendar but if not you can check Here to see if your collection day has changed.

HiMO Appeal Concerns

The owners of the Beechwood Gardens care home at 73 Rochester Road have appealed against the council’s decision to reject their application to convert it into a 21 unit HiMO. The deadline for comments to the planning inspectorate is 31 August.

Neighbours are very concerned about the scale of this development and impact on traffic and noise on a quiet residential street and believe the application does seem to go against various council policies (losing employment sites, the need for more care homes and the parking needed for HiMOs).

Green Space Consultation

The Council is seeking your views about parks, play areas and green spaces in Coventry. Your views will help them to better understand the quality and accessibility of green space across the borough to inform the development of a new Green Space Strategy and wider planning policy. The Strategy will help the Council to follow government guidance on planning for green spaces and will look at whether the current level of parks and green space is sufficient to meet the needs of local residents now and in the future.

The Council wants to ensure that green spaces achieve their full potential to contribute to the local environment and quality of life. Therefore this is an opportunity for you to let them know how satisfied you are with Coventry’s parks and green spaces and what improvements you would like to see to your local green space.

Even if you do not use green spaces they are still keen to hear your views about the contribution green spaces make to your local quality of life and also about why you do not use green spaces.

Please follow this link to the survey

If you need any help with the survey please contact the consultants assisting Coventry City council with the project on 01562 887884 or contact lizzie@cfpuk.co.uk

The deadline for responses is Monday 28 August 2017.

Coventry United VP Club Launched

With Coventry United F.C. now established at the Butts Park Arena, the directors of the football club have announced the formation of a Vice Presidents Club. Long-term supporter Keith Green (photographed) has been the first to sign up.

Joining costs £1,000 a year and this gives you:
– Appearance in the Vice President roll-of-honour on the Clubs new website
– Advertisements in the match day programme and members newsletters where applicable
– Regular acknowledgement tweets
– Corporate hospitality for two guests once per season with stadium tour
– Two season tickets for both men’s and women’s senior sides and the annual presentation night
– A choice of Vice Presidents man-of-the match (combined with other VP votes)
– Membership of the supporters club
– The opportunity to work with the directors of Coventry United on joint initiatives
– Invitation to participate in one board meeting followed by dinner
– The ability to customise your benefits package to suit your needs

Keith Green says : ‘I have been a fan of Coventry United since the team was formed in 2013, and have only missed a very few games both home and away. When the opportunity came to become even more involved with the Club, and to become the first member of the Vice Presidents Club, I jumped at the chance.’

Peter Reynolds, Chairman of Coventry United F.C., added: ‘With our move to the Butts Park Arena, we are able to provide more facilities and opportunities for our growing number of supporters, and we were delighted when Keith, one of our longest serving fans, became our first Vice President. When we established Coventry United our aim was to create a true community club, offering opportunities for all, and with our new Vice Presidents Club we know we can continue to deliver on this promise.’

Anybody wishing to join the Coventry United F.C. Vice Presidents Club can email: commercial@coventryunited.co.uk.