Ten changes to our city of old and new
1483: Martin Luther, German religious reformer, was born in Eisleben.
1683: George II was born in Hanover.
1871: Henry Morton Stanley, sent to Africa by his newspaper to find Scottish missionary David Livingstone, finally made contact with him at Ujiji on Lake
Tanganyika with the words: “Dr Livingstone, I presume.”
1910: Edward Elgar conducted the first performance of his violin concerto, played by Fritz Kreisler, in the Queen’s Hall, London. Applause was described as worthy of the victory of the Battle of Trafalgar. 1928: Hirohito was crowned Emperor of Japan. The Crown Prince, aged 27, had been regent for seven years beforehand.
1982: Soviet leader Leonid Brezhnev died aged 75.
1988: George Bush was elected US President.
1991: In Calcutta, a record 95,000 people watched South Africa’s return to international cricket.
They won by three wickets.
ON THIS DAY LAST YEAR: A series of war memorials erected a century ago, before the end of the First World War, were given protected status. Sir Tim Rice, Eddie Irvine and right, Eve PEOPLE often comment that Coventry city centre is a wonderful example of post-war development which should be cherished and protected for all time.
Others comment that the centre is empty, out-of-date and in need of knocking down and starting again. As ever, the truth is somewhere in-between.
As Cabinet Member for Jobs and Regeneration in Coventry, my job is straight forward: Encourage new investment to the city, creating jobs, new business and shops, bringing a vibrancy and new life to the city. It’s harder than it looks!
The retail sector up and down the country is going through seismic change. This has been brought on by the challenge of online retailers, ongoing austerity and uncertainty. This has led to the public’s changing habits. Coventry, like elsewhere, must rise to this challenge or continue to decline leading to certain economic death. I won’t let that happen and neither will my colleagues.
So, what is happening in the city centre? Here’s a top ten although I could include many more and others will have their own favourites!
1. The old Nationwide building has come down, opening the entrance to Hertford Street revealing the long forgotten link to Broadgate.
Old and the new.
2. Bringing the escalator down in Upper Precinct and opening up the vista again whilst decluttering and face-lifting the buildings themselves. Old and the new.
3. Bringing down Coventry Point by the market, opening up the area and restoring the sight lines and links to the immediate area including Market Way and Shelton Square. Old and the new.
4. Upgrading Hertford Street as part of wider redevelopment plans in City Centre South bringing a circuit right round this part of the city from Broadgate to the market and beyond. Old and the new.
5. Cathedral Lanes Centre – opening new restaurants, bringing new business and customers to spend and gaze at both the precinct and Broadgate as well as the Cathedrals. Old and the new.
6. Reinvigorating Ironmonger Row, with plans to bring old buildings into new use. Old and the new.
7. The Co-operative on Corporation Street redeveloped, bringing new homes for sale and businesses on the ground floor. Old and the new.
8. The former Coventry Telegraph building becoming a much-needed hotel using original features whilst giving a great experience and stay for visitors. Old and the new.
9. Upgrading the listed Coventry Railway Station in time for City of Culture 2021. Old and the new.
10. Drapers Hall being brought back to life by transferring to Historic Coventry Trust and opening up to the public. Old and the new.
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Bit like life really.
Councillor Jim O’Boyle (Lab) St Michael’s Ward I WONDER if you or anyone from the National Express can tell me why all of a sudden the No.20b service has been taken out of action around Woodshires Road and Wilsons Lane, Longford.
All week we have been ringing and passed on to different sections. Admittedly they have been polite and rung back but all with different answers, i.e. it must be a mistake, we did not know.
Two of the stops have been taken away and people have now to walk to the top of Oban Road to get on and off.
Winter is on the way and there are a lot of elderly people around this area plus a lot of new houses just gone up.
Please, could someone tell the truth because as far has I know, nobody was informed.
Longford WHAT a great shame that, after two World Wars, we still have many wars at present causing death and destruction.
We will not learn to stop until the war to end all wars – which will be armageddon.
Radford Lost souls and broken hearts Screams and laughter.
Crystal glasses and loud music, Celebrations and tears.
The war is over but the fight still
Our troops and heroes lay still with
Silent goodbyes and whispered
We stand in honour for the ones
whose blood we walk on,
The ones whose hearts gave freely, The war is over but the fight carries
The fight’s within us to find
Paths have been paved and lives lost yet we tread carelessly with forgotten minds and
Selfish hearts, why a minute silence for the men and women who fought tirelessly for years
Wars thrust back to back no time to
see their grandchildren grow. Lost souls and broken hearts
Lost no more.
Jubilance N Mason