Ten changes to our city of old and new

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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Oth­ers com­ment that the cen­tre is empty, out-of-date and in need of knock­ing down and start­ing again.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.

Noth­ing I or my col­leagues are 02476 500 337 02476 500 515 02476 500 343


Keith Perry 02476 500 307

02476 500 254

0333 202 8000 do­ing is done with­out thought and with­out a plan. Any­one can crit­i­cise and point to what they would like or don’t like. I would like to think though that peo­ple, whether they are in the ‘keep ev­ery­thing as it is’ team or the ‘knock ev­ery­thing down’ party can see that, as ever, this is all about some­where in be­tween.

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.

Chris­tine Clif­ford

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.

Ian Har­ris

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

goes on

Our troops and he­roes lay still with


Sac­ri­fices made,

Paths cho­sen

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

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