Tower block homes won’t empty streets

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65 BC: Ho­race, Ro­man poet, was born in Venu­sian Apu­lia.

1542: Mary, Queen of Scots, was born at Lin­lith­gow Palace.

1733: A Dorset man re­ported see­ing a pol­ished sil­ver disc in the sky – the first known sight­ing of a UFO.

1854: Pope Pius IX de­clared that Christ’s mother, the Vir­gin Mary, was pre­served from all sin from the mo­ment she was con­ceived. 1859: Thomas de Quincey, es­say­ist, died in Scot­land.

1864: The Clifton Sus­pen­sion Bridge over the River Avon at Bris­tol, de­signed by Brunel, was opened.

1941: Bri­tain and the United States de­clared war on Ja­pan. 1980: John Len­non was shot dead in New York by Mark David Chap­man.

1991: Lead­ers of Rus­sia, Belorus­sia and Ukraine formed a “com­mon­wealth of in­de­pen­dent states” and pro­nounced the Soviet Union dead.

ON THIS DAY LAST YEAR: A YouTube prankster freed by a fire crew af­ter us­ing Poly­filla to ‘ce­ment’ his head in­side a mi­crowave was warned against risk­ing his life for ‘other peo­ple’s en­ter­tain­ment’. I AM not at all sur­prised by the coun­cil’s de­ci­sion to pro­vide tem­po­rary ac­com­mo­da­tion for home­less peo­ple in Caradoc Hall (Nov 29) be­cause it is com­pletely ridicu­lous.

This is be­cause the block was once owned by the coun­cil but was sold to Coven­try Univer­sity. It was sold again to a pri­vate de­vel­oper in 2008 for £2mil­lion – be­cause it wasn’t even good enough for the stu­dents.

The coun­cil now plans to spend £1.7m leas­ing back part of the build­ing to pro­vide tem­po­rary ac­com­mo­da­tion. The top two floors are pri­vately owned and the de­vel­oper is also try­ing to ac­quire the rest of the flats. Sounds like an in­ter­est­ing sit­u­a­tion could de­velop.

The pro­posal aims to save money by mov­ing fam­i­lies out of B&B ac­com­mo­da­tion but does not set out any ac­tion to take rough sleep­ers off the streets, con­trary to pop­u­lar opin­ion amongst Tele­graph read­ers. There ap­pears to be a huge amount of sup­port for this pro­posal be­cause peo­ple seem to think the coun­cil are go­ing to take peo­ple di­rectly off the streets to be housed in the block, which is ab­so­lutely not the case. This is sim­ply a cost­sav­ing ex­er­cise and a shame­less pub­lic­ity stunt.

I grew up on the es­tate and it is still a place which I care about. The coun­cil ripped the com­mu­nity out of this area a long time ago when the lo­cal shops and the pub next to the block were all de­mol­ished.

It has also been re­ported re­cently that there are over 1,000 prop­er­ties in Coven­try which have been empty for six months or more. Why has the coun­cil not taken ac­tion to bring any of these prop­er­ties back into use? Many of these prop­er­ties are in Wood End which is part of the same lo­cal ward as the Manor Farm es­tate.

The Manor Farm has also re­cently un­der­gone a re­gen­er­a­tion pro­gramme how­ever the tower block is still one of the only blocks left in the city not to have had any re­fur­bish­ment work car­ried out. Res­i­dents would like to see it de­mol­ished to cre­ate more space for planned hous­ing near the block.

There have also been problems with the re­gen­er­a­tion works. The 02476 500 337 02476 500 515 02476 500 343

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0333 202 8000 con­trac­tors have now all packed up and left the es­tate but there still seems to be some work which hasn’t been fin­ished or car­ried out prop­erly. At one pri­vate prop­erty, a rusty old street sign was put back up on the side of the prop­erty. It was later re­moved but the dam­age to the wall hasn’t been re­paired.

At two other prop­er­ties, there are large gaps in the ex­te­rior walls for no rea­son. There are also sec­tions of road and pave­ment sur­faces which have been left un­fin­ished. There are cases like this across the es­tate but lo­cal coun­cil­lors haven’t been out to speak to any­one.

Some res­i­dents on the es­tate have said they were not in­volved in any plans to carry out work to their prop­er­ties and feel like they have been treated un­fairly.

Ian A Rogers

Foleshill WE all re­mem­ber the Brexit doom and gloom fore­casts from David Cameron and Ge­orge Os­borne, and we now have the worst case sce­nario pre­dic­tion from Mark Car­ney (note – not a fore­cast).

What next, plague and pesti­lence? If the Bank of Eng­land can pro­duce their worst case sce­nario/ fore­cast, per­haps they could also now pro­duce a best case pre­dic­tion. Fred Foster

Rad­ford floun­der­ing to­wards the near­est food bank.

Am­ber Rudd has much sort­ing out to do to make Uni­ver­sal Credit civilised.

Max Not­ting­ham

Lin­coln My nan went into the jun­gle

On I’m A Celebrity... Get Me Out Of


Where she set­tled in nicely

Show­ing she had no fear.

Rats sat on her face

And vipers slith­ered on her chest, Creepy crawlies got in her hair

But she won stars in ev­ery test.

She dined on kan­ga­roo tes­ti­cles Gulped down grub af­ter grub, De­voured a plate of sheep eyes Say­ing it was like eat­ing in her lo­cal


So the book­ies made her the


And view­ers kept vot­ing her in,

So I bet a few bob on her

Fifty quid on my gutsy nan to win. Well, she only went and won

Much to her ex­cite­ment and de­light, So she cel­e­brated by eat­ing


And downed ten pints of snakebite. Kevin Halls

Bell Green

Caradoc Hall in Hen­ley Green

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