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Ca paig i g fo a uality Co e t y Raisi g a a e ess as to hat uality ea s A othe ea passes ith o side a le a i it o all f o ts. Highlights: We o issio ed la ds ape a hite t Si o Watki s to p odu e a s he ai desig of the Whitef ia s Mo aste /Ju io Ri g Road a ea. We o side ed the d at do u e t to e e t e el i te esi g. So did the Cou il. We o ga ised ou i st lue pla ue—i e o of Siegf ied Bet a of T iu ph fa e—to e i ed o his ho e at Stoke Pa k –El Ba k House. Ou Fi st Wo ld Wa e o ial p oje t has p og essed leaps a d ou ds a d e ade it ou o t i uio to this ea ’s Ci i Da , ased at the Ce t al Li a . We e e i st u e tal i the fo aio of Desig Co e t , a pa el of p ofessio als i the ields of pla i g, a hite tu e a d la ds ape. Of g eat sig ii a e as a ofe to a out pro bo o o k fo Co e t Cit Cou il he e i depe de t ad i e o st eets apes, uildi gs a d a hite tu e ould e of e eit to the de isio aki g p o ess. Cultu e While e a e ote des i ed i the edia as a histo i so iet , e a e ot. Ou spe ial i te est is i ou it ’s he itage a d the sites that ake Co e t the u i ue pla e it is. Fo so ei e o e ha e ee o e ed that those espo si le fo the id to e Cit of Cultu e ha e appea ed to ig o e ou o de ful he itage assets. We o i ue to p ess fo a ha ge i that. A p i e e a ple is the it ’s e t al shoppi g a ea ith its Fesival of Britai st le a hite tu e. The e i st pedest ia p e i ts i Eu ope. App op iatel , a hite ts Je e a d Ca oli e Gould o pleted thei ook e e tl , its itle: Co e t —the aki g of a ode it 9 9- . We ate ded its e e t lau h. Its o te ts a e a o de ful guide to the e hea t of post- a Co e t , its e t e a d also i po ta tl , de elop e ts i the su u s. The eall should e studied a d ade a e t al featu e of Co e t ’s id to e a it of ultu e.

eigh ou hood pla i g hi h i luded Co u it Rights, a d the oppo tu it to egiste assets of o u it alue. A ious to k o o e of the detail e e e g ateful to e ei e Sa ah Ja es f o Ci i Voi e ho e plai ed the o epts a d e ha i s of the s he e. Sa ah is also a e e of the So iet . Outlook O the p o oio s side of ou o k e set up a stall at the Godi a Fesi al he e the F ie ds of She ou e Ri e as lau hed. A d o e agai ope ed St Ma k’s Chu h fo the Fei us h u al to e ie ed o He itage Weeke d. These a e i alua le o asio s he e eet the ge e al pu li . Ou e site is ell used the pu li ho i d the e s a d i fo aio of g eat alue. We o i ue to p odu e a o thl e slete that ot o l goes to ea h e e ut also ou illo s, ou il oi e s a d othe p o i e t people. O e agai ou ale da ith ie s of Co e t as a total sell-out. Ch ist as a ds e e also e popula although e eed to p o ide a p ope displa o . Disappoi t e ts? We elie e that i o i uildi gs like The Elepha t dese e a lasi g pla e i the u i e sit ua te , et ou appli aio fo lisi g as tu ed do . Sadl the D ape s’ Hall p oje t appea s to The Pal e La e/Hales St eet s he e e o hold hile the T ust goes th ough a to see that the Fa Gosfo d St eet tea of e-o ga isaio phase. A d last ut o ea s least e a e pla e s ill o o e to o k o a £ o e ed to see the ala e ip hea il illio pla to ege e ate The Bu ges to a ds u i e sit a i it ithi the it a ea, la ds ape the Ri e She ou e i e t e. The e is idesp ead fea that the Pal e La e a ea a d eate e fa iliies fo the ide populaio a e estau a ts, afes a d stude t ei g ig o ed. The So iet elie e this a o odaio pi tu ed a o e . We et ith se e al la ge de elope s ho eeds to e add essed the Cou il. We ha e a s all o itee that is a e i gi g o e stude t dedi ated to i p o i g the fo tu es of a o odaio to the it e t e at Co e t . I tha k ea h a d e e o e fo Belg ade Plaza, To e St eet a d the itee Nu ses Ho e at the fo e Co e t a d the i e a d efo t put i . The o is elai el s all i u e ut judgi g Wa i kshi e Hospital. We also ade the e o d e did p et ell. ep ese taio s o a u e of p oposals, des i ed i so e detail o page . Keith Draper, Chair a Ate The Lo alis A t of a e We a e delighted to see se e al oads a d ai ju io s i the it e t e d a ai all i p o ed—Lidi e Pla e, Belg ade S ua e, Fai fa St eet, Jo da Well a d Cou il House S ua e. Clea l the £ . illio of e te al a d p i ate fu di g as ell spe t. The So iet e te ed o e fo a aio al a a d, ut sadl it did ’t uite ake it. Local Pla At last e sa the i al o sultaio o the Lo al Pla efo e su issio to Naio al Go e e t. I ou o e ts the So iet as ot opposi g holesale, the use of G ee Belt la d ut elie ed that o ield sites should e p io iised. We also said that CAN’s poi t a out stude t housi g as ell fou ded. The e appea ed o poli to a age this issue i so ial a eas a d o u iies. We said that othe u i e sit iies do ha e poli ies i pla e. O the pla i g f o t e e e delighted


Belgrade Plaza We et Si pso Haugh a d Part ers a d e pessed o er a out the store to er lo k to house stude ts. This see s out of s ale a d keepi g ith the uildi gs arou d it. But the lai ed the height as e essar to iigate the ulk of the uli store ar park. Ne ertheless e i di ated ho the height ight e redu ed o e store . The other stude t lo ks ere stepped do i height ith a su sta ial area of la d let at Hill Street for a o -stude t do esi s ale de elop e t.

Swa swell Nurses Ho e We et Mar hi i Curra Asso iates to look o er earl dra i gs that ould reate a other stude t reside e o ple just outside the ri g road. There ill e a o odaio for eds. We ere i pressed ith the ir s ish to pro ide a de elop e t s pathei to the listed operai g theatre uildi g. It as good to see a i e fro tages o Sto e Sta to ‘oad ut e ere less e thusiasi o er the rather la d eleaio s. We ha e si e re ei ed arist s i pressio s of part of the site see far right . The urses ho e a d outpaie ts li i ere origi all o pleted i a d . Copsewood Gra ge We o i ue to press for restoraio of the Vi toria a sio ith its lodge o Bi le ‘oad. Ater se eral ears of eei gs a d orrespo de e there appears to e so e deter i aio o the part of Morris Ho es to egi to re o stru t this i posi g uildi g. We u dersta d that re ised i ter al pla s are o appro ed. The Elepha t Dry Sports Ce tre Histori E gla d tur ed do our appli aio to ha e the uildi g listed. ‘easo s gi e : Although a u usual shape a d a lo all striki g uildi g, it is o erall a er stark desig that has ee o strai ed its lo aio a d does ot ha e the sa e le el of stru tural or ar hite tural i terest as other listed sports uildi gs, i ludi g the adja e t s i i g aths. Co pleted i , the e tre as ot part of the earliest de elop e t of leisure e tres, or does it de o strate a i o ai e or i lue ial use of pla or o stru io ; le el of alteraio : the i terior is for the ost part plai a d fu io al; the areas here ke ar hite tural ate io had ee gi e ha e ee lost through i re e tal alteraio s . Lisi g ould ha e e sured that re-use ould surel ha e follo ed.

Bishopgate We ere riefed o the de elop e t at To er Street proje t a agers Bili ger. The had ee o issio ed Bar err De elop e ts. The £ illio de elop e t o the old Post Oi e sori g oi e site ould see the o stru io of i e sli -li e -store lo ks ith , stude t roo s. We asked for a good ar hite tural la d ark uildi g to e desig ed for the pro i e t Ju io O e rou da out o the ‘i g ‘oad. We also co e ted o : ►Pla s for a housi g de elop e t o the old Courtaulds Sports Grou d. ►Pla s to de olish the Bro shill Gree Chapel. ►Pla s for a housi g de elop e t o the Loop Li e. We a ked the proposal to ai tai a gree alk a li ki g ith Charterhouse ields. ►We o i ued a dialogue o er a stude t lats de elop e t at / Lo er Hol head ‘oad. The propert passed i to the o ership of Bro i h Hard a d e o i ued our eforts to ha e the oder stude t lo k repla ed ith a uildi g ore i keepi g ith the Spo Street Co ser aio Area. ►We o i ue our spe ial i terest i the Spo Street Co ser aio area a d o tri uted to desig s for a po ket park.


O to er: Ia Harra i riefed e ers o his pla s for The Burges Area, e uild o Hales Street a d a i agi ai e s he e to la ds ape the area the ri er Sher our e a d pro ide e uild for e s all usi esses. Nove er: ‘i hard Ball fro the Tudor Co e tr Co u it I terest Co pa told us a out the it s irst Tudor Feast. De e er: Dea Nelso put o ie il of Co e tr o the ig s ree o eri g e e ts a d street s e es 9 to the 9 s. Ja uary: Jusi Griggs fro the Naio al Asso iaio of Lo al Cou ils riefed e ers o The pla e of parish ou ils i lo al go er e t. Fe ruary: Chris Patri k, the it s o ser aio oi er updated us o o ser aio ork i Co e tr Mar h: Mark We des ri ed the i porta e of the it i edie al i es. Pui g Medie al Co e tr o the ap .

May: Our host as Lea i gto So iet ho took us o a o du ted tour of Jephso s Garde s, a ross the Vi toria pedestria ridge a d i to the alle a s a d a k streets of the old to . With refresh e t at The Be ja i Satchwell. Ju e: Ater a false start i Straford up-o -A o our part i spe ted the i terior of the re a ped ‘o al Shakespeare Theatre a d i ished up at the i er-fra ed Garrick I reputed to e the oldest pu i to ith a date i the s. July: Les Fa et took e ers o a alk arou d se eral se io s of the old it all. Fi ishi g at the War i kshire Clu here lots of ilitar e e tos ere displa ed. August: Elea or Nes it, a spe ialist i edu aio studies took us o a literar trail li ki g fa ous riters a d poets. Septe er: At the Shree Krish a Te ple i Har all La e West, e ere ade el o e e ers of the Hi du o u it .

as the e te ar of the out reak of the First World War a d as part of the tri ute to the people ho ga e their li es e reated a set of pages sho i g all the WW War Me orials i Co e tr . These pages ere put together i olla oraio ith the Her ert Art Galler a d so e of the o te t as i luded i the Great War e hi iio that ra u il Fe ruar . We had set out thi ki g that there ould e just a ha dful of e orials i the it , ut the i al ou t is a staggeri g 9, although the do ot all sill e ist. The e t stage of the proje t as to e ter all of the re ai i g e orials o the aio al War Me orials O li e e site. The i e started a proje t to sur e all of the e orials a d re ord the . To date e ha e pla ed o re ord e orials a d e hope to o plete the jo i April . If e a hie e this e ill e the irst it i the ou tr to ha e sur e ed all of its e orials. Me orial i do at St Joh s Chur h

Su h as the popularit of our ale dars o er t o ears e produ ed a other for . O e agai it as a o plete sell-out. Alo gside the ale dars e produ ed a other set of Christ as ards, four of the depi i g s o s e es of our it .

Keepi g i tou h ith our e ership is a solutel ital a d e produ e a e sleter ea h o th ith the ost up-to-date i for aio to ha d. Not o l is it ir ulated to our e ership ut also ou illors a d oi ers a d pro i e t people i our it .


Ci i Voi e is the aio al ha it fo the i i o e e t. It o ks to ake the pla es he e e e o e li es o e at a i e, e jo a le a d disi i e a d to p o ote i i p ide. It speaks up fo i i so ieies a d lo al o u iies a oss E gla d. Ci i Voi e elie es e e o e should li e so e he e the a e p oud of. Lo al so ieies a e the ost u e ous pa i ipa ts i the pla i g s ste a d si e its lau h i Ap il Ci i Voi e has ee joi ed o e 9 i i so ieies ith 75, e e s. Ci i Voi e ep ese ts ou i te ests at aio al le el th ough a All-Pa t Pa lia e ta G oup a d a a iet of othe eei gs. I O to e fo i sta e ep ese tai es ate ded a eei g to i lue e Go e e t thi ki g o deli e i g o e o ield housi g sites a d lo al pla s. The eei g, hosted Pla i g Mi iste , B a do Le is MP, sa Ci i Voi e as ofe i g to help the i iste i his o je i es to i g fo a d de elop e ts of o e o ield housi g a d lo al pla p odu io . The isio , p oposed du i g the eei g as to i ease o u it pa i ipaio i the pla i g s ste so that lo al pla s a e shaped lo al people. Ci i Voi e a t to e gage o u iies th ough thei lo al i i so iet a d e ou age o u iies to e the d i i g fo e i a hie i g the ai s te de ed the i iste . The o e all goal, ei g that the de elop e t of o ield housi g sites is p opelled fo a d th ough the po e of o u it pa i ipaio . The eei g as i espo se to the P i e Mi iste ’s

a ou e e t that he e pe ts all ou ils to eate a d deli e e ho es i thei a ea 7. F eddie Gi k, Chai of Ci i Voi e, ho ate ded the eei g said: The eei g as a g eat ha e to dis uss ith M Le is the isio ofe ed ithi ou a ifesto Localism for Real a d ad o ate the apa it of i i so ieies ithi lo al o u iies to efe t ha ge i thei a ea. I ill e ii g to the Mi iste detaili g ou p oposals. Da id Title, Chai of Ci i Voi e’s E pe t Pa el, added: As pa t of a o it e t to ou alues, Ci i Voi e, egula l pa i ipates i a d i lue es i iste ial pla s he e it o e ts to ou a ifesto. The eei g ith B a do Le is as o e epio a d has o l e ou aged us to e fu the i ol ed. We look fo a d to follo i g up the eei g a d dis ussi g ou p oposals i details ith his olleagues. Da id is o e of ou e e s ho helped fo ge poli fo the Co e t “o iet se e al ea s ago. We e te ed the esto ed Old G a a “ hool, Hales “t eet, fo o e of this ea ’s Ci i Voi e a a ds. The Ci i Voi e Desig A a ds a e the people’s hoi e fo a hite tu e a d the uilt e i o e t. It is the o l desig a a ds s he e i E gla d that allo s o u iies to ele ate the uildi gs, pla es a d spa es the lo e fo thei high ualit desig a d posii e i pa t o the lo al o u it . The uildi g, that dates f o the th e tu , o e se ed as a edie al hu h a d a s hool fo o s. This i po ta t esto aio a e a out as pa t of the £9.5 illio Co e t T a spo t Museu Rede elop e t p oje t. Pi tu ed is the esto ed ai hall set out fo a eei g.

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Chair a : Keith Draper, ho p odu es the e slete ea h o th, also hai s s all t ade s i the “po “t eet a ea, a d a ages the olu tee s at Allesle Pa k Walled Ga de , a edu aio p oje t i ol i g s hools a d the ide o u it . Vice-Chair a : Paul Maddocks, ou g aphi a ist, is Chai of Fa Gosfo d A ea Co u it He itage G oup, Chai of F ie ds of “he ou e Ri e a d a olu tee guide fo Co e t Cathed al. Vice-Chair a : Coli Walker, ho looks ate ou i -house p i i g, ou a ou ts a d e e ship. He has a spe ial i te est i the Chapelields dist i t. Stuart Da iel, our Secretary, ho p odu es u ial lete s a d epo ts, has a spe ial i te est i the esto aio of Copse ood G a ge. Terry Ke y, our Mi utes Secretary ho keeps ou usi ess i o de . He al a s pa i ipates i eei gs ith the Cou il a d de elope s. Joh Pay e, ho keeps ou e site up-to-date a d heads up the Fi st Wo ld Wa Me o ials p oje t. He also p odu es epo ts o lo al go e e t ate s. Jay e Lo g is ou e pe t i a kei g ale da s a d Ch ist as Ca ds. Chris Da iel, is a e e of the Desig Co e t tea . He p odu es epo ts o lo al de elop e ts a d is a e e of the “he ou e Pa t e ship. Les Fa cet, i fo ed o all t a spo t ate s espe iall High “peed Rail. He is u h espe ted fo his p ofessio al e pe ise o e uild de elop e ts.

Ia Har ey, joi t fou de of Ci i Voi e is guest speake at this ea ’s A ual Ge e al Meei g. He is u e tl the o ga isaio ’s E e ui e Di e to . Ia as p e iousl Co-o di ato ith No th of E gla d Ci i T ust.

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Coventry Society Annual Report 2015  

Our illustrated Annual Report for 2015 - 2016.

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