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COMMUNITY EVENTS 5th Birthday Party - p19 Dates for your diary - p20 Redevelopment Next Phase

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SPIRIT QUARTERS As well as the Spirit Quarters website, there’s a Facebook page where you can find all the latest stories, information and events from across the area. It’s also an opportunity to have your say and comment on stories posted onto the SQ Timeline - we are really keen to hear from you! www.facebook.com/spiritquarterscoventry

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WELCOME TO SPECIAL EDITION SPIRIT QUARTERS Hello and welcome to this special edition of the Spirit Quarterly magazine. I

I have previously advised you that we have been reviewing the masterplan to determine what we can realistically deliver in the current market and take into account the improvements that have already been undertaken to homes through the Community Energy Savings Programme. I am pleased to inform you that we secured our final Partners approval to the recommendations in January. The new plan aims to provide certainty for you as residents on whether your area is to be redeveloped or improved. This magazine therefore outlines the proposed changes and how they directly affect you.

There are specific pages for each area which details the areas and addresses that will be redeveloped and those that will be improved. Overall, the revised programme will see over 1300 new build homes built and 1400 homes benefitting from improvements such as external wall insulation. 5 new play areas shall also be installed. This is all in addition to the new Neighbourhood and Leisure Centre and 3 new schools that have been built in the past 7 years. I appreciate that the changes will affect you all differently with some of you being pleased that your home is no longer going to be demolished and some of you being disappointed. The Partnership is still very committed to delivering the aspirations for the area that you as a Community established when the masterplan was first developed. The Spirit Quarters Regeneration Team will be holding a number of drop in events for you to come along to and discuss in more detail how these new plans affect you. The dates and venues for the events are detailed on the pages for each neighborhood. If you are unable to attend the events then please do not hesitate to contact the team on 02476 587065 to arrange an appointment for us to come and visit you. I would also like to draw your attention to pages 16 to 19 that inform you of important community news and events that will be taking place in your neighbourhood.

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WOOD END

AREAS TO BE REDEVELOPED: The following homes remain as part of the redevelopment programme. The re-housing programme for these areas will commence in 2015 and should be completed by December 2017. Whitefriars Regeneration Team will contact residents directly to inform them of the actual date the re-housing programme will start for their area once it has been confirmed.

Street Name

House Numbers

Ashorne Close

1 to 49 (odds) and 58

Hillmorton Road

232 to 260 (evens)

Milverton Road

15 to 53 (odds), 88 to 90 (evens) and 97 to 105 (odds)

Pailton Close

1 to 21 (odds), 48 to 86 (evens)

Tachbrook Close

2 to 8 (evens), 11 to 41 (odds)

AREAS TO BE REMOVED FROM THE PROGRAMME The following homes have already benefited from having external wall insulation works undertaken where applicable.

Street Name

House Numbers

Binton Road

2 to 24 (evens) , 33 to 39 (odds) and 103 to 109 (odds)

Deedmore Road

69 to 209 (odds)

Hillmorton Road

4 to 98 (evens)

Honiley Court

2 to 48 (evens)

Honiley Way

1 to 11 (odds)

Lillington Road

1 to 93 (odds) and 60 to 70 (evens)

Loxley Close

1 to 15 (odds), 2 to 18 (evens) and 72 to 78 (evens)

Overberry Close**

1 to 11

Wexford Road

1 to 79 (odds) and 2 to 74 (evens)

** Overberry Close homes have not had external wall insulation due to their construction**

The following homes will receive external wall insulation works that include new facias and soffits and double glazing where required. These works will be done as part of the next phase of improvement works during 2014 and 2015.

Street Name

House Numbers

Alton Close

1 to 11 (odds)

Ashorne Close

106 to 122 (evens)

Hillmorton Road

262 to 290 (evens)

Milverton Road

1 to 13 (odds), 2 to 86 (evens) and 92 to 110 (evens)

River Walk

152 to 162 (evens)

Tachbrook Close

1 to 9 (odds)

Wappenbury Close

1 to 61 (odds) and 2 to 22 (evens)

Wappenbury Road

1 to 117 (odd) and 2 to 80 (evens)

Following the completion of these works, Whitefriars are planning to undertake environmental improvements to the Wood End neighborhood. The scope of environmental works to be carried out will be determined in full consultation with the Community.

The drop in event will be held on Tuesday 1 April 2014 from 2-7pm Whitefriars Regeneration Team office, Hillmorton Road,

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NEXT PHASE REDEVELOPMENT Agreement has been reached with Keepmoat Homes for the next phase of development. Drafting of all the legal agreements are currently taking place and should be completed by 31st March.

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Work on the next phase, which will see 236 new homes built along with new shops. Keepmoat are planning to start on site in June of this year and the phase will be completed by December 2017.


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MANOR FARM The original proposals to redevelop the Manor Farm neighbourhood is not financially viable and so the recommendations of the review is to undertake improvements to the homes and the wider environment. The review also recognises that due to the unique issues regarding the structure of the homes and layout of the estate, we need to take a different approach to identifying solutions to address these issues than that taken in other neighborhoods. Whitefriars have appointed BM3, a firm of architects to develop proposals, in consultation with the Community and Partners. BM3 have already started work on generating ideas and proposals and will be attending the Manor Farm Residents Association meeting on 17th March to introduce themselves and share their initial thoughts. This will be followed up by consultation events

during week commencing 28th April which the wider community will be invited to come along to and provide feedback on the proposals being considered. The deadline for completing their work and presenting a range of options to Partners for consideration is July 2014. The next steps will then be to secure Whitefriars Board approval to the proposals and funding required. Given the extent and nature of the works and associated timescales on obtaining planning permission and tendering for contractors it is likely that physical works will start during 2015 and will take a minimum of 2 years to complete. There is some proposed development on the edges of the estate which include the remaining two blocks of flats in Corinthian Place.

MANOR FARM PROPERTIES TO BE REDEVELOPED Street Name

House Numbers

Corinthian Place

16 to 45

BM3 is delighted to have the opportunity to work with Manor Farm Residents and Whitefriars Housing to improve the quality of the homes and to enhance the environment.

The drop in event will be held on Tuesday 25th March 2014 from 2-7pm at Henley Green Community Centre

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HENLEY GREEN The recommendations of the review propose a mixture of redevelopment and improvements to existing homes for the Henley Green neighbourhood. The areas for redevelopment are highlighted red on the map and include the flats that front Henley Road, Broad Park Road and Ellacombe Road (address list below)

AREAS TO BE REDEVELOPED Street Name

House Numbers

Wyatt House

11 to 12

Broad Park Road

11 to 45 (odds)

Ellacombe Road

54 to 136 (evens)

Henley Road

295 to 341 (odds)

Widdecombe Close

2 to 40 (evens) and 1 to 119 (odds)

The indicative programme for redeveloping this area is likely to be 6 years away and so Whitefriars have been considering what remedial works could be undertaken to improve the appearance of the blocks and the surrounding environment.

survey of the blocks to understand the extent of these issues. The structural surveys are currently being undertaken and residents of the affected blocks have all been written to and the results are expected by the end of April.

During this process we have identified that 10 of the 13 blocks of flats in this area may have structural issues. The blocks affected are of a particular construction known as ‘Unity construction’ and can be identified by the panel construction of the external walls (picture below). Whitefriars have commissioned a specialist structural surveyor to carry out a comprehensive

Until the results of the surveys are known, we cannot determine whether remedial works to improve the appearance of the blocks can be undertaken. Once we know the results and have discussed them with our Developer partners ‘BKW’, we will write to all residents in this area to inform you of the agreed way forward including timescales for re-housing.

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HENLEY GREEN AREAS TO BE REMOVED FROM THE PROGRAMME The following homes have been removed from the redevelopment programme. They are listed in three different categories as a result of works that have already taken place or works that Whitefriars intends to carry out to its homes. The following homes have already had or currently having external wall insulation works undertaken to them.

Street Name

House Numbers

Broad Park Road

69 To 101 (odds)

Ellacombe Road

1 To 33 (odds)

Roselands Avenue

1 To 81 (odds) and 2 To 100 (evens)

Winston Avenue

97 To 155 (odds) And 56 To 76 (evens)

Winston Close

1 To 19 (odds) and 2 To 34 (evens)

The following homes will receive external wall insulation works that include new facias and soffits and double glazing where required. These works will be done as part of the next phase of improvement works during 2014 and 2015.

Street Name

House Numbers

Watcombe Road

1 to 53 (odds)

Sheen House

1 to 12

The following homes are not suitable for external wall insulation due to their construction being cavity wall. Whitefriars will be undertaking surveys of these homes during 2014 to determine what works are required.

Street Name

House Numbers

Broad Park Road

103 to 109 (odds)

Friswell House

1 to 13

Harry Edwards House

1 to 13

Clennon Rise

1 to 11 (odds), 2 to 12 and 50 to 60 (evens)

Ellacombe Road

35 to 49 (odds) and 18 to 52 (evens)

Winston Avenue

157 to 187 (odds) and 78 to 84 (evens)

Following the completion of these works, Whitefriars are planning to undertake environmental improvements to the Henley Green neighborhood. The scope of environmental works to be carried out will be determined in full consultation with the Community.

The drop in event will be held on Thursday 3rd April 2104 from 2-7pm at 3-13 Widdecombe Close


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DEEDMORE The Deedmore area is not directly affected by the changes to the master-plan. However, there are still works to the public open space along the River Sowe and implementation of the play area adjacent to Crayfish Close to be completed. These will be carried out this Summer. In 2015, Whitefriars are planning to undertake environmental improvements to the Deedmore area. The type of environmental works to be carried out will be determined in full consultation with the Community

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PUBLIC OPEN SPACE IMPROVEMENTS

Works to improve the green areas along the River Sowe and provide new play areas will continue. New pathways to improve connectivity have already taken place and Friends of Sowe Valley, Warwickshire Wildlife Trust and local residents have carried out a number of successful clean up and planting events. In the Summer the new natural play area will be installed adjacent to the first phase of development. This will then be followed up with natural play equipment being installed along the River Sowe corridor, as well as planting of trees and wildflower and wetland planting. As part of the next phase of development a new play area will be provided on ‘Chippy Fields’.


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Q&A TO PROJECT DIRECTOR Question: Will homeowners be getting the same improvements as the Whitefriars properties?

Answer: Whitefriars cannot pay towards any improvements for homeowners, but you will have the opportunity to enter into a direct arrangement with the contractors carrying out the works and therefore take advantage of the rates that Whitefriars have negotiated. You will however have to pay for these improvements yourself.

Question: Why aren’t the original plans going ahead, is it because you and the developers want to build in Keresley as reported in the media?

Answer: The redevelopment project, as with all house building projects, has been severely affected by the downturn in the housing market that started in 2008, and which saw in the region of a 20% drop in house prices. We are aware that whilst it is being reported that house prices are seeing a gradual increase in value, the experts are telling us that it will be a long time (if at all) before they return to the values achieved in 2006 / 07, when the original deal was signed. It is not true that we have scaled back to enable ‘us’ to build in places like Kerelsey instead. In addition to the drop in house prices, the funding for this project is very different to that of normal developments. An example of this is that on general housing developments the developers would be selling the affordable homes to a Registered Social Landlord, whereas on this project they receive no payment from Whitefriars because they are replacing Whitefriars homes that have been demolished.

Question: Will you keep to the re-housing and improvement timescales you have stated in the magazine or will these change again:

Answer: I would like to say ‘Definitely’ to your question but there is always a ‘health warning’. The dates I have provided are based on what we know now about the housing market and the funding that is available. It is our intention to keep to these dates, however, if they do change we will write directly to those affected as well as keeping you updated through the Spirit Quarterly magazine.

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ST CHAD’S CHURCH St Chad’s church, Hillmorton Road, treasures children and their families, and the church is putting on some great, free activities. Fun-loving vicar, Andrew Fisher, is very excited; “Breakfast Church is 10.15am each Sunday for 5-11 year olds. We start with breakfast, followed by fun, games, crafts and activities. On the fifth Sunday of the month at 3pm is Messy Church. A fab time for children and their families to enjoy playing, eating and being creative together. The next Messy Church is 3pm Sunday 30th March. Beginning 6.15pm Thursday 8th May is Boys Brigade & Girls Association, for girls and boys in school years 1-3; Wood End’s only uniformed organisation. Join us for fun, crafts, stories, sports, games, badges and awards. Uniforms are provided free of charge.” Because of demand spaces are limited, so contact Andrew quickly on 02476 612909 or email vicarfisher@btinternet.com to book a place. In April, Whitefriars and Wood End Residents and Friends Association, together with St Chads, is organising a litter pick around the area; plus a special Easter Service and Easter Egg Hunt, beginning 10.30am (in church) 20th April. Look out for the flyers!

Autism Awareness Coffee Morning Henley’s Restaurant, Henley Green 2nd April 2014 10am – 11:30am

All Welcome Serving our communities protecting them from harm


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MOAT HOUSE COMMUNITY TRUST papier maché, pancake making & eating. It’s just £1 per child including food; why not give it a try? THIS SPECIAL EDITION OF SPRIT QUARTERLY, HAS BEEN SPECIFICALLY DESIGNED TO UPDATE RESIDENTS ON PLANNED CHANGES TO RE-DEVELOPMENT OF THE WEHM AREA. Moat House Community Trust (MHCT) recognises there is a huge amount of information to take in; we would therefore encourage you to attend the ‘drop in’ sessions with Spirit Quarters Regeneration Team (dates on each area page) to raise any questions, points of clarification or concern you may have. With Neighbourhood Action and The Wardens ceasing, MHCT would like to take this opportunity to thank all those involved and wish them well in the future. We are waiting to hear about new services being put in place by Coventry City Council. Residents led on a visit from a Derby group comprising: residents, Derby Homes, Keepmoat Homes and Councillors. The group which is leading on a proposed major development in Derby, had a recommendation from Keepmoat Homes that this area is a shining example of community involvement – The visitors were very impressed with everything they saw and heard. Meanwhile MHCT continues to lead and support activities attended by a growing number of residents: -The children’s panto was a complete sell out attracting 100 children plus parents; judging by the noise, laughter, amount of food eaten and feedback; this was a huge success and we hope to make it an annual event. - Our Christmas Fayre was very lively with face painting, stalls, games, raffle etc. With over 700 residents of all ages attending – Father Christmas had to work very hard, it’s a wonder he was able to make his rounds on 24th December…. - Crafty Kids meets every Monday 3.45– 5.45pm in Moat House Café. This hugely popular session is aimed at children 2-12 years; upwards of 25 kids participate in activities like games in the sports hall,

- Tea & Tots meets 9.15 – 11.30 Tuesday & Thursday mornings; free to attend with coffee, tea, squash & toast –it’s a great opportunity for mums and kids in the area to get to know one another. Do drop in for a cuppa with us. On behalf of MHCT I would like to express grateful thanks to all those resident volunteers who regularly give of their time freely: helping out in so many ways. We are keen to recruit more volunteers to get involved on a new project (see page 19) and also seeking residents to join the Board of Moat House Community Trust, - further information below. WE LOOK FORWARD TO SEEING YOU AT THE LEISURE & NEIGHBOURHOOD CENTRE’S 5TH BIRTHDAY BASH 26TH APRIL 2014!!!

Martin Smith

Chair: Moat House Community Trust

Board Members Needed to Join Moat House Community Trust Do you live in the Wood End, Henley Green, Manor Farm or Deedmore areas? Do you care about the area, your family & neighbours and the future? Can you spare a couple of hours a month to attend a meeting? If so we would love to hear from you. For more information please call Marianne, Vicky or Dianne on 024 7662 2964; or drop into the office.

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Volunteers Needed Moat House Community Trust has secured funding from Keeping Coventry Warm to build a picture of residents in the area. If you would like to get involved and take the opportunity to meet your neighbours and support the most vulnerable in the area please come along to a briefing session: Wednesday 25th March or Tuesday 1st April 1.30pm at Moat House CafĂŠ All volunteers will be rewarded with supermarket shopping vouchers! If you cannot make either date, please call or drop into the office. Phone: 024 7662 2964

www.keepingcoventrywarm.co.uk

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Dates for your diary Group

Venue

Schedule

Jan

Henley Residents

H/G Community Centre

7pm 2nd Thursday Bi/monthly

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Deedmore Residents

M/H Leisure Centre

12.30pm 3rd Thurs Monthly

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20

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21

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16

20

WERAF

St Chads Church Hall

6pm 2nd Mon Monthly

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10

10

14

12

09

14

11

08

13

10

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Moving Support Group

Whitefriars Regen Office

12pm Weds 22 Fortnightly

05 19

05 19

02 16 30

14 28

11 25

09 23

06 20

03 17

01 15 29

13 27

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RATS

Whitefriars Regen Office

6pm Quarlerly

09

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Friends of M/H Park

M/H Leisure Centre

7pm 2nd Thurs Monthly

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AGM 08 10

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Safer N/ Hood

M/H Leisure Centre

10am 2nd Thurs Monthly

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WEHM

M/H Leisure Centre

6pm Wed 6 Weekly

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Manor Farm Residents

H/G Community Centre

11am 3rd Mon Monthly

MHCT Event Planning

M/H Leisure Centre

1.30pm Tues

M/H MHCT Community Leisure Event Centre

Saturday 1pm until 4pm

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Mar

Apr

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Jun

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Jul

Aug

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Sep Oct

Nov

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