JAN 01] COVENTRY CITY COUNCIL NEWS
Fears Expressed Over City Foyer Scheme
for young people with social problems are to be built on a city
centre car park next to the ancient city walls, despite objections
from a nearby funeral service.
at the Co-operative Funeral Service in Lower Holyhead Road said
they were worried that the scheme could attract troublemakers and
add to problems of disorder in the city centre.
flats are to be built on the NCP car park between Lower Holyhead
Road and Hill Street.
home to the City Garage, the unused land has been used as a car
park since the 1980s, but has been earmarked for development.
Housing Association is planning to build the specialist
accommodation for disadvantaged young people to help them become
residents would stay at the Foyer Scheme for six months. They
would get a cheap place to live and the building would also have
teaching rooms to give them training to help them get a job.
building will house 63 young people and have communal areas. It
will run alongside the city wall, but a gate will be built so
people can get access to them.
Co-operative Funeral Society said it was worried that there would
not be enough parking in the complex, and an already difficult
situation could be made worse by residents parking on the street.
also said the design was not in keeping with historic nature of
the area, and expressed fears that unless the scheme is
well-managed it could be a magnet for trouble in the evenings,
the objections, members of the city council Planning Committee
agreed that the scheme should go ahead. They heard that despite
the loss of 166 public car parking spaces there would still be
more than 6,000 spaces for the city centre.
were told by officials:
issue of the management of the scheme is not a mater for the
local planning authority to consider.
proposal is to be welcomed because it makes a positive
contribution to meeting the social exclusion objectives of the