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Coventry Groups' SOS Appeal For Area

An alliance of community groups has launched a ten day SOS to try and “save” a historic part of Coventry from a series of developments.

Eight residents associations and interest groups have joined forces to wage a campaign against Coventry City Council’s plans for Spon End.

A consultation process has been started by the city council on the redesign of the Hearsall Lane/Spon End junction, the demolition of Stanley Terrace and the possible introduction of a new bus lane for ‘Bus Showcase’. 

Groups in the area have now launched the Save Old Spon campaign to organise opposition to the plans.

Kevin Noble, of the Spon End and Lower Coundon Red Brick Residents Group, said:

“The local community feel that the city council is trying to rush through the plans and has been dishonest about its long term plan for the area.

“There is evidence that the council have also insisted on road widening in the Butts, as a condition of the relocation of the rugby ground to the Butts Stadium.

“Furthermore the city council’s own five year development plan proposes that heavy traffic currently using the Holyhead Road be transferred to Allesley Old Road and Spon End. All of the evidence points to increased traffic loads through the area.”

Ron Harrington, chair of OSCA (Old Spon Community Association), which was set up by residents and businesses in Spon End and Broomfield Place in reaction to the plan, said the council’s traffic engineers were not considering the area’s historic importance.

He said:

“Many of the buildings have been Grade II listed and Stanley Terrace due to be demolished is categorised as ‘Green Code’ on the Council’s own conservation list.

“Residents living in the most ancient buildings (some dating back to the early 1400's) already experience vibration to the houses from passing heavy traffic.

“Old Spon End is unique as a medieval suburb of Coventry within the inner city and residents and traders are already endeavouring to regenerate the area.”

The Save Old Spon Campaign group is an alliance of the following local organisations:

Old Spon Community Association (OSCA); Red Brick Residents Group; Spon End Estate Residents Association (SEERA); Chapelfields Residents Association; Allesley Park Residents Association; Spon End Building Preservation Trust; Coventry Watch Museum Project.

The group is calling for the council’s cabinet to reject the plans, and instead initiate a wider debate about the future of the Spon End area.

They have also demanded improvements including:

  • the character of the area be enhanced and protected

  • that Stanley Terrace be refurbished as residential accommodation

  • the withdrawal of plans to transfer traffic loads from Holyhead Road

  • traffic calming along the Butts and Spon End to increase community safety

  • additional pedestrian crossing facilities and a traffic light controlled junction with Windsor St

  • a fuller consultation about ‘Bus Showcase’ through the Spon End area from the initial design stage

  • the minor redesign of the Hearsall Lane to increase pedestrian safety

Leaflets and posters are being distributed in the area, and the group is today launching a petition and preparing to lobby councillors and local MP Geoffrey Robinson. 


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