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We want your opinion on Coventry

 

Whether you are a resident, a visitor, a Coventrian living elsewhere now, or maybe you work or study in Coventry, we welcome your views on our city’s heritage buildings, our new developments, the shops in Coventry, the nightlife in Coventry and new proposals in Coventry. 

Coventry people who care about our city’s past, present and future are welcome to share views with the Coventry Society. We would like to publish some of these on this website so please indicate if you are happy for us to do this. Just click here to give your opinon on Coventry.

Comments Received on this page:

John Burgess, a Coventry ex-pat, posted on 6/3/2018

I find the new tower blocks in the main well designed and welcome additions to the skyline especially since some of the older ones are to be demolished. My shortlist for the City Centre is to:

  • Redevelop most of depressing Hertford St, including the tunnel to Ford's Hospital by 2021.
  • Make plans for indoor areas with quality seating and planting so that the shopping area is more welcoming and attractive in all weathers.
  • Finish Belgrade Square with seating and Millennium Place with landscaping and seating
  • Clear the area between the Transport Museum and Bishop Gate and link it as a green area to Lady Herbert's Garden and Cook St gate.
  • Extend and improve Swanswell Park.
  • Find a way to fully connect the Canal Basin to the City Centre.
  • Decide the future of the Listed Swimming Baths and the unlisted Sports centre and, if feasible, redesign them as a cultural music venue. Also plan for the joint use of cultural facilities such as the Ellen Terry building with the University to match the out of turn Warwick Arts complex.

Richard Jones from Coventry posted on 28/2/2018

"Even though I am a university lecturer. I, like many people am alarmed at the march of the never ending tower blocks appearing on Coventry's skyline and their impact on once familiar cityscapes. In particular the latest enormous block is appearing before our eyes in front of one of the most familiar sights in Coventry and has alright destroyed one of the great views of The Elephant and the pool. It has to stop. The building that are being built are buildings born out of greed. The are rapid system built blocks whose only purpose is to generate money for some unknown developers. The council is bending to the demands of big business with no foresight or understanding of what is required in a city centre. The post war buildings of Coventry were and are buildings that were born out of necessity and had their feet firmly rooted in a strong architectural philosophy. They had integrity and purpose. They were part of the Brave New World. They were an new beginning they were the future. The current crop of buildings have no integrity and are only there for monetary gain. If the Coventry Society can help stop this onslaught I would like to join you?"

Rob Thompsell from Coventry posted on 28/2/2018

"I am really looking forward to the demolition of the old, crumbled, tired and dull looking canopies that hang over the shops. What an eyesore. Also looking forward to the demolition of that dreadful escalator and ramp. It will be great to get residents into the upper floors and give this area the makeover it deserves. The views up to Broadgate will be magnificent. With Coventry Point being demolished along with the disgusting Bull Yard and City Arcade this part of the city centre will be be reignited into a wonderful place to visit day and night time.

Let's hope, although listed, that the ugly market building and old swimming baths building will crumble into the ground soon enough as both ugly to look at. I have a wish for many other buildings to go.

Fingers crossed all these developments prove successful and breathe life into a forgotten city centre."

Barry Bazeley; Venice, Florida, USA; Coventry ex pat: Posted on 10/7/2014

"Retaining the history of the City is very important. Coventry has a wealth of significance in history. Much water has gone over the dam over the years, and as many of us older ex-pats know, history should not be covered up but reclaimed to continue to teach a new generation of what occurred here. Pride and care of the city need to continue."

Phyl Hyde; Coventry. Posted on 20/1/2017

"I grew up in the 50s and 60s and remember how relaxed and easy it was to get around The Precinct, as a child with my mum and later, on my own as a teenager, while window shopping. After traditional narrow pavements, where you had to risk life and limb stepping into the road to get past oncoming pedestrians, it was a relaxing experience. People pushing buggies and prams and holding their children's hands could comfortably pass others doing the same. I also felt proud that Hereward College residents could zip around the City Centre in their wheelchairs. What a change there has been since then! The open spaces have been filled with fast food outlets and all manner of other obstructions. Now it is impossible to have a relaxed walk round: you are constantly avoiding and adjusting for obstacles and other pedestrians and even the odd cyclist. As Jim Royle would say: traffic-free my arse. The whole USP of The Precinct has been eradicated. I don't mind the odd bench or tree but the wide pedestrian spaces are gone. Were the powers that be worried about mass demonstrations? Even in the underpass between Anarchy Bridge and Estate Agents' Alley there's usually a homeless person taking up half of the pedestrian bit, forcing parents with buggies and kids etc into the cycle lane. I have no problem with students or trees but I'd really like The Council to get rid of some of the obstructions and maybe bring back the open air chess board."