October 1st, 2016

New school, store to open, church refused, peace talk, music tales

Updated: 4:42 pm, May 07, 2015

AN ISLAMIC secondary school is to be built on the site of the former Coventry and Warwickshire Hospital.

It is anticipated the Eden Coventry Secondary School will open in September next year although it will open in temporary buildings at the former ambulance station on Lincoln Street later this year.

There will be place for some 700 children and although Tauheedul Schools, the organisation that will run it, said it will have an Islamic base it will be open to all faiths. It will also have a sixth form.

The hospital buildings were demolished in 2007 and a planning applications for the school buildings or the use of the proposed temporary home have yet to be approved by the city council.

According to its website, the Tauheedul Schools is currently ranked as one of the highest achieving free school provider in the country.

BUDGET store B&M looks set to open on Airport Retail Park, creating around 35 jobs.

The park’s owners have applied to build a new unit with the national chain lined up as tenant alongside Smyths Toys which is due to open in July and Curry’s, PC World, Dunelm Mill, Carpetright, Dreams and Halfords.

PROPOSALS for The Church of Pentecost to take up residence in an unused industrial unit at the Paradise Works on Eden Street in Edgewick are unlikely to go ahead.

The city council has refused to allow the unit’s owner permission to change its use to a place of worship.

PEACEMAKER and author Alex Ntung from Democratic Republic of Congo will be speaking at Coventry Cathedral on Friday, June 6 about his experience of severe conflict in central Africa.

The Rwandan will be the keynote speaker at a free event to mark the 70th anniversary of D-Day and premiere of a peace education film.

It starts at 1pm and will be followed by a peace picnic at 2.30pm in the Unity Garden, which will be opened with the symbolic release of doves.

BOLLYWOOD star Taz Singh, Pinkerton’s Colours original member Tom Long and former lead guitarist with The Specials Roddy Radiation are to appear at Coventry Music Museum.

All three will be quizzed by museum curator Pete Chambers at the latest Sounding Off events before members of the audience will be invited to question the stars.

Taz will appear on Saturday, Tom on June 14 and Roddy on June 21. All events start at noon and normal entry fees apply.

Mr Chambers said: “I’m so pleased the museum is not just a box full of curios, these events expand our agenda and tell the Coventry music story in a very real and first-hand way.”

WORK on a £5million housing development on land next to the Salvation Army residential home in Binley is set to start.

Some 41 two, three and four bedroom homes will be build on a 2.4 acre plot of land behind Youell Court on Skipworth Road.

The Observer reported in February how planning permission was approved in February after the Salvation Army decided to sell of the land.

And it has been confirmed this week by Persimmon Homes South Midlands that work will start on what will be known as Binley Place this month.

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