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January 17, 2014

launch 003 hpi Hawkins SOLDIF THE PRICE IS RIGHT: Homes in Coventry and north Warwickshire are selling – providing they are “realistically priced”, says David Bruckert from leading estate agent Hawkins.

Nuneaton and Bedworth’s premier property dealers believe the market in 2014 is heading in the right direction. “It is still price sensitive and it is properties that are realistically priced that are selling – and selling quickly in some cases,” added the Hawkins partner. “Don’t get carried away with ‘housing boom’ stories in the national press.”


SWEET JESUS: Coventry housewife Siobhan Harrison has made the city’s famous cathedral as a gingerbread house of God.

The mum-of-two made the altar out of mint chocolate, the famed cobbles from pieces of toffee and Sir Jacob Epstein’s famous statue depicting Christ’s death in the form of a Jelly Baby.


AND IT’S GOOD NIGHT FROM THEM: One of Nuneaton’s former premier nightclubs has probably seen its last ‘rave’.

The Liquid and Envy Nightclub closed its doors nearly two years ago and was sold on by Luminar Leisure to rivals Fever Bars.

Now the empty property is back on the market with a stipulation on the premises not being used again – as a nightclub.


LYON TAMER: Coventry culinary giant Adam Bennett is ready to ‘chef it out’ later this month in a global fight for cooking supremacy.

FormerBinleyParkSchool student Adam takes on kitchen masters from around the world in the Bocuse d’Or tournament in the French city of Lyon on January 29-30.


RADIO GO GO: One of the most recognisable sites on the A5 Watling Street for nearly a century is heading for a massive makeover – transforming the town of Rugby.

Plans to build 6,200 new homes on the old Rugby Radio Station site have got the go ahead – bringing the prospect of thousands of new jobs and adding an estimated 15,000 to the area’s population.

Work is expected to begin next year on the BT mast site off the trunk road with four new schools, a hotel, health facilities as well as restaurants, play areas and office development also pencilled in.

The 1,168-acre site with its highly visible skyline full of masts was originally developed in the 1920s to provide wireless radio communication across the old British Empire.


MANY THANKS: MP Marcus Jones was among dignatories from all walks of life who attended a farewell service yesterday for the highly-respected vicar of Nuneaton – the Rev Don Jones – at the parish church of St Nicolas.


REAL PRIDE: Town planners are set to look at one of the last pieces of the giant development jigsaw which has transformed Nuneaton’s most famous housing estate.

An application has gone into the Nuneaton and Bedworth Borough Council for 49 new homes on land fronting Tuttle Hill.

The proposed development forms part of the fourth and final phase of the multi-million pound Pride in Camp Hill project, which has rejuvenated the town’s former biggest housing estate.

Camp Hill was the area which welcomed thousands of miners to a new life of work in the Warwickshire coalfield after World War Two.

Meanwhile planners have backed a scheme to build 41 affordable homes off Park Lane in Nuneaton.


VROOM WITH A VIEW OF FUTURE: The future for car production in the Coventry area is shining brighter than ever – according to a whole host of different indicators.

Coventry-based peer Lord Kumar Bhattacharyya is convinced Jaguar Land Rover is on course to make a million cars a year by the end of the decade after latest trade figures revealed the company enjoyed the best year in its 65-year-old history in 2013 – selling nearly 425,000 vehicles worldwide.

The adviser to the Midlands’ biggest manufacturer, who founded the Warwick Manufacturing Group in Coventry, says JLR is ideally-placed to take on the biggest car firms in the world

Meanwhile city car firm Peugeot saw a big leap in its business fortunes over the last 12 months. In the UK market, the brand registered 105,435 cars last year – almost 6,000 higher than in 2012 and sales were up by more than 6,600 with the Peugeot 2008 Crossover 35 per cent above target.

HERE’S TO 2014: Coventry and Warwickshire-based companies are in confident mood at the start of the new year, according to an industry barometer.

Firms in both manufacturing and the service sector are optimistic about the year ahead – especially those who trade overseas – says the Coventry and Warwickshire Chamber of Commerce’s quarterly economic survey.

Two thirds believe that turnover will rise next year and almost 30 per cent of manufacturing say advanced domestic orders are up but that rises to 63 per cent on advanced overseas orders.


P1380779 - CopySPEAKER IN THE HOUSE: North Warwickshire MP Dan Byles, pictured, backs supply chain companies in Bedworth that have “played a big part” in the huge success of British car industry over the last few years.


GOOSEY GOOSEY WANDER: The demolition ball is heading for a Bedworth landmark.

The loss-making Old Goose pub is being pulled down to make way for six new terraced houses being built on the site in Orchard Street.

Nuneaton and Bedworth Councillor Tony Lloyd called for a ‘dignified’ end to the pub. “Let it rest in peace.”


GAME ON: Britain’s biggest gaming festival is being staged in Coventry for the first time later this year.

The Ricoh Arena over the Easter holiday weekend will be the setting for the Insomnia series which attracts tens of thousands of gamers to compete in the UK’s most competitive eSports tournaments – plus the chance to see the best new games first.


ENGLAND EXPECTS: There will be plenty of anticipation for an audience tonight at Four Doors Down (The Abbey) when Jordan Williams – the current Mr England – returns to his hometown of Nuneaton to perform in another persona as a Michael Buble tribute entertainer.


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