Editorial October 2020

Everything is so uncertain at the moment, as soon as you get the hang of one new set of rules regarding Coronavirus, they change again, and again, and again and some who should know better are completely ignoring them anyway!

On the streets:

  1. Strange large and small white painted drawings of bicycles appearing on roads where there are new cycle lanes, but these are apeparing all over the place? There is no official explanation for these ghost cycles!
  2. Blocking off of parts of streets in the JQ – forcing delivery vehicles (and locals) to drive round and round trying to deliver goods, causing more congestion and air pollution.
  3. Blocking off parts of main roads for people to sit outside on the streets. Wait for the snow! After snowfalls in the past at least 3ft wide slush in the gutters which you had to take a running jump to get over!

None of these rules help the jewellery and allied trades to survive – which is a priority.
One bit of good news though is the closure of the school which has occupied the old ‘Swan’ building in Albion Street – which added to traffic congestion twice a day and crowds of teenagers parading along Albion Street, down Frederick Street and congregating outside Tesco’s. They have been forcing other pedestrians to walk in the roadway, whilst shouting and even screaming their way along. They will not be ‘missed’.

One sad piece of news is that Matt Edwards who has been working with St Paul’s church as the ‘Parish Administrator’ has left the Jewellery Quarter. He has been an enthusiastic and helpful person and will be missed.

We have been trying to get the reception part of the Jewellery Museum re-opened running up to Christmas.

St Paul’s Cars (0121 233 3333)
We would like to congratulate St Paul’s Cars on their continued exceptional car hire service during this difficult time, this includes ‘losing’ their office in Caroline Street to re-development and complying with Coronavirus Safety Rules. If you need a taxi – do not hesitate to ring them.

Keep Your Hands off our Clock!
Many people saw on TV the person pointing to Joe’s clock shouting that it should be ‘removed; because of his efforts in South Africa – but the reason why our clock was erected by the BJA was to thank Joe and his wife for their wonderful support of the Jewellery Quarter – (see feature this issue).

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