A round-up of miscellany from the past week
Submitted by Geoff Caine
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Featured this week:
• Concierge Team Prepare for the Celebrations
But there’s no sign of the “girls” following suit! In spite of Justyna initially volunteering the trio to dress up as below:
• Events over the Jubilee Weekend
Birmingham has truly excelled itself in organising events for the Jubilee Celebrations! The best source of information on what’s on I have found is the Birmingham Mail website. To cut down on your searching click on the day below to link to events on that day on the site.
A selection of events:
Friday 8.30am – 2.30pm Birmingham Cathedral Grounds Colmore Business District presents Moseley Arts Market
Friday 5.30pm – 7.30pm Brindleyplace bandstand C-Jam – a band carrying the Birmingham musical torch for straight-ahead rock, blues and boogie band.
Saturday 2.30pm- 6pm Cannon Hill Park Spring Festival
Saturday all day Southside Birmingham Pride 2012
Saturday 7.30pm Symphony Hall Handel’s Royal Music: Celebrating the Diamond Jubilee of Her Majesty the Queen.
Sunday all day Southside Birmingham Pride 2012
Sunday 12noon – 4pm Chamberlain Square Commonwealth themed live music on stage
Monday 11am-noon High Street (by Bullring Bull) to Victoria Square Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Pageant
Monday all day New Street, Victoria Square and Chamberlain Square Various celebratory events
Monday 11am – 5pm Victoria Square and Chamberlain Square Lord Mayor’s Show
Monday 2pm-4pm Oozells Square, Brindleyplace Central England Concert Band Monday 7.30pm Victoria Square – Big Screen The screening of the ‘Diamond Jubilee Concert’ from Buckingham Palace Gardens.
Tuesday noon-6pm Cannon Hill Park Diamond Decades Party and Community Games
• New Street Station is about to show off its new clothes
At last we’ll be able to judge the design concept ourselves!
The structure to hold the stainless steel cladding is being put in place and soon the first panels will be attached giving us an idea of what is to come. The external area getting the treatment first off is a new station entrance where Stephenson Street meets Navigation Street on the north side. This entrance is due to be completed in April 2013.
Other work in progress is:
• In June work will start on the new John Lewis store following the recent erection of a second tower crane on the south side.
• Creation of the east side walkway to Moor Street station is ongoing.
• The first half of the new concourse to be opened in April 2013.
• Palasades transformation into the new atrium.
• The crew accommodation at the north-side track entry is now almost complete.
• Update on Clamping
KEW RTM Director Alan Stedall has meeting with Birmingham Council Official
Alan met Jaqui Kennedy, Director of Regulation and Enforcement, Birmingham City Council, on 15 May to discuss the implications of the new Protection of Freedoms Act 2012, already passed and due to come into force in October.
Alan raised a highly possible scenario of how trespassers are apparently given new rights by the act! Jaqui Kennedy, has been given the opportunity to comment on The Act to the Home Office and will raise with them Alan’s scenario and also seek clarification of The Act on other issues raised by Alan.
Read agreed notes on the meeting.
Read relevant Extract from The Act.
• Jewellery Quarter gets “Go Ahead” for a BID
A Business Improvement District board should lift the quarter to new heights!
There are currently four BIDs in the city centre – Broad Street (the first), Retail, Colmore and Southside (the most recent).
Businesses in these areas are asked to vote on whether they would support a levy on their business to pay for a board of directors to create and build the businesses and facilities of the area.
Businesses in the Jewellery Quarter have recently voted for the setting up of a BID – about 80% of the votes were in favour. The BID will begin operating in October.
BIDs have apparently been very successful, as Broad Street and Retail businesses have voted to continue their operation after the first 5 years.
The BIDs improve the districts in many ways, including providing a welcoming environment for visitors, clean and safer streets, improving marketing to increase footfall and inward investment, and improving connectivity to the city centre.
This should really increase the Jewellery Quarter’s ability to demonstrate that it is a very important Birmingham asset.
For more information visit the Jewellery Quarter Development Trust website.
By the way the Jewellery Quarter starts the other side of Summer Row and Sandpits Lane is a short (1000yds) walk from KEW. Try it, you’ll be surprised, I think.
Ill produce a suggested route for a walk soon.
Submitted by Geoff Caine