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January 2021

Issue No 426

Businesses Urged to Step Up Safety Measures Hallmarking Requirements From 1 January BAJ Launches new BA Course A2Z Jewellery and TH Findings Merge 22 Betts Group celebrates 260th anniversary with Move to Responsibly Sourced Gold. Peter Taylor Awarded MBE Birmingham’s eCargo Bike Launch

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2020 - Mark and I truly hope that you and your loved ones managed to have an enjoyable and safe Christmas - although I expect like us it was one of the quietest ever. Have you put away the Christmas tree and other trimmings safely for next Christmas? On the last day of the year my granddaughter managed to get married on their third attempt in Bodmin Cornwall, but no reception allowed. Looking forward to lots of photos later but we managed to follow ceremony via mobile phones, emails etc. 2021 - what will this year bring? It is certainly getting difficult to hold out hope for the future and at the same time maintain a sense of humour. This is the first 2021 issue of the HF - it will go on-line as soon as possible and posted out to all on our mailing list, but it may be exceedingly difficult to drop some off at 'Distribution Points’, but we will do our best (with the help of Niel Black). January brought with it a return to Lock-down after a surge in the spread of the Coronavirus, which may or may not have been caused by the relaxation of some of the 'Rules' over Christmas plus ignorant people who do not intend to adhere to the basic rules - e.g., the Vehicle Cavalcade' and crowds of people which invaded the Jewellery Quarter just before Christmas. It is also unbelievable that a ridiculous idiot is insisting that the Virus is all a Government scam and is not happening at all! Everywhere you turn you get scammers. liars and cheats trying to trap you into giving them your personal details - it is so hard to tell true from false. Scammers are even using virus vaccinations now as part of their scams! Thank goodness for the 'professional' developers and architects who have a conscience about the wellbeing of the human race! Did you know that there is no such thing as a 'loss of light' rule any more? Some businesses and residents have recently discovered this. When Slum Clearance was carried out just before WW2, it was agreed that 'Sunlight' was an important part of living as it helped to prevent rickets. Now you are expected to just take Vitamin D instead!

Peter Taylor on Honours List

Many will remember Peter Taylor who worked in the Jewellery Quarter for some years before he was 'head-hunted' by London. He was married to a very pretty girl in St Paul's Church before he left. He is on the New Year's Honours List and richly deserves this. Congratulations Peter from all your friends up here in Birmingham.

'Kitties' Invasion

To lighten things up a little in 2021 we are introducing a family of 'kitties'. This has come about because of a relationship which has evolved between the proposed Steelhouse Lane Police Museum and ourselves. See item this issue. Marie Haddleton Editor


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Hallmarking Requirements From 1 January

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Businesses Urged to Step Up Safety Measures On the 6th January 2021, West Midlands council leaders are calling on supermarkets and businesses that remain open during this national lockdown to step-up their Covid-19 safety measures to help combat the surge of infections With cases continuing to rise across the region and the UK entering a new lockdown, people are now required to stay at home except for a handful of permitted reasons - one of which is to shop for basic necessities. Supermarkets and some other retailers will remain open and the leaders of Birmingham, Coventry, Sandwell, Solihull, Dudley, Walsall, and Wolverhampton councils believe the retailers have a major role to play in keeping people safe over the coming weeks and months. The seven leaders, who wrote to Business Secretary Alok Sharma MP in November expressing concerns at the easing of safety measures in supermarkets, have now called for urgent action to protect staff and shoppers.

They have called for: • The re-introduction of one-way systems to help maintain social distancing in all retail settings. • Improved enforcement of safety measures with Covid marshals onsite throughout opening hours.


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• Strong Infection Prevention and Control and messaging in-store to maintain the 2m distance between customers. • Strong action to combat spread amongst staff whist on site (both in public areas and in break areas) including encouraging staff to test regularly through the asymptomatic LFD community testing offer, • Mandatory measures to ensure that symptomatic staff stay at home (with adequate financial support), get tested, self-isolate AND that their close contacts also do this. • Clear staff training and tight compliance in store (mask wearing; reduce numbers in store, customer flow (one-way aisles as much as possible), sanitising touch points and shared baskets and trolleys).

Birmingham City Council leader Cllr Ian Ward said: “Supermarkets and their staff worked extremely hard during the first lockdown to introduce measures that kept shoppers and workers safe. Now we need a return to the measures and the vigilance we saw last year and that means hand washing and sanitising, enforcement on the rules around face coverings and better social distancing, including the reintroduction on one-way systems. “These are very worrying times, and we all have a role to play to keep people safe. Although people must once again stay at home as much as possible, many of us will still be visiting supermarkets, so it’s essential that stores are as safe as possible.”

The British Hallmarking Council has updated its guidance on hallmarking requirements from 1 January 2021 following Government advice. Obligations to recognise equivalent EU hallmarks will end in Great Britain. For the Northern Ireland market, EU hallmarks will continue to be recognised, by virtue of the European Union (Withdrawal) Act. Any product already on the market before January 2021 will be legal, under the same legislation. The question of the length of time this will be effective has not yet been determined. It may be good practice to maintain records demonstrating that items being sold were on the market prior to 1 January 2021. Any new stock entering the Great Britain market will require a UK national hallmark or an International Convention hallmark. Any new stock exported to EU member states will require a mark recognised by those countries.

BAJ Launches new BA Course The British Academy of Jewellery is pleased to announce that it is expanding into higher education with the launch of its first ever BA (Hons) course in Jewellery Design & Production, starting in the academic year 2022. The unique three-year degree is a future-focused programme which twitter @hockleyflyer

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will bring and am excited to welcome all A2Z customers. Kelly has also moved across to join us - with over 15 years’ experience at A2Z, her friendly manner and existing product knowledge is a valued addition to our team. Together with Emma and Valentina they will ensure customers, both old and new, will continue to receive an outstanding standard of service. We invite everyone to come and see what we have in store and visit our website “Finally, we wish Mick, Eileen & Carol ‘All the best for the future and thank you for all of your hard work over the years and helping to facilitate this transition successfully’.”

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A2Z Jewellery and TH Findings Merge Two of the longest established Wholesalers in the Jewellery Quarter A2Z Jewellery and TH. Findings have combined under one roof at 42 Hylton Street to give customers a wider variety of Jewellery making

findings and finished giftware. A2Z Jewellery, who traded from the same premises for over 30 years, closed their doors on the 23rd December 2020 for the final time and the jewellery business has moved just around the corner to the TH Findings’ showroom at 42 Hylton Street. Faye Cook, Managing Director of TH Findings says: “I look forward to all of the new challenges this venture

encourages students to explore new techniques and materials in order to become the next generation of creative, boundarypushing jewellers. Structured around the four pillars of technique, innovation, professional practice, and history and theory, the course aims to mould graduates who are not only technically competent jewellery professionals, but also pioneering creators ready to shape the future of the industry. Teaching therefore places strong emphasis on the latest developments driving the evolution of the sector, such as virtual reality, emerging materials, sustainability, and smart jewellery. By working in these

cutting-edge fields, students will explore the potential of these new areas, stretch their limits, and contribute to their development. Throughout their time at the Academy, students will have access to dedicated jewellery workshop spaces and innovative jewellery design and manufacturing technology. They will also benefit from BAJ’s close proximity and working relationships with key industry figures and brands. Upon completion of the course, students receive a BA (Hons) degree in Jewellery Design and Production, awarded in partnership with Kingston University (subject to validation). “The BA (Hons) Jewellery Design & Production is a unique course where students are expected to think

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through making, and adequately prepare themselves to contribute to the development of a fast-evolving and diverse sector,” said BA Course Leader Sofie Boons. “We are looking for candidates that want to skilfully experiment with the latest techniques and materials and produce work that makes a meaningful addition to an oversaturated world of objects and things.” “The launch of BAJ’s BA (Hons) Jewellery Design & Production reaffirms our commitment to providing unparalleled educational opportunities that prepare students for a dynamic and ever-changing jewellery industry,” added Kate Rieppel, Head of Academy at BAJ.

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Betts Group celebrates 260th anniversary with Move to Responsibly Sourced Gold. Betts Group, which is one of the oldest surviving precious metal refining and dealing business in the UK and in its ninth generation of family management, are celebrating Betts Group managing director, Charlie Betts (left) with brother, Dan Betts, non-executive director, Betts Group and CEO of Hummingbird Resources. their 260th anniversary. The Betts Group, was helped to create through community management, our core ethos of formed in Birmingham’s Jewellery and environmental projects. integrity and quality of service, and Quarter at the dawn of the indusThe Betts name has been inextri- our focus on precious metal expertrial revolution, has revealed that cably linked with precious metals for tise remain the cornerstones of the it is now using ‘Single Mine Origin’ over a quarter of a millennium. Betts Group. The knowledge and skill (SMO) gold to manufacture all of its The business was founded by we have developed over 260 years gold products. Alexander Betts in 1760, who came is unrivalled and we are continually The move is part of the Betts from Battle in Sussex to the village of exploring innovative and pioneering Group’s industry-leading commit- Birmingham to establish a smelting approaches to enhance our proposiment to supply responsibly mined and refining business in the newly tion to our customers.” gold to investors and the jewellery formed Jewellery Quarter. “It’s hugely exciting to be at the trade, including renowned names The family enjoyed local and forefront of creating fully traceable, such as Boodles, Sheila Fleet and national success, being represented responsibly-sourced gold and we G. Collins & Sons. on the first elected council of the city believe it is a real ‘game changer’ The company first began offering of Birmingham and making a sig- for the trade. As consumers, we SMO gold in 2018 as part of its com- nificant contribution to Britain’s war are increasingly concerned about plete service proposition to jewellers, effort. They also played an influen- the provenance of the products including refining services and a tial role in expanding the geological we buy but the vast majority of the wide range of products and sundries knowledge that led to the discovery gold used in the jewellery industry such as grain, sheet, wire, bullion, of gold in Australia. cannot be traced to a known source wedding rings, jewellers’ tools, and Betts Group has survived through and consequently any potentially bespoke investment products. two world wars, under nine different negative impacts of that metal cannot Sourced from the Yanfolila gold monarchs and more than 50 prime be known. We manufacture all our mine in Mali, SMO certified gold pro- ministers and is now in the ninth in-house gold products using SMO vides an auditable chain of custody consecutive generation of family gold, giving customers peace of for the entire supply chain, with full management. It has been based mind that their metal is from a known, segregation from mine to finished in Birmingham’s Spencer Street responsible source with a proven product. SMO gold must adhere to since 1992. track record of committed social and a number of strict CSR guidelines Betts Group’s managing direc- environmental responsibility. There and be mined in accordance with the tor, Charlie Betts, said: “This is a are no administrative barriers to entry World Gold Council’s very special milestone in our his- for jewellers or investors and with a R e s p o n s i b l e G o l d M i n i n g tory. We’re incredibly proud to be plentiful supply, there is no pricing Principles. Batch codes and QR the oldest surviving precious metal premium either.” codes offer consumers a direct link to refining and dealing business in the the source of the metal used in their UK. Although we have evolved into More information: purchase, as well as giving an insight a much more diverse business with W: www:bettsmetalsales.com into the impact each purchase has interests in investments and waste


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Peter Taylor, Director of the Goldsmiths’ Centre, and a key figure in the establishment of the charity, has been awarded an MBE for his services to the Jewellery and Silversmithing Industries. One of 476 MBE recipients, he was named in the Queen’s New Year Honours for ‘Services to Jewellery & Silversmithing’ recognising his extraordinary achievements in supporting UK jewellers, silversmiths, and members of the allied industries to protect this ancient craft and grow successful businesses. “When I realised that I had been appointed an MBE in the 2021 New Year’s Honours List I was frankly amazed and humbled by the award. I have been blessed to work with some amazing people over the years, including the team at the Goldsmiths’ Centre and Company. In many ways this honour is a recognition of their work as well as my own. Goodness knows we all need a boost as we go into 2021 and this was an incredible way to start the New Year. As I reflected upon my 37 years in the trade it reminded me that we can never quite know where we will end up or what we can achieve if we are open to opportunity. Receiving an MBE is undoubtedly the highlight of my career to date and I am incredibly proud that this also reflects positively on the work of so many other people who are passionate about the future of our craft and industry.” Read online: www.thehockleyflyer.info

Peter Taylor, Director of the Goldsmiths’ Centre

After leaving the Birmingham School of Jewellery in 1988 Peter worked in the industry before setting up his own design and making business in partnership with a college friend. In 1994, learning from his own experiences he established a project in Birmingham’s Jewellery Quarter to support graduates and young entrepreneurs. In its final iteration Designspace 2000 ran until 2001 and supported many aspirant jewellers and silversmiths to begin their careers in the industry. Many have gone on to run their own successful businesses or have influential roles in Higher Education. Importantly in later iterations of the project these opportunities were widened to include people from nonformal educational backgrounds and the disadvantaged communities that surround the jewellery Quarter. Peter was and remains committed to opening up opportunities through making and designing, a theme which continues to this day. Returning to Higher Education in 1997, Peter played a pivotal role in launching the University of Central England Jewellery Industry Innovation Centre (JIIC), a technology, training and mentoring facility at Birmingham School of Jewellery that continues to collaborate with local businesses and have an impact on the lives of students. Peter, joined the Goldsmiths’ Company in 2002 as its first Director of Technology and Training, Taking responsibility for its work in support of the craft, industry, and partnership with Higher Education.

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In 2005 working closely with Stuart Devlin, Chairman of the Technology & Training Committee and other prominent members of the Goldsmiths’ Company, the concept of an education and training facility owned and managed by the Goldsmiths’ Company was first articulated. In 2007 the potential acquisition of a derelict school site in Clerkenwell London led to the scope of the project increasing significantly to include workspace and the concept of the Goldsmiths’ Centre was firmly established in its current form. Peter oversaw the regeneration of the site, which combined its historic legacy buildings with modern architecture to create a state-of-theart facility for work, education, and events, and in 2011, was named as the Goldsmiths’ Centre’s first Director. The Goldsmiths’ Centre opened its doors in 2012 and has since become the UK’s leading charity for the professional training of goldsmiths. With funding from the Goldsmiths’ Company, the Goldsmiths’ Centre has helped countless young people find their creative vocations and is a source of support and opportunities for people working or aspiring to work in the goldsmithing industry. Always willing to contribute to initiatives that benefit the wider industry Peter has also been involved in developing the Occupational Standards for the sector and most recently a new Trailblazer Standard for Jewellery, Silversmithing and the Allied Trades. A potential step change in how people access job opportunities and training within the sector.

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Before Peter left his post sat the JIIC in Birmingham to take up his post in London, he got married in St Paul’s Church (The Jewellers Church) in St Paul’s Square.

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News With ongoing investigations no photos from the demonstation, but here's a blast from the past of theI ndian Consulate with flag flying in 2003. © The Hockley Flyer.

The Kisaan Car Rally - 12 December 2020 A car rally took place on 12 December when over 1,000 demonstrators in vehicles and on foot (mostly not wearing masks) besieged the Indian Consulate (which was closed anyway) and blocked off nearby roads and pavements in the Jewellery Quarter, to lodge a protest against something happening in India, causing massive disruption to workers, retailers, visitors, etc and costing the trade an estimated £50,000.00 as it was an important pre-Christmas shopping day. Although the police had prior notice of this event, there was no attempt to divert vehicles away from the Jewellery Quarter when they congregated on one side of Great Hampton Street, stopping all traffic, which would have prevented this incident. Just a small group could have been allowed to visit the Consulate and put the protest document through the letterbox. This is the Official Statement issued by the police:

POLICE STATEMENT Indian Consulate Demonstration on 12th December 2020.

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agricultural reforms in India took place in Birmingham and Sandwell on 12 December 2020 causing traffic disruption in Birmingham, West Bromwich, the Jewellery Quarter, and surrounding roads. While we were aware that the rally was due to happen and had a dynamic policing plan in place, there was no identified organiser and the lack of established route led to additional disruption and delays for other road users – including emergency vehicles. Due to the volume of people and vehicles in attendance our priority was to ensure that public safety was maintained. Officers on the ground prosecuted a number of drivers for road traffic offences including careless driving and issued directions to leave to more than 1000 people. Three people have been issued with a £100 fixed penalty notice after refusing to comply with regulations following a direction to leave. Deliberately not following the regulations and measures put in place to limit the spread of the virus is unacceptable and our officers will continue to take the appropriate action where necessary. Superintendent Sarah Burton who led the police response to the rally said: “While we absolutely respect and support the right to demonstrate, there are requirements that need to be met by law.

An organiser needs to be identified and the police should be notified in advance. It is very unfortunate that did not happen today, and we will be taking steps to identify the people responsible. “Unfortunately, some smoke flares were thrown from moving vehicles, putting other road users in danger and as part of the post incident review CCTV, drone, body worn video, and camera footage will be reviewed to identify any offences, and those involved will be prosecuted retrospectively.” Although Birmingham and Sandwell (at that time) are no longer in lockdown, both areas remain on extremely high alert in tier three, and strict regulations introduced by the Government remain in place to help prevent the spread of Coronavirus. People are reminded that the current situation means that these types of gatherings pose a risk to public health. Personal choices matter and we simply ask people to act responsibly, and to work with us wherever possible, in order to protect others from harm.

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On 18th December 2020 Birmingham City Council received its first batch of e-Cargo bikes - just in time for Christmas. In May this year Birmingham was one of the local authorities to secure funding to run an e-Cargo bike pilot scheme. The pilot, a long-term lease programme that includes maintenance and training for 13 e-Cargo bikes and 7 e-Cargo trikes, will provide a basis for the wider take up of e-Cargo vehicles in Birmingham. The scheme forms part of the Council’s broader plan to support sustainable freight vehicles and practices more widely. Four of the new bikes will be kept by Birmingham City Council and will replace van trips as part of a move to modernise its transport fleet. B i r m i n g h a m C i t y C o u n c i l ’s Cabinet Member for Transport and Environment, Councillor Waseem Zaffar said: “I’m delighted that e-Cargo bikes have arrived in Birmingham and in time to support the amazing work of the Active Wellbeing Society. This pilot scheme will help to improve air quality in our city and support organisations in their efforts to reduce emissions. It is another step towards achieving net zero carbon in Birmingham. We will be Read online: www.thehockleyflyer.info

monitoring the impact of the pilot closely as we look to develop more sustainable freight initiatives in the future.” The first delivery bikes arrived on 18 December with four to be used by The Active Wellbeing Society (TAWS) over Christmas and beyond, to collect donations and deliver food and clothing to vulnerable people across the city. The bikes will also transport growing, bike repair and sports equipment as part of other free initiatives delivered by the cooperative. Chair of TAWS and Ward Councillor Lisa Trickett said: “The eCargo bike scheme will really help our staff and volunteers to get essential items to where they are needed over the Christmas period. Whether that is delivering food parcels and meals, clothing and toy donations or our ‘Christmas Treat Bags’ to the communities we are supporting. I t is vitally important that we are able to work with our partner organisations to support individuals and families during such challenging times. The eCargo bikes will enable us to meet local need in a sustainable and efficient way.” The bikes have been supplied and manufactured by Raleigh and are brand-new designs with the ability to carry up to a 100kg payload, plus the rider, and travel up to 40 miles on a single charge with zero emissions. Raleigh’s Commercial Partnerships Manager, Ed Pegram said: “Raleigh

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National Churches Trust Foundation Grant Award On December 14, 2020, the future of St Paul’s Church in the Jewellery

76 Brand New Waste & Recycling Vehicles On 3 December 2020 it was announced that the first of 76 new waste and recycling vehicles have started to roll out on the streets of Birmingham as part of the drive for improved bin collection reliability in the city. The vehicles have been supplied to the city council by West Midlands-based Dennis Eagle and


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Quarter is being secured after a £4,450 grant from the National Churches Trust to help fund essential repairs to the roof and guttering. The church has been at the heart of the community for over 200 years and served as a place of worship to Matthew Boulton and James Watt. Today it is not only used for services but also as a space for community represent an £11 million investment into Birmingham’s waste collection service. Their arrival in the city heralds the start of the rolling replacement of a fleet that was last upgraded in 2014 and will see the remainder of the service’s vehicles refreshed by 2024. All the new vehicles will be compliant with the city’s Clean Air Zone, which is set to be introduced from June 2021. Cllr John O’Shea, Cabinet Member for Street Scene and Parks at Birmingham City Council, said: “Our hardworking crews do a great job as part of our effort to keep the streets of Birmingham clean. But they need the best tools possible in order to do this – the refresh of our fleet is long-awaited and will help improve the reliability of the collection rounds, reducing our dependency on hire vehicles to shore up the service. Just as importantly, these are vehicles made right here in the Midlands. They are cleaner and greener and

group meetings and as a concert venue. This vital work, will allow St Paul’s the confidence that the building will be dry, ensuring activities and worship can continue inside the church, whilst protecting the sensitive Grade I listed historic fabric of the church. Revd. David Tomlinson, Vicar of St Paul’s Church JQ said “The repairs to the roof will mean that St Paul’s can continue to be a hub for the Jewellery Quarter, a place of safety in times of crisis and a place of joy for many years to come.” The National Churches Trust is the national, non-profit organisation dedicated to supporting and promoting churches of all Christian denominations in the UK. Latest report to The Hockley Flyer from Revd, David Tomlinson: ‘The grant, along with the contributions by the community, means we have been able to carry out the vital work of improving the guttering and making the building watertight. This important development prepares the way for future work on the Jewellery Quarter’s church.’ will improve our wider environmental ambitions related to air quality and carbon emissions.” Dennis Eagle’s Sales & Marketing Manager Lee Rowland said: “It’s great to be supporting an operator right on our own doorstep, in a place where many of our own staff live.” These 76 new vehicles will, in an average year: Travel a combined distance of more than 387,000 miles (based on an annual previous average of 5,100 miles) - equivalent to going around the world 15 times Collect approximately 215,000 tonnes of waste (2,826 tonnes picked up on average by household waste wagons in 2019) – roughly the same weight as 1,170 Jumbo jets Pick up in excess of 16 million bins. If this number of bins were laid end-to-end, they would stretch to Los Angeles…and back! (Based on an average weekly lift of 4,200 bins per wagon, and an approximate bin height of 1.04m). twitter @hockleyflyer

Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery (BMAG) will remain closed throughout 2021 while essential electrical upgrade work of Birmingham’s Council House complex takes place. While the building is closed Birmingham Museums Trust will continue to share items and stories from Birmingham’s collections with audiences in a variety of exciting and engaging ways both online and in the community. BMAG is currently closed due to the Coronavirus pandemic but plans for reopening in time for the 2022 Commonwealth Games are already underway. Next year also marks the 160th anniversary of the birth of Birmingham’s collection and in celebration of this key moment, when the eyes of the world will be on the city, Birmingham Museum’s will use this opportunity to re-invigorate its collection re-interpreting it for the 21st Century. The reopening will be launched with a transformation of BMAG’s iconic Round Room. A radical new display of this stunning gallery will reflect the people of 21st Century Birmingham. In a sweeping change from the current paintings of landscapes, historic subjects and dignitaries from the past, the new We Are Birmingham display will present a vibrant celebration of the city that Birmingham has become. It will draw Read online: www.thehockleyflyer.info

on new artworks as well as historic items from Birmingham’s Collections. 2022 will also herald a programme of new exhibitions as well as celebrating the city’s treasures such as the Staffordshire Hoard, world-famous Pre-Raphaelites and more recent items from Collecting Birmingham such as the Koh-i-Noor curry house booth. Sara Wajid and Zak Mensah, Joint-CEO of Birmingham Museums Trust said: “We had very much hoped that we would be able to reopen BMAG to visitors before this essential work started, but sadly due to the latest lockdown this won’t be possible. “We understand just how disappointing this will be for many people who would have been looking forward to visiting BMAG once lockdown restrictions are lifted. “However, during our closure we will continue to find ways to make Birmingham’s collections available to as many people as possible. Understanding our history and our national identity is now more relevant than ever and so we look forward to staying connected with all our audiences across Birmingham and the West Midlands as we bring them with us on our journey towards 2022. “At the same time we also feel that this is an ideal time for us to allow BMAG to embrace the city that Birmingham is now, as well as the city it was when the Birmingham collection was founded.” Way s i n w h i c h B i r m i n g h a m Museums will stay connected with audiences over the coming year will include taking world-renowned artworks and items from the collections into schools, inviting Birmingham

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citizens to co-produce new displays for when the museum opens, sharing Birmingham’s collection through digital platforms plus a series of outdoor exhibitions. Birmingham Museums Trust is also planning to reopen its awardwinning science museum, Thinktank and its historic properties across the city to visitors later this year once government guidelines allow it. Visitors will be able to enjoy new collection displays at both Aston Hall and Thinktank Birmingham Science Museum later this year. Birmingham City Council own the buildings which currently house BMAG and the Council House. The electrical upgrade of the complex is an extensive and essential programme of work which is needed to future-proof the building making it safe for staff and visitors while safeguarding Birmingham’s collections housed there for generations to come. Cllr Jayne Francis, Cabinet Member for Education, Skills and Culture at Birmingham City Council, said: “These essential electrical works are necessary to ensure the continued safety of both the Council House and Council House Extension for all those who work or visit these historic buildings. “While both buildings have been able to operate safely in the short term, these vital works will also ensure the long-term viability of these buildings which not only house Birmingham’s history and heritage, but also the city’s centre of democracy. “As the civic custodians of the Council House, built in 1879, we have a duty to preserve it for future generations – along with Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery – as an important part of the city’s heritage, and in doing so we are also safeguarding Birmingham’s collections.” The proposed work is due to commence in June 2021 however before contractors can start over 2150 items from Birmingham’s collections will initially need to be removed with a further 33,000 remaining items to be moved into safe storage over the coming year as work progresses. The complete programme of work will be phased with the first phase completed in early 2022.



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Covid Virus Lateral Flow (no symptoms) Testing Open for Birmingham Residents Birmingham residents can from 18th December now get tested for Covid even if they do not have symptoms, with the opening of a walk-in facility in the city centre – and no appointments are needed A large-scale testing hub site was recently set up at Utilita Arena Birmingham (formerly known as the National Indoor Arena) for mass (lateral flow) testing, which was initially piloted for groups of council front-line staff. These tests are aimed at finding people who may have no symptoms but are infectious. Following a successful pilot, it is now open for the public from for free lateral flow tests for children and adults; parents will need to help children under the age of 11years do their swabs. The lateral flow test is most useful for identifying people who are infectious on the day of the test but do not have symptoms. The test is not as good at finding the virus early in infection, so its value is mainly in finding infectious people who do not know they are infected. People who have symptoms should


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ring 119 or go to the NHS website to book a test at one of the 12 local symptomatic testing sites across the city. It is really important that people who have symptoms do not use the same site as the people without symptoms, to help prevent the risk of cross-contamination. The council is particularly encouraging testing for those that work in close contact jobs, such as taxi drivers, people working in kitchens or logistics and manufacturing, but the service is open to anyone who lives or works in Birmingham. People attending the site should bring photo ID and proof of address, or place of work if you work in Birmingham but do not live here. Because of site security individuals are asked not to bring large bags, and bags may be subject to security checks. C l l r I a n Wa r d , L e a d e r o f Birmingham City Council, said: “Together with the vaccination rollout, increased testing is a key weapon in our battle against coronavirus and this marks a significant step in our city’s work to return to a more normal way of life. “One in three people who have Covid-19 have no symptoms at all, so testing people without symptoms is one way we can stop the spread of the virus and keep our friends, family members, and neighbours safe.” The testing site is open seven days a week, 8am to 6pm.

One-off grants of £10,000 will be paid to 421 hospitality and leisure businesses across Birmingham which have previously missed out on Government support or require emergency intervention to protect jobs. Birmingham City Councillors have agreed to use funds from the £22.8 million Additional Restrictions Grant (ARG) to help businesses who were ineligible to claim any support between the March 2020 lockdown and January 2021. The grants will be paid to eligible businesses with a rateable value of over £51,000 who have previously not been eligible for Government grant funds or who require emergency support to protect jobs or stay afloat. Birmingham City Council’s Deputy Leader, Cllr Brigid Jones, said: “The ARG fund has been provided to councils by the Government to enable local authorities to use their discretion to support businesses which do

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not automatically qualify for other grant support schemes. These sectors, and the associated industries, are responsible for providing tens of thousands of jobs across Birmingham and the wider regions but have yet to receive a single penny of support since the first lockdown in March as they did not meet the criteria set out by Government “It’s important we do everything we can to protect these businesses and the livelihoods associated with them. This emergency intervention will provide a much-needed lifeline to preserve the future of another 421 businesses, the jobs associated with them and the wider economy.” Council officers will identify the businesses which will be eligible for the grant and will contact them directly to notify them and request the necessary information required to process payments by 22 January 2021. Paul Faulkner, CEO, Greater Birmingham Chambers of Commerce said: “At the end of last year, we surveyed over 380 local businesses on where they believed that they will be in six months’ time without further Government support; one in 20 believed they would be closed or in

administration. “We believe that the latest developments regarding the full national lockdown have made the situation even more pressing for the most impacted. We welcome this action from Birmingham City Council to support these businesses that were largely excluded from the small business and retail, leisure and hospitality sector grants made available last year. “The hospitality and leisure sector plays such a critical role in our city on both employment and its attractiveness as a great place to live, work and do business. For many, ‘closed’ businesses with a high rateable value, the current national Government grants do not come close to covering their rent, costs of furloughed staff and other key overheads. “The scale of the issue and challenges facing the business community is far bigger than the resources currently available at a local level. There are many thousands of businesses in other sectors also facing an uncertain future due to this dramatic scale of the disruption caused by the pandemic. “We will continue to call on the Government to back our businesses with a significant, coordinated package of support on additional grants, reliefs, deferments to help our communities survive and in time, thrive. We will also continue to work together with Birmingham City Council and key partners on finding local support and solutions wherever possible.” The Gover nment announced England would be placed in its third national lockdown and extended the provision of existing grant schemes including: • L ocal Restrictions Support Grant (Open) • L ocal Restrictions Support Grant (Closed) • L ocal Restrictions Support Grant (Sector)

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• Additional Restrictions Grant (ARG)

Officers have been redeployed from teams across the council to cross reference each application against various eligibility criteria for each of the different grants, before being able to process payment claims. Birmingham City Council’s Deputy Leader, Cllr Brigid Jones, said: “We know how desperate businesses are to receive this money and we are doing everything we can to process the grants as fast as possible. However, it’s a complex process subject to very high demand which needs careful consideration to ensure nobody misses out. “Since November, with the exception of tier one, Birmingham has been placed in all of the different tier levels so we are having to crosscheck each individual application against the eligibility criteria for numerous grants, many of which have variables depending upon the tier we were in at the time, the nature of the business and impact on its finances. “As a council we have not been provided with additional funding or support to help process these grants so have had to redeploy staff away from their day jobs wherever possible. We now have approximately 100 officers working to get this money out to businesses as quickly – and as accurately – as possible and want to reassure businesses we are doing everything we can.” Businesses have been asked to submit a single application which his being used to assess eligibility for each of the grants, with payments for all grants being paid simultaneously. Those who have previously applied will have additional payments automatically processed and do not need to resubmit an application. For more information visit www. birmingham.gov.uk/info/50232/support_for_businesses or for the latest lockdown guidance visit www.gov. uk/government/news/46-billion-innew-lockdown-grants-to-supportbusinesses-and-protect-jobs

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HM Treasury £4.6 billion in New Lockdown Grants Chancellor Rishi Sunak has announced one-off top up grants for retail, hospitality, and leisure businesses worth up to £9,000 per property to help businesses through to the Spring on 5 January 2021 with £594 million discretionary fund also made available to support other impacted businesses, comes in addition to £1.1 billion further discretionary grant funding for Local Authorities, Local Restriction Support Grants worth up to £3,000 a month and extension of furlough scheme. This follows the Prime Minister’s announcement last night that these businesses will be closed until at least February half-term in order to help control the virus, and, together with the wide range of existing support, provides them with certainty through the Spring period. The cash is provided on a perproperty basis to support businesses through the latest restrictions, and is expected to benefit over 600,000 business properties, worth £4 billion in total across all nations of the UK. Chancellor Rishi Sunak said: “The new strain of the virus presents us all with a huge challenge - and whilst the vaccine is being rolled out, we have needed to tighten restrictions further.


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Throughout the pandemic we have taken swift action to protect lives and livelihoods and today we are announcing a further cash injection to support businesses and jobs until the Spring. This will help businesses to get through the months ahead – and crucially it will help sustain jobs, so workers can be ready to return when they are able to reopen. “A further £594 million is also being made available for Local Authorities and the Devolved Administrations to support other businesses not eligible for the grants, that might be affected by the restrictions. Businesses should apply to their Local Authorities. “The new one-off grants come in addition to billions of existing business support, including grants worth up to £3,000 for closed businesses, and up to £2,100 per month for impacted businesses once they reopen. “The government has also provided 100% business rates relief for retail, hospitality and leisure businesses, £1.1 billion existing discretionary funding for Local Authorities, the furlough scheme now extended to April and 100% government backed loans, extended until March”.

Further information • the one-off top-ups will be granted to closed businesses as follows: • £4,000 for businesses with a rateable value of £15,000 or under • £6,000 for businesses with a rateable value between £15,000 and £51,000

• £9,000 for businesses with a rateable value of over £51,000 • any business which is legally required to close, and which c a n n o t o p e ra t e e f fe c t i ve l y remotely, is eligible for a grant • business support is a devolved policy and therefore the responsibility of the devolved administrations, which will receive additional funding as a result of these announcements in the usual manner: • the Scottish Government will receive £375 million • the Welsh Gover nment will receive £227 million • the Northern Ireland Executive will receive £127 million • this will contribute to the funding which has already been guaranteed by the UK Government, to continue to provide the devolved administrations the certainty they need to plan for their COVID-19 response in the months ahead Small businesses in the devolved administrations should also be able to benefit from other UK-wide measures in the government’s unprecedented package of support for business, including the various business lending schemes (where the repayment terms were made easier as part of the Winter Economy Plan), and the extension of the Self Employment Income Support Scheme

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Planning Applications and Decisions for the Jewellery Quarter.



The ‘Golden Triangle’ and the ‘Industrial Middle’ are the areas protected against inappropriate residential use. A large number of Planning Applications are not in accordance with the Planning Legislation which is there to ‘protect’ the Jewellery Quarter and the trade. Please help the Jewellery Quarter to keep its character by making your ‘official’ protest against such Applications. Note the JQ comes under Soho and Jewellery Quarter with a small amount in Newtown.

New Applications 2020/10307/PA Tesco Express 10 Hall Street Birmingham B18 6BB. Display of 1 no. externally illuminated fascia sign, 2 no. externally illuminated projecting signs and 1 no. other non illuminated sign. 29-122020 2020/10210/PA First And Second Floors 33 Frederick Street Birmingham B1 3HH. Prior Approval Notification for a change of use from office (Use Class E) to 1 no. flat (Use Class C3). 22-12-2020 2020/09924/PA Land at Sloane Street, Camden Street, Camden Drive, Camden Grove & Legge Lane Jewellery Quarter Birmingham B1 3BX. Non-Material Amendment to Planning Approval 2017/00002/PA to amend the existing plans to alter the external design of Block B2. 14-12-2020 2020/09760/PA Ground Floor Iron Lofts 1A Newhall Square Birmingham B3 1RU. Listed Building Consent for internal works in relation to change of use to a bar (Sui Generis) 07-12-2020 2020/09689/PA 55 Regent Place Birmingham B1 3NJ. Variation of condition number 10 (residential element to only be occupied by the occupier of the business premises) attached to planning approval 2011/02781/PA for change ground floor work unit to Use Class C3 living accommodation. 04-12-2020 2020/09680/PA 111, 113 & 115 Great Hampton Street Jewellery Quar ter Birmingham. B18 6ES Listed Building Consent for change of use of basement and ground floor levels from offices (Use Class B1) to three live/work units (Sui Generis). 04-12-2020 2020/10255/PA Rear of 3 Great Hampton Street Jewellery Quarter Birmingham B18 6AQ. Listed Building Consent for internal and external alterations including instal-


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Replacement of existing roof tiles and guttering and re-painting of existing Georgian windows. 26-11-2020

lation of partitions, removal and installation of stairs, replacement windows and rainwater goods and creation of new openings for windows and door in association with change of use of basement and ground floor to commercial (Use class E), first and second floor to 2no.residential apartments (Use class C3) 23-12-2020

2020/09272/PA 65 Albion Street Jewellery Quarter Birmingham B1 3EA. Listed building consent for extension and dormer roof, internal and external alterations including rooflights and refurbishment of building for five apartments, one townhouse and retention of ground floor commercial unit. 23-11-2020

2020/10212/PA Rear of 3 Great Hampton Street Jewellery Quarter Birmingham B18 6AQ. Change of use of basement and ground floor to commercial floorsapce (Use class E), first and second floor to 2no.residential apartments (Use class C3) with associated access, external repairs to the roof, replacement of windows, insertion of additional fenestration, creation of new entrances to north and south elevations. 23-12-2020

2020/09256/PA 65 Albion Street Jewellery Quarter Birmingham B1 3EA. Alterations, extension and dormer roof for retention of commercial unit on ground floor and change of use to five apartments and one town house. 23-11-2020

2020/09289/PA 21-27 Barr Street Hockley Birmingham B19 3EH. Change of use of light industrial unit (Use Class E) to 6 no. self-contained flats (Use Class C3) and erection of second floor extension. 23-112020

Awaiting Decision 2020/08408/PA Land to the rear of J Ashford & Son premises 16-18 Great Hampton Street Jewellery Quar ter Birmingham B18 6AQ. Alterations and extensions to existing sub-station building to provide 1 x two storey apartment. 23-10-2020 2020/08407/PA Land to the rear of J Ashford & Son premises 16-18 Great Hampton Street Jewellery Quar ter Birmingham B18 6AQ. Listed Building Consent for alterations and extensions to former sub-station attached to rear of listed building (Former J Ashford & Son premises) in the centre of the Gilders Yard redevelopment to provide a two storey apartment. 23-10-2020 2020/09574/PA Branston Court Block 3 Branston Street Birmingham B18 6BA. Prior Approval for change of use from office (Use Class B1[a]) to form 12 apartments (Use Class C3). 30-11-2020 2020/09507/PA 123-125 Soho Hill Hockley Birmingham B19 1AX. Prior Approval for change of use of ground and first floor from retail and offices (Use class E) to 17no. apartments (Use Class C3). 27-11-2020 2020/09456/PA Charles Green 37-42 Te n by S t r e e t J ew e l l e r y Q u a r t e r Birmingham B1 3EF. Display of 2no. temporary construction hoardings. 27-112020 2020/09433/PA Style Works 50-54 St Paul's Square Birmingham B3 1QS. Listed Building Consent for replacement of existing roof tiles and guttering and re-painting of existing Georgian windows. 26-11-2020 2020/09415/PA Style Works 50-54 St Paul's Square Birmingham B3 1QS.

2020/09193/PA 111, 113 & 115 Great Hampton Street Jewellery Quar ter Birmingham B18 6ES. Non Material Amendment to planning approval 2020/06979/PA, for alterations to the internal layout. 19-11-2020 2020/09035/PA 52 Charlotte Street Jewellery Quarter Birmingham B3 1AR. Replacement of windows/ curtain walling and alterations to main entrance off Newhall Street to form secure/ thermal lobby and widening of fire exit/ entrance off Charlotte Street. 13-11-2020 2020/08907/PA 35 Frederick Street Jewellery Quarter Birmingham B1 3HH. Listed building consent for internal and external alterations associated with change of use of first floor from offices to 5no. self-contained temporary holiday units and installation of windows to rear. 09-11-2020 2020/08425/PA Newhall Square Land at 144 Newhall Street and 80-84 Charlotte Street Birmingham B3 1RY. Display of 1no. non-illuminated fascia sign, 1no. internally illuminated and 1no. non-illuminated hanging sign and window vinyls. 26-10-2020 2020/08413/PA 9-11 Legge Lane Birmingham B1 3LD. Listed Building Consent for alteration, extension and demolition work in association with change of use from industrial process (use class E(g)) to 3 no. residential units (Use Class C3) to part ground floor, first and second floors. 23-10-2020 2020/08397/PA 9-11 Legge Lane Birmingham B1 3LD. Alteration, extension and demolition work and change of use from industrial process (use class E(g)) to 3 no. residential units (Use Class C3) to part ground floor, first and second floors. 23-10-2020 2020/07730/PA Rear of 32-36 Albion Street City Centre Birmingham B1 3EP. Re-use of existing structure for new three storey building to provide 8 no. live/work units with associated basement, parking and landscaping. 01-10-2020 2020/07705/PA 34-44 Northwood Street Jewellery Quarter Birmingham B3 1TU. Variation of Condition number 21 (approved plans) attached to previous planning application 2019/00964/PA for twitter @hockleyflyer

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2020/07624/PA 53 Regent Place Hockley Birmingham B1 3NJ. Installation of rendering to side elevation. 29-09-2020 2020/07383/PA Cornwall House 31 and 33 Lionel Street Jewellery Quar ter Birmingham B3 1AP. Demolition of existing buildings and redevelopment of site with a part 12 storey and part 6 storey building and further building of 3 storey's to provide 95 apartments (Use Class C3) and ground floor commercial floorspace (for flexible Class E uses or as a drinking establishment - Sui Generis) with associated parking and landscaping. 22-09-2020. 2020/07255/PA 53 Regent Place Hockley Birmingham B1 3NJ. Listed Building Consent for installation of rendering to side elevation. 16-09-2020 2020/04098/PA 50-60 Northwood Street Bir mingham B3 1TH. Var iation of Condition 7 attached to planning approval 2006/02301/PA to allow amendments to approved plans to remove set back on third floor and increase floorspace of two of the third apartments. 04-06-2020 2 0 2 0 / 0 3 5 0 6 / PA Fo r m e r H e n r y ' s Restaurant 27 St Paul's Square / Cox Street Jewellery Quarter Birmingham B3 1RB Demolition of existing building (apart from part of rear wall) and erection of a 4 storey building comprising 14 apartments (8 x 2-bed and 6 x 1-bed) and 2 ground floor commercial units for retail (A1), office (A2 and B1), restaurant (A3) and/or health centres/clinics (D1) and associated works. 12-05-2020 2020/02996/PA 23-25 Legge Lane Hockley Birmingham B1 3LD. Erection of a 3 storey building providing 13 one and two bed apartments (use Class C3) and associated works to replace demolished building on Legge Lane frontage. 21-042020 2020/02556/PA Land bounded by Lionel Street, Livery Street, Great Charles Street and Ludgate Hill Jewellery Quarter Birmingham B3. Construction of a mixeduse development of 6-39 storeys comprising 722 residential apartments (Use Class C3) with ancillary internal and external amenity areas, ground floor commercial floor space (Use Classes A1, A2, A3, A4, B1, D1, D2) and associated works including site clearance, public realm, landscaping and parking. 27-03-2020 2020/02655/PA Land bounded by 51 Nor thwood Street and Mary Street Jewellery Quarter Birmingham B3 1TX. Demolition of existing buildings and erection of new part three and part four storey buildings to provide flexible floor space comprising retail (Use Class A1), office (Use Classes A2 and B1), restaurant (Use Class A3), health centres and clinics (Use Class D1) and 27 one and two bedroom Read online: www.thehockleyflyer.info

2020/01464/PA Land at 25 Legge Lane Jewellery Quarter City Centre Birmingham B1 3LD. Non-Material Amendment to Planning Approval 2015/07814/PA to allow red brick bonding on Block E, minor alterations to floor plans, addition of substation, external roof terraces and PV panels. 20-02-2020 2020/00377/PA Harry Smith Building & Gem Building 17-19 & 20-21 Hockley Hill Jewellery Quarter Birmingham B18 5AH. Listed Building Consent for refurbishment of Harry Smith Building and refurbishment and alterations to Gem Building in association with conversion of top three floors to six apartments and retention of commercial uses. 16-01-2020 2018/04885/PA Land at 109 Northwood Street & 199 Newhall Street Jewellery Quarter Birmingham. Listed Building Consent for demolition of structures attached to listed buildings and conversion of 109 Northwood Street (Harpers Hill Works) from B2 to A1-A4 or B1 uses and conversion of 199 Newhall Street from B2 to B1 use with associated works. 13-062018

New Decisions 2020/09197/PA 2-3 Great Hampton Street Birmingham B18 6AQ. Non material amendment to Planning Application 2019/05640/PA to amend the wording of Condition No. 1 to 'no development below ground level shall take place' Final Decision - Approve 2020/08965/PA First And Second Floors 33 Frederick Street Birmingham B1 3HH. Prior Approval Notification for a change of use from office (Use Class E) to 1 no. flat (Use Class C3). Final Decision - Prior Approval Required and to Refuse 2020/08577/PA 53 Vittoria Street Jewellery Quarter Birmingham B1 3NU. Installation of new windows, masonry repair work to front facade and repairs to roof and existing windows and doors. Final Decision - Approve subject to Conditions 2020/08398/PA Penthouse Flat St Paul's Mews St Paul's Square/Mary Ann Street Birmingham B3 1RB. Listed Building Consent for internal and external alterations. Final Decision - Approve subject to Conditions 2020/07913/PA 22-24 Vittoria Street Jewellery Quarter Birmingham B1 3PE. Proposed rear external amendments, alterations, repairs and window replacements. Final Decision - Approve subject to Conditions

sent for internal and external alterations to form a coffee shop with associated external signage. Final Decision - Approve subject to Conditions 2020/04098/PA 50-60 Northwood Street Bir mingham B3 1TH. Var iation of Condition 7 attached to planning approval 2006/02301/PA to allow amendments to approved plans to remove set back on third floor and increase floorspace of two of the third floor apar tments. Final Decision - Approve subject to Conditions


2020/07624/PA 53 Regent Place Hockley Birmingham B1 3NJ. Installation of rendering to side elevation. 29-09-202

residential dwellings and associated cycle parking and landscaped courtyard. 03-042020

2019/09845/PA 37-42 Tenby Street Jewellery Quarter Birmingham B1 3EF. Demolition of existing buildings and site clearance and erection of a 4 storey development providing replacement premises for Charles Green, ground floor commercial units (Use Classes B1, A1, A2, A3/ D2) and 37 one and two bed apartments (Use Class C3) with associated works. Final Decision - Approve subject to Conditions 2019/08214/PA 72-74 Camden Street Ladywood Birmingham B1 3DP. Display of 4 no. non-illuminated lettering signs. Final Decision - Approve Temporary 2019/07405/PA 43-47 Vittoria Street & 9 Regent Place Hockley Birmingham B1 3PE. Listed Building Consent for installation of external lighting. Final Decision Approve subject to Conditions

Summary Guide to Use Classes A1 - Shops. A2 - Financial and Professional Services. A3 - Restaurants and Cafes. A4 - Drinking Establishments. A5 - Hot Food Takeaways. B1 (a) - Business. (b) - Research & development, studios, labs, high technology. (c) - Light Industry. B2 - General Industry. B3 - Storage/Distribution. C1 - Hotels C2 - Residential Institutions C2A - Secure Residential Institutions. C3 - Dwelling Houses D1 - Non-residential Institutions. D2 - Assembly/Leisure.

You must register any objections to the above applications online at www.birmingham.gov.uk/planningonline, or writing direct to Planning and Regeneration, Birmingham City Council, 4th Floor, 1

2020/07159/PA 32 Frederick Street Birmingham B1 3HH. Display of 1no. externally illuminated fascia sign and 1no. externally illuminated projecting sign. Final Decision - Approve Temporary

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To accompany these stories and other events in the JQ - we have been collaborating with some very ‘special knitting ladies’ at the Museum, to have an ‘army’ of ‘Kitties’ - basic designs by them and embellished by us, who will attend important events. My personal Kitty is ‘Queen of The Jewellery Quarter’. Naturally, we have paid for most of them as the proceeds go into the ‘kitty’ for the Museum. The basic kitties can of course be ordered from the Museum shop, Read online: www.thehockleyflyer.info

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