Northumberland Place restoration underway

IMG_4660 The boards were coming off the fire gutted premises of Nicholas Wylde the Jewellers in Northumberland Place today (Tuesday) and it looks as if the restoration of the shop –  severely damaged by a night-time blaze at the beginning of May –  is now underway.IMG_4661

The business moved to temporary accommodation at  21/22 The Corridor where it has continued but it is hoped renovations will be completed in time for a return to the shop in Northumberland Place in January/February of next year.

IMG_4658Outside the Guildhall the disputed cycle hub – recently the focus of a battle between advertising bikes and genuine cyclists – was discovered taped and closed to everyone today.

No explanation given but maybe it’s a subtle way of trying to persuade those occupying precious cycle spaces to look elsewhere.

While at the top of Cheap Street Council workmen are installing some sort of traffic restricting pillars to help control flow and make it safer for cyclists and pedestrians.IMG_4663

IMG_4662Now the Virtual Museum does not subscribe encouraging anyone to deface a traffic sign l can imagine that anyone being whacked by this traffic barrier – at the back of the Mineral Water Hospital – while its in operation might feel a little emotional!