As a result of previous correspondence between the Council and ourselves and the talks this morning the SJRA are delighted that the Borough Council have acted swiftly to protect the buildings from the uncertainty of sitting vacant for months on end and thereby giving the building a chance of protection and conversion.
We welcome the fact that long time Jimmies End resident and employers Church's are looking to further invest in St. James and are committed to preserving as much of the buildings as possible, thereby protecting the heritage of St. James whilst creating jobs and boosting the local economy.
In respect of the Heritage Enterprise Hub that the SJRA were planning for the site, we are still looking to create something in the future and the Council Leader is still very much aware of our aims and we remain hopeful of achieving this. In the meantime, we look forward to being involved in discussions with Church's and the Borough Council on how we can best preserve our heritage whilst at the same time creating a world class manufacturing site in St. James.
The SJRA would like to place on record its thanks to all those who signed our petitions and promised support. In particular we would like to thank Mary Clarke-Croucher for giving up so much of her own time to research the project and help bring about the promising news of today.