In the last few weeks, people have been asking me why I made the Custard Factory lake into a yard and killed off the Digbeth Dragon.
The answer is, I didn't.
I lost ownership of the Custard Factory in highly fraught circumstances three years ago and then a couple of months ago it was resold on to a US-backed property company.
So I plead not guilty - it wasn't me who destroyed these friendly entities which had become part of the very DNA of Digbeth.
Why would I do such a thing?
I built the lake in 1991 as part of the first phase of the Custard Factory.
It cost a shed load of money and the accountants thought it was crazy ("How can you get money from a lake? etc") but most people loved it - probably because it was crazy.
As a wise man said: "The measure of Gross National Product covers everything....except those things which make life worth living."
The lake and the dragon might not have made life worth living but I like to think they added a bit of colour to a stroll around Digbeth.
The Custard Factory lake was also the springboard for the Med Bar, the near legendary night club which, for more than a decade, was the coolest place in Birmingham.
The music was great, the atmosphere was electrifying and, before the invention of Tinder, it was a wonderful pick-up joint - hundreds of people met their life partners there.
Without the lake, the Med Bar could never have worked as it did.
The steel dragon sculpture which hung over the lake was also part of the first phase of the Custard Factory.
It was made by artist Tawny Gray who subsequently made the Green Man. Some months ago, it became evident that the dragon needed some safety maintenance.
According to a distraught Tawny, this could have been done in situ. Alternatively, it could have been taken down in three sections and repaired on the ground.
But there was no attempt to consult the artist or repair the dragon.
It was simply ripped off the wall, cut into small pieces with an angle grinder and dumped in the Zellig car park. So what can be done?
I can't imagine that the new owners of the Custard Factory would be prepared to rebuild the lake. That would be disruptive, cost plenty and generate no profit.
On the other hand, I am hopeful that, sooner or later, I will be able to reconstruct and re-hang the dragon - somewhere well away from people waving angle grinders.
Beyond that, I worry about the fate of the iconic Green Man which was unveiled by the Druids in 2002 on the night of the Summer Solstice.
Since then, property in Digbeth has become a lot more valuable and, like the lake, the site he occupies could be developed to generate more rent.
We asked the planners about getting him listed.
They knew the Green Man had been used to promote Birmingham as a city of culture and they were sympathetic to our cause but it seems that planning law makes no provision for protecting such works of art.
In the wake of the destruction of the lake and the dragon, we can only hope the new owners of the Custard Factory (who I believe were not responsible for that destruction) will respect, preserve and maintain the Green Man.
Perhaps, when they read this, they will make a public commitment to doing just that. It would certainly please the Druids. And many others - including me.
Bennie Gray started the Custard Factory in Digbeth in 1991 and owned it until 2014