Category Archives: Misc

Survey

Please share your concerns with me

As your Common Councilman I am keen to understand your views and what you think the City of London Corporation can improve in terms of its offering to you, the workers and residents of Aldgate ward.

I have designed a short survey to allow you to share your concerns about the Ward and the wider Square Mile with me. It is only 4 questions long so should not take up more than a minute of your valuable time.

Please do click here to respond. Thank you.

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Other work and matters of interest

As well as the above and usual City of London Corporation meetings and engagements:

  • I helped resolve the issue of rubbish being dumped on the street during working hours in the Fenchurch Buildings alleyway;
  • I attended a meeting of the licensing committee with my ward colleague Hugh Morris to represent residents views in an application to extend the hours of operation of a bar close to their homes.

I can also advise that:

  • Informal crossings are to be provided at Leadenhall Street on the intersections near Billiter Street and Fenchurch Buildings which aim to improve pedestrian safety and accessibility;
  • A planning application for a new skyscraper in Aldgate colloquially being described as “Gotham City” at 40 Leadenhall Street will be brought forward soon and is currently in pre application public consultation.

Freedom of the City of London

The Freedom of the City is an interesting and ancient privilege that the City of London can bestow upon any person by nomination or presentation. More information including how to apply can be obtained from here. I have requested to the appropriate authorities that, as this is a service being provided by the City, appropriate diversity monitoring should be implemented. They have agreed and I am expecting this to commence shortly.

Promoting the City

If elected, Dhruv will assist the Council in its role to promote the UK financial and professional services industry abroad and the City of London as a place to do business. In particular, he will make sure that the key cluster industries of shipping, commodities trading and insurance present in Aldgate are at the forefront of this work. These industries are of vital economic importance to the area and support many other businesses.

Additionally, the City is coming under increased pressure from other financial centres around the world. Dhruv will use his experience and well established relationships with key influencers in UK-India trade and investment to bring new Indian business into the City cementing its role in trade with Asia.