My Christmas card this year featured a painting by Peter Murray, Master (2015-6) of Worshipful Company of Chartered Architects of his impression of what a pedestrianised Bank Junction might look like at Christmas.
Fittingly on 15 December 2016, the Policy Committee of the City (which I sit on), granted approval for an experimental safety scheme for Bank junction to start in April 2017. Following recent fatalities, the measures are aimed at improving the safety at one of London’s busiest junctions as well as improving air quality.
The scheme will mean limiting vehicle journeys to cyclists and buses only through the junction, Monday to Friday, between the hours of 7am and 7pm.
The City Corporation has worked closely with TfL to ensure that the surrounding roads are not adversely impacted by the remodelled junction and the expectation is that vehicle journey times in the vicinity will be improved or at least maintained.
On 26th July 2016 the draft Local Plan Issues and Options for public consultation were approved by the Planning and Transportation Committee.
The Plan looks forward to 2036 and sets out the corporate vision of the city along with the strategy and policies for planning the next 20 years in relation to the built environment.
The plan when implemented will have a real impact on your use of the City whether you are a pedestrian, cyclist or motorist and whether you use its gardens/public squares and shops or admire its buildings.
The Issues and Options document identifies a wide range of issues and challenges that face the City, posing a series of open questions & seeking views from the City’s residents, businesses and other key stakeholders on how the City should develop and maintain its role as a world leading international financial and business centre through to 2036.
The consultation runs until [31st October extended] 2 December 2016.
The consultation document, and other supporting information, is available here and comments can be made by emailing: email@example.com or in writing to the Department of the Built Environment at the Guildhall.
The City of London is delivering a new public square in Mitre Place in Aldgate Ward (separate to the adjacent Aldgate Square also being delivered by the City), and in conjunction with the private development at Creechurch Place improving the streets in the area.
Work is coming along well and now around 15% completed; paving works have been completed in Creechurch Lane and Mitre Street, works continue to facilitate a new ‘toucan’ crossing on the north side of Dukes Place and investigations to ensure the new vehicle turnaround in Creechurch Place have begun.
In order to deliver an enhanced public realm, the City is proposing to fully pedestrianise Mitre Square. As a result of the changes vehicles will no longer be able to park in Mitre Square, and the two existing disabled parking bays only will be relocated to Mitre Street and Creechurch Lane.
The small number of parents for Sir John Cass School who currently use Mitre Square to wait to pick up children will be provided with permits to wait on Mitre Street for a short period of time. Parents will be contacted directly in regards to this.
For more information on the project and to register for updates click here.
This site was one on the fringe of Aldgate ward which I identified as desperately needing redevelopment during my election campaign. Progress has not been as quick as I would have liked as the site was tied up following the credit crunch with the Irish Bank Resolution Corporation (NAMA). However, I can now confirm that it has been acquired by the Partners Group with Marick Real Estate who I have recently met on site.
They are busy progressing the delivery of a slightly amended scheme from the original Foster & Partners scheme and they have now appointed demolition contractor John F Hunt who started work last month. They are endeavouring to ensure that they cause as little inconvenience as possible but I would be happy to assist if there are any issues.
80 Fenchurch Street Before
80 Fenchurch Street Proposed
The closure has now been in place for over two months and the City of London Corporation believe that the changes have largely been a success and no major problems have been reported on site. The additional carriageway space now given over to pedestrians is being utilised, particularly at peak times. Further work to be undertaken:
- Review results of comprehensive Road Safety Audit and consider what changes to signage and street markings should be undertaken;
- Relocation of cycle parking at southern end of Lime Street;
- Creation of lay-by for service vehicles once the scaffolding has been removed at southern end of Lime Street;
- Set up equipment for and undertake monitoring to help decide whether the timed closure should be retained, amended or abandoned in the long-term.
More detailed information is available at www.cityoflondon.gov.uk/limestreet. If you do have any comments or feedback on the timed closure please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
With new property developments happening in the ward such as “Gotham City” (pictured above) there will inevitably be a displacement of businesses currently occupying the sites. The City of London Corporation keeps a complete database of all property available in the square mile and offer a free service to all businesses, large or small, looking for space.
Whatever your requirements in terms of floor space, whether you want to stay in EC3 or look elsewhere in the square mile we can provide you with a list of properties suitable for your needs.
Please see the City Property Advisory Team’s website and drop them an email outlining what you are looking they will do their very best to help. I am happy to follow up or make a direct introduction as always please just let me know.
Construction has now started on the Aldgate Gyratory project to create a new public square and improve pedestrian, vehicle and cycle flow around the area. Project details and updates and sign up to the weekly e-bulletin are available from the link: