Category Archives: Property & Transport

Aldgate Pavilion Community Cafe & Aldgate Square Festival

In my role as Chairman of Community & Children’s Services I completed the topping out ceremony (pictured) for the Pavilion in October last year.

A community cafe social enterprise called Kahaila has been selected as operator of the Pavilion and they have just soft opening. I believe they will be a unique and welcome addition to the area.

The wider public Square is the responsibility of Planning & Transportation Committee and should be completed within the next few months.

As part of the launch of the Square a Festival is being organised which will be a fun-filled community celebration of all that the East End has to offer. It will take place between 15th – 17th June 2018. If you are a budding Musician, Performer, Dancer, Artist, Workshop facilitator, Practitioner, Actor, Choir, Cook etc. please volunteer to take part.

Bank Junction experimental safety scheme

As forewarned in my January 2017 article, the “Bank On Safety” experimental safety scheme has now been implemented. From 22 May between the hours of 7am-7pm Monday to Friday, the only vehicles permitted to cross Bank junction have been buses and pedal cycles. The aim is to significantly reduce collisions and follows a number of fatalities and serious accidents at the junction.

There will be a formal public consultation on how the experiment is working which will begin in late June. However, the Chairman of Planning and Transportation will be reporting to the Policy and Resources Committee of the City Corporation, which I sit on, at its meeting of Thursday 6 July and I would be delighted to receive your comments by reply to this email in advance of that meeting so that I can raise any relevant issues as might be necessary.

Further information is available here.

Update on the elections

As you might be aware 2017 has been an election year for the City of London Common Council. What may be news though is that Aldgate was one of the six Wards in the City which did not have a contest. Four out of your five existing Common Councilmen, Douglas Barrow, Hugh Morris, Sylvia Moys and I have been returned.

However, David Thompson, decided, for personal reasons, to withdraw his papers after serving for 13 years as one of your Councilmen. We would like to thank David for his service and contribution.

In his place, Andrien Meyers will be introduced to the Court on 27th April as the newest Member for the Ward of Aldgate. Andrien brings some new skill sets to the Ward and the City and we are looking forward to working alongside him for the next four years.

In January, I conducted a survey in the Ward of top concerns relating to the City. We are using the results of the survey to set our priorities for the forthcoming term in office.  They were:

  1. Transportation particularly safe and easy movement for pedestrians;
  2. Air quality;
  3. Brexit; and
  4. Noise and disruption in relation to building works/development in the area.

Thank you for your support. We are honoured to serve you and the City.

Pedestrianisation of bank junction

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.

Local Plan Consultation 2036

Local Plan 2036 Consultation

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: localplan@cityoflondon.gov.uk or in writing to the Department of the Built Environment at the Guildhall.

Mitre Square

Mitre Square Update

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.

80 Fenchurch Street

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.

Existing

80 Fenchurch Street Before

80 Fenchurch Street Before

Proposed

80 Fenchurch Street Proposed

80 Fenchurch Street Proposed