Aldgate Community Events / City Play East – briefing event on Tue 17 Jan

The City, under the oversight of the Community & Children’s Services committee (which I chair), is working with community representatives and organisations, and a nationally renowned theatre company, on a thrilling programme of events and opportunities for local residents and workers in 2017 and 2018.

The programme developed by Aldgate Community Events (ACE), will include:

  • Aldgate Heritage trail
  • Aldgate Treasures displays in suitcases,
  • Aldgate Voices recordings
  • Winter in Aldgate 2017 events
  • The Aldgate Tales play
  • Workshops covering mask-making, performance skills, local history research etc.

Please join ACE from 3:30-5pm on Tuesday 17 January 2017 at Bevis Marks Synagogue, 4 Heneage Lane EC3A for tea and cakes and find out more and how you can get involved.

Further dates and details of all events can be found here.

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.

Aldgate Business Forum Networking Reception

You are invited to attend:

Aldgate Business Forum Networking Reception

Monday, January 23, 2017 from 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
An opportunity to meet the City of London Corporation elected members of Aldgate Ward and network with colleagues in the City including your host Kennedys.

The fifth of our regular receptions directed at businesses both within and near the Ward.

Please note that places are limited, so respond via Eventbrite at the soonest!

We hope you can make it

Alderman Peter Hewitt JP
Deputy Doug Barrow CC
Sylvia Moys CC
David Thompson CC
Hugh Morris CC
Dhruv Patel CC

Update 12 January:

We are delighted to announce that the guest speaker for the Aldgate Business Forum event on Monday 23 January 2017 will be Ambassador Carlos Sersale of Argentina to the UK.

The theme will be around Trade opportunities for the UK outside of the EU.

The event will start at 6pm and is being hosted by the law firm Kennedys at their London office 25 Fenchurch Avenue EC3M.

There are only a few tickets remaining so please confirm your place by registering here.

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.

City Giving Day 2016

City Giving Day Dragon Awards

Alderman Peter Hewitt and I visited businesses Pool Re and Jardine Lloyd Thompson in the ward who were both taking part in City Giving Day. (Photograph above from our visit to JLT).

It was wonderful to see all the activity on the day, and also to hear that the charities being supported had an overwhelming response from employees wanting to do more with them.

For more details on City Giving Day please click here.

The same evening I attended the Dragon Awards Ceremony at Mansion House for Corporate Community Involvement, where Pool Re were also Highly Commended in the Best New Community Programme category for their work with the charity Age UK. Many congratulations to Pool Re for this fantastic recognition of their good work.

It has been really good to see this engagement from the ward with some wonderful charities. Thank you to all those that have helped and contributed to these important projects.

City Vote 2017 - Voter Registration

Voter Registration

By now you will have received communication from the City of London Corporation encouraging you to register, or re-register to vote in the City’s elections. The process has now changed, please see here for more details.
This year it is especially critical that you register as this will allow you to vote in the full Court of Common Council election which happens only once every four years. It will take place in March 2017.
If you are a business voter in the city it is essential that you register the firm that you work for, if you are unsure who is the contact at your firm or have concerns about registering your firm please email electoralservices@cityoflondon.gov.uk
We, your Common Councilmen, are at your disposal.  So, if you have any queries, or you would like any further information, please contact us.  We will be most happy to respond.  Your team are active across the City’s committees and other bodies.  Between us we have a good working knowledge of most aspects of the City’s functions.
We are all honoured to serve you and the City.
Warmest Regards,
Aldgate Common Councilmen
Deputy Doug Barrow CC
Hugh Morris CC
Sylvia Moys CC
Dhruv Patel CC
David Thompson CC

City & Hackney Local Safeguarding Children Board becomes the first in country to receive ‘outstanding’ Ofsted judgement

The City & Hackney Local Safeguarding Children Board has become the first in the country to receive an ‘outstanding’ judgement, following an Ofsted inspection of the City of London Corporation’s children’s services.

In the report, inspectors looked at all areas of the Corporation’s service, including its support to children that need help and protection, children in care and care leavers.

The Corporation’s senior leadership team also became only the sixth local authority in England to receive an ‘outstanding’ award. Overall, Ofsted rated its children’s services as ‘good’ with ‘outstanding’ aspects.

Ofsted said the Corporation’s “inspiring leaders” had shown “outstanding leadership, management and governance” in providing “exceptional outcomes” for children in its care.

The report says that the Corporation’s looked after children are provided with good education and healthcare, many leisure opportunities, high-quality independent fostering placements and a very effective social work support. Support can continue up to and sometimes beyond, the age of 25, whether or not they are in full-time education.

Dhruv Patel, Chairman of the City of London Corporation’s Community & Children’s Services Committee, said:

“This result is testament to the hard work and dedication of our staff and practitioners. We are committed to helping the children in our care to do well in their lives and achieve their full potential.

“We care deeply about the young people we support and our social workers and children enjoy enduring relationships beyond childhood, which are built on meaningful time spent together.”

Jim Gamble QPM, Independent Chair of the City and Hackney Safeguarding Children Board, said:

“I am extremely proud of the team in the City and Hackney. Achieving the first outstanding judgement is the result of their hard work and relentless focus on what is best for our children and young people.

“We have built a system that works and it works because of leadership, commitment and a willingness to engage in constructive reflective practice. There is no burden of bureaucracy here. We collectively focus on what matters most, the data that informs debate and the learning that drives improvement.

“Our structure, our approach, our staff and every partner on the Board make a real difference. Ultimately, the investment in a senior professional advisor, right at the heart of the safeguarding team has pushed us and made us smarter.”

Read the full report here.

The Aldgate Business Forum

The Aldgate Business Forum

We are currently looking for a venue for our next The Aldgate Business Forum meeting for Autumn 2016.

We require a space for at least 50 people along with the provision of drinks and finger food / canapes if possible.

The event will last for around 2 hours and the provider of the venue and food will be published and promoted as the sponsor for the event

We will run the event as a business networking event and will have a guest speaker present for a presentation.

If you can offer your venue to The Aldgate Business Forum or you would like to come along to The Aldgate Business Forum please contact me directly.

City Giving Day 2016

City Giving Day 2016

City Giving Day is an annual initiative run by the Lord Mayor’s Appeal that any companies in or linked to the city can get involved in.

This year it is on Tuesday 27th September which will be a day companies all promote and celebrate our charity and community at the same time. If you are a company in or linked to the city you can involved in the following ways;

1. Running an activity that raises employees engagement with your charity/community work

2. Holding a fundraiser to support either your charities or The Lord Mayor’s Appeal

3. Making a donation to the Lord Mayor’s Appeal which will be recognised through media opportunities and exclusive events.

All companies that take part in City Giving Day 2016 will also be invited to share their own charity/community stories as part of the bigger PR campaign.

To register your own company in City Giving Day 2016 please register here.

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.