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: firstname.lastname@example.org or in writing to the Department of the Built Environment at the Guildhall.
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.
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 email@example.com
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.
Aldgate Common Councilmen
Deputy Doug Barrow CC
Hugh Morris CC
Sylvia Moys CC
Dhruv Patel CC
David Thompson CC
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 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.
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.
We are very sad to confirm the death of Kabba Kamara who was stabbed to death outside Carravagio’s restaurant in Leadenhall Street in the early hours of Sunday 6th December 2015.
This 23 year-old man, with a young son and high hopes for the future, was stabbed to death in a needless act of violence.
Murders are, thankfully, very rare in the Square Mile and the last was in 2012. In investigating such serious incidents it is imperative the crime scene is meticulously analysed. This meant closing Leadenhall Street for a prolonged period of time. It is appreciated this can be an inconvenience to residents and visitors but is key to the success or failure of an investigation.
Our thoughts are with Kabba Kamaras’ family at this time. For more details please see here by Deputy Doug Barrow CC.