All Change @ Bank Consultations

Public consultation on proposals to change how Bank Junction operates is open until Monday, 10 May 2021. How to take part in the consultation can be found at www.cityoflondon.gov.uk/allchangeatbank.

The All Change at Bank project is looking towards the future of the area around Bank Station.  The underground station upgrade is due to open at the end of 2022.

The proposal is to further restrict motor vehicle movements on three of the arms (Threadneedle, Princes and Queen Victoria Street) which would be effective 24/7. This will deliver a simplified layout of the junction and provide the opportunity to deliver substantial improvements for people who walk and cycle, also to provide greening and seating; improving the spaces for people to pass though and to stop and rest.

A number of temporary changes to the City’s streets have been delivered by the City of London Corporation and Transport for London in response to Covid-19. The long-term status of these projects has not yet been determined, but some may be retained in their current or modified form. Any proposals for permanent changes will take account of the proposals for All Change at Bank and will be subject to the usual decision making and consultation processes.

Letters have been sent to all City residents to notify them of the All Change at Bank consultation.  Businesses, workers, visitors, and students are being engaged through various established outlets. In addition, we will be hosting several virtual town hall meetings for stakeholders to learn more about the project, as well as a chance to ask questions.  A place on these sessions can be booked:

Further details on all these items can be found at www.cityoflondon.gov.uk/allchangeatbank, or please contact allchange@cityoflondon.gov.uk.

Broad Street ‘Ward Might’ Went Webclave – Monday, 22 March, 12:00-12:45 via Zoom

We had a turnout for the Ward Might webclave as high as a normal Ward Mote.  There were a good number of questions on the City’s plans for net-zero-carbon, planning application volumes, the move of the Museum of London, and plans for the future of the City post-covid-19.

Of specific note, Deputy John Bennet notified the ward of his intention to step down as CC next March, and his desire to step down as Deputy this month.  The Alderman, Sheriff Professor Michael Mainelli, appointed John Scott as Deputy, and gave thanks to John for 12 years of service as Deputy.

The slide deck for the meeting has now been posted – Broad Street Ward Might 2021.03.22 v1.0. It was noted that the virtual Ward Might had merits in showing slides and ease of attendance.  Future Ward Mights might also be virtual but, all said, we do look forward to next March’s traditional Ward Mote.

Broad Street ‘Ward Might’ Goes Webclave – Monday, 22 March, 12:00-12:45 via Zoom

Due to covid-19 restrictions, Broad Street, and other City of London wards, had to postpone the 2020 and 2021 Ward Motes. However the members are hosting a ‘Ward Might’ for 2021 to provide an opportunity for voters and residents to convene informally.  This is being done as a conclave on the web, ‘webclave’.

full details: https://fsclub.zyen.com/events/all-events/ward-might/

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just use this link to register – https://zoom.us/meeting/register/tJIlf-uupjksHtfkqiadwANZaMwO7k4_Dtyy Continue reading

Covid-19 Recovery Task Force Survey – Make Your Views Known

We invite you to complete a public survey being launched Monday by the City of London Corporation’s Recovery Task Force: www.givemyview.com/returntosquaremile 

The City of London Corporation has launched a Recovery Task Force which will provide a blueprint for how the Square Mile can remain internationally competitive and locally vibrant.  The mission of the taskforce is to ensure the Square Mile is the world’s most innovative, inclusive and sustainable business ecosystem, and an attractive place to work, live, learn and visit.

We have launched this survey to capture insights and views of residents, business owners, workers, students and visitors as we consider the future of the Square Mile. We want to hear from as many people as possible, from all backgrounds and communities, so please share among your colleagues, friends and network.

The survey will be live until 25 February 2021.

City of London Corporation’s Climate Action Strategy

Earlier today the City of London Corporation’s Court of Common Council voted to adopt the City of London Corporation’s Climate Action Strategy. This strategy breaks new ground and sets out how we will achieve net zero, build climate resilience and champion sustainable growth, both in the UK and globally over the next two decades. Continue reading

The Community Infrastructure Levy Neighbourhood Fund

The Community Infrastructure Levy Regulations require that 15% of CIL receipts should help facilitate neighbourhood priorities. In the City of London, regarded as a single neighbourhood, the City Corporation holds this fund and is required to seek the community’s views on how this Fund should be used.

The scope of the Neighbourhood Fund is deliberately wide and flexible, and includes the provision, improvement, replacement, or maintenance of infrastructure. This includes a broad range of facilities such as play areas, open spaces, parks and green spaces, cultural and sports facilities. It also includes anything else that is concerned with addressing the demands that development places on an area. Importantly, local neighbourhoods have the opportunity to choose where the money is spent according to their own needs.

From 1 September 2018 you can apply for funding easily.

How to apply:

If you have an applicable project in Broad Street Ward that fits the bill, then please apply via the City Corporation website here: https://www.cityoflondon.gov.uk/about-us/working-with-community/community-infrastructure-levy-neighbourhood-fund

If you wish the members to help, then please do send us the application too.

The minimum value for applications for funding is £1,000, and those under £50,000 will be processed by a panel of officers. Applications for over £50,000 will be considered by the City Corporation’s Resource Allocation Sub-Committee.

Applications should not normally exceed 15% of the total value of the available CIL Neighbourhood Fund at the time of application: updated information on can be found on the webpage.  There are however exceptional circumstances, as outlined on the webpage.

Larger projects of over £50,000 and up to 15% of the total value of the Neighbourhood Fund should meet the priorities identified in the City Corporation’s Regulation 123 List and should demonstrate how the project will deliver value for money, including through the identification of any contributory or match funding, including contributions in time or expertise.

First ‘Virtual’ Common Council In Millennia

The Common Council of the City of London Corporation meets for the first time ‘virtually’ today, 21 May 2020, at 13:00.  The Council members will be using ‘Teams’ while the event is being live-streamed on YouTube.  Pull up a chair and join us.

This follows Captain Tom Moore receiving the Freedom of the City during City of London’s first ‘virtual’ ceremony on 12 May.

Some wags have pointed out that the Council has never been all there, but we might contend “it’s never been more real since virtual became more common” (parse that?).