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What are your plans for becoming a net zero business?
Net zero can feel overwhelming for small and medium sized businesses (SMEs). Heart of the City knows that from its 21 years of working with SMEs. But they also know that SMEs can do great things and have a real impact!
We had high hopes for a Ward Might that the Drapers’ Company had kindly agreed to host for the neighbours, “Behind The Curtains At Drapers’ Hall”, with a light reception and tour of the Hall. Sadly, Covid-19 restrictions put an end to that for now. Meanwhile, in a spirit of Broad Street Ward resilience, we moved online with the following agenda:
All-out elections for the Court of Common Council will be taking place in March next year. The timetable for these elections can be found on the City Corporation website: https://www.cityoflondon.gov.uk/about-us/voting-elections/common-council-elections
A new COVID-19 rapid testing site has opened at 65A Basinghall Street. The site will be open to the public from 10.30am-5pm with no pre-booked appointments required. Testing capacity will however be subject to stock availability, and you can also collect home test kits once you have undertaken a lateral flow test.
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.
Business Recovery Grant Fund
The City Court of Common Council has agreed to create a grant fund (4 March) for City SME Businesses that have been impacted by the COVID-19 Pandemic. The scheme is designed to support businesses which contribute to the City’s vibrancy at street level and directly provide services to returning City workers, visitors, and residents. The necessary infrastructure for a successful City has been affected by enforced closure or low footfall and this scheme will seek to support those businesses that can evidence, through the grant application process, a likelihood that with support they have a reasonable chance to survive beyond the short term.
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.
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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