Ward News

CITY POLICE MEETINGS 2nd Wednesday Each Month at 12.00

The Fleet Street Sector City Police team (PCs Andy Jacks and Kevin Woodcock) are hosting online calls for local residents and businesses to answer any questions or discuss topics of concern. Future dates are – July 14, August 11, September 8, October 13, November 10 and December 8. To join click on this link.

WARD SURGERIES 2021 3rd Wednesday Each Month at 6:00 pm

We hope that all residents have been keeping safe and well during the Covid-19 lock down. We will be holding on-line Zoom ward surgeries on the 3rd Wednesday of each month at 6:00pm. There is no need to book and members of the ward team will be available to answer any questions or discuss any topics of concern. The dates are July 21st, September 15, October 20, November 17 and December 15. There is no need to download any software, to join click on this link .


On March 11th the Chancellor announced some measures in the 2020 Budget in response to the COVID-19 pandemic that directly impact on Business Rates. More information about how the Corporation will implement the changes has been posted on the City website see link below.



Following Emma Edhem’s election to be the new Alderman for the ward of Candlewick, a by-election to fill the vacancy was held on October 9th 2018. The result of the ballot is shown below.

Natasha Lloyd-Owen Labour was duly elected. Your ward members would like to congratulate Natasha on her election and look forward to working  constructively with her for the benefit of the ward and the City in the future.


We are pleased to report that Emma has been elected as the new Alderman for the Candlewick ward after winning a close race by just seven votes, and will take the seat vacated by Dame Fiona Woolfe who was Lord Mayor in 2013-14. This will mean that a by-election will be necessary in Castle Baynard to fill the vacancy that Emma’s election has created. This is likely to be held in October after a ward mote has been held. We will report further once the dates have been finalised. In the meantime we would like to congratulate Emma on her election and wish her much success in her new role.


Alderman Luder appointed Catherine McGuinness as Deputy of the Ward and Louise Lake as Honorary Ward Clerk for the ensuing year. A briefing in relation to current policing issues affecting the City was given by Alderman Luder. The Aldermen noted that unfortunately a representative from the Community Policing Team had been unable to attend the Ward meeting. However, they had provided a briefing. The main points were:

Crime remains very low in the City with under 7% of the City’s crimes committed being carried out in this Ward. The majority of these crimes were acquisitive crimes. Bishopsgate had the highest number of crimes committed in the last year and this could be attributed to the night time economy. There remained few incidents of violent crimes in the City.

Report from Common Councilmen

The Deputy of the Ward, Catherine McGuinness, introduced members of the Ward team and outlined the Committee responsibilities that the Members undertake. Graham Packham then apprised the attendees of what the elected members and the City Corporation were doing on their behalf. These issues included:-

• Ludgate Circus and the associated safety concerns

• The piling work currently being undertaken at Blackfriars Bridge which members would ensure was not being carried out during anti-social hours;

• The City Streets Consultation;

• The freight strategy currently being worked up which would see a consolidation of the number of deliveries being made to the City and within a specified timeframe;

• Bank junction traffic management pilot scheme;

• The Centre for Music which had reached the conceptual design stage;

• The Plan to enliven the north west side part of the City (Culture Mile) from the Barbican to West Smithfield;

• The series of events that had replaced the City Festival which unfortunately could not be continued owing to the withdrawal of corporate support;

• Plans for a visitor centre at the Monument.

Henrika Priest then provided some further information in relation to ongoing activities:-

• Work was ongoing with the Cleansing team to try to tackle the issue of refuse and in particularly, the impact of Airbnb short term lettings that had exacerbated issues with residential waste;

• Plans to tackle loose litter including the 123,000 cigarette butts that litter the City each day;

• The Clean Street Partnership initiative;

• That the City had been working closely with agencies, particularly Streetlink, to deal with rough sleepers in the City;

• The severe weather protocol had been invoked to assist with rough sleepers during the cold weather spells.

Finally, the Alderman informed the attendees of the ongoing work to investigate a site for a new Crown Court which will be sited in the Ward.

Question and answer session

The Rector of St. Bride’s expressed concern at the impact that the closure of the roads to allow for fun runs and marathons in the City had had on the numbers attending Sunday worship which in turn impacted their income. GP asked the Rector to put the concerns in writing and he would then take them forward. This included using the key dates to help in determining what type of activities and events were authorised.

The Rector also expressed concern at the difficulty in deliveries being made to the church. GP also undertook to look into this. Following the meeting arrangements were made for access to the Church for Palm Sunday (while the London Landmarks Half Marathon was in progress) which was able to proceed without any problems. In addition arrangements are in motion to remove incorrect signage on Dorset Rise which currently prohibit unloading at the church.

A voter in the Ward expressed concern at the length of time that roads in the City are closed for events, in particular the Lord Mayor’s Show. The Alderman explained that last year, owing to heightened security measures following terrorist attacks in London, it had been necessary to extend the times that roads were closed. However, he would work with the Commissioner to see if it would be possible to start opening up roads sooner once the procession had passed, e.g. the area east of King Edward Street.

A voter in the Ward asked whether the City had a policy in place for those letting out their flats using Airbnb . The current policy was explained , i.e. that properties cannot be rented out for more than 90 days per annum otherwise planning permission would need to be sought whic is very unlikely to be granted . The member confirmed that should the voter have any concerns, these could be taken forward with the ward team although evidence would need to be gathered.

In response to a question about repairs being required to a statue in Gunpowder Square, the Deputy for the Ward undertook to look into this.

A vote of thanks was proposed and seconded to Alderman Ian Luder for presiding over the Ward meeting.


The City is currently engaged in framing a new City Transport Strategy having not had one for a number of years now. We aim to consult widely and to publish the strategy early next year. This is a particularly vital time to develop such a strategy with the City poised for ongoing growth both in population and office accommodation. Many residents and businesses consistently express their frustrations to us about congestion so now is the time when you can have your say and help us form a new dynamic, progressive and workable strategy for the Square Mile.

We have just launched the first phase of stakeholder engagement to inform our Transport Strategy.

The Strategy will set out how, over the next 25 years, the City Corporation will manage transport and our streets to ensure the Square Mile remains a great place to live, work, visit and invest. It will be published in spring 2019.

This engagement phase aims to understand what residents, workers and businesses think about transport and streets in the City. Engagement activities between now and Easter will include:

• An online survey aimed at residents and workers. The survey will remain open until Tuesday 3 April; https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/CityStreets
• An exhibition at The City Centre exploring the past, present and future of transport and streets in the City; http://www.thecitycentre.london/exhibitions-events
• Drop-in sessions at locations across the City. See our website for details; www.cityoflondon.gov.uk/transportstrategy
• Workshops with key stakeholders such as developers, major occupiers, transport user groups and operators, and Boroughs neighbouring the City.

How you can get involved

Please complete the survey. You can also send comments to strategic.transportation@cityoflondon.gov.uk

The Transport Strategy will be a key corporate document. Your members are keen for it to be informed by as many voices as possible.


Bouverie Street is currently closed due to the need to repair a gas leak.

The work has been underway over the weekend but unfortunately there are complications with the site due to the high volume of cabling and ducts. This means progress with the gas main repair is slow (to avoid any damage to the cables and ducts). The works are likely to continue to the end of this week (Saturday 30th October). Subsequently it may be necessary to carry out further repairs in Tudor Street, but these will not commence until the Bouverie Street works have been completed and further testing conducted.

All existing streets that provide ingress and egress to the area apart from Bouverie Street are open.

Tudor Street and Bouverie Street gas mains date back to the Victorian days (over 100 years old), which is the reason why these issues are occurring. The pipes are programmed for replacement at some point in the future but this is dependent on the Thames Tideway project.



We are delighted to announce that our Ward Deputy Catherine McGuinness has been elected as the new Chairman of the Policy and Resources Committee of the City of London Corporation.

Previously Deputy Chairman, Catherine will now lead on all policy issues affecting the UK’s financial and related professional services sector. Her role will also cover the City Corporation’s responsibilities as a local authority, overseeing the City’s open spaces, educational commitments and cultural institutions.

The Ward team would like to congratulate Catherine on her appointment and wish her every success in her new and important role.


In January the Court of Common Council approved a number of recommendations to resolve local issues following the implementation of TfL’s North – South Cycle Superhighway along New Bridge Street. The recommendations included working with TfL to progress on an alternative layout for the Tudor Street/New Bridge Street junction; and the delivery of mitigation measures to improve traffic circulation within the area.  Work on the alternative junction layout is still in progress, but we are pleased to advise that our Highways Officers are now ready to implement the mitigation measures. See the document at this link for a plan of the changes.


The results of the City elections held on March 23rd 2017 are shown below. The ward team would like to thank all residents and voters from the businesses who supported us.




ParkingFrom Thursday 2 March 2017 paying to park by phone in the City of London, including Hampstead Heath and Barbican Estate car parks, will use a different service provider.

This will move from PayByPhone to RingGo. (RingGo is the largest UK provider of cashless parking and brings the City in line with neighbouring Boroughs of Camden, Westminster, Hackney and Islington as well as 15 other London Boroughs where RingGo is offered.

If you are not a RingGo customer you can register to use the service beforehand. More information about RingGo and registration details can be found on their website: (www.myRingGo.co.uk)



Shoe Lane’s second Library Fete is being held at Shoe Lane Library on the 1st December 2016.

The library will be selling teas and cakes. If anyone would like to donate a cake just before the 1st December, it would be greatly appreciated. 

There will be craft stalls and various competitions for adults and children.  There’s also a raffle, offering a huge range of prizes, mostly donated by local businesses and organisations. 

Income raised will help to support the children’s activities in the library.


ludgate-circusWe are very concerned at the impact the closure of Newgate Street for emergency gas works is having on traffic in the ward, especially at peak times.

Ward Alderman Ian Luder has taken the City’s chairman of Planning to see this for himself; Catherine has raised it at the City’s Policy & Resources Committee as unacceptable, and Henrika asked a question in full council on Thursday 23rd June.

As the work is scheduled to continue until the end of September something needs to be done urgently. We are pressing at a minimum for the yellow ‘do not block’ box to be re-instated at Ludgate Circus, which is particularly dangerous and congested.



A fundraising concert in support of Suited & Booted is being held on 25 January (6.30pm – drinks reception for 7pm start). The venue is Middle Temple Hall, Middle Temple Lane, London EC4Y 9AT.

Please join us for an evening with the English Chamber Choir in aid of Suited & Booted, a charity which works with the public agencies to help unemployed and vulnerable men (including ex-servicemen and ex-offenders) get into work. By its support Suited & Booted helps to transform lives by providing interview clothing, boosting confidence and self-esteem, and increasing the likelihood of success. To learn more about Suited & Booted, please visit:www.suitedbootedcentre.org.uk

for ticket information email – info@suitedbootedcentre.org.uk



The City Corporation is consulting on proposals to facilitate the introduction of the Transport for London North-South Cycle Superhighway on the west side of New Bridge Street. The measures are to assist traffic to negotiate the streets bounded by Fleet Street, New Bridge Street, Victoria

Embankment and the Temple in the Castle Baynard ward, following the proposed closure of Tudor Street at its junction with New Bridge Street; the closure of Temple Avenue at its junction with Victoria Embankment; and the permitting of southbound traffic to exit Carmelite Street into the Victoria Embankment slip road.

A consulation letter is being sent to all dwellings and premises in the immediate area, the Notice of Proposals, the Statement of Reasons and plans showing the proposals. You are welcome to comment on the proposals. Please would you send responses by the closing date of the consultation, Wednesday 6th January 2016. 



East-West Cycle Superhighway: the following changes to traffic movement are planned to be introduced within the City of London boundaries from 7 September which will impact ward residents and businesses:

Blackfriars Bridge: there will be no access from Blackfriars to Victoria Embankment (westbound) for approximately six weeks.

Temple Avenue: will permanently close to vehicular traffic at its junction with Victoria Embankment (vehicles will still be able to use Temple Avenue for access purposes).

Carmelite Street: Vehicles will be permitted to exit left (but not right) from Carmelite Street onto the Victoria Embankment slipway, this restriction will last until the Audit House building works are completed, after which vehicles will be permitted to exit right to gain access to Victoria Embankment.

During this period (approximately one year) westbound access to Embankment from Whitefriars will have to be via Fleet Street and then Surrey Street to Temple Underground station, eastbound access will be via Queen Victoria Street and Puddle Dock.



Financial firm JP Morgan (JPM) based in the ward became the first US investment bank to add its name to the UK Armed Forces corporate covenant, underscoring a new push by City firms to help ex-military personnel find work at a time of shrinking defence budgets in the UK. See this article for more information.



Ward-based financial markets specialists Catalyst Development Ltd are celebrating winning the Queen’s Awards for Enterprise: International Trade 2015. The winners were officially announced on 21 April 2015. From their home at 167 Fleet Street, Catalyst provide clearing, risk and regulatory solutions, organisation transformation and talent development programmes for clients worldwide. Clients include major investment banks, exchanges and clearing houses, asset managers and hedge funds.

The award has been made in recognition of Catalyst’s outstanding 66% increase in international business over the past three years. Growth has been particularly strong in Australia, Canada, China, France, Hong Kong, India, Japan, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, South Africa and the United States. For more about Catalyst see www.catalyst.co.uk. To find out more about how to enter The Queen’s Awards 2016 visit https://www.gov.uk/queens-awards-for-enterprise



We have heard from the developer that this proposed development will not proceed. This was caused by the City’s requirement to replace the existing office floorspace, with new office floorspace, which limited the amount available for new residences, and as a consequence the scheme was not financially attractive. The Ilchester Estate has decided not to proceed for the time being. The properties are still owned by the Estate and will remain in their portfolio.



The launch of the new cleaning business that pays a fair wage, and offers good conditions to its employees is being launched by St Andrew-by-the-Wardrobe. To find out more see this article.



The annual wardmote was held on Tuesday 17th March at Shoe Lane Library. There was a good attendance and numerous topics were raised which will be followed up by your members. These included parking on raised carriageways, provision of disabled parking bays in Salisbury Court, congregation of taxis in the New Street area, nuisance from skateboarding, and the timings of the signalised crossing at the junction of Bouverie Street and Fleet Street. A representative from the City police also gave an update on activities undertaken in the last year to address security issues and aggressive begging.

In addition members gave status updates on the work of the Licensing Committee and the Late Night Levy, road safety in the Ward, efforts to improve the provision of Superfast broadband in the City, and a new process to authorise and control events which necessitate closure of the City’s streets.

Finally the Revd Guy Treweek Priest in Charge at St. Andrew-by-the-Wardrobe Parish Church gave a brief overview of the inspiring Community activities currently underway at the Church.



Spear is a six week course for young people who are NEET (Not in Employment Education or Training). St Andrew by the Wardrobe works closely with the Centre in Bethnal Green. The Bethnal Green centre opened in September, and Spear is now able to support 720 young people this year through its eight centres across London. Spear continues to exceed their goal of seeing 75% of their graduates remain in work or education twelve months after completing the course.

Besides financial support there are two main ways in which you can volunteer with Spear. The first is to be a mock interviewer for one of the young people the second is to host the young people from the course at your work place for part of an afternoon, a company visit.




Suited & Booted helps unemployed and low-income men into employment by providing interview clothing and interview advice. Around 2,000 vulnerable men passed through the fitting rooms of Suited & Booted last year, many of them ex-prisoners, but also recovering alcoholics, long-term unemployed, those grappling with mental health issues and ex-military men who have found it difficult to adapt to civilian life.

Suited & Booted needs volunteers with specialist experience: stylists, alteration tailors etc. Info on volunteering and donating (shoes are particularly needed).




Approximately 13 million people in the UK live below the poverty line. Hackney Foodbank gives away three days worth of nutritional food to people in crisis.

Clients are referred to Hackney Foodbank by frontline care professionals such as a GP or social worker. The foodbank works with the local community, to offer practical, nonjudgemental help and advice to people in crisis. They seek to find long term solutions for individuals appropriate to their circumstances.
Of the 347,000 people Foodbanks have helped in the last 6 months, over 35% were children. More than 90% of the food donated is by the public. The Trussell Trust receives no government funding. Evidence has shown that Foodbanks have helped prevent housing loss, mental health problems, family breakdown and crime.

There are a range of volunteering opportunities including supermarket collections days and working with the distribution centres, through to participating in Tough Mudder or collecting Easter eggs for children who would otherwise go without.




This will be a new kind of cleaning company. It will provide excellent cleaning services to customers in the City of London and the surrounding area but in a socially responsible way.

We will pay our cleaners properly, treat them well and use our business to help people progress. And by doing so, we intend to reinvent the cleaning sector – moving away from low pay, poor retention and dead-end work to create satisfying and rewarding work, and cleaning services that everyone can be proud of.

For further information about these projects you can contact Miriam Goodacre | Social Responsibility Liaison – miriam@standrewbythewardrobe.org
Tel: 020 7329 3632



We are pleased to report that at long last work has started on the new signalised pedestrian crossing with widened footways at Ludgate Hill. The installation will take place on a trial basis for a 12 month period after which the impact wil be assessed to determine whether to make the installation permanent or revert back to a zebra crossing. The work is expected to be completed by the middle of February.



Suited & Booted, a local charity based in St. Andrew-by-the-Wardrobe provides unemployed men (including ex-servicemen and ex-offenders) with training, mentoring and appropriate clothes for job interviews. Suited & Booted helps to boost their confidence and self-esteem, increasing the chances of success for its clients.

See this article in the Guardian for an insight into the excellent work that they do.



Your members were again very concerned and saddened to learn of the fatal accident that occurred to a cyclist at Ludgate Circus on October 18th, and we offer our sincere condolences to her family. This is the second fatality at this junction following the previous incident in April. At the moment we do not yet know the full details of either incident.

The Ludgate Circus junction is part of the road system controlled by Tfl (Transport for London) rather than the Corporation, and it is planned to be changed as part of the development of one of the new cycle ‘superhighways’ into the City via Blackfriars Bridge.

Graham and Jeremy raised this at the meeting of Streets and Walkways yesterday (October 21st) and officers have undertaken to engage with TfL to try and identify and implement any short term actions that can be taken to improve safety at the junction.




The following video was uploaded to the City of London Corporation’s You Tube portal this week.

Faster broadband for small businesses in the City



Suited & Booted has been shortlisted for a Lloyds Community Fund Award. Please show your support for Suited & Booted by voting for us and help us to win £3,000.  You can vote by text message and online, and via twitter.
SMS text message – Just text VOTE LZM to 61119 (poster attached also gives details)
Online – To vote online and view our profile, please follow the link: https://lly-cf.co.uk/LZM


The City has launched a campaign to press for provision of Superfast broadband in the City. Residents and SMEs who want better broadband in the City can help by filling in our on-line survey. Also, see our new video, .



john-carpenter-space-resizedA new public space has been completed on John Carpenter Street between the Old City of London School and Sion Hall. The new space which took 6 months work to complete was formally opened on 10th July.

As well as attractive paving, planting and seating the space also contains a notable bronze statue called ‘Taxi’ from the JP Morgan Chase Art Collection which was cast in 1983 by J. Seward Johnson Jr. an American sculptor. This statue was formerly sited on Park Avenue and 47th Street New York before being moved to London this year (click on the image – right for a detailed view).

The space has been generously funded by JP Morgan and provides an attractive new amenity for City workers, visitors and Ward residents.



A consultation on the future development of the north bank river walk will run until 25th July 2014 (see this link). All responses will then be assessed and the strategy amended where possible to take comments into account.



speed-camera-reducedThe new 20 mph speed limit will come into force on the 20th July. The City of London police will be enforcing this by use of mobile speed cameras (see picture). It is expected that the introduction will lead to a welcome reduction in the incidence of serious traffic accidents whilst having a minimal impact upon journey times for road vehicles travelling through the City.



Walk a 3-mile section of the Jubilee Walkway from Trafalgar Square on 12th July (meet at 10.30 am), going through the middle of the British Museum and end in a pub near Euston Station around 12.30. This annual Max’s Walk is led by Piers Nicholson, who lives in Castle Baynard ward.  Details can be found here.



The City of London Corporation’s Court of Common Council, has approved a late night alcohol levy for the Square Mile. The levy will charge businesses that supply alcohol late into the night for the extra enforcement costs that the night-time economy generates for the police and licensing authorities. The levy will apply to all premises in the City licensed to sell alcohol between 00:01 and 06:00hours – and will start on 1 October 2014. See this link for more information.



A new system of electoral registration that has been introduced throughout England and Wales. This change applies to the Electoral Register for residential voters used at National, European and Greater London Authority elections – it will NOT apply to the Ward Lists for local elections because these are governed by a different set of legislation.

The new system is called Individual Electoral Registration (IER) and it is a significant change to the way in which people will need to register to vote in the future. More details are available from this link.


Your members were very concerned and saddened to learn of the fatal accident that occurred to a cyclist at Ludgate Circus on 3rd April, and we offer our sincere condolences to his family. At the moment while we do not yet know the details of this particular incident, we are aware of plans to reduce the dangers faced by cyclists on the roads in London and the City in particular.

The Ludgate Circus junction is part of the road system controlled by Tfl (Transport for London) rather than the Corporation, and it is planned to be changed as part of the development of one of the new cycle ‘superhighways’ into the City via Blackfriars Bridge. Your members have, and will continue to strongly promote and support all actions taken by the City and Tfl to expedite changes which improve safety for cyclists and all other users on our roads.

The result of the election held yesterday (10th February) in the Ward was as follows:

 Emma Edhem  Independent  161 votes
 John Michael Allen Petrie  Independent    40 votes
 Rejected      1 vote

Emma Edhem was therefore elected as a Common Councilman for the Ward of Castle Baynard.

We would like to congratulate Emma on her successful campaign and welcome her to the Ward team.



Following the resignation of Ray Catt as a Common Councillor a Notice of Election for the Castle Baynard Ward was issued. Candidate nomination closed yesterday and two nominations were received. The two candidates are:

Emma Edhem a barrister who been based in the Ward for the last 8 years and John Allen-Petrie from the College of Arms who is the Rouge Croix Pursuivant of Arms.

A Wardmote will be held at St. Brides Institute on Friday 7th February at 2:15 pm. And the poll will be held on Monday 10th February.  


rayWe regret to announce that Ray Catt has tendered his resignation as a Common Councilman for the Ward.

Ray has served as a Common Councillor for Castle Baynard since 2004, and the City has greatly benefited from his expertise through his service as Chairman of the Investment Committee and Deputy Chairman of both the Finance Committee and the Financial Investment Board. During the last year Ray was also Chairman of the Ward Club.

We convey this news with mixed feelings – on the one hand we are very sorry to lose Ray as a highly valued member of our team, but we are delighted for him as his promotion to his new role based in Hong Kong with National Australia Bank is a terrific career opportunity.

This news means that there will be a by-election in the Ward – we will communicate further on this once dates have been announced.

SUITED & BOOTED FUNDRAISER – Thursday 5th December at St Andrew-by-the-Wardrobe church between 4-8pm. 

The charity helps the public agencies by giving unemployed men (including ex-service men and ex-offenders) support. We provide appropriate clothes for their job interview, and give them interview training and mentoring. This increases their chances of success, and more generally boosts their confidence and self-esteem. See this link for a short film which explains more. Come along to the Parish Room on the ground floor of St Andrew’s, where we are based, at any time between 4-8pm.

Enjoy mince pies, cakes, wine, entertainment and the chance to buy recycled cushions made from Suited & Booted’s very own material. Please bring along a small gift (e.g. new socks or underwear, toiletries, unwanted cufflinks) and should you have any spare suits, shirts, ties or shoes, we would be very grateful for those too. If you are too busy to sort through wardrobes or get to the shops, we would be happy to receive a donation either by cash or cheque on the day. Our address and contact details are:

The Suited & Booted Centre Ltd, St Andrew-by-the-Wardrobe, St Andrew’s Hill,
City of London | EC4V 5DE
Registered in England No. 8079045 Registered Charity No. 1149229
Tel: 07808 531654

email: suitedbootedcentre@gmail.com
Twitter: https://twitter.com/SuitedBootedC


Work is now underway on Holborn Circus – this picture illustrates the appearance of the junction once the work has been completed.
This plan shows how the work will be phased and includes the planned dates for these.




A recent newspaper article reported that in the City of London 9% of residents die prematurely due to air pollution. This figure was based on a Department of Health report that used figures derived from a report written for a consulting firm by Dr Brian Miller. This report looked at very fine particulates (called PM 2.5 as the particle size is 2.5 micron). There are many types of air pollution, for example ozone, sulphur dioxide and nitrogen dioxide as well as particulates. Fine particulates are of particular concern as they can be inhaled deep into the respiratory tract and can aggravate respiratory conditions and cardio-vascular conditions.

For several years we have been taking a keen interest in air quality at the City’s Port Health and Environmental Services Committee, raising our concerns over health issues for local residents. Continuous monitoring of PM 10 (particulates of 10 micron size) has been undertaken at a number of sites. Until 2007 one of these sites was in Farringdon Street near Ludgate Circus – a particular hot spot in our Ward for particulates. Although much of the City’s particulates are blown in on the wind, a considerable proportion derive from diesel vehicles and heating systems. In general, levels in the City remain below the target for the mean annual level (40 micro-grammes per cubic meter). Levels above this do occur, particularly on Upper and Lower Thames Street. Transport for London, who are responsible for these streets, undertook an experiment in 2011. They applied a dust suppressant to the road surface, and found that it resulted in a reduction of 10-14%, measured on the basis of the number of times a 24 hour objective (50 micro-grammes per cubic meter) was exceeded.

The recent report focussed on the effect of the very fine PM2.5 particles. It estimated the number of additional deaths, which in the case of the City is four, and compared this with the total number of deaths in a year, to derive the figure of 9%. However as the City has many part time residents, its mortality rate relative to its population, is low. The City has a single continuous monitoring station for PM2.5. This was installed in 2009 in Farringdon Street following our intervention at the Port Health and Environmental Services Committee. Much of very fine particulates are thought to come from industrial plants on the European continent, although diesel vehicles are again a contributory factor. The report estimated that for each 1 micro-gramme per cubic meter reduction, life expectancy would be increased by 3 weeks. One should not however conclude that there is a linear relationship between reducing pollution levels and increasing life expectancy.

Any reduction in pollution is important and is beneficial to health. We have been active in Committee to ensure that air pollution issues are recognised and are given a high priority. We very much welcome the publication of the City’s Air Quality Strategy. It will never be possible to completely eliminate pollution, particularly in large cities, as much of the pollution blows in from a wide area, however we can all work together to ensure that buildings and vehicles produce as low a level as possible, for example by reducing diesel emissions. We will continue to monitor particular hot spots such as Ludgate Circus and report on progress towards achieving a less polluted environment in the City.



This project has been designated as a Nationally Significant Infrastructure Project and we anticipate that an application will be submitted by Thames Water Utilities Ltd to the Planning Inspectorate shortly. The video link below describes the process to be followed and the role that local authorities (including the Corporation) will play within in it.


The content is targeted at local authorities, but it is useful for individuals and organisations who wish to participate in the planning process.





Ward Deputy, Catherine McGuiness and Jeremy Simons recently ventured into the Fleet Sewer, part of the labyrinth of Victorian sewers to find out why London’s sewage system needs to be upgraded which is the purpose of the proposed Thames Tideway Tunnel. They were guided through the Fleet Sewer by Phil Stride who heads up Thames Water’s Thames Tideway Tunnel project.

The current system of sewers, built in the 1860s by Sir Joseph Bazalgette, is a combined sewage and surface water system.

Catherine and Jeremy were able to see the old system of chambers and flaps that due to population growth means that the capital’s sewage system is at capacity, and is discharging untreated sewage into the River Thames via combined sewage overflows (CSOs) during periods of heavy rainfall. One of these CSOs is located underneath Blackfriars Bridge and each year typically discharges enough sewage to fill around 200 Olympic swimming pools.

When the project is completed this flow will be diverted into a vertical shaft just upstream from Blackfriars Bridge which leads down to the Thames Tideway Tunnel, which will follow the route of the River Thames and transfer the outflows to the Beckton Sewage Treatment Works. These works, along with proposed works at Victoria Embankment Foreshore and Chelsea Embankment Foreshore mean that there will be no need for additional sites to intercept the following CSOs along the northern embankment: Smith Street, Queen Street, Church Street, Grosvenor Ditch, Kings Scholars Pond, Western Pumping Station, Northumberland Street, Savoy Street, Norfolk Street and Essex Street.

We are in favour of the scheme as it will substantially reduce pollution and improve water quality in the River. We will however scrutinise all plans for works in the Ward closely, and ensure that the impact on local businesses and residents is kept to a minimum.