Earlier this month marked my first 100 days since my election as one of the three Common Councilmen representing City workers, businesses and residents in the Ward of Cheap. When I was elected I promised to keep everyone updated. Hopefully this report gives a flavour of my work in the City.
Joining the City of London Corporation was similar to starting a new job – lots to learn! Thankfully my fellow ward colleagues were really supportive in helping me to get the ground running and officers arranged a very comprehensive induction programme.
I was officially introduced to the Court of Common Council (the City’s main decision making body) in April and elected to two scrutiny Committees: Port Health and Environmental Services Committee, overseeing a wide range of areas including trading standards, air quality, street cleansing and rubbish collection, and the Culture, Heritage and Libraries Committee, with responsibility for our cultural offer, tourism, management of the City’s libraries and archives, the Guildhall Art Gallery and Tower Bridge. Normally the Court sits each month and Committees meet every other month.
Two important debates in the Court focused on fire safety in our housing estates within the Square Mile and other London boroughs in response to the horrific fire at Grenfell Tower, and the impact of the traffic trial at Bank Junction on local roads such as Gresham Street. Following the terrorist attacks in London the City Bridge Trust provided additional funding to help victims and officers of the Corporation provided practical support. Our City police officers were first at the scenes at London Bridge. Their dedication and bravery is second to none.
In the Committees I had a chance to ask questions about air quality improvements in Cheap. We also discussed the importance of investing in our cultural offer to ensure the City remains a vibrant and attractive place to live, work and visit. And in relation to Brexit I have raised the importance of obtaining certainty for EU citizens through full recognition of their existing rights and for businesses through securing a transition period with continued access to the Single Market and Customs Union.
I will post updates on my work as Common Councilman on this website.