2021 annual report

When I was elected as one of the three Common Councillors representing the Ward of Cheap I promised to keep everyone in the Ward informed of my work as councillor. Despite the challenges of Covid19 over the last 24 months I’ve kept this promise. Together with our Alderman Robert Hughes-Penney, and my Ward colleagues Alastair Moss and Nick Bensted-Smith we’ve stayed in touch with City workers and residents, through my blog, regular updates, face to face and virtual meetings and our newsletters.

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City nitrogen dioxide drops by 42% in five years

City of London Corporation figures show a 42% drop in Square Mile nitrogen dioxide (NO2) levels since 2016. Square Mile air quality is expected to improve further, helped by the City Corporation’s Air Quality Strategy, which aims for over 90% of the City to meet the 2005 World Health Organisation (WHO) guidelines for nitrogen dioxide by 2025.

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693rd Lord Mayor sets out to boost diversity

The City of London’s new civic leader has set out his ambition for his year in office as London welcomed back the Lord Mayor’s Show.The parade, which dates back to the 13th Century, will see 128 floats parade from Guildhall to the Royal Courts of Justice.It was cancelled last year for the first time since 1852 when it made way for the Duke of Wellington’s funeral.

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Fall in number of rough sleepers in Square Mile

The number of people sleeping rough on the City of London’s streets has dropped by one-third over the last year. During an update on recent figures, Members of the City of London Corporation’s Homelessness and Rough Sleeping Sub Committee were told that 92 people had been found sleeping rough between April and June this year, compared to 140 people in the same period last year, amounting to a 34.3% decrease.

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Ward of Cheap newsletter September 2021

It is great after the summer break to see the buzz returning in the Square Mile. The number of people travelling into the City significantly increased in September. This was definitely noticeable when going out for lunch around Cheapside. We also had a chance to meet again in person and to reconnect with residents and City workers at our Ward of Cheap summer reception.

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