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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Pedestrian prioritisation

July the Court of Common Council approved a report initiating the Pedestrian Priority Streets Programme, a 3-year initiative to improve conditions for people walking in the City which is linked to both the City of London’s Transport Strategy and the Climate Action Strategy. Traffic and public realm measures were installed in Summer 2020 as part of the on-street measures for the City’s COVID-19 response. The City Corporation is now seeking views on the current temporary street measures.

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Join our summer reception

We hope you had a chance to get a good summer break. Walking around Cheapside this week it’s good to see lots more people out and about. Time to reconnect!

If you live or work in the Ward of Cheap we would like to invite to our annual summer party on Thursday 16 September from 17:00 – 18:30.

This year we hope to hold our reception in an outside garden, but if the English wheather decides otherwise we have an option to meet inside!

Please RSVP to Tijs Broeke and let us know if you want to bring a colleague. 

City seeks to strengthen new Environment Bill

The City Corporation recognises the seriousness of the problem of air pollution in London. The capital’s poor air quality led to 1,000 hospital admissions a year for asthma and serious lung conditions between 2014 and 2016 and contributed to the deaths of more than 4,000 Londoners in 2019. The pandemic and resulting lockdowns saw a decline in road emissions, with a 40% drop in nitrogen dioxide in the City of London between 2019 and 2020.

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