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What we have done – 2019 annual report

Every Autumn the Ward of Cheap team provides an update on the work we have done over the last few months to represent local residents and City workers. In this edition we provide an update on two resolutions adopted by the annual Ward meeting in March – asking what the City of London is doing to tackle homelessness and improve diversity in our institutions. Our report also covers the Plastic Free City initiative, investment strategy, action to improve air quality and measure to promote social mobility and support education across London. You can read all about it here.

‘City Women in the 18th Century’ an outdoor exhibition of women traders in Cheapside

From 21 September – 18 October Cheapside will host an outdoor exhibition of women traders. It’s fantastic to have helped bring this exhibition to Cheapside. In the 18th century, as now, the Cheapside area was known for its luxury goods. Unlike now, most of those goods were made on the premises, and among the manufacturers and shop owners were hundreds of women milliners, fan-makers, silversmiths, and scores of other trades.

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City of London targets 2025 for WHO NO2 guideline limits

This week City of London Corporation has approved a new Air Quality Strategy that aims for 90% of the City to meet the World Health Organisation’s (WHO) annual mean guideline of 40 μg/m3 for nitrogen dioxide (NO2) by 2025. 

The plans were approved by the City Corporation’s Policy & Resources Committee of which I am a member. The strategy will also see the City procure only low and zero-emission vehicles through its contracts whilst encouraging other businesses in the City to use greener vehicles.

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Proud to sign City’s Diversity Charter

Earlier this year the City Corporation’s Members Diversity Working Party proposed the establishment of a voluntary Members’ Diversity Charter for Common Councillors in the City to sign. As a member of this group I have supported the creation of this Charter. I hope it will drive change by publicly demonstrating that Councillors are committed to the diversity and inclusion. So I’m proud to be a signatory to the City’s Diversity Charter!

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Contactless donation points to help Square Mile’s rough sleepers

The City of London Corporation is launching an alternative giving campaign to help the City’s homeless and rough sleeper population, by donating money through four new contactless card points. As deputy chair of the City’s homelessness and rough sleeping sub committee I’ve actively supported this initative.

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New air quality legislation & City of London praised for ‘healthiest streets’

With Brexit dominating the media, it is quite easy to forget the issues that are a little closer to home, most notably air quality. Too often we experience higher levels of air pollution in central London compared to the rest of the UK. Good news is that our monitoring shows air quality in the City is improving.

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City awards Freedom to Dame Carolyn Fairbairn DBE, Director General of CBI

It was an honour to represent the City Corporation and join The Lord Mayor, Peter Estlin, and Policy Chair, Catherine McGuinness, this week to present Dame Carolyn Fairbairn with the Freedom of the City of London in recognition of her leadership and tireless advocacy standing up for businesses on issues such as skills, immigration and education.

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Rainbow Pride flag flies over Square Mile landmarks

The rainbow flag has been flying over a number of the Square Mile’s landmarks this week to mark the City’s support for LGBTQ+ communities, in celebration of London Pride. On Monday I joined fellow Councillors, Aldermen, staff and representatives of Pride networks from City businesses, the Armed Forces as well as our own City of London Police, for a flag raising ceremony led by the Lord Mayor Peter Estlin.

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