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    20th September 2019, 19:00
    Residents and Council staff joined Brent Friends of the Earth outside the Civic Centre on Friday (20thSeptember) in a show of support for the message of young climate changeactivists. The Global Climate Strike is being led by Greta Thunberg and observedacross 150 countries. It seeks to draw attention to the climate crisis ahead ofthe UN Climate Action Summit and calls on governments to act. Cllr Krupa Sheth, Lead Member for Environment, addressed thecrowd: "As Greta Thunberg said, 'our house is on fire'. We must do more toaddress the climate crisis and it is brilliant to see so many people calling forchange. The journey to carbon neutral won't be easy, but as a council we havestarted. "What's more, everybody has a part to play. Individualchoices do matter and it's important that we all think about the things that webuy - the environmental footprint of our food, furniture, and clothes. Let's worktogether to protect our planet for every generation to come." In a speech, BrentFriends of the Earth congratulated the Council for its recent ClimateEmergency declaration. In July, the Council joined more than 100 other localauthorities in declaring a Climate Emergency and pledged to do all in its giftto strive for carbon neutrality by 2030. The local authority has spearheaded numerous greeninitiatives in recent years. These include introducing a diesel levy on parkingpermits to incentivise greener transport, creating a seven-mile bee corridor toboost biodiversity, and helping businesses to think about their impact throughthe Plastic Free Wembley initiative. Brent's Civic Centre has been recognisedas one of the greenest public buildings in the UK. More...
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    20th September 2019, 19:00
    The summer might be drawing to a close but there is nothing to stop the next generation of Andy Murrays and Roger Federers from practicing their racquet skills throughout the autumn and winter on 28 of the borough?s newly refurbished tennis courts. More...
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    20th September 2019, 19:00
    The council has drawn up plans to create a new green open space in Tooting?s Mellison Road. More...
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    20th September 2019, 19:00
    As part of its commitment to supporting and promoting art and culture in the borough, Wandsworth Council is embedding its arts team at the centre of its work. More...
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    20th September 2019, 19:00
    The council has published its plan for protecting and improving Wandsworth Common. More...
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    20th September 2019, 19:00
    Kingston Council is refreshing its approach to working with communities on planning matters. More...
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    20th September 2019, 19:00
    Dedicated voluntary and community groups working to support residents in the borough and make a real difference to their lives have one week left to bid for an annual fund run by Croydon Council. More...
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    20th September 2019, 19:00
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    20th September 2019, 19:00
    ?StatementIt is with deep regret that Newham Council has to announce that Ellie, a dog who had been in our care since February while a decision was made about her future forever home, has passed away. ?Officers were concerned that Ellie may have recently started to have short duration seizures. Ellie was therefore referred to a vet to investigate further. The subsequent tests carried out by the vet were inconclusive and staff were advised to continue to closely monitor her. On Wednesday evening she began fitting and an emergency vet was called to examine her. It was decided to move her to the veterinary practice. Unfortunately although she received veterinary treatment she passed away on the journey. * We have informed the people who had expressed an interest in finding a permanent solution to Ellie?s future homing. An independent post-mortem is currently being carried out by the Royal Veterinary College (RVC) into the circumstances of Ellie?s sad and untimely death. The RVC is at the forefront of teaching, research and practice in veterinary and biological sciences and is the UK?s largest, oldest and only independent veterinary school. * We have also provided the necessary support to our animal welfare staff who did everything they could to prevent Ellie's death. While she had been with us Ellie was cared for with love and compassion by our animal welfare staff. They are devastated about what has happened. The hard-working and compassionate team is made up of experts who care deeply about all the animals in their care. * Their sometimes difficult role is also to ensure the public is protected from dangerous animals and they have worked for months with Ellie. They had formed a close bond while working with her every day on dealing with the behaviour challenges she displayed until a position on a future home could be agreed. * Timeline 16*August 2019 - officers were concerned that Ellie had been suffering from episodes of stopping and staring, which is indicative of short duration seizures, and was taken to a vet for tests and examination. Examination and blood tests did not indicate the cause of the fits, and the vet was satisfied for Ellie to be returned to the animal welfare pound. Officers were advised to monitor her behaviour, which they had been doing. On Tuesday evening (17 September) the animal behaviourist was visiting Ellie and she was found to be fitting. The vet was contacted as an emergency as the fits continued. The vet arrived at around 7pm. Ellie continued to fit and the vet took her temperature which was high, and at a level that they considered was likely to cause harm. The vet sedated Ellie and transport was arranged to take her to the veterinary surgery. The vet had to make a stop en-route to deal with Ellie as she continued to fit despite being sedated. When the vet arrived at the surgery at approximately 7.45pm, Ellie was found to have passed away during transport. A independent post-mortem examination by the Royal Veterinary College has taken place today (Friday 20 September). More...
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    20th September 2019, 19:00
    ??Newham Mayor Rokhsana Fiaz has paid a visit to St Clements Avenue Community Land Trust (CLT), a successful housing pilot which provides a possible solution to the ongoing housing crisis.The visit was organised by Newham Citizens, who are part of East London Communities Organisation (TELCO), a London wide group committed to community organising. Newham Citizens is an alliance of 21 civil society institutions who act for power, social justice and the common good. The group is made up of 20 members including schools, faith and community groups. The group, which also included Councillor John Gray, Deputy Mayor and Cabinet Member for Housing Services and Councillor Shaban Mohammed, Deputy Cabinet Member for Housing Services, were given a tour of the site and spoke to residents who lived in the CLT homes. CLTs are a way of providing genuinely and permanently affordable homeownership as prices are set according to local earnings to ensure local people can afford to stay in the neighbourhoods they grew up in. Homes under the scheme are sold to local working people at a fraction of their commercial selling price and can be sold on only at a similar affordable price. For example, a one bedroom house at the site in Bow will be sold for ?130k compared with the ?500k it would normally cost. The St Clements Avenue development was built by Linden Homes in partnership with the Greater London Authority and Peabody Housing Association. The whole development provides 252 new homes, 35 per of which will be affordable. This includes 58 social rent homes and 23 CLT homes. Providing a CLT was part of the section 106 requirements for the site after a campaign by local people for St Clements to become a pilot for the capital?s first CLT. The success of this site has now led to a commitment from the London Legacy Development Corporation that at least 20 CLT homes will be delivered within their new neighbourhoods Eastwick and Sweetwater. Members of Newham Citizens were involved in developing the Community Land Trust Model and also helped to develop the London Living Rent Model of affordable homes with Mayor of London Sadiq Khan. The provision of genuinely affordable homes is a key priority for Mayor Fiaz and she is already on track to deliver her pledge to start building 1,000 homes within this mayoral term. Mayor Fiaz said: ?It was great to visit St Clements Avenue CLT and meet the vibrant mixed community who call this development home. I was impressed by the high quality design of the homes which have also maintained the history of the area. I was inspired listening to the passion and enthusiasm of the people I met today ? their stories of homelessness resonate with me and demonstrate the human side of the housing crisis, which we are at the forefront of in Newham. ?When I became mayor, I made a commitment to support a CLT in Newham. Models such as this show different ways we can fully involve residents in how we shape our borough and they can directly help us address our housing challenges. I look forward to working with residents to develop this further.? Father Sean Connolly, Co-Chair of the Newham Citizens Leadership team, said: "The CLT model tallies with the values of Newham Citizens, part of TELCO, which campaigns for decent housing for local working people, living side-by-side with those more well-to-do in stable and harmonious communities. We want to work with the Mayor to bring change in Newham." More...
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    20th September 2019, 19:00
    A new scheme offering high-quality, competitively priced solar panels is helping homeowners in Hackney generate their own clean energy and save on energy costs as part of the Council’s drive to reduce fuel poverty and tackle the climate emergency while rapidly decarbonising the borough’s buildings. Solar Together London - part of the Mayor of London’s Energy for Londoners and Hackney Council’s Green Homes programmes - makes buying solar panels accessible and affordable by allowing homeowners to buy collectively with others across London and benefit from the lower prices that group-buying brings. Homeowners simply need to register their interest and wait to receive a personal recommendation from an approved solar panel provider, following a London-wide auction with suppliers submitting their lowest prices - giving assurance that they are buying high-quality solar panels for great value, installed by vetted suppliers. Installing solar panels helps homeowners use energy from a sustainable source, reducing their dependency on carbon-intensive grid electricity and gas contributing to a reduction in global warming carbon dioxide and methane emissions emissions, and lowering energy bills from year one. Find out more Homeowners in Hackney can register interest in Solar Together until 22 October. Solar Together London is part of the Mayor of London’s Energy for Londoners and Hackney Council’s Green Homes programmes which aims to rapidly decarbonise housing and reduce fuel poverty in the borough. Hackney Council has committed to delivering net zero emissions across its functions by 2040, ten years earlier than the target set by the Government. More...
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    20th September 2019, 19:00
    Hackney’s Black History Season programme returns this October, celebrating African and Caribbean hairstyles with a dynamic series of events held through to January. Whether you’re interested in art, poetry, history or food - this year’s programme offers something for everyone.The Council’s Black History Season celebrations will begin on 1 October with the flying of Hackney’s very own Black History Season flag outside Hackney Town Hall, and will continue with events across the borough, which explore the significance, history and power of African & Caribbean hair. Following on from the launch, there will be arts and crafts workshops, film screenings, food tasting sessions, guest speakers and live music. One of our highlights this year is the community-led exhibition, Hackney’s Got Style, which will launch at Hackney Museum on 3 October and be open to the public until the end of January. Designed to celebrate and recognise the history of African and Caribbean style and explore the role hairstyles have had in expressing identity over the decades, the exhibition will be told through the eyes of our local community. It will explore the impact that local entrepreneurs, designers and fashionistas have had on culture in the borough. Hackney’s Youth Hubs will also play host to a range of events, workshops and activities for local young people and children, including events which explore LGBTQ+ black history and activism. More...
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    20th September 2019, 19:00
    Eight local young people with physical disabilities, learning disabilities and or autism joined Hackney Council’s Project SEARCH internship programme which started this month. The aim of the programme is to create opportunities for young people with learning disabilities to acquire the skills, knowledge, and self confidence through the provision of on-site experience to help prepare them for paid employment. Following the successful launch of the programme last year in Hackney at Homerton Hospital, the Interns, aged between 16 and 25, will work in a range of departments during the academic year. Each intern will spend their first few weeks in a classroom setting at the Town Hall, learning personal and professional skills before embarking on their work placements which may include, Area Regeneration, Organisational Development, the Mayor's Office to name a few. Through training and direct work experience, young people will also develop core Maths, English and ICT skills, whilst working alongside employees in a real workplace setting. The interns will also be supported by a job coach and tutor throughout the year. To find out if your department or business could benefit from having a Project Search intern in your place of work or to find out more about Supported Internships, please contact: alison.miller@hackney.gov.uk More...
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    20th September 2019, 19:00
    Mayor of Hackney, Philip Glanville, and Cabinet Member for Energy, Waste, Transport and Public Realm, welcomed climate strikers to Hackney Today Hall today. More...
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    20th September 2019, 19:00
    Over half of the waste people throw away at home in Hackney could be recycled or composted, research by Hackney Council has shown, as it marks this year’s Recycle Week (23-29 September). The figures released show that of the estimated 500 tonnes of waste each household throws away each year, 250 tonnes could be recycled or composted. The Council is encouraging people to increase the amount they recycle, whether that’s by using green sacks - or communal recycling bins with orange lids if they live on estates - for recyclable paper, card and plastics or blue food recycling bins. Increasing the amount people recycle will mean that less waste is sent to be incinerated - reducing the borough’s impact on the planet. Taking up food waste recycling by using the Council’s lockable blue caddies also stops household bins from smelling and stops foxes from ripping bin bags open to find food. The Council is also supporting a community litter pick run by Plastic Free Hackney, which takes place on 29 September. People can sign up at: https://plasticfreehackney.com/event/litter-pick-hackney-council-recycle-week-urban-rewilding-project/ The Council will be sharing tips on what can and can’t be recycled on its social media accounts during Recycle Week. People can visit @hackneycouncil on Twitter or Hackney Council on Facebook or visit the Council website to find out more. More...
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    20th September 2019, 19:00
    'Looking Back, Moving Forward' brought together health and LGBT practitioners with Lambeth Council to develop an action plan to address inequalities in health provision in the borough More...
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    20th September 2019, 19:00
    Thirteen individuals and groups were honoured last night (Thursday 19 September) at Richmond upon Thames' annual Community Heroes' Awards. More...
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    20th September 2019, 12:00
    Celebrate London?s wonderful food on our doorstep during this year?s Urban Food Fortnight, running from 19 September to 6 October. More...
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    20th September 2019, 12:00
    Homeless charity Firm Foundation stole the show at last night?s Harrow?s Heroes Awards when they scooped two awards for their tireless volunteer work to help homeless people in Harrow. More...
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    20th September 2019, 12:00
    Brent Council is spearheadinga coalition of councils to support vulnerable children at risk of exploitationby criminal County Lines drug networks, as latest figures reveal 4,000 havebeen identified as at risk. County Lines is wherecriminal gangs groom children to transport drugs outside of the city and acrossthe country on their behalf. Children as young as 11 are being targeted, withcriminals taking advantage of vulnerabilities, such as family breakdown, povertyor learning difficulties. They offer youngsters money and promises of a betterlifestyle. Once involved, experience shows it takes time to engage with victimssuffering this kind of exploitation, due to the pressures they face and fear ofreprisal. Brent Council has a centralrole in coordinating London's Rescue and Response programme across the 32boroughs. In 2018, the Mayor of London invested ?3 million in the three-year projectto work to better understand, target and respond to County Lines. Across thecapital 568 under-25s have been referred in its first year. Of these, 37 livedin Brent. The Rescue and Responseprogramme brings together specialists St Giles Trust, Abianda, and Safer Londonto provide young men and women with ongoing support through dedicatedcaseworkers. By engaging with youngsters as early as possible, with frankone-on-one conversations, tailored support, and an understanding of theirspecific risks, the programme is able to help victims escape and move on fromexploitation. Cllr Tom Miller, Lead Member forCommunity Safety & Engagement at Brent Council, said: "Our children are being preyed on and trapped by networksof criminals through County Lines. With 4,000 young people at risk, the Mayor'srecent announcement highlights the huge challenge we are facing and the scaleof response that's needed. "Despite thegreat work of the Rescue and Response programme, our delivery partners are atcapacity and have referrals on a waiting list. So I urge the government toprioritise investment in projects that support youngsters to escapeexploitation." The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, said: ""County Lines operate across the country,exploiting vulnerable young people and driving gang-related violence. Now, forthe first time, through the Rescue and Response programme funded by City Hall,we are beginning to see the devastating scale of the impact with thousands ofyoung people involved in lines reaching all corners of the country. We aresupporting young people where we can, but we know we're only scratching thesurface of a major national issue that is driving violence in London and acrossthe country." If you are concerned about your child, orsomeone you know, and you live in Brent, please get in touch with the BrentFamily Front Door on 020 8937 4300 (press option 1). More...
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    20th September 2019, 12:00
    Residents and local businesses are being encouraged tocomment on proposals to regulate the number of off-licenses in hotspots thatsuffer from alcohol-related anti-social behaviour. Under the plans, ten 'Cumulative Impact Zones' (CIZ) wouldbe introduced across the borough. The zones map areas where there are issuesaround street drinking, crime and ambulance call-outs connected to off-licensesselling alcohol. It is hoped that restricting the opening of new off-licenseswill help tackle anti-social behaviour and make these areas safer forresidents. The proposal forms part of a review of Licensing Policy,which authorities are required to undertake every five years. The policy review also proposes introducing a minimum unitprice (MUP) of 70p for alcohol sales where premises repeatedly breach licensingconditions. The measure, which would be a London first, is designed to helpaddress alcohol addiction and tackle street drinking. There is significantresearch to show that MUP can have big benefits for people's health andwellbeing. Premises applying for an alcohol license would be stronglyencouraged to consider adopting a voluntary MUP of 70p, and the Council wouldlook on these applications more favourably. Where an existing licensee breakstheir conditions over and over again, under the new rules, a panel would beable to impose minimum pricing. Cllr Tom Miller, LeadMember for Community Safety and Engagement, said: "We recognise the importantrole that pubs, off-licenses and other premises play in our local communities. Theproposals are designed to help responsible businesses doing the right thing. "However, issues like street drinking have a big impact onresidents' ability to enjoy their local area. Where premises are not operatingresponsibly, we must have tools in our arsenal to be able to deal with theproblem. I encourage everyone to have their say in the consultation." Have your say onBrent's Licensing Police on our consultation portal before 4 October 2019. Viewthe proposed policy as a PDF. More...
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    20th September 2019, 12:00
    Wandsworth Council has achieved a Gold Stray Dog Award for its commitment and efforts to improve animal welfare in the borough. More...
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    20th September 2019, 12:00
    Next week is Recycle Week, and this year Wandsworth residents are being reassured that the items they put out for recycling really do get recycled, as long as they put them in the right bag or bin. More...
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    20th September 2019, 12:00
    An announcement at Kingston Council meeting confirms eligible Housing Association residents will now have the right to vote in forthcoming residents? ballot. More...
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    20th September 2019, 12:00
    The consultation on the Burlington Junior School expansion proposals is now open and local people are being encouraged to submit their views. More...
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    20th September 2019, 00:00
    A project which aims to ensure no young woman misses out on her education because of her period has been set up in Richmond upon Thames. More...
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    20th September 2019, 00:00
    A free public information evening for EU citizens living in the borough will be held at Kew Community Centre on Wednesday 2 October from 6pm. More...
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    20th September 2019, 00:00
    Work is set to begin next year on a Croydon Council plan to revitalise South Norwood?s High Street after it successfully bid for major funding from Historic England. More...
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    20th September 2019, 00:00
    Plans to improve air quality in the Square Mile have been approved by the City of London Corporation’s Policy & Resources Committee today. Its new Air Quality Strategy aims for 90% of the City to meet World Health Organisation (WHO) guidelines for nitrogen dioxide by 2025. The proposals also support the Mayor of London’s drive for London to meet WHO air quality guidelines for particulates by 2030. The City Corporation will collaborate with every school in the Square Mile to roll out Air Quality Action Plans, building on a successful partnership work at Sir John Cass’s Foundation Primary School. Last year, air pollution at the City school fell below the legal annual limit for the first time since monitoring began in 2003. The City Corporation has installed a 24-hour air quality monitoring station in the playground, planted ‘air quality plants’ throughout the grounds, created green walls made from ivy screens, added new air filtration units in classrooms and brought in lessons on reducing exposure to air pollution. Monitoring shows air quality in the City is already improving. And under the new plans, the City Corporation will accelerate its use of zero emission vehicle technology, requiring only low and zero-emission vehicles through its contracts and encouraging other City businesses to use cleaner vehicles. The move brings the City Corporation a step closer to realising its goal of being the first UK authority to run a fully zero-emission fleet. The authority will also make better air quality data available to the public by supporting the trial of new monitoring technology. The new policy will work in tandem with its Transport Strategy – which features plans to turn parts of the Square Mile into zero-emissions zones by 2022, and its draft City Plan, which would require all new developments to include a greening element, improving air quality and biodiversity. The City Corporation is also working with London Councils, which represents all London boroughs, to introduce an Emissions Reduction Bill, which would allow a London Local Authority to designate itself as an ‘Air Quality Improvement Area’, when levels of air pollution are higher than WHO air quality guidelines. The proposals would enable a borough to place restrictions on boilers, diesel generators, construction excavators and combined cooling, heat and power plants, , that exceed an emissions limit set by the Secretary of State. Catherine McGuinness, Policy Chair for the City of London Corporation, said “These plans will lead to a significant improvement in the Square Mile’s air quality. “Londoners demand clean air. We are determined to ensure that the City Corporation continues to play a leading role in the UK’s drive to meet air quality standards. “Our work is already having a positive effect, and we will continue to push for change, embracing new and ambitious approaches to tackling this health crisis.” Jeremy Simons, Chair of the City of London Corporation’s Environmental Services Committee, said: “This is an important step towards cleaner air. “Nobody should have to breathe ***** air, and we will continue to take bold and ambitious steps to protect health of our residents, workers and visitors. “There is a huge public desire to see a major clean-up of the capital’s air. And by working together with our partners we are taking action to make sure people are not at risk.” The new Air Quality Strategy is just one part of the City Corporation’s fightback against air pollution. The authority has already banned the purchase of diesel vehicles for its own fleet of vehicles, where there is a clean market alternative, and introduced emissions-based charges for on-street parking. Its CityAir app provides 30,000 Londoners with low pollution travel routes across the capital, with advice and alerts when air pollution is high. And in partnership with the London Borough of Camden, and with support from the Mayor of London’s Air Quality Fund, it will launch a pan-London idling engine action project this year. ENDSNotes to Editors About the City of London Corporation The City of London Corporation is the governing body of the Square Mile dedicated to a vibrant and thriving City, supporting a diverse and sustainable London within a globally successful UK. www.cityoflondon.gov.uk Media enquires Carl Locsin, Media Officer, City of London Corporation T 020 7332 3654 / M 07388 862 229 E carl.locsin@cityoflondon.gov.uk More...
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    20th September 2019, 00:00
    Today , the Policy and Resources Committee at the City of London Corporation has voted to take forward proposals designed to ensure that Aldgate and Cheapside are transformed into even more vibrant business, retail and leisure destinations. Plans for the Aldgate and Cheapside Business Improvement District (BIDs) were given the go-ahead this afternoon and will now be taken to their final stage of approval – a ballot by ratepayers in each district who would be liable to invest in the area. In the event of a successful ballot, the BIDs will be established as investment vehicles for their respective areas to revamp and reimagine Aldgate and Cheapside. The projects will align with the City Corporation’s Corporate Plan 2018-23, which aims to contribute to a flourishing society, support a thriving economy and shape outstanding environments. A BID is a geographical area in which the local businesses have voted to invest together to improve their local environment. Spanning the City of London and Tower Hamlets, the Aldgate project will comprise of two BIDs, in a collaborative, cross-border effort between the City of London Corporation and the Aldgate Partnership. The Aldgate BIDs will be overseen and implemented through a single governing body to ensure a holistic approach for Aldgate, and will help to rejuvenate the area through regeneration activities. These will aim to support improvements in infrastructure and transport, implement air quality measures, create a local small business network and strengthen the Aldgate brand. The Cheapside BID was first established in 2015 and is seeking a second five-year term, which will be driven solely by the City Corporation via the Cheapside Business Alliance. It is aspiring to promote the area as a seven-day retail and leisure destination by focusing on environmental measures and urban greening, enhancing Cheapside’s cultural offer, and supporting local employment and training opportunities. All of the BIDs have been developed following extensive consultation with local businesses and stakeholders, and in the case of Aldgate, equal representation of City of London Corporation and Tower Hamlets stakeholders. Based on current timetables, the BIDs should go live in April 2020 and will be five-year long projects. Catherine McGuinness, Policy Chair at the City of London Corporation, said: “Cheapside and Aldgate are two areas which contribute an enormous amount to the fabric and vibrancy of the City. But while there is lots to celebrate in these areas, we also recognise that more needs to be done to boost and rejuvenate local business communities. “That’s why we have voted to progress these BIDs to their final stage. If approved, we will continue to work closely with businesses, workers and residents in Aldgate and Cheapside to transform these areas into more lively and pleasant places to live, work and visit.” Notes to editors The City of London Corporation is the governing body of the Square Mile dedicated to a vibrant and thriving City, supporting a diverse and sustainable London within a globally-successful UK. www.cityoflondon.gov.uk More...
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