Welcome to the website for Cornhill Ward, one of the Wards which make up the City of London, otherwise known as the ‘Square Mile’. Each Ward is represented on the Court of Common Council, the decision making body for the City of London Corporation.
This website is hosted for the benefit of Ward voters specifically and generally for anyone who takes an interest in the Ward, wishes to learn more about it, or be kept informed of current developments by virtue of subscribing to the website.
The City Corporation provides local authority and a wide range of other services to the residents and workers it serves. It (principally through the Lord Mayor and Chairman of Policy and Resources) speaks up internationally for UK based financial and professional services businesses. It manages thousands of acres of open space within the City and beyond (e.g. Hampstead Heath, Epping Forest, Burnham Beeches) as well as three markets (Smithfield for meat, Billingsgate for fish and New Spitalfields for fruit and vegetables). The City Corporation also manages the Heathrow Animal Reception Centre, the Barbican Centre and the Guildhall School of Music & Drama, as well as running its own police force, the leading national police force for dealing with economic crime.
The City of London has always provided parliamentary undertakings to secure wider electoral reform than was provided for in the City of London (Ward Elections) Act, the legislation changing the City’s electoral system. Reviews took place in 2003 and again in 2010 and were completed with new boundaries coming into effect from 2013. The next elections to Common Council will take place in 2017. Voting is by secret ballot at a local polling station (The polling station for Cornhill Ward is at St.Michael’s Church, Cornhill) or by postal ballot in exactly the same way as in parliamentary and local government elections and candidates are governed by identical rules relating to conduct and campaign funding. All residents are eligible to vote and taking into account the unique nature of the modern City there is provision for workers of City firms to participate also. City worker voters are allocated in proportion to the number of employees but every business is eligible to nominate at least one elector. Electoral registers are updates annually every year between October and December.