Northern Line through Bank to close until May

From January 15, the Bank branch of the Northern Line will be closed between Kennington and Moorgate for 17 weeks, meaning that there will be no Northern Line services to or from Elephant & Castle, Borough, London Bridge and Bank stations.

https://www.standard.co.uk/news/london/northern-line-closure-tfl-tube-bank-branch-stations-b975059.html

Voter Registration – Register now to make sure your voice is heard !

The canvass to register worker voters in the City takes place between 30 August and 16 December every year.

Businesses and other organisations that are entitled to nominate voters were sent registration forms at the end of August. The forms were sent to a named individual who is responsible for nominating the voters for their organisation. If we have a business email contact, we will also have sent it via email. 

Online response

To respond online please use the Unique Reference Number and Passcode provided on the email and paper form sent to your business and enter them using the following link: Submit your online registration

Eastern Cluster BID proposals launched

The new Business Improvement District (BID) proposals, now named the ‘EC Partnership’ is being formally launched in November. The new BID would include Old Broad Street, Threadneedle Street, Bishopsgate, Gracechurch Street and Cornhill (The Royal Exchange and adjacent streets sit in the already operational Cheapside BID). These will be joined with the whole of the ‘Eastern Cluster’ area of tall buildings, Leadenhall Market, Monument and as far as Fenchurch Street station.

The intention would be for businesses, landlords and the City of London Corporation to work together to enhance the public realm within the area to include streets and walkways enhancements, work to improve air quality and organise events to improve the experience of workers, visitors and residents. Importantly the partnership would provide the area with a combined voice when discussing important matters with the local authority and other public sector bodies.

Voter Registration Open

The City is unique – businesses and other organisations can register voters for local elections. The period for registering voters runs from September to 16 December each year and the Ward Lists (the lists of voters for City Ward elections) are updated annually.

The canvass to register worker voters in the City takes place between 30 August and 16 December every year.

Businesses and other organisations that are entitled to nominate voters were sent registration forms at the end of August. The forms were sent to a named individual who is responsible for nominating the voters for their organisation. If we have a business email contact, we will also have sent it via email. 

Online response

To respond online please use the Unique Reference Number and Passcode provided on the email and paper form sent to your business and enter them using the following link: Submit your online registration

New businesses

If you are a new business that has recently moved into the City and would like to register to vote on the Ward List please email the City Occupiers Database Team using the link below :Email the City Occupiers Database Team

City of London Recovery Grant Fund Open

Business Recovery Grant Fund

The City Court of Common Council has agreed to create a grant fund for City SME Businesses that have been impacted by the COVID-19 Pandemic. The scheme is designed to support businesses which contribute to the City’s vibrancy at street level and directly provide services to returning City workers, visitors, and residents. The necessary infrastructure for a successful City has been affected by enforced closure or low footfall and this scheme will seek to support those businesses that can evidence, through the grant application process, a likelihood that with support they have a reasonable chance to survive beyond the short term.

The scheme is entirely discretionary, and the City is permitted to use its own local knowledge based on economic need to determine qualification criteria.

https://www.cityoflondon.gov.uk/services/business-rates/business-rates-in-the-city/city-of-london-recovery-grant-fund

All Change at Bank project Consultation Open

The All Change at Bank project, which was made permanent in September 2018 follows the Bank on Safety scheme, restricts traffic through Bank Junction to improve safety.

Between January and June 2020 temporary improvements were installed including wider footways, wider and shorter pedestrian crossings and enhance cycle advanced stop lines in order to ease the pedestrian congestion whilst further work was undertaken on a longer-term project.

The All Change at Bank project looks at the future of the area around Bank Station which will re-open at the end of 2022 after an upgrade. The City of London Corporation wants to improve the pedestrian environment and provide a fitting setting for the iconic buildings at the heart of the Square Mile​.

The area has seen significant pedestrian and cycling growth in recent years which the physical environment does not reflect. With expected continued growth from nearby developments and the station capacity upgrade, the project aims to deliver change at the junction by the end of 2022 by:

  • Continuing to reduce casualties by simplifying the junction
  • Reducing pedestrian crowding levels
  • Improving air quality
  • Improving the perception of place, as a place to spend time in rather than pass through​

Consultation is open now – follow this link to take the survey