Monthly Archives: October 2022

City makes only minor changes to London Wall West scheme

Community Matters reports that the City Corporation is making some changes to the controversial London Wall West scheme for 780,000 sq ft of offices. Earlier posts here. “The City of London Corporation’s Policy and Resources Committee has voted to reduce the size of proposals to redevelop Bastion House and the existing Museum of London site, read more »

Twitter Likes spark thoughts on the Echo, libraries and community information

I dropped into Barbican Library yesterday for an informative chat about the proposed community room, and on the way out spotted a pile of EC1 Echos. I’m keen to see more free distribution of the Echo in the City … particularly since I’m fortunate to be favoured with space for three pieces in this edition. read more »

Community forum in the City’s Culture Mile set for approval

Update: The City’s Policy and Resources committee approved proposals for the CultureMile BID on October 20, with little discussion. Several members pressed for clear methods for resident involvement. Guidance was that this would be through steering groups. There was no specific mention of a community forum. Video of the committee discussion here. Proposals for a read more »

Barbican Library invites comments on plans for a new community room

Barbican Library is running two information sessions to explain in more detail plans for a new community room, which I wrote about here. The first session is on Tuesday October 18th 1-2pm, and the second Tuesday October 25th 7-8pm. More below. As well as providing space for events, the community room could act as a read more »

Culture Mile offers free financial wellbeing, yoga and inspiration events

The City of London’s Culture Mile programme, in its north west district, is keen to show benefits for locals, as well as visitors who may use the new guides I mentioned. Here’s news of three events for anyone in the local community, from Head of Marketing Jamie Reece. “Culture Mile Connects is a series of read more »

New visitor guide and films for Culture Mile demonstrate BID promotion plans

Visitors to the City’s north west cultural district now have a guide to venues, heritage sites, entertainment and shopping on the Culture Mile website. The guide is a demonstration of one of the projects planned if the area becomes a Business Improvement District. Each of the guide records has a short entry with a “Learn read more »

Echo article on the Culture Mile BID – and a BID website

Below is my article for the EC1 Echo October/November edition. Download here Update: since the Echo printed, consultants Primera have published a Culture Mile BID website, confirming the idea of a community forum. See end note. Culture Mile may become a BID Businesses in the north west of the City will contribute cash to projects read more »

Only Connect

My column for the EC1 Echo October/November 2022 edition I live just south of Smithfield, and enjoy walking through the market buildings into Clerkenwell, via St John’s Gateway, St James Churchyard, Spa Fields and Exmouth Market. There are lots of other interesting routes, and I’ve been experimenting with different sort of maps, photos and videos read more »

Experts challenge City on London Wall West demolition

The Barbican Quarter Action campaign against the City’s plans for the Museum of London site has published an expert report robustly challenging the justification for demolition, and presented it to councillors. The City’s London Wall West scheme for 780,000 sq ft of offices involves demolishing the Museum building prior to its move to West Smithfield, read more »