Last night’s Citizens Forum about Destination City attracted some 60 residents from the Square Mile, but unfortunately confirmed my fear that it would be therapy with free drinks rather than genuine engagement. (Ref: yesterday’s post and Arnstein’s ladder). Councillor Brendan Barns, the Resident Representative on the City Envoy Network, who organised the event, has a … Continue reading “Why the Square Mile needs Citizens Forums 2.0 – and more”
The City of London’s flagship programme to attract visitors is currently under review – and on Monday residents will have a chance to say what they think is needed. What will make the Square Mile a better place to live, as well as work and visit? So far the only formal consultation has been for … Continue reading “Residents get a chance to shape Destination City 2.0 – maybe”
Update: the Old Bailey venue for City Questions yesterday was very grand … but from my point of view not much use, because the acoustics were so terrible. I couldn’t hear Brendan Barns initial speech about Destination City, or subsequent discussion, and so didn’t want to pitch in. I’m submitting my question by email. As … Continue reading “Another question about Destination City – and BIDs”
Update: the City Corporation’s Planning and Transportation committee voted unanimously to approve the Neighbourhood Forum. Comments on the proposed Neighbourhood Forum in the north west of the City are due in by June 21. I’ve previously written about being in two minds over the proposal that covers the Barbican and Golden Lane Estates. If the … Continue reading “Why I think the first Neighbourhood Forum for the City is a good idea”
Proposals for the City’s first neighbourhood forum are a good idea – but residents outside Barbican and Golden Lane Estates need to have influence too.
Residents on the two major estates in the north west of the City have made the bold move of proposing a forum with powers to develop its own plan for the neighbourhood.
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 … Continue reading “Community forum in the City’s Culture Mile set for approval”
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 … Continue reading “Barbican Library invites comments on plans for a new community room”
Update: consultants Primera have published BID proposals on a new website including the suggestion of a community forum. More here. Final plans for a Business Improvement District in the north west of the City – which I detailed here – will go to the Corporation’s Policy and Resources committee on October 20, and then to … Continue reading “The City could get its first neighbourhood forum under Culture Mile BID plans”