Temple and Farringdon Together’s Wendy Mead OBE has dedicated much of her life to campaigning for better local health services, especially at the City’s St Bartholomew’s Hospital, and to improving air quality.
As a City Councillor for Farringdon Without since 1997, Wendy has been able to put her beliefs into action, especially in her current roles as Chairman of the Port Health & Environmental Services and the Health Scrutiny Committees.
Londonwide campaigners have recognised her contribution, with the following endorsements:
“Wendy Mead has been a great inspiration to many campaigns to develop NHS services; most significantly to the Save Barts’ Hospital Campaign, which she has successfully led. In the past Wendy made an important contribution to the local Community Health Council that successfully raised the standards of NHS care, and she continues to serve people in the City of London through her outstanding work as Chair of the Health Scrutiny Committee. Amongst Wendy’s special interest is the development of better urgent and emergency care and the defibrillator campaign, which aims to save the lives of people who suffer cardiac arrest. We greatly value Wendy’s contribution to the work of the Patients’ Forum.” Malcolm Alexander, Chair, Patients’ Forum for the London Ambulance Service
“Wendy has been a wonderful Clean Air Champion as Chair of the Port Health and Environmental Services Committee and before. Under her leadership, the City of London Corporation has led the way, day in day out, in the fight against diesel fumes in the way it did so successfully against coal burning with the first Clean Air Act in 1954. Everyone is now getting the message! I encourage people to re-elect Wendy.” Simon Birkett, Founder and Director of Clean Air in London
Some of the streets in the west of the City of London are amongst the most congested in London and there is a serious risk of worse to come with planned changes at the Aldwych and on the Embankment due to the Tideway Tunnel works at Blackfriars.
Temple and Farringdon Together believe that action needs to be taken to allow essential vehicle movements and deliveries to take place and to allow public transport to move freely getting commuters and visitors to the places they need on time.
T&FT’s Oliver Sells QC met recently with Transport for London and City Corporation officers and came away very concerned:
“The programme for roadworks and road closures in the coming years is massive and could cause complete gridlock in the west of the City. We must get TfL to think again about their proposals and get the City to come up with a plan to mitigate the inevitable congestion.”
Temple and Farringdon Together are making some constructive suggestions for such an action plan, including:
- Reviewing the number and frequency of buses on routes through Fleet Street and Holborn, especially outside the ‘rush hour’ periods;
- Re-opening some of the side streets which have been closed as part of the City’s ‘ring of steel’ operation to ease congestion on major roads;
- Instituting delivery consolidation centres and approved delivery hours to reduce the number of ‘white vans’ parked on the City’s streets, especially at busy times;
- Seeking better regulation and co-ordination of road works and utility works that impact on traffic movements; and
- Undertaking a thorough review of whether other steps might be taken to reduce the number of non-essential private vehicle movements in the City during the busiest times of the day.
Paul Martinelli CC, who represents Farringdon Without on the City’s planning and transportation committee, commented:
“Action really does need to be taken now to stop the City’s streets clogging up entirely. This will involve some innovative thinking to ensure that customers and deliveries can get to and from our local businesses, and that residents can move freely when they need to.”
Temple and Farringdon Together candidates have been asked individually and collectively to set out our position on Inner Temple’s proposed Project Pegasus. The project would see the Hall and Treasury Building extended to include new education and training facilities on additional floors created by adding a mansard roof to the Treasury Building and remodelling the Inn’s library. Further details are on the Inn’s website.
The Honourable Society of the Inner Temple has applied to the City of London Corporation for planning permission for the project and that application will be considered by the Planning and Transportation Committee in due course. The Committee is made up of elected members of the Court of Common Council, including at least two representatives of the Ward of Farringdon Without, who will be selected after the elections on 23 March.
The City of London Corporation’s Planning Protocol which regulates how planning decisions are made states very clearly that:
“If a Member has compromised his position by expressing views that indicate that he has pre-determined the issue before hearing all the evidence and arguments, he should not vote.”
Members of the Temple and Farringdon Together team have their own individual private views both for and against aspects of Project Pegasus, and we collectively support Inner Temple’s ambitions to improve the Inn’s education and training facilities.
We will however not be taking a corporate view on the project so as not to risk any suggestion of pre-determination of this important application by those councillors ultimately selected to serve on the Planning and Transportation Committee.
Temple and Farringdon Together’s Edward Lord and Wendy Mead have come out as two of the City of London’s hardest working councillors in attendance statistics released this week.
Edward, who until last May was Chairman of the City’s Standards Committee and is now Deputy Chairman of the Establishment Committee, and Wendy who chairs the Port Health & Environmental Services Committee and Health Scrutiny Committee both have over 90% attendance records at the various meetings they attend as City councillors.
Wendy attended 72 out of 79 committee meetings in the last twelve months, and Edward attended 95 out of 106 meetings. And that is on top of all the work they do in the Ward of Farringdon Without supporting constituents.
Both Edward and Wendy have been recognised nationally for their public service by appointment as an OBE in the Queen’s Honours’ Lists in 2011 and 2015.
Wendy Mead was Sheriff of the City of London in 2011-2012 and will be Chief Commoner in 2017-2018 if re-elected as a councillor on 23 March.
The City of London Corporation owns and provides three courts in the Square Mile: the Central Criminal Court (Old Bailey), Mayor & City of London Court (county court), and the City of London Magistrates’ Court.
All three buildings are increasingly tired and in need of a radical overhaul if they are to remain fit for purpose in the twenty-first century and all three present significant access issues for disabled court users.
Temple and Farringdon Together, recognising the importance of these facilities to stakeholders in our Ward, welcome the Corporation’s decision with HM Courts & Tribunals Service to invest around £30 million in refurbishing the Old Bailey, bringing its infrastructure up to modern standards.
The same now needs to happen with the county court and magistrates’ court, which require either significant spending on their current sites or a proposal to move them individually or together to a new location, possibly close to the Old Bailey where some facilities might be shared. In any event, all three courts must be made fully inclusive to all who need to gain access to them.
Temple and Farringdon Together‘s Edward Lord, who sits as a Justice of the Peace at the City Magistrates’ Court and hearing appeals at the Old Bailey, commented:
“The City’s Courts are in a fairly dismal state and need a great deal of care and attention to bring them back up to the quality that the judiciary, advocates, staff, and other court users expect, especially of the nation’s premier criminal court.
We are delighted that the City is addressing some of the challenges at the Old Bailey and will be lobbying hard to see improvements at the other two courts, or possibly even a move to new state of the art premises.”
Last year’s plan by Transport for London to close Tudor Street brought home to many who live and work in the Temple the importance of closer liaison between the Inns and the City of London Corporation. It was only through the swift action of local City Councillors Edward Lord, Paul Martinelli, Wendy Mead and Gregory Jones that saw the decision to close Tudor Street reversed at April’s City Council meeting.
Since then, through the hard work of Edward, Paul, Wendy, and Greg, and the leadership of the City’s new planning chairman Chris Hayward, a new proposal was brought forward which keeps access and egress via Tudor Street and neighbouring roads and which has the support of both Inner Temple and Middle Temple and many local occupiers.
Looking forward, the Temple and Farringdon Together team are committed to ensuring access to the Temple is maintained and enhanced, including pressing for the re-opening of Temple Avenue onto the Embankment.
T&FT team member, Oliver Sells QC, a Temple resident and tenant at 5 Paper Buildings, said:
“It is crucial to the ongoing success of the Temple as the heart of the legal profession that barristers and their clients can get into and out of the area without hindrance. That is why Temple and Farringdon Together is determined to keep Tudor Street open and to review the closure of Temple Avenue’s junction with the Embankment.”
Dear Fellow Elector,
I am writing to thank you for electing me as Alderman for the Ward of Farringdon Without two weeks ago and for giving me such a clear mandate. For those who haven’t seen the full results yet, the votes cast were:
Dr Helen Carr 26
Robert Hughes-Penney 98
Gregory Jones 443
In seeking election as Alderman, I was clear that I wanted to be a visible and active figure in the Ward leading our team of City Councillors representing you, our electors.
On March 23rd, you will be asked to vote again; this time to elect the ten Councillors who will be your voice on issues like planning, air quality, transport, congestion, and open spaces. I wanted therefore to introduce you to the ten Temple and Farringdon Together candidates that I hope you will support in that election. They are:
George, John, Greg, Edward, Paul, and Wendy are all current hardworking local councillors serving this area. Caroline, Ruby, Oliver, and Will are all barristers in chambers within the Temple, who have strong experience as advocates and campaigners.
This is the team that I trust will deliver for our area and I hope you will join me in voting for them.
With best wishes,
A note about procedure – the Alderman as Returning Officer
It is has been a tradition that the Alderman of the ward usually acts as returning officer for his or her ward in the common council elections. Given the proximity of the two elections and my close involvement with my own supporters who are now candidates for common council I have already taken the very clear view that it would not be appropriate for me to serve as the returning officer for our ward. Accordingly, my first act upon election was to write to the Town Clerk recusing myself from service as returning officer in this ward. The office of the Town Clerk has accepted my position. I will not act as returning officer for the ward of Farringdon Without on 23 March.