Temple and Farringdon Together – Standing up for Smithfield Market


Smithfield Market is the largest wholesale meat and poultry market in the United Kingdom and by statute is in the Ward of Farringdon Without, on a historic site where meat and livestock has been bought and sold for 800 years.

The Market and its traders are an important part of the City community, far outdating the modern trade in financial services. That is why the Temple and Farringdon Together team are committed to standing up for Smithfield and ensuring a sustainable future for its trade.

Councilmen Wendy Mead and Edward Lord have represented the Ward on the City Corporation’s Markets Committee for the past five years and are regular and active contributors to its discussions on Smithfield and on the other City markets – Billingsgate (fish) and New Spitalfields (fruit, vegetables, and flowers).

By keeping in regular touch with their constituents at Smithfield, especially through the Market Tenants’ Association, Edward and Wendy make sure that key issues of concern to the traders are represented and questions asked and answered.

Temple and Farringdon Together’s Wendy Mead calls for enhanced urgent care at Bart’s


Local healthcare campaigner and chairman of the City of London’s Health Scrutiny Committee Wendy Mead OBE CC is calling on Barts Health NHS Trust to significantly enhance urgent care services at St Bartholmew’s Hospital.

Bart’s currently has no A&E facilities, just a minor injuries unit open Monday to Friday during office hours. With an ever increasing number of residents, workers, and visitors in our local area, Wendy and the Temple and Farringdon Together team want to see a full urgent care and primary care centre at Bart’s. In the meantime, the existing minor injuries unit should be better publicised and open seven days a week from 7am to 7 pm.

Wendy said:

“As the former chairman of the Save Bart’s Campaign, I’m proud of our fantastic local hospital. But it needs to better serve local people by enhancing urgent and primary care facilities.”

Wendy raised this yesterday evening with the Chief Executive of Barts Health NHS Trust.

Upcoming highway works impacting Temple and Farringdon Without

Two sets of highway works will impact on the Temple and Farringdon Without area in the coming weeks:

Traffic Light Upgrade on Long Lane EC1 and parking bay suspension: 27 February 27 to 8 March

Transport for London are planning to upgrade the traffic lights at the pedestrian crossing on Long Lane by West Smithfield. The new lights have been designed to current standards and will use less energy, thanks to new technology.

The works are planned to take place daily, on the footway only, from 08:00 until 18:00 between 27 February and 8 March.

The loading bay on West Smithfield outside St Bart’s Brewery will be suspended during the works. The suspension will be clearly signed.


Footways and pedestrian crossings will remain open wherever possible, although some temporary closures may apply. Any closures will be clearly signed, while pedestrian access to properties will not be affected.

Thames Water closing Chancery Lane: late March

Thames Water will be closing Chancery Lane between Fleet Street and Carey Street to install new stronger plastic pipes. The dates for the closure are yet to be confirmed, but will begin towards the end of March for approximately six weeks.

Road traffic will be diverted during the closure, but footways should be open at least to allow access to occupiers. It is likely that the water supply will be impacted during the works, but Thames Water will give occupiers notice nearer the time.

Should you be impacted by these or other works, contact Planning & Transportation Committee Member, Paul Martinelli, using this form.


Temple & Farringdon Together’s @EdwardLord calls for City recognition for Bar and professions

Temple and Farringdon Together team member, and current councilman Edward Lord has today written to the Lord Mayor asking for the Bar and other City-based professionals to be recognised in the same way as the City’s financial services industries.

Each year, there are dinners at Mansion House for the City’s bankers and merchants, regulators, and leaders of trade and industry. There is no such event for barristers, solicitors, accountants, surveyors, and other professional advisers.

Edward said:

“It seems perverse that the City Corporation offers formal recognition to the financial services industry, when London is also a global hub for legal and other professional advisers.

In our ward of Farringdon Without, we are right at the heart of the multi-billion pound legal sector, with two Inns of Court, over 50 Barristers’ Chambers, and a dozen international law firms. Their contribution to the economy and society should be acknowledged by the City that they call home.”


Temple and Farringdon Together: supporting local businesses hit by rates revaluation


The Temple and Farringdon Together team have been hearing complaints about the serious risks local firms and barristers’ chambers are facing as a result of the business rate revaluation which comes into effect on 1st April this year.

Greg Lawrence CC and Paul Martinelli CC, themselves owners of local businesses and members of the City Corporation’s Finance Committee, are committed to reviewing the impact of the revaluation on ratepayers in our area.

Edward Lord OBE CC, a member of the City’s senior Policy Committee said:

“The head of one large barristers’ chambers in the Temple told me recently that they may need to move or downsize the space they rent due to the huge increase they face in business rates. This is a real threat to the nature of our local area. Times are hard enough for the publicly funded bar. They don’t need this as well.”

If you are facing problems due to the increase in your business rates, let us know using our contact form.

Temple and Farringdon Together calls on City to set up new central London Women’s Refuge

The Temple and Farringdon Together team standing in the 2017 City Elections is calling on the City of London Corporation to use its resources to establish a new central London refuge for women and children facing domestic abuse.

Local authority budget cuts elsewhere in the capital have seen a number of refuges closing in recent years, meaning that the number of places where those suffering at the hands of abusive domestic partners has been cut dramatically.

Barristers Ruby Sayed and Caroline Addy have declared the establishment of a new City of London sponsored refuge as a key priority should they be elected in Farringdon Without on March 23rd.

Ruby, herself Chair of the Asian Women’s Resource Centre and a trustee of the Women’s Refuge in Bury St Edmunds, says:

“There is a real need which must be addressed, and the City of London has the resources to establish a new refuge, which would be in line with the Corporation’s commitment to supporting disadvantaged people in society, both directly and through the City Bridge Trust.”

If you support this policy, let us know using our contact form.