One of Temple and Farringdon Together‘s key election pledges was to press for new and better Court facilities in the Square Mile.
Today’s announcement has brought that ambition closer to reality.
The proposed new combined court will see a new, state-of-the-art, multi-purpose replacement court for the historic civil court, the Mayor’s and City of London County Court, and the City of London Magistrates’ Court.
Located in the Fleet Street area of the City, the court would create space for 18 courtrooms. The Court’s primary focus will be as a Crown Court hearing fraud, economic crime and cyber-crime cases, but it will also hear other criminal and civil cases, including the work of the City of the London Magistrates’ Court.
Temple and Farringdon Together’s Deputy Edward Lord, a member of the City’s Courts Sub-Committee and a Central London presiding magistrate said: “This is great news for the City and especially the legal practitioners in the Temple area, which will be right on the doorstep of this state of the art new facility.”
T&FT colleague and leading criminal silk, Oliver Sells QC CC, added: “Bringing major fraud cases to be heard in the heart of the Square Mile is the right thing to do. Chambers in the Temple and nearby have the expertise to deal with these complex and contentious matters.”
The City of London Corporation has a long and proud history of supporting the vulnerable as one of the earliest providers of council housing, social care for the elderly, and education for the young.
The Temple and Farringdon Together team support the Corporation’s modern-day investment in providing 3,700 new homes in London and in education through the City of London Academies, as well as pressing for continued improvement in social care for children and adults in need.
T&FT’s Caroline Addy said:
“One of the reasons I am proud to be standing for election to the City Corporation is its longstanding commitment to supporting disadvantaged people in London through housing and education. Our team is fully committed to the City using its public and private funds to support those in need.”
History and Future Plans
The City Corporation built its first tenaments in the 1870s, and now has over 2,800 social housing units on eleven housing estates in the City, Hackney, Islington, Lambeth, Southwark, and Tower Hamlets. The Corporation plans to build around 700 new social homes on its existing estates and 3,000 affordable homes on its other land around Greater London.
The City’s earliest interest in education began in 1442 when John Carpenter, a former Town Clerk, bequeathed some land to the Corporation to pay for the maintenance and education of four poor boys. Over the subsequent centuries, the City supported the independent Christ’s Hospital and King Edward’s School Whitley as well as founding the City of London School, City of London School for Girls, and City of London Freemen’s School. In the maintained sector the City has one primary school, Sir John Cass in Aldgate, and since 2003 has been an Academy sponsor in inner London. The City’s Academy group when complete is expected to include three primary schools, seven secondary schools and a sixth form centre.
Whilst we welcome the news that the City Corporation has entered into a new contract with a wireless infrastructure provider to upgrade the City’s mobile Wi-Fi capacity, it is being rolled-out too slowly and is starting in the east of the City in Bishopsgate.
Temple and Farringdon Together will push hard for the improved Wi-Fi to cover the whole City as soon as possible. T&FT’s William Upton said:
“In an increasingly mobile world, where people need to be in contact wherever they are, it is vital that the City of London has the very best Wi-Fi infrastructure and that should cover the whole of the Square Mile as soon as possible. This has to include the Ward of Farringdon Without where many members of the legal profession and others are often working away from their desks.”
Temple and Farringdon Together will also work with the Corporation and Openreach to swiftly enhance the City’s broadband speeds which are still woefully slow.