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Christine Clifford replied to Mairead Warren de Burca's discussion parking spaces and key fob
"You can arrange a 2 hours parking space through the estate office for your removal van.  I can't help re a space for your car "
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parking spaces and key fob

Hi allJust wondering - is it possible to rent a parking space for a few days?  I am moving out next month and wanted to be able to park my car for boxes etc and also to allow the removal van in.Also does anyone know who I would contact for letting the removal van in if i cannot rent a parking space?thanksMaireadSee More
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In person and online events 24/27 Nov - Helping someone regularly? at Via Zoom & Golden lane estate

November 24, 2022 at 10am to November 27, 2022 at 7:30pm
Many Golden lane residents help to look after a neighbour, spouse, family member or friend who needs your support. The person may have eg a short-term or long-term health condition, disability, frailty, substance misuse or a mental health condition. Did you know items such as picking up shopping, being a listening ear, picking up prescriptions, taking a person to appointments, helping with meals/ paperwork etc all come under the banner of being a "carer". In 2014 the government passed the Care Act, in which you have certain rights that local councils, businesses and our City Corporation needs to meet. Most residents think of a carer as a paid carer worker in a blue uniform. Without realising, the term carer is for those who are caregiving not paid to do so. CoL has a contract with City Connections (since 2019) to meet the needs of City residents/City workers who also have a caring responsibility. Here at City Carers Community, a resident group, we started in April 2020 to…See More
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As mentioned in my last blog, a significant proportion of City residents signed a petition last year declaring that they had no confidence in the City Corporation’s “standards" regime. One of their demands was for reform of “standards" proceedings. A motion was put to the Court of Common Council at its virtual meeting on Thursday (18 June) to give effect to those wishes. Sadly the motion was amended out of existence, mostly by members of the Court who are not City residents and are elected by business votes in the City’s unique electoral system. 

Residents watching the meeting on YouTube will have seen how the “establishment” within the Court ambushed the motion with an amendment to defer the commencement of reform.

Although the proposer of the amendment said that:

“it is widely recognised that there are clear concerns about our standards regime, and some feel that there has been rough justice, or indeed no justice”, 

and the seconder said that:

“our current self-governing process has failed to gain the confidence of this Honourable Court, or indeed some of our City residents”,

they gained enough support to defer taking any action. 

Residents might be puzzled why this Standards Motion, which had been signed by 59 members of the Court (nearly half of the total of 125), with a number more having committed to vote in favour of it, could be defeated by 74 votes to 37. It couldn’t have been because the members who changed sides had been persuaded by anything said in the debate, because nothing new was said - all the arguments had already been repeatedly set out in emails distributed to all members during the previous month. The outcome of the vote seems to be yet another example of many members feeling obliged to following the lead of the “establishment” - hardly a healthy situation in a public authority whose members are supposed to be elected to represent voters’ interests.

The voting record of your Cripplegate members was as follows. Alderman David Graves did not sign the motion and voted against it (that is he voted for the spoiler amendment). All eight councillors signed the motion, but only six voted in favour of it. Stephen Quilter didn’t attend the virtual meeting, and Vivienne Littlechild joined David Graves and voted for the spoiler amendment.

We now await the publication in September of a report by Lord Lisvane who has been commissioned by the City to make recommendations on its corporate governance. It is more than likely that he will make some recommendations on the City’s “standards” regime. Whether the Court will do anything about it is another matter; the action of two thirds of its members last Thursday indicates that they feel no urgency about putting right something that nearly all of them accept is wrong.   

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Comment by Christine Clifford on July 22, 2020 at 17:53
As front line workers have continued throughout and the City urges workers back I am amazed Alderman Graves has taken it upon himself to stay in post. I am also amazed that elections are postponed until 2022. The rest of the world can get back to so called normal but the not the Corporation of the City of London. I shouldn’t be amazed it’s par for the course

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