RE: CITY LIVERY SCHOOL SUCCESS A REFLECTION OF THE UNTOLD STORY OF CITY GIVING

PRESS RELEASE
17 August 2017
From the office of the Alderman of the Ward of Farringdon Without
The Temple – Chancery Lane – Holborn – Smithfield
RE: CITY LIVERY SCHOOL SUCCESS A REFLECTION OF THE UNTOLD STORY OF CITY GIVING

An untold story of City of London giving is the work done in schools sponsored or run by City Livery companies. Great financial and other support given by the City liveries and City workers.

As a Leathersellers’ Company governor of Prendergast School, part of the Leathersellers’ Federation of five state schools in Lewisham, I am delighted the school has announced today significantly improved A Level results this year. Over 27% achieved A* and A grades or equivalents and 48% achieved B grades or better, which means students wishing to take places in Russell Group universities have been more successful. Impressively 28 subjects, including English, Biology, French, Geography, Italian, Physics, Spanish, Music and Textiles, had a 100% pass rate.

Individual students have done exceptionally well. Ruby Gaffney (A*, A*, A) to Oxford University to read English and Aizraelle Clark-Headley (A*,A*,A) to Cambridge to read Human, Social and Political Science. Some of the top achievers also include Tian Gan 3 A*s going to UCL to read Engineering and Tilly Quartano (3 A*s) to Manchester University to read Medicine.

I am pleased that so many students have done so well. This is a credit to the support given to them by their hard working Heads, teachers and their parents. But the Leathersellers’ Federation enjoys the services of governors working in the City who give significant amounts of time and expertise freely. The Leathersellers’ Federation schools in southeast London include students from some of the most challenging backgrounds. The Leathersellers’ Company is not unique amongst the City Liveries involved in state education, School governorship is a demanding but rewarding role in which City workers play a key role.

Notes for editors:
There are at present five educational entities in the Federation: Prendergast School, Prendergast Ladywell School, Prendergast Vale School, Prendergast Sixth Form College and Prendergast Primary School. The Leathersellers’ Company provides Foundation Governors to the schools, as well as regular financial support, with the aim of improving the quality of education in a Federation of Schools that encompasses approximately 2400 pupils. The Leathersellers’ Federation develops the vision of Joseph Prendergast who founded Lewisham’s first girls’ secondary school in 1890, on a site provided by the Leathersellers’ Company. END.

RE: ANNOUNCED ABANDONMENT OF THE GARDEN BRIDGE & CALL FOR NEW EAST LONDON RIVER CROSSING

PRESS RELEASE
16 August 2017
From the office of the Alderman of the Ward of Farringdon Without
The Temple – Chancery Lane – Holborn – Smithfield
GREGORY JONES QC
Alderman of the Ward of Farringdon Without
The Temple – Chancery Lane – Holborn – Smithfield

Members’ Room
PO Box 270
Guildhall
London
EC2P 2EJ

Email & web site

gregory.jones@cityoflondon.gov.uk
http://democracy.cityoflondon.gov.uk/mgUserInfo.aspx?UID=1220

Contact in the Ward

Francis Taylor Building,
Temple, London
EC4Y 7BY
Tel: 020 7353 8415 –
Email & web site

gregpjones@btinternet.com
www.gregoryjonescc.net

RE: ANNOUNCED ABANDONMENT OF THE GARDEN BRIDGE & CALL FOR NEW EAST LONDON RIVER CROSSING

The north part of the Garden Bridge was to be located adjacent to Temple tube station abutting the City ward of Farringdon Without. As both common councilman and then as Alderman for the City ward of Farringdon Without, I had written to Westminster City Council expressing concerns about the Garden Bridge project. Earlier this year I wrote objecting to what I regarded as the premature proposed exercise of statutory powers by Westminster to secure land for the Bridge project before the economic viability of the project had been fully reviewed on behalf of the Mayor of London (“The Hodge report”).

Ward constituents had real concerns about the Bridge. They worried about how the increase in footfall caused by the impact of the bridge was to be accommodated. The Temple Church was highlighted by Bridge advocates as a destination visitor attraction. Middle Temple, which operates at no charge a private discretionary thoroughfare through the Temple for City bound pedestrians, was very concerned not to receive the necessary assurances as to how this predicted increase in people entering the historic Temple workplace would be accommodated.

I express no glee at the announcement that the Garden Bridge Project is to be abandoned. Many of those committed to its realisation are friends, who passionately believed it to be good for London and its people. Whilst we must review and learn from what has happened, I hope also that we can now move to support the identification of a new Thames river crossing in the east of London where there is in my judgement a real need. The TFL consultation in 2014 on a new east London crossing received almost 7,500 responses. Over 90 per cent of respondents expressed support for new east London crossings END.

 

Aldermanic Election Result

With supporters outside the Pegasus Polling Station

Dear Fellow Elector,

Thank you for electing me as Alderman for the Ward of Farringdon Without just under 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

I thank both Helen and Robert for a clean and very hard fought election.

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.  This is a very important election in forming the team for our ward which you have elected me to lead.

I was fortunate to have the active support of my campaign committee.  I understand some of my supporters are considering standing or seeking re-election for Common Council for our ward.

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 will now be likely 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 recuseing 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

 

 

 GREG JONES TO RUN IN ALDERMANIC ELECTION

GREG JONES QC CC Candidate for Alderman of the Ward of Farringdon Without The Temple | Chancery Lane | Holborn | Smithfield

Francis Taylor Building, Temple, London EC4Y 7BY Tel: 020 7353 8415 | Email: gregpjones@btinternet.com www.gregoryjonescc.net

Dear Fellow Elector,

You may by now have realised that it is election time in our Ward of Farringdon Without, with a poll for Alderman on Wednesday 8 February, followed by the general election of other councillors on Thursday 23 March.

I have been encouraged by colleagues at the Bar and by fellow City councillors to stand for election as Alderman and I hope I will enjoy your support.   We anticipate that not only will I be the only practising barrister standing for Alderman, but also the only candidate who either lives or works in the Ward.

Historically, Alderman were often grandees who were generally absent from their Ward, merely seeing the office as a stepping stone on the way to being Lord Mayor of London.  In the last 20 years that has changed, and I believe that the Alderman should fulfil the proper role of a modern accountable local representative, leading their team of Common Councilmen for the benefit of those who live and work in the area.

Our ward is unique within the City of London.  As the largest of the 25 wards, Farringdon Without possesses a diversity of trades and professions greater than any other part of the City of London. Farringdon Without is a village community in the City and it is stronger together.  Since my own election as a Common Councilman for this area almost four years ago, I have become convinced that the ward’s interests need to be actively represented by a modern accountable Alderman who can unite and provide leadership to our 10 Councilman in the City. I will continue to work tirelessly on behalf of our residents, the meat traders at Smithfield; healthcare professionals at Barts; traders at the Silver Vaults; retailers, publishers, high quality niche banks and consultancy businesses; as well as the barristers and solicitors throughout the Ward.

Since 2013, I have led the fight on issues that have directly affected local residents and businesses within the ward, such as the successful campaign to reverse the restrictions on vehicular access to the Temple via Tudor Street; and resisting the narrowing of Fleet Street.  Both were matters threatened the well being of local businesses.

Other local issues on which I have recently taken action include me getting the City Corporation to pressurise the Fetter Lane developers to pay for repairs to the road to the Rolls Building and ensuring more robust action was taken to protect local residents from construction noise and dust. I helped persuaded the city not to impose unnecessary vehicle turning restrictions which would have inhibited access to Smithfield meat market.

I have also been involved with wider public policy issues in the City which are of relevance to our ward: such as lobbying and recruiting the City in support of the publicly funded bar; fighting for London’s role as a centre for international mediation and arbitration; and fighting to protect the independence of the judiciary.

I care passionately about our area and will work night and day to ensure its voice is heard at Guildhall and beyond.

In recent years, voter turn-out for the Ward of Farringdon Without has been low at 10%, there are no doubt good reasons for this.  We are busy people I do hope you will vote for me in the forthcoming election but above all I would encourage all those who possess the right to vote to exercise it on Wednesday 8 February. You may find it more convenient to get a postal vote, which can be obtained by filling in the form on the City of London website:  https://www.cityoflondon.gov.uk/about-the-city/elections-and-wards/Documents/postal-vote-application.pdf  The deadline for applying for postal vote for the Aldermanic election is 5pm on Tuesday 24 January 2017. Should you have any questions about this election, our Ward, or the City more generally, please don’t hesitate to get in touch.

Yours ever,

 

Greg

GREG JONES | WORKING IN AND FOR OUR AREA Published and promoted by Edward Lord of Union House, 6 Martin Lane, London EC4R 0DP, on behalf of Gregory Jones of Francis Taylor Building, Temple, London EC4Y 7BY, by whom it has been electronically transmitted.

 

My objection letter to Westminster City Council in respect of its exercise of land acquisition & disposal powers in respect of the Garden Bridge

 

5 January 2017

Dear Mr Davis and Mr Mitchell,

Re: Garden Bridge Trust

I write on behalf of my constituents, The Honourable Society of the Middle Temple together with numerous individual residents of the Temple, and barristers practising within the area, to express concern about your decisions taken under executive authority on 21 December 2016 in relation to the Garden Bridge proposal[1]. I have read and agree with the letter sent to you by my fellow ward councilman, Mr Edward Lord OBE, JP dated 3 January 2016.  Until yesterday I was unaware of the decision having been taken.   I suspect that many of my constituents will also be unaware of the decision.  It has not been the subject of wide publicity and it has been taken just before the City headed into the Christmas break, yet is one which has an obvious impact upon the residents and workers in my ward.

My constituents have raised legitimate questions about the need for such a structure in that location and its viability and financial sustainability. As Mr Lord points out, the City of London Corporation has declined to support the Garden Bridge Trust’s proposals both in its capacity as a local authority and as trustee of the Bridge House Estate, for similar reasons.

The use of these particularly the powers under s.227 Town and Country Planning Act 1990 (as amended) powers are particularly draconian involving a form of compulsory acquisition. It is something which requires a compelling case in the public interest.  It will also involve the expenditure of significant sums of money by way of compensation as well as other professional expert and legal fees.  Yet major issues still remain to be resolved over whether the proposed “Garden Bridge” represents a compelling case in the public interest as well as whether it is value for money. As you are aware the London Mayor has commissioned a review into the funding arrangements.[2]That review has yet to report.

Given the ongoing concern about the viability of the Garden Bridge and the absence of guaranteed financial support to bring the project to fruition, it is with the greatest of respect, both premature and imprudent for the City of Westminster to take the decisions which were put before you in such an expedited manner just before the Christmas break.

Finally, it appears to me that the December decisions are legally flawed. The decisions listed are for the “appropriation” and “disposal” of land rather than a decision for the “proposed appropriation or disposal” Significantly, the City of Westminster has by this decision decided to appropriate and disposal of the lands regardless of the outcome of the consultation process rather than being minded so to do subject to the outcome of consideration of any objections. However, as the report acknowledges, there must be advertisement, consultation and consideration of objections into the proposed appropriation/disposal.  Given that the City of Westminster has already resolved to appropriate and dispose of the various lands in question the consultation exercise is inherently flawed.  (See e.g. R (Moseley) v Haringey LBC [2014] 1 WLR 394).  I would respectfully ask that this letter also be regarded as an objection to the acquisition and disposal of the lands subject to the decision of 21 December, 2017. In addition, can you confirm whether the consultation exercises have set out the alternatives considered and rejected by the City of Westminster (R (Moseley) v Haringey LBC [2014] 1 WLR 394).

Accordingly, whilst I would join Mr Lord in inviting you to review your decisions and/or encourage their call-in by your colleagues so that they may be properly scrutinised, given its unlawfulness I request that the Council revokes the decision and start the matter afresh.

I would also ask to be updated upon what action you decide to take.

Yours sincerely,

 

Gregory Jones, QC, CC

c.c. Sadiq Khan, Mayor of London

Jules Pipe CBE, Deputy Mayor for Planning, Greater London Authority

Val Shawcross CBE, Deputy Mayor for Transport, Greater London Authority

Cllr The Baroness Couttie, Leader, Westminster City Council

Cllr Nickie Aiken, Leader Designate, Westminster City Council

Cllr Adam Hug, Leader of the Opposition, Westminster City Council

Cllr Ian Adams, Chairman, Environment and Customer Services Policy & Scrutiny

Committee, Westminster City Council

Cllr Brian Connell, Chairman, Housing, Finance and Corporate Services Policy

and Scrutiny Committee, Westminster City Council

Charlie Parker, Chief Executive, Westminster City Council

Christopher Hayward CC, Chairman, Planning & Transportation Committee

City of London Corporation

John Barradell OBE, Town Clerk & Chief Executive, City of London Corporation

Guy Perricone, Under Treasurer & Chief Executive, Middle Temple

Patrick Maddams, Sub Treasurer, Inner Temple

[1]http://committees.westminster.gov.uk/documents/d646/Printed%20decision%20Garden%20Bridge%20Trust%20Associated%20Agreements.pdf?T=5

[2] https://www.london.gov.uk/press-releases/mayoral/review-to-be-conducted-into-garden-bridge-project

Birthday Party and Smithfield Visit

To celebrate my birthday this week I was encouraged by fellow Councilman George Abrahams to have a bangers and mash party.  An early morning trip to Smithfield Market secured me an excellent array of fine pork (leak & apple) and beef sausages at a very good price.  The photograph shows me with my expert ‘sausage advisers’ meat traders and fellow ward councillors, Greg Lawrence and Paul Martinelli.  The market sells to retail as well as to the trade and is very good value I recommend it to all!

 

 

My Article on Common Council in Counsel Magazine January, 2017

I have written a two part article.  Entitled “Uncommon Counsel” the first part published in the January 2017 edition of Counsel Magazine can be viewed at  https://www.counselmagazine.co.uk/articles/uncommon-counsel-1-barristers-and-the-city .  it addresses the role of barristers on the City of London’s Common Council.   The second part will be published in the February edition of Counsel magazine and is a short history of Farringdon Without.  This is the ward which houses the Temple and legal core of the City.  It is the ward where I work and which I represent as a Common Councilman.  This week I also announced my intention to stand as Alderman for the ward of Farringdon Without at the election to be held on 8 February, 2017.

Christmas 2016 Ward Newsletter

WARD OF FARRINGDON WITHOUT
The Temple – Chancery Lane – Holborn – Smithfield

 

Newsletter

Christmas Special 2016

  Editor: GREGORY JONES QC CC

 

Farringdon Without Equal

Gregory Jones QC, Common Councilman

Based on an article originally published in December’s edition of the Smithfield Gazette

 

There are 25 wards in the City of London but what makes our ward so special? Farringdon Without has many undoubted qualities but for me it’s the fact that it contains so many historic trades which still thrive. Our ward is the largest in the City and includes occupations ranging from ground breaking doctors in the world-famous St Barts. Hospital to the traders of the silver vaults below the streets of Chancery Lane. Sadly, the last two journalists working in Fleet Street moved out over the summer, but the offices opened by Winston Churchill of D. C. Thomson & Co the publishers of The Beano remains very active on Fleet Street. Originally, in the middle-ages both lawyers and butchers were cheek to cheek working along the old Fleet Street before the Smithfield Meat market was established. But happily, we have remained in the same ward.

These trades form the bedrock upon which this great City was built. Known sometimes as the ward of the “Butchers and Barristers”, these two occupations have more in common than one might think.  The death of the bar and the closure of the City meat markets have both been frequently predicted by some.  However, by employing innovation and flexibility these old professions have survived and prospered.

Located on the edge of the City outside the old city walls (hence the name “Without” meaning “outside”) those working in Farringdon Without have, I think, always had an open mind. The Bar and meat trade have prospered because we have embraced not only the international market place but also the regional and national ones too.   Some would also say that both the law and butchery are a bloody business. I could not possibly comment, but as  barrister myself I do have two cousins who are qualified master butchers so it may be in the blood after all.

But at the heart of why we are successful is a belief in quality of service arising from investment in training and education. The new Lord Mayor, Dr Andrew Parmley, has put quality apprenticeships at the forefront of his year. Pupillages in the Temple and apprenticeships in Smithfield are centuries old. We can offer the Lord Mayor much by way of example. The headquarters of the City and Guilds is in the ward nearby Smithfield market.

We also have the highest number of ward Councilman who actually work in the ward they represent. That is very important. We have a close feeling on what really matters for the residents and workers of the ward. Most recently we saw the benefits of this in action with the battle to stop the City restricting the Tudor street entrance to the Temple. The barristers and judges of the Temple were very grateful to the ward members from Smithfield who supported the Temple in its successful battle over Tudor Street. As Churchill quipped, “we must all hang together, or we’ll all hang alone.” May all trades ancient and modern continue to thrive together in the ward!     

 

Wishing a Happy Christmas to everyone in the Ward of Farringdon Without

For services times for in churches within our ward over Christmas see:

Temple Church: http://www.templechurch.com/

St. Andrew Holborn: http://standrewholborn.org.uk/church-life/calendar/

St. Bartholomew the Great: http://www.greatstbarts.com/

St. Dunstan’s in the West: http://standrewholborn.org.uk/church-life/calendar/

St Sepulchres: http://stsepulchres.org/services/

December Newsletter 2016

GREG JONES QC CC Candidate for Alderman of the Ward of Farringdon Without The Temple | Chancery Lane | Holborn | Smithfield Francis Taylor Building, Temple, London EC4Y 7BY Tel: 020 7353 8415 | Email: gregpjones@btinternet.com www.gregoryjonescc.net

 

Newsletter

December 2016

Editor: GREGORY JONES QC CC

 

PLANNING THE FUTURE CITY OF LONDON

The City of London Corporation is reviewing the its Local Plan, which sets out the Corporation’s vision, strategy and objectives for planning for the next 20 years, together with policies that will guide future decisions on planning applications. This review therefore has the potential to impact on everyone who lives and works in the Square Mile.

The first stage of the review is a public consultation seeking views on key issues, such as:

  • How do we provide new, more flexible office floorspace, within an attractive built environment?
  • How much housing should be provided in the City and where?
  • Are more hotels needed to maintain and enhance the City as an important cultural centre?
  • How should we manage, improve or change the City’s transport, IT, and utility infrastructure?
  • How do we meet the needs of the future City while preserving and celebrating important parts of its heritage?
  • How can we deliver more and improved open spaces, greener streets and roof gardens?
  • What should the City look and feel like in 2036?This consultation ends on 2 December, but your Ward representatives on the City’s Planning & Transportation Committee, Greg Jones QC and Paul Martinelli, would be happy to hear your views and input them directly into the policy discussions at the committee. Email them on: gregpjones@btopenworld.com or paul.martinelli@cityoflondon.gov.uk.

TUDOR STREET TRAFFIC UPDATE

After concerns expressed by Temple residents, chambers, and the Inns themselves, Farringdon Without’s Ward representatives led the charge to overturn a Sub-Committee decision to close the junction of Tudor Street and New Bridge Street.

Using a little known procedural provision, Ward councillor Edward Lord, supported by Greg Jones, Wendy Mead, Emma Price, and Paul Martinelli, moved that the decision be reversed by the full Common Council due to insufficient consultation and failure to consider the impact of the closure.

 

Since then, Greg Jones, now a member of the City’s Streets & Walkways Sub-Committee, has been working with colleagues to find a long-term solution. Recently, the Sub-Committee Chairman, Chris Hayward, announced that agreement in principle had been reached between Transport for London, the Inns and the City to change the new arrangements so that in future the vehicles would be able to egress from Tudor Street controlled by traffic lights turning left and right onto New Bridge Street.  Bridewell Place is to be returned to one way with ingress from New Bridge Street.

 

Oliver Sells QC, a bencher and resident of the Inner Temple welcomed the progress, saying that “this represents a great victory for the Ward and the Temple.”

 

INTERNATIONAL ARBITRATION

Many constituents have raised a concern about the City losing its premier internal arbitration status to rivals across the world.   Greg Jones is planning to set up a working party to advise the City Corporation on what can be done to promote this aspect of the City.  Contact Greg if you have views or wish to participate.

WENDY MEAD ELECTED AS THE CITY’S ‘CHIEF COMMONER’ 2017-18

Longstanding Farringdon Without Ward councillor and former City Sheriff, Wendy Mead OBE, has been elected to serve as Chief Commoner for 2017-18, an office first established in 1444.

‘The Chief’ is the highest civic office to which a Common Councilman can be elected and is regarded as the conscience of the Court of Common Council, as well as being responsible for overseeing many of the City’s ceremonial and hospitality responsibilities.

 

Wendy was first elected to the City Corporation in 1997, having led the campaign to save St Bartholomew’s Hospital. She is currently chairman of the Port Health & Environmental Services Committee and the Health & Social Care Scrutiny Committee. She also serves on the powerful Policy & Resources Committee and the Boards of the Barbican Centre and City Bridge Trust.

 

PROPOSED FLEET STREET WORKS

 

Recent consultation on proposed works to narrow parts of Fleet Street caused deep consternation to local traders, barristers’ chambers, and the Inns. Greg Jones raised these concerns with the Chairman of the City’s Planning Committee and, as matters currently stand, the proposals are now not going forward.

 

CITY FREEDOM ATTRACTS WORLD-CLASS (SHEEP) DRIVER!

 

If there’s one thing most of us think we know about the Freedom of the City of London it the right to drive sheep across London Bridge. It’s not quite true, but all freeman can partake in a charity sheep drive organized by the Worshipful Company of Woolmen. This year ex-Formula 1 champion Nigel Mansell CBE led the sheep drive, followed by 600 other freemen of the City.