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About Castle Baynard Ward

Map of Castle Baynard wardCastle Baynard ward is one of 25 wards in the City and is located in the South West area of the square mile bordered by Queenhithe to the east and the wards of Farringdon Within and Without to the north and northwest. It derives its name from from Baynard's Castle which existed there from the Norman Conquest until it burnt down during the Great Fire of London in 1666.

Home to about 400 residents, the local population is increased by some 34,000 people who come to work each day. It is also where St Paul's Cathedral is sited so the figure including visitors number over 2 million a year!

The ward is currently represented by 1 Alderman and 8 Common Councillors. There are approximately 1500 electors representing over 700 businesses including 241 professional services firms (legal and financial consultants), 230 industry (retailers, pubs, hotel, restaurants), 52 financial services (investment management, hedge funds, brokerages), 42 property services, 35 media companies, 34 IT companies as well as other organisations involved in Education and the Arts.

Transport-wise, the ward is well served by Blackfriars Station which recently underwent major redevelopment to bring in longer trains and with a doubling of frequency of trains during peak hours. A new pier to replace Blackfriars Millennium Pier is currently under construction and expected to be completed by 2020. However with greater traffic flow from Crossrail, it is important to monitor congestion within the City to ensure smooth and safe travel for all commuters, especially for pedestrians.

St Pauls CathedralThere are a number of hidden gems within the ward including two historic Wren designed churches: St Bride's and St Andrew-by-the-Wardrobe, Lunchbox Theatre in the Bridewell Foundation Building and Dr Samuel Johnson's House. Wasn't it Dr Johnson who famously said: "When a man is tired of London, he is tired of life"?

Given the constant development and refurbishment works needed within the ward, there has to be a balance of conservation with permission for new build that comply with City Planning policy, preserving sensitive views of the River Thames and St Paul's Cathedral.

Below are more general priorities with regards to the City.

  • My Priorities as a Common Councilman: a thriving economy, a safe and green environment and a community that feels engaged and has a voice

1. For the square mile to stay the world's leading international financial and business centre, we have to attract and retain our talent post March 2019. We cannot afford a cliff-edge with a no-deal Brexit, so campaigning and lobbying politicians remain a major concern and priority for me. I believe Catherine McGuinness, Chair of Policy and Resources Committee shares this vision and together we will work to provide the essential infrastructure that is future-proof, continuing to provide jobs for our City workers (both British, EU and international), contributing to the growth and prosperity of London and the United Kingdom.

Citizens advice poster2. In addition to the strategic and business role of the City Corporation, we must be a beacon local authority, overseeing an efficient City of London Police force that is at the forefront of technology, able to deal with cybercrime and respond promptly to any terrorist threat. We also need high speed broadband, flexible working spaces, efficient transportation that is safe for pedestrians, cyclists and the disabled, and delivery of good quality housing and services that meet the needs of the resident population.

3. But a ward is not only about its infrastructure and its local economy, it is also about its people and the local community. I would like the communities (resident, business and professional) to have a voice and know that they will be heard. Judging from the low turn-out at City of London elections, the electorate may be disengaged, or worse still, those who are not on the electoral roll may not even know how local democracy works. I would like to help improve transparency of the workings of Guildhall and to raise awareness of the ways that everyone can participate and be heard.

You can read more about how I will bring greater Diversity to the Common Council in the section "Why Vote for Me".