Category: News | March 24, 2022
On 24th March 2022, elections for 100 Common Councillors were held across the Square Mile to decide who will represent City workers and residents for the next three years, as we work to rebuild from the pandemic.
The City of London Corporation runs the Square Mile. Not only does the Corporation look after local services such as roads, rubbish collection, planning and the police - they also support and promote City businesses and ensure this remains one of the best places to live, work and visit in the world. The City is divided into 25 wards, small electoral districts, each with a number of Common Councillors and one Alderman. There are 125 elected members of the City of London Corporation in total, who look after local services in the City and beyond, and serve as the representative voice of City businesses here and around the world. There are two kinds of elected officials in the City of London Corporation: 100 Common Councillors and 25 Aldermen. Together, they form the Common Council, which is the City of London Corporation's main-decision making body. Both can then join committees that oversee an incredibly diverse range of areas in the City and beyond - from finance and planning to cultural centres like the Barbican and Hampstead Heath.
Martha Grekos has been elected as a Common Councillor, for the ward of Castle Baynard. She topped the polls in the ward, standing as an independent candidate, coming first with 271 votes.
She said “This area has been a forgotten part of the City for too long and it is time its rich history is reinvigorated through the modern renewal of its past. This area needs an identity, a strong external environment, cultural activation and interventions to increase dwell time, local spend and investment. This area needs to revive and renew and only through becoming economically strong and resilient but with compassion running through everything we do can this be achieved. I believe this area’s growth should have a strong green inclusive social value focus, working collaboratively with ALL stakeholders to drive this forward. I will make it my priority to get this area back on its feet. As chair of the Public Realm & Environment Steering Group for Fleet Street Quarter Business Improvement District, I will push forward the public realm vision for this area and make sure it gets delivered. I will champion this ward’s community, continue to attract development investment that fits in with the community’s principles, play a progressive part in the City’s overall business revival and help occupiers/residents with the issues they face. My actions speak louder than my words. I am here to deliver the Good Green Growth.”
Full results are available here.