Other Items of Interest
14 Apr 2015
Lambeth’s New Chief Executive Welcomed
Sean Harriss started as Lambeth Council’s new Chief Executive on 23 March, bringing with him considerable experience of work on the recent Greater Manchester devolution package from his previous post as Chief Executive in Bolton. Iain Tuckett has written to congratulate and welcome him on behalf of SBEG members and we hope to see him at a future Board meeting.
Review of Business Rates
Our friend Professor Tony Travers, Director of LSE London, has written about the government’s proposed review of business rates announced in the budget. See his article here.
The London Enterprise Panel has published its strategy to maximise job creation and economic growth between 2015 and 2036. The report sets out an agenda for London, with support from both public and private-sector stakeholders across the Capital and identifies priorities for action to achieve this.
Local Transport News:
- 20 mph Plans from Westminster Bridge to Southwark Street - The Mayor of London Transport for London (TfL) has announced plans to trial a 20mph speed limit on Westminster Bridge, York Road, Stamford Street and Southwark Street throughout 2015 and 2016. Read more here. For more information about the pilot scheme, check the TfL website for more up to date news.
- More Hydrogen Buses Proposed to the RV1 Route The Mayor of London has announced plans to add two more fuel cell buses to the RV1 route, which links Covent Garden with Tower Gateway via South Bank. RV1, the first new bus route in London for many years, came about as a result of SBEG lobbying and initial sponsorship. Read more here.
- Construction Impact of new Cycle Superhighways - Construction of the new segregated cycle superhighways has begun including work on Blackfriars Road. The works are due to be complete by the end of 2015. Find out more about the work taking place on the TfL website.
- Proposed Quietway in Waterloo - A new ‘Quietway’ cycle route is being proposed, connecting Waterloo to Greenwich, of which Cornwall Road is part. A consultation took place, ending in March 2015. Get more information on the TfL website.
- Possible Upgrades to Festival Pier Announced by TfL - Transport for London has commissioned a feasibility study into how commercial opportunities could fund infrastructure improvements to Festival Pier in South Bank. Read more here.
Regulation Changes to Judicial Reviews
A number of South Bank Employers’ Group members have been involved in or been under the threat of judicial reviews over the years and now regulations have changed. From 13 April 2015, changes to the Criminal Justice and Courts Act 2015 will affect review claims. Read more about these changes below:
The changes are in the Criminal Justice and Courts Act 2015 and they apply to JR claims issued after 13 April 2015 save where indicated
• Section 84 – no quashing if outcome was highly likely to be the same if the conduct complained of hadn’t occurred (test was previously whether it was inevitable)
• Section 87 – presumption that interveners in JR should pay their own costs and easier criteria for other parties to have costs awards against the intervener
• Section 88 to 90 – legislation around costs capping (which used to be governed by case law). A stricter approach is taken in the legislation so that, save where there is automatic mutual cost-capping (JRs raising environmental issues – widely defined) such orders will be granted only in cases "of general public importance". No date yet when these provisions come into force.
• Section 92 – there is a clarification of the time limits for bringing statutory challenges (to avoid problems caused by differing ways of calculating the six seeks’ deadline in different Acts).
14 Apr 2015
New and Potential Members
The following organisations have joined us as associate or property members: Guy’s and St Thomas’ Charity; Circleplane Ltd (developer of 20 Blackfriars); Derwent London (developer of Wedge House, Blackfriars Road); CIT Properties (developer of South Bank Tower);The Old Vic; St John’s Church Waterloo; Union Jack Club. A number of other organisations are actively considering joining.
Several SBEG members were also closely involved in Ogilvy and Mather’s worldwide Board meeting, recently held at the Mondrian London Hotel, next door to Ogilvy’s new offices. Ogilvy have expressed the wish to join SBEG as the date for the move of their 1700 staff to Sea Containers House approaches.
An update on Waterloo Station improvements and masterplanning can be seen here.
Guy's & St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust
Congratulations to Guy’s and St Thomas’ who have been named Work Experience Placement Provider of the Year at the Mayor’s Fund for London Employment awards. Read more here.
The new 14 story Cancer Centre at Guy’s, due to open in the autumn of 2016, has now reached its full height, marked by a ‘topping out’ ceremony on 10th March. Read more here.
Shrek’s Adventure, opening in County Hall next to SEA LIFE London Aquarium and the London Dungeon, Merlin’s latest London project, will open in summer 2015. Find out more about Shrek’s Adventure here.
Garden Bridge Trust
The Garden Bridge Trust has launched its official website, with information about the plans for the gardens, drawings and designs and further information about the project’s mission. Visit the new website here.
The Trust has also issued a statement countering the extensive recent coverage of opposition to the Bridge project and correcting some of the associated inaccuracies about the project – read more here.
14 Apr 2015
South Bank Employers’ Group has commented on the following consultations:
Network Rail Wessex Route Study
We have commented on those parts of this strategic document which relate to Waterloo Station. See our comments on the consultation here.
New Southwark Plan
We have commented on the initial document from Southwark which will eventually lead to a new Southwark Local Plan from 2018 with issues such as housing, retail, protecting local businesses, supporting high streets, and directing growth in key areas. Read our comments to this consultation here.
Permitted Development Right
In a joint effort, South Bank Employers’ Group has been involved in a joint letter to the Chancellor on behalf of London BIDs about the impact of the right to convert offices to residential without the need for planning consent and the threatened withdrawal of the current exemption from this policy of the Central Activities Zone in which our area falls, This is opposed by Lambeth, Southwark and the Mayor as well as business organisations. The letter and the Chancellor’s response can be seen, here and here.