CITYMATTERS.LONDON 04 - 17 March 2020 | Page 5 NEWS subscribe to our newsletter at citymatters.london There’s smoke on the water as DragonFest takes roost City Matters announced as Media Partner for the latest edition of DragonFest in aid of City of London Lord Mayor’s Appeal THE exhilarating action of DragonFest will return on 5 September as dragon riders take to the water in aid of the Lord Mayor’s Appeal. A feast of entertainment, music, arts, craft, world food, and aqua bounce all feature alongside the fiercely competitive dragon boat races – an event which has captured the imagination since being launched by The Lady Lenzie in 2018. “The target is 60 boats with 16 paddlers and one drummer in each boat fighting to stay in contention to win the coveted Lord Mayor’s Cup,” said The Lady Lenzie. “DragonFest takes place in the picturesque Fairlop Waters in Redbridge, one of London’s largest country parks. A full day of activities are on offer for family and friends, as well as those taking up their paddles to do battle. “Dragon boat racing has become the world’s fastest growing water sport, with boats that are visually spectacular, colourful and exciting for competitors and spectators.” No previous experience is required and safety and technique briefings form part of the event experience. This year’s Lord Mayor, William Russell, LORD MAYOR’S APPEAL: William Russell. THE Square Mile now has a blanket speed limit of 20mph. The announcement comes as Transport for London (TfL) lowers the limit on all the roads it operates and manages in the City, as part of its work to reduce speed limits across central London. The changes are in line with the City of London Corporation’s Transport Strategy which sets out several key policies to make the streets safer, including the need for better prioritisation of pedestrians. The strategy also sets out plans to seek wants to create ‘A Better City for All’ – helping one million people thrive. The Lord Mayor’s Appeal is continuing the work begun last year, and will benefit charity partners Place2Be, OnSide, Youth Zones and Samaritans and Duke of Edinburgh Award. Mr Russell will attend the event, present awards, and enjoy what promises to be an action packed and diverse extravaganza. The Lady Lenzie added: “The event is Square Mile speed limit set to 20mph as part of TfL plans MAKING A SPLASH: participants always give their all to claim the coveted Lord Mayor’s Cup. permission from the Department for Transport to adopt a City-wide 15mph speed limit by 2022. Travelling on foot is the most common mode of transport in the Square Mile, with an estimated 750,000 walked journeys daily, and cycling is rapidly growing in popularity. The City Corporation has been running the #BeBrakeReady campaign to increase awareness of the speed limit changes and highlight the need to drive slowly on the City’s busy streets. Alastair Moss, chair of the planning and seeking support from London’s companies and communities for the Lord Mayor and his appeal, and is keen to hear from anyone who wants to get involve. “Act now and visit dragonfest.org.uk to register your interest and find out more.” City Matters is proud to be announced as Media Partner for the event. Other confirmed partners include Redbridge Council and Vision Redbridge, Dragon Boat Events, Webfx, Aquabounce, and Peckish. transportation committee, said:“The reduction of the speed limit on the streets controlled by TfL means the 20mph limit is now in place across the entire City street network. “This is a major milestone in our vision for much safer streets, especially for pedestrians and cyclists. “The City Corporation has adopted the Mayor’s ‘Vision Zero’, which targets no deaths or serious injuries on our streets by 2040 and we are determined to work with our stakeholders to deliver on that target sooner. “We know that driving too fast is a factor in over a third of crashes resulting in serious injury or death, so reducing the speed limit on all City streets will help keep us all safer. “We will continue to drive down speeds in the City to make it a better place to live, work and visit.” Museum of London ordered to address concerns about its fire alarms A MUSEUM in the City was warned to rethink the fire alarm system it had when schoolchildren were staying there overnight, writes Julia Gregory, Local Democracy Reporter. The Museum of London, which houses a collection of artefacts from the Great Fire of London, was told to think about the alarms it used overnight by London Fire Brigade. The authority issued the museum on London Wall with a fire enforcement notice in July 2018. According to the latest statistics it had more than 694,000 visitors in 2018. Amongst other treasures, the museum houses the ceremonial Lord Mayor’s Coach which was built in 1757 and is used in the annual Lord Mayor’s Show in November, along with the fire cauldron from the London 2012 Olympic Games. It followed up with an inspection and said museum management had put everything right by October the same year. The issues raised by inspectors included problems opening a fire door in the library corridor which “could not be opened without considerable force”, hose reels on the lower floor which had not been maintained since 2010 and management and situation of fire doors. Inspectors also found that fire doors were “failing to operate effectively and freely and the situation had continued for some time”. Some fire doors were not fully closing or fitting into their frames properly. Fire doors help buy time for people to evacuate, contain a fire and give firefighters time to tackle a blaze. The Great Fire raged for five days, took the lives of six people and 100,000 people were made homeless. A museum spokeswoman said: “The safety and security of the Museum of London’s visitors and staff is of the utmost importance.” She said the museum worked with the fire brigade to improve safety measures. Before holding sleepovers she said: “The museum assessed the risks of holding sleepover events prior to their introduction and robust Standard Operating Procedures (SOP) were developed. The museum undertakes a bespoke risk assessment for each individual event and the local fire station officer is notified. “Museum staff, fully trained in evacuation procedures, are on duty throughout these events and are responsible for conducting evacuations in the event of fire.” It was already looking at fire doors when the fire brigade inspector visited and “a number of doors were awaiting final snagging. Snagging is now complete. The museum has subsequently introduced a system of regular inspection of fire doors.” It also followed the fire brigade’s advice to remove hose reels. The inspector had also raised concerns about storing mobility scooters under the main stairs and they have now been removed to the internal loading bay.
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