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CITYMATTERS.LONDON 07 April - 11 May 2021 | Page 3 NEWS subscribe to our newsletter at City Police Authority Board outlines plans for force to recruit 40% BAME officers Image by Studio Weave and Tom Stuart-Smith Consultation launched on Bank Junction proposals THE City of London Corporation has launched a public consultation on proposed improvements to Bank Junction, scheduled to coincide with the re-opening of the improved Bank station. Transport for London (TfL) has been upgrading and expanding Bank and Monument stations since April 2016, with works scheduled to be complete by late 2022. As part of the All Change at Bank scheme, and in order to cater for the increased passenger capacity within the modernised station, the City Corporation is looking to make a number of changes to improve safety and comfort on streets around station entrances. The proposed All Change at Bank improvements include: •The closure of Threadneedle Street for motor vehicles between Bank Junction and Bartholomew Lane in both directions to create a walking and cycling-only area. •The closure of Queen Victoria Street between Bucklersbury and Bank Junction for motor vehicles, except those vehicles exiting Walbrook in a westbound direction. •Keeping Princes Street open for only buses and cycles northbound, and in addition as a route for servicing to Cornhill in a southbound direction. •Widening pavements around the junction to accommodate the large number of people who walk through the area normally. The design provides space for transformative public realm enhancements including greening and seating. It will also improve street safety, particularly for pedestrians and cyclists in line with the City Corporation’s Transport Strategy. The City Corporation considered dozens of potential options and the proposal now out for consultation was deemed the most practical, while also offering the most substantial benefits for City residents, workers and visitors. Chair of the City’s Planning and Transportation Committee at the City of London Corporation, Alastair Moss, said: “Bank Junction has already undergone transformative change, from a busy and dangerous intersection to a safer and more pleasant environment for all. “This proposal further builds upon those changes to continue the progression toward creating a world-class welcoming heart of the Square Mile, bounded by the iconic Bank of England, Royal Exchange and Mansion House. “By making subtle changes to just a few of the arms of the junction, we will ensure the streets are even safer for pedestrians and cyclists, as well as being able to provide welcome improvements to the public realm in this busy part of the City. We encourage all of those who work, live and visit the City to provide their thoughts on the plan as we look forward to welcoming more people back to the Square Mile as the lockdown restrictions are eased.” •The public consultation on the proposed changes will run for six weeks. Due to Covid-19 restrictions, the consultation will be undertaken digitally, with virtual meetings scheduled for 14 April 12.30pm-1.30pm, 22 April 6.30pm-7.30pm and 28 April 12.30pm-1.30pm. THE City of London Police Authority Board (PAB) has agreed proposals to work with the City of London Police to ensure that the force is representative of the community that it serves. Under the plans, the PAB will challenge the force to recruit at least 40% BAME officers for the remainder of the Home Office uplift programme and to use other recruitment processes to address gender imbalances and ensure representation of all protected characteristics. The Board wants to ensure that in the recruitment of the next City of London Police Commissioner it will apply the Equality Act 2010 when shortlisting candidates, in order to encourage applicants with protected characteristics who are underrepresented to apply. The PAB will urge the force to consider doing the same for all senior appointments with immediate effect. The PAB’s main role is to ensure that the City of London Police runs an effective and efficient service including setting policing priorities for the City as well as its role as National Lead Force for Fraud. It agreed to monitor the force’s Equality and Inclusion Strategy, to ensure that commitment to diversity and inclusion is reflected in its workforce and its community engagement. Chairman of the City of London Police Authority Board, James Thomson, said: “We are committed to building on the positive work that the City of London Police has already undertaken to address issues of inequality and inclusion. “Respect for equality, diversity and human rights is essential in maintaining high levels of public trust and confidence in our officers. “Together we will take meaningful steps to address barriers to equality and to ensure the force is truly representative of the communities it serves.” The PAB also agreed for its elected Members to take part in annual training on equalities and inclusion, and to ensure that the Board is representative of all of the communities it serves. The recommendations were agreed as part of work undertaken by the City Corporation’s Tackling Racism Taskforce, which was set up to June last year to tackle racism in all its forms. Ongoing difficulties All change at Bank

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