City elects new Chairman of the Planning and Transportation Committee

Christopher Hayward has today been appointed the City of London Corporation’s Planning and Transportation Committee Chairman. He will succeed Michael Welbank with immediate effect. Alastair Moss has been elected Deputy Chairman.

Commenting on his election, Christopher Hayward said:

“I am immensely looking forward to serving as the new Planning and Transportation Chairman and will serve the committee with fairness and integrity. I will do all I can to ensure that the City and its residents and workers enjoy well planned buildings, safe, clean streets and can rely on a good public transport system.”

Michael Welbank, who has been Chairman since 2013, said:

“It has been a great pleasure and privilege to chair the Planning and Transportation Committee and work closely with the elected members and officers. I am certain that Christopher will serve on the committee with great distinction and I wish him well in his new position.”

Christopher is currently the Deputy Leader of Hertfordshire County Council. He has been Churchwarden at St Margaret Pattens and the Chairman of the Trustees of the Friends of St Margaret Pattens. He is also a Past Chairman of the Broad Street Ward Club, a member of the Candlewick, Coleman Street and Farringdon Ward Clubs and serves on the Council of the City Branch of the Royal Society of Saint George and the Court of the Guild of Freemen. He is also the Past Master of the Worshipful Company of Pattenmakers.

Notes to editors

About the City of London Corporation:

The City of London Corporation provides local government and policing services for the financial and commercial heart of Britain, the 'Square Mile'. In addition, the City Corporation has three roles:

  • We support London’s communities by working in partnership with neighbouring boroughs on economic regeneration, education and skills projects. In addition, the City of London Corporation’s charity City Bridge Trust makes grants of around £20 million annually to charitable projects across London and we also support education with three independent schools, three City Academies, a primary school and the world-renowned Guildhall School of Music and Drama.
  • We also help look after key London’s heritage and green spaces including Tower Bridge, Museum of London, Barbican Arts Centre, City gardens, Hampstead Heath, Epping Forest, Burnham Beeches, and important ‘commons’ in south London.
  • We also support and promote the ‘City’ as a world-leading financial and business hub, with outward and inward business delegations, high-profile civic events and research-driven policies all reflecting a long-term approach.

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