An artists impression of the new public square
We at St Botolph-without-Aldgate are hugely excited about the change and growth that surrounds us.
The City of London Corporation are creating a new public square between our Church and the Sir John Cass Primary School, and includes creating a garden directly outside the church, which will offer members of our congregation, local city workers and local residents a peaceful green area to enjoy amidst the busy streets of the City.
We are extremely grateful for the investment the City of London and its partners are making in the Aldgate area. More details.
While Aldgate has always been a vibrant and diverse community, there are still real issues to be addressed and we at St Botolph have always been proud of our engagement with local people in need of help. We regularly give support to the homeless in Aldgate and we are therefore pleased to receive assurances from the City Corporation that the Public Space Protection Order (PSPO) currently being consulted is not proposing to criminalise homelessness in the space. We would raise strong objections if it did.
The City of London Corporation has begun consultation about this in the Aldgate area and we are preparing our response. We believe public space should be open, welcoming and safe to all in our community and we intend to play a strong part in the ongoing dialogue around this.
St Botolph’s is changing
Responding to the challenge of the changes taking place in Aldgate over the next few years, the PCC have agreed to move forward on developing our own site to be fit for the changing community it serves. This will include some redevelopment of our hall, and our work in the community. At its heart, St Botolph’s is a beacon of hope and faith here, at the gate of the city, as it has been for 1000 years. Exciting times!
Community Play for Aldgate
To mark the opening of Aldgate Square, a community play has been commissioned, which will be performed in the Square in April and May 2018. Aldgate Community Events (comprising residents, business and workers from the local community) are leading the preparation, and acclaimed playwright Stephen Lowe is on board. More details.