St James's

About our ward

St James's is the largest ward in the constituency, stretching from Vincent Square to Chancery Lane, and from the river to Piccadilly and Shaftesbury Avenue. It is the heart of the nation's government, the centre of its cultural life, home to the Houses of Parliament, Westminster Abbey, the great departments of state, the National Gallery and the Royal Opera House. Its residential communities are large and diverse, encompassing not only the elegant townhouses of Smith Square, but also the bustling energy of Chinatown and the close- knit estates of Covent Garden and the Abbey Orchard. The ward's thriving businesses are key to the prosperity of Westminster and of the country as a whole. Such a lively ward has an equally lively committee and programme of events.

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Our local team

Chairman: Tom Borwick

Vice Chairman: James Carson and Jessica Stewart

Hon Secretary: Andy Xue

Councillors: Louise Hyams, Tim Mitchell & Mark Shearer

People

Louise Hyams

Louise Hyams has had the honour and privilege of representing St. James's Ward since her election to the Council in 1998.

Tim Mitchell

Tim Mitchell has lived and worked in Westminster for over 25 years and is a self-employed computer consultant. An active member of the St James's area community, he serves on the committees of several local groups including Covent Garden’s Jubilee Hall Trust and the Abbey Community Centre.

Mark Shearer

Mark Shearer is a Chartered Surveyor and also Co-Founder of Semble (www.semble.org) - previously called Project Dirt. Mark’s surveying focus is on "retail-led" city centre regeneration.

News

30 more pedicabs removed from streets

In joint action involving the Council’s City Inspectors, the Home Office and the Police, a coordinated operation was carried out just before Christmas at four locations - Oxford Street, Bond Street, Regent Street and Covent Garden.

New Controls on Busking and Street Entertainers

Busking and street entertainment can bring a high degree of entertainment and pleasure to our streets. But they can also create excessive noise and be a nuisance, causing blockages on pavements so imposing themselves on those around them.

Happy Chinese New Year!

Chinatown is a vibrant part of St. James's ward which brings a fantastic mix of eastern culture to the heart of London’s West End.  January 25th saw the arrival of the Chinese New Year celebrations, which centred on Trafalgar Square.

Dockless Bikes - New byelaw

Whilst  your Councillors are very supportive of cycling, we have received numerous complaints of Lime Bikes, Mobikes etc "abandoned" on the highway, very often on a narrow pavement causing an obstruction making it difficult for pedestrians to pass; particularly those in a wheelchair or children i

Christchurch Gardens Improvements

Work has started on a major refurbishment of Christchurch Gardens on the junction of Victoria Street and Broadway.

Merry Christmas!

"It is a huge pleasure, as always, to join in the many festive events across the ward which make Christmas such a special time for our residents and businesses" says local Councillor Tim Mitchell.

Christmas Tree Lights – Strutton Ground, Wednesday 4th December at 3.45pm

As your Councillors, we are delighted to be supporting the St James’s ward Christmas tree this year. The tree will be at its usual place in Strutton Ground, close to the junction with Old Pye Street and Vic. 

Once again, we will be joined by the choir of St Matthew’s Primary School.