St. James's

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 residential blocks near Covent Garden and behind Victoria Street. The ward's thriving businesses are key to the prosperity of Westminster and of the country as a whole.

The ward is currently represented by three Conservative councillors; Louise Hyams, Tim Mitchell and Mark Shearer.

To find out more about them, you can visit their respective pages by clicking on the links below.

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. She is totally committed to improving the quality of life for all the residents of this diverse ward in the centre of London. Having been involved in most areas of the Council's work, she is currently the Deputy Cabinet Member for Public Protection and Licensing. She also serves on the Planning and City Development Committee, theLicensing Committee and the Standards Committee and the Adoption & Fostering Panel. Louise was Lord Mayor in 2008/9.

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. A councillor since 1998, he has had experience of every part of the Council. Presently, Tim is Cabinet Member for Environment and City Management and Chief Whip.

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

Westminster City Council launch information page for Coronavirus

Westminster City Council has launched an advice and information page for Coronavirus. The page, which will be updated to reflect events, includes updates to Council Services, links to healthcare advice and information about how people can help. You can reach the page here .

Last Chance to have your say: Air Quality Consultation

Following the declaration of a Climate Emergency, Westminster City Council has set out an Air Quality Action Plan to tackle air pollution in our city. Approximately 250,000 people call Westminster their home, and another 1 million visit every day.

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.