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Simon Milton - Buckingham Palace Road, London, UK
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member Master Mariner
N 51° 29.843 W 000° 08.656
30U E 698217 N 5709005
Quick Description: This black, City of Westminster plaque, is located on the south east side of Buckingham Palace Road at the entrance to Sir Simon Milton Square.
Location: London, United Kingdom
Date Posted: 9/25/2019 4:59:52 AM
Waymark Code: WM11C6N
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member bluesnote
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Long Description:

The wording on the City of Westminster plaque reads:

City of Westminster

Simon Milton
named after
Sir Simon Milton
Leader of
Westminster City Council
Deputy Mayor of London


Wikipedia has an article about Simon Milton that tells us:

Sir Simon Henry Milton (2 October 1961 – 11 April 2011) was a British Conservative politician. He lately served as London's Deputy Mayor for Policy and Planning, and before that was a leader of Westminster City Council and Chairman of the Local Government Association. Milton was a director of Ian Greer Associates, a parliamentary lobbying company "with close links to the Tory party" which was at the centre of the Cash-for-questions scandal in the 1990s.

Early life

Milton was the son of Clive and Ruth Milton and was raised in Cricklewood, London. His father was one of the Jewish children rescued by the Kindertransport mission and brought to Britain in 1939. Milton was educated at St Paul's School, London, and Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge, where he was Chairman of the Cambridge University Conservative Association and President of the Cambridge Union.

He started his working career in Sharaton's, his father's business, a chain of patisserie shops and bakers with about twenty shops in North London. The business was sold to Ponti's on his father's retirement.

He stood for Parliament unsuccessfully for the Conservative Party in Leicester East in the 1997 General Election.


Milton was named a Knight Bachelor in the 2006 New Year's honours list for services to local government.

Mayor Boris Johnson's administration

With effect from 6 May 2008, Milton was appointed to the position of Senior Adviser, Planning, in the administration of London Mayor Boris Johnson. This led to his resignation as a councillor. From September 2008 he became a full-time politician as the administration's Deputy Mayor for Policy and Planning. In that role, he was responsible for overseeing policies for the built environment. In June 2009, Milton was also appointed Chief of Staff to the Mayor, with responsibility for managing the Mayoral advisors, as well as the Greater London Authority budgets and administration.

Personal life

Milton was diagnosed with leukaemia in 1990. In 1998 he underwent a bone-marrow transplant. As a result, his immune system was weakened, leading to a bout of pneumonia which seriously damaged his lungs. His health never fully recovered. He and his partner Robert Davis, fellow Westminster Councillor and former Lord Mayor of Westminster, were together for over 20 years and entered into a civil partnership in June 2007.

He was a member of the West London Synagogue.

Milton died on 11 April 2011, aged 49.

The Sir Simon Milton Foundation

Christabel Flight, the wife of Howard Flight, and a protegé and fellow Councillor of Milton at the City of Westminster, proposed setting up a foundation in his name. It has brought together a number of prominent trustees, mainly from the Conservative Party, many with links to Westminster Council. These include Baroness Eaton and Tony Pidgley, with John Barradell, Town Clerk of London as the chair. The purpose of the charity is the promotion of Simon Milton's vision to help both young and older people in the City of Westminster, and elsewhere across London.

Blue Plaque managing agency: City of Westminster

Individual Recognized: Sir Simon Milton

Physical Address:
Sir Simon Milton Square
London, United Kingdom

Web Address: [Web Link]

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