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Mayor urged to refuse Garden Bridge running costs

08 February 2017

The GLA Oversight Committee initially raised the alarm about the design procurement process of the Garden Bridge in late 2015.

Today the London Assembly called on the Mayor to prevent more public money being spent on the project.

Assembly Members agreed a motion urging the Mayor to refuse to sign the guarantee of the Garden Bridge running costs.

Tom Copley AM, who proposed the motion said:

“The recently released Garden Bridge accounts made for incredibly concerning reading. We already knew this venture was strapped for cash but now Londoners will rightly worry that there’ll be an attempt to draw on more public funds.

With the Garden Bridge Trust desperately trying to persuade donors to part with their cash before construction has even begun, and serious risks to its status as a going concern, it looks like a development on the verge of collapse.

“We need to stop more public cash being frittered away on this floundering project, and I believe the Mayor needs to refuse to sign the guarantee of the bridge’s running costs. I am delighted the London Assembly supported this today.”


The full text of the Motion is:

“This Assembly welcomes the Mayor’s commitment that no further public money be spent on the Garden Bridge project and believes that the best way for him to ensure this is by refusing to sign the guarantee of the bridge’s running costs.”

Notes to editors

Notes to editors: 

  1. Watch the full webcast.
  2. The motion was agreed by 16 votes for, to 1 vote against.
  3. Tom Copley AM, who proposed the motion, is available for interviews. Please see contact details below. 
  4. As well as investigating issues that matter to Londoners, the London Assembly acts as a check and a balance on the Mayor.

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