Value for Money (Supplementary) [5]

Session date: 
May 22, 2002
Question By: 
Andrew Pelling
GLA Conservatives
Asked Of: 
The Mayor


I'd like to continue Roger's theme about what the Mayor has achieved for outer London. I attend a lot of residents' association meetings and I always make a particular point of being non-party political in describing what the GLA has done and I try and be as straightforward as possible in saying what the Mayor has achieved. I talk about the 6% increase in bus rider-ship and bendy buses, but the response I get often from the residents' associations is that it doesn't really add up to very much and to be very honest what they say, "What has Ken achieved for us"? What do you think I should say to residents' associations in Sutton and in Croydon about what you have achieved for Sutton and Croydon?

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Answer for Value for Money (Supplementary) [5]

Answer for Value for Money (Supplementary) [5]

Answered By: 
The Mayor

Part of the problem with such a wide-ranging question is we end up then easing into the questions other members put down. I regret that, but I have to say that the analysis of how the increase in bus usage has been spread shows that it's up exactly the same inside central London as it is outside in the suburbs. There's a .1% difference - I think it's 5.9% and 5.8%. So clearly the transport improvements are having a dramatic effect on buses.

We have moved from years of talk about the East London line to coming within sight now of that becoming a major new transport system, which opens up the whole of the south London suburbs from Wimbledon, from Crystal Palace and from West Croydon, giving people the access to the jobs are coming in the Thames Gateway. The long-term impact of my planning policies on housing, despite all the rows about the high profile sites that we've been able to get affordable housing in, the policies which established those high profile sites are now being pursued by boroughs in all the smaller sites which we never hear about. So I do think we are going to see tens of thousands of affordable homes for Londoners. That's another big plus.

You could actually look at what will come with the cultural strategy. When the environmental strategies move from the strategy stage to implementation, it will have an effect across London, nowhere more so than on waste recycling, which I think will lead us from being the laggard of Europe to one of the leaders.