Patterson Park & Open Spaces (Supplementary) [8]

Session date: 
May 22, 2002
Question By: 
John Biggs
Labour Group
Asked Of: 
The Mayor


On balance, I welcome the decision you made on Patterson Park and it does benefit a number of my constituents in the City and also people who live in Wapping who currently have a very poor choice of secondary schools. But I think we are in danger in this question of losing sight of the bigger picture. The question in my mind is about the bigger picture and this relates to your previous question about affordable housing. We really need to tackle regarding the needs for homes is the public ownership of greater areas of land in London. Not snipping here and snipping there and biting off a bit of park here and ducking and diving. The culture of privatisation, which has led to that, is a real problem in terms of sustainability in London. What I want to see from the Mayor of London, and I think Londoners would like to see this as well, is your big picture ideas about how we are going to secure the land for the schools and the housing that we need for London's growth in the future.

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Answer for Patterson Park & Open Spaces (Supplementary) [8]

Answer for Patterson Park & Open Spaces (Supplementary) [8]

Answered By: 
The Mayor

I have to say there are some pretty old Labour values there in what John said that I completely agree with. I think a city administration needs a substantial landholding to actually manage the proper development of the city and one of the great tragedies was, after the abolition of the GLC, the landholding that had been built up over a century was flogged off cheap.