Update on Mayor's Report (Supplementary) [26]

Session date: 
February 26, 2003
Question By: 
John Biggs
Organisation: 
Labour Group
Asked Of: 
The Mayor

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I don't think the Assembly owes you an apology because it's our job to scrutinise and highlight those areas where you might be going off the rails. Having said that, let's not beat about the bush; if this works as well as it has in the past week it will be a glowing tribute to your Mayoralty. I'm not going to hide behind vacuous party slogans and pretend that it won't be. I think that it will be an act of leadership which will be respected and followed elsewhere.

Having said that, of course - and you would expect to me to have a `having said that" - it is clearly too early to say and clearly there needs to be a lot of monitoring of what happens. The problem of rat-running: very real concerns in areas like Kennington and Islington about the rat-running problems which may not be great but we haven"t got there yet. Problems about transport capacity, problems about the social effects and Nicky has, very ably I think, nudged you toward the concessionary areas on that, particularly the buffer zone issue.

My biggest concern is about the long-term economic effect on the London economy, particularly on those more marginal jobs within London for whom business costs, accommodation costs, transport costs are something that will push them out of the centre if we're not careful. I think that needs very careful monitoring. Do you share the concerns on that or do you think it's really marginal?

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Answer for Update on Mayor's Report (Supplementary) [26]

Answer for Update on Mayor's Report (Supplementary) [26]

Answered By: 
The Mayor

Oh no, there is short, medium and long-term monitoring of the economic impact. I do think individual boroughs have got to look at fine tuning the impact of the system through parking. If we suddenly see that some shopkeepers are having a reduction in their income then that is so easy to micro-manage with adjusting the times of the local parking zone. Don't forget, every London borough drew up its parking strategy and the level of fines, based on the traffic conditions that existed in London two weeks ago. Those traffic conditions have been transformed. It would be nonsense for boroughs to not now look again at their own traffic management policies through both fines and parking zones and times of operation. Clearly, the much more rigorous system you needed when central London was congested beyond belief is no longer necessarily relevant.