Thames Gateway

MQT on 2003-10-22
Session date: 
October 22, 2003
Question By: 
Noel Lynch
City Hall Greens
Asked Of: 
The Mayor


Is the proliferation of organisations responsible for strategic policy and implementation in the Thames Gateway (Thames Gateway Strategic Partnership, Sustainable Communities Delivery Unit, London Thames Gateway Partnership Board, Thames Gateway London Partnership, East London Urban Development Corporation) necessary, cost effective and democratic?



Answer for Thames Gateway

Answer for Thames Gateway

Answered By: 
The Mayor

Developing sustainable communities in London Thames Gateway is an operation on a colossal scale " in London alone we could deliver at least 90,000 new homes.This will need effective partnership working, not assumption of sweeping powers by a single authority as happened under the London Docklands Development Corporation. These organisations and partnerships complement each other"s roles, and all include democratically elected politicians. Government has an overview over the whole Thames Gateway (which includes large areas of Kent and Essex), through the Strategic Partnership chaired by the Deputy Prime Minister and the civil servants working in the Sustainable Communities Delivery Unit. Following the launch of the Sustainable Communities Action Plan earlier this year, the Minister for London and I agreed jointly to chair a London Thames Gateway Partnership Board. This co-ordinating body meets four times a year to agree priorities and monitor delivery. It currently has no budget allocated to it beyond what individual agencies spend. Government will not set up an East London UDC until next spring. Meanwhile, the organisations on the Partnership Board are moving ahead on delivery for the whole of London Thames Gateway, which covers a wider area than the UDC will do.Thames Gateway London Partnership is a subregional partnership comprising the boroughs and other public sector agencies working in East London. .