Friends of the Earth and the Sustainable GLA Coalition (Supplementary) [7]

Session date: 
October 22, 2003
Question By: 
Mike Tuffrey
Organisation: 
Liberal Democrats
Asked Of: 
The Mayor

Question

Undoubtedly there is a case for selective use of compulsory powers, particularly with stubbornly unoccupied private ones. I was looking for you to show some leadership now and not wait until the legislation changes because it would require changes in legislation.

For example, in the London Plan the target is to bring 25,000 empty homes back into use by 2016. That is 2,000 a year, roughly half the current rate the boroughs have been working on. Is that target not lacking in ambition?

Answer

Answer for Friends of the Earth and the Sustainable GLA Coalition (Supplementary) [7]

Answer for Friends of the Earth and the Sustainable GLA Coalition (Supplementary) [7]

Answered By: 
The Mayor

Once again, I would be happy to revisit this. There is no point setting targets we cannot achieve because everyone just gets demoralised. On the earlier question from Darren, I am not surprised that I have not achieved all that you would want, but then, if I had, we would all agree the targets were too easy to meet. But if you would like to discuss with my housing officers whether or not there is a tougher target that we could set that is achievable I am quite happy to vary it.