Stratford (Supplementary) [12]

Session date: 
January 14, 2004
Question By: 
Jenny Jones
City Hall Greens
Asked Of: 
Ken Livingstone


It is very irritating when you constantly mention the fact that we are trying to stop poor people from having a bridge. What we are trying to prevent is huge planning blight for those people. That is what is going to happen around that particular bridge at Thames Gateway. Nobody is going to want to live close to it.

Going back to Stratford, we have got one of the biggest transport hubs in Europe there. Why, oh, why does anybody have to bring a car, except in an emergency? When you talk about London-wide, you have got to think of this as London-wide. You cannot do it on a project-by-project, development-by-development basis. You have to have tougher measures on opening up opportunities for car use.

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Answer for Stratford (Supplementary) [12]

Answer for Stratford (Supplementary) [12]

Answered By: 
Ken Livingstone

If you are going to start saying that, on all these big developments that are coming " King"s Cross, Stratford and the Thames Gateway " they are going to be, not just car free, but car bans and no one can have them, you will create a social division between every new development in London and the London that already exists.

It just is not going to be on. There are social consequences of actually excluding from people the right to have a car. Somebody for whom they consider the car to be an essential part of their life, or even just somebody for whom it improves the quality of their life at weekends - they will not locate at King"s Cross or at Stratford. You would end up with completely one social dimension new developments, and we see that they did not work when it was the North Peckham Estate, they should really work on the scale we are talking about.