Crossrail depots and the green belt (Supplementary) [2]

Session date: 
February 25, 2004
Question By: 
Roger Evans
Organisation: 
GLA Conservatives
Asked Of: 
The Mayor

Question

It is unusual that we get some good news out of this meeting. Certainly local residents will be pleased with what they have got from you this morning Mr Mayor. However, there will be concerns around the Romford proposal. Can I ask you to undertake a proper and detailed consultation with the people who will be affected, not only in Romford but also in the part of Dagenham which will be affected by this? Not only looking at the loss of green space, but also the potential disruption to the local community during the building work.

Obviously, we are in favour of Crossrail going ahead but we still feel there are many brown field sites which you could use instead. It would be interesting to see some of the other options which Crossrail turned down before they came up with these two final proposals, and the reasons for turning them down. If you cannot give a clear argument for having brought forward these two final proposals in the first place, then you could have problems at the public inquiry stage. Will you make that information available to us?

Answer

Answer for Crossrail depots and the green belt (Supplementary) [2]

Answer for Crossrail depots and the green belt (Supplementary) [2]

Answered By: 
The Mayor

I am happy that you should be involved along with Noel Lynch in looking at the other sites that were eliminated at an earlier stage. We are not wedded to Romford if a better site can be found. My broad view on this would be that if we are to take playing field land at Romford then this should be compensated for by the provision of an equal amount to replace it. This is the same approach as we are taking in the Lower Lea Valley on the Olympics in that if you have to take some green land it must be restored elsewhere. I think I gave an undertaking that as long as I am here to deliver this policy that is what we would seek to do.