Friends of Jubilee Gardens

Meeting: 
MQT on 2008-07-16
Session date: 
July 16, 2008
Reference: 
2008/1487
Question By: 
Valerie Shawcross
Organisation: 
Labour Group
Asked Of: 
The Mayor

Question

The Friends of Jubilee Gardens are very concerned about possible plans by the BFI to build on the Metropolitan Open Land adjacent to Hungerford bridge which is currently being used as an ugly and unnecessary car park and could be integrated into Jubilee Gardens to extend this much loved facility. They have asked me to ask you the following question on their behalf: 'In your manifesto you emphasised your commitment to parks and open space. Will you now give firm support to the MOL status of the Jubilee Gardens extension site adjacent to Hungerford Bridge and the speedy extension of Jubilee Gardens across the whole site to create of a park worthy of its high profile and prestigious surroundings'.

Answer

Answer for Friends of Jubilee Gardens

Answer for Friends of Jubilee Gardens

Answered By: 
The Mayor

I am committed to protecting the Green Belt and Metropolitan Open Land. However, there will be exceptional circumstances where this policy may be relaxed. I am aware of the BFI's proposals for a National Film Centre on Hungerford Car Park and I will be looking at these plans in detail as they emerge. As you will be aware, Jubilee Gardens has planning permission for refurbishment but at present this is this cannot be implemented due to funding and covenants issues. A solution to refurbishing Jubilee Gardens and unlocking the potential of the car park probably lies in looking at the sites together.