Western Extension Consultation (Supplementary) [1]

Session date: 
November 12, 2008
Question By: 
Andrew Boff
Organisation: 
GLA Conservatives
Asked Of: 
The Mayor

Question

Mr Mayor, how will you understand a substantial vote for the middle option of amending it, because you cannot anticipate what people are thinking. If you do not give them a yes or no answer and you give them a third option, for those who might vote for that option it could be that they want to keep the congestion charge, but amend it, or their motives may be, 'We would rather get rid of it but if we have to have it we would rather it was amended'. The trouble with the third option is that you cannot really anticipate what those people were thinking when they expressed their intentions. I would hope that, Mr Mayor, you would interpret any large number of people amending it as actually saying, 'We don't like this extension. We want to get rid of it.'

Answer

Answer for Western Extension Consultation (Supplementary) [1]

Answer for Western Extension Consultation (Supplementary) [1]

Answered By: 
The Mayor

I have not seen the detailed breakdown yet and I have not been able to evaluate quite what people of London want on this but I am determined to get out of whatever they have said a clear and consistent position if there is one. I am afraid that we will just have to - whether they have gone for option one or option two or the third option, the middle option, I cannot as yet enlighten you or me.

Richard Tracey (AM): Mr Mayor, you have heard from Victoria Borwick, who of course has, along with Kit Malthouse, particular interests in the area concerned, but can I also add the wishes of the constituents of North Wandsworth and Battersea who suffer from this particular congestion charge being there whenever they want to go across the river, which ought to be a simple process for them but they end up paying for it, it is essential to them that you do deliver the commitment to remove this congestion charge - if I can just underline that point to you.

Boris Johnson (Mayor of London): Thank you, Dick. Of course you can underline it and I hear what you say. All I would say, and I want to be absolutely clear about this, there was no commitment to remove the Western Extension Zone (WEZ). There was a commitment to act upon a clear and decisive verdict of the people of London following a consultation and that is what I will do.