Mayor's Opening Statement (Supplementary) [1]

Session date: 
June 17, 2009
Question By: 
Valerie Shawcross
Labour Group
Asked Of: 
The Mayor


I was just going to come in on the same issue if I may because, as you say, many of us do support the principle of shared space schemes, but we all have to understand the real difficulties that any scheme that relies on a social negotiation between the driver and the public is going to cause fears and dangers and potential problems -

Boris Johnson (Mayor of London): That is right.

Valerie Shawcross (AM): -- for people with a variety of disabilities, not just visual impairment. I wonder, Mr Mayor, whether or not you would be willing to meet Guide Dogs for the Blind and the organisations that support them to talk about this in more detail? I think there was maybe a bit of concern that your initial reaction was rather too supportive of pressing ahead on some of these schemes without us actually having nailed down the detailed design guidance that we need.

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Answer for Mayor's Opening Statement (Supplementary) [1]

Answer for Mayor's Opening Statement (Supplementary) [1]

Answered By: 
The Mayor

Boris Johnson (Mayor of London): Val, I just want to repeat really what I said to Jenny [Jones] which is that I do want to press ahead but of course I do want to make sure that we properly consult and that we get the buy-in of the visually impaired and the blind at every stage in the process. I am absolutely confident, as I said, I think, at the last Mayor's Question Time, in answer to Victoria's [Borwick] question - because I think it was Victoria who has really been leading on this from the beginning - I do think it is absolutely vital that we use the technical solutions that are at our disposal.

Valerie Shawcross (AM): So would you meet them?

Boris Johnson (Mayor of London): As I understand it, Kulveer [Ranger, Director of Transport Policy, GLA] has been meeting them already this morning and I have absolutely no objection whatever to meeting them in the course of progressing these projects.

Valerie Shawcross (AM): Thank you.