Olympic ticketing - local residents (Supplementary) [1]

Session date: 
November 18, 2009
Question By: 
James Cleverly
Organisation: 
GLA Conservatives
Asked Of: 
The Mayor

Question

Mr Mayor, whilst I, obviously, have a large degree of sympathy for people who have found the Olympic building works disruptive, and have been living near a huge building site, it is worth reminding ourselves what the end result of that building site will be, which will be excellent sporting facilities, parkland and travel infrastructure, so their perseverance will be repaid by huge regeneration.

There are, however, millions of Londoners who live in south London, south west London, west London and north London who will not see, directly, the results of that building work. So I think, whilst it may seem a beautifully simple logic to give free tickets for people who have lived on a building site, they will live next door to fantastic facilities, where my constituents, in outer south east London, will not. Please will you bear that in mind when you consider any ideas put forward by Ms Doocey.

Answer

Answer for Olympic ticketing - local residents (Supplementary) [1]

Answer for Olympic ticketing - local residents (Supplementary) [1]

Answered By: 
The Mayor

I see, James. You are actually saying that these people who have been living on a building site have been lucky to live on a building site because they are going to get a building!

James Cleverly (AM): The host boroughs have been in receipt of a very substantial amount of redevelopment capital. If we stand by our confidence that the Olympics is going to bring regeneration and affluence to that area then, surely, the logic is undermined by saying that your lives have been so blighted you deserve some free tickets.

Boris Johnson (Mayor of London): I think, if I may say, that is a very brave point to make. Obviously, for the sake of the dialectic here in this Assembly, I am glad that you made it, if only for that reason. Can I suggest that what we do is that you feed that point into Dee's [Doocey] plan and that you two work out common ground between you as to who you think deserves a ticket or, indeed, who has received a benefit as a result of being located in a building site.