Hackbridge Regeneration Scheme (3)

MQT on 2014-10-22
Session date: 
October 22, 2014
Question By: 
Steve O'Connell
GLA Conservatives
Asked Of: 
The Mayor


There is much opposition locally to the Hackbridge scheme. Can you confirm the breakdown of funding and which organisation was responsible for choosing the shared space layout?


Answer for Hackbridge Regeneration Scheme (3)

Answer for Hackbridge Regeneration Scheme (3)

Answered By: 
The Mayor

Boris Johnson (Mayor of London):  This is of course Sutton Council that approved this scheme and a lot of the detailed decision‑making is down to them, but I am pleased in general that Outer London Fund (OLF) money is being spent on delivering great projects in Outer London.


Steve O’Connell AM:  Thank you, Mr Mayor.  Obviously we welcome very much your increased investment in the OLF and we also welcome the fact that you have reduced the heavy-hand of TfL and allowed the councils themselves to lead on the projects.  Unfortunately, on the Hackbridge Scheme I have something like 1,000 replies to a survey, 95% of which tell me that the changes have made the junction more dangerous and accidents more likely.  Mr Mayor, there is also evidence that vulnerable people are avoiding Hackbridge.  Is this not the exact reverse of the point of the OLF?


Boris Johnson (Mayor of London):  I understand the points that you make, Steve, and you make them powerfully.  You must take them up with Sutton Council, which has been responsible for the detailed implementation of this scheme.  If there are defects and imperfections, then they must be sorted out.


Steve O’Connell AM:  The fact that the scheme is dysfunctional and dangerous is in essence the fault of Sutton Council?


Boris Johnson (Mayor of London):  I would say so.


Steve O’Connell AM:  OK. Also may I ask you - because what is concerning me is that again this is meal money and taxpayers’ money that actually has been poorly and badly spent - to perhaps ask your Deputy Mayor to take a direct interest in this because it is a gross municipal incompetence in spending funds?  I take your point and I know it is for me and others to take this up with Sutton Council.


Boris Johnson (Mayor of London):  It is.


Steve O’Connell AM:  I know residents are, but it actually is your money that is being spent and I would ask you indeed to ask your Deputy Mayor to take this up with that particular council. To try to get to the bottom of what has gone wrong on the ground, why that money has been misspent and why we now have a much more dangerous scheme than we had in the past, if I could ask for your commitment around that.


Boris Johnson (Mayor of London):  Yes.  Obviously I am not certain that my team altogether agrees with your characterisation of the effects of the scheme, but I am happy to take your points on board and to see what improvements we can make.


Steve O’Connell AM:  My comments are reflecting the 1,000 local people that have responded to the survey.  They are not my comments; they are those of the local constituents.  I will leave it at that, Chair.


Boris Johnson (Mayor of London):  I kindly recommend that you take it up with Sutton Council.


Steve O’Connell AM:  OK, thank you.