Old Oak Farm, Bexley

Meeting: 
MQT on 2016-06-22
Session date: 
June 22, 2016
Reference: 
2016/1976
Question By: 
Caroline Russell
Organisation: 
City Hall Greens
Asked Of: 
The Mayor

Question

In the election campaign you made a commitment to protect green spaces such as Old Farm Park. Given Bexley Council's decision to proceed with the sale of this park, will you use your influence to prevent this from going ahead?

Answer

Answer for Old Oak Farm, Bexley

Answer for Old Oak Farm, Bexley

Answered By: 
The Mayor

My manifesto made clear that I want to use my powers as mayor to protect the Green Belt and open spaces, including Metropolitan Open Land, and during my election campaign, I visited Bexley and made clear my opposition to the sale of Old Farm Park.

Whilst I'm disappointed Bexley Council have decided to dispose of this site, I am unable to directly intervene to prevent London boroughs from selling land that they own. Each borough must make locally determined decisions about the management and maintenance of their land-holdings in order to make most effective use of this resource.

However, I shall work with boroughs and other land-owners to determine how best to prevent loss of green spaces across the city.