Garden Bridge (3)

Meeting: 
MQT on 2017-07-13
Session date: 
July 13, 2017
Reference: 
2017/2699
Question By: 
David Kurten
Organisation: 
UKIP
Asked Of: 
The Mayor

Question

I was intrigued to read the article in the Evening Standard on 22 June 2017 by BaronĀ RogersĀ of Riverside, extolling the virtues of the Garden Bridge and explaining that: 'Thomas Heatherwick's Garden Bridge would be a crowning glory for the rediscovery and reinvention of London's river.' However, I had previously been under the impression that this misconceived and incredibly expensive vanity project had been abandoned by City Hall. Could you please confirm that this is indeed the case?

Answer

Answer for Garden Bridge (3)

Answer for Garden Bridge (3)

Answered By: 
The Mayor

The delivery of, and fundraising for, the Garden Bridge is the responsibility of the Garden Bridge Trust, which is an independent charity.

I have been clear that no more of London taxpayers' money that I am responsible for will be committed to the Garden Bridge project.

Since receiving Dame Margaret Hodge's review, I have considered all of the available information and concluded that the GLA cannot provide guarantees for the operation and maintenance of the bridge because of the financial risk this would place on the public purse.

My Mayoral Decision setting this out is available at https://www.london.gov.uk/decisions/md2120-revoking-approvals-respect-garden-bridge-project.