National Park City

MQT on 2017-09-14
Session date: 
September 14, 2017
Question By: 
David Kurten
Asked Of: 
The Mayor


Are you concerned that the National Park City project could be used for further privatisation of public space, corporate sponsorship of community assets or to promote development which 'appear' green but in fact use greenery to cover up less environmentally beneficial construction, as we witnessed with the Garden Bridge fiasco.


Answer for National Park City

Answer for National Park City

Answered By: 
The Mayor

No, I do not share your concerns. The National Park City concept was developed for and by Londoners to protect and promote the benefits of London's green spaces. I have given the idea my full support. By working with the newly established National Park City Foundation, and delivering the policies I have outlined in my Environment Strategy, we will ensure more access to better quality public green space and the greening of the built environment. I also propose to develop guidelines to establish how any new privately owned public space is governed so that it meets the needs of Londoners.

I have no problem with the principle of corporate sponsorship of community assets, provided the sponsorship is driven by corporate social responsibility objectives, delivers real benefits for local communities and doesn't result in inappropriate branding or product placement.