Garden Bridge Trust

Meeting: 
MQT on 2019-01-17
Session date: 
January 17, 2019
Reference: 
2019/0324
Question By: 
Tom Copley
Organisation: 
Labour Group
Asked Of: 
The Mayor

Question

In response to an FOI request, TfL have refused to provide the legal advice they have received in response to the David Coppel QC’s opinion that the Garden Bridge Trust breached its legal duties on the basis that they intend to publish it anyway ‘in Spring 2019’. Given the significant public interest in this information will you instruct TfL to publish this legal opinion immediately, rather than delaying its publication?

Answer

Garden Bridge Trust

Garden Bridge Trust

Answered By: 
The Mayor

TfL is committed to transparency and has already, under my Mayoralty, published for the first time extensive internal documents, emails and board minutes relating to the project which occurred under the previous Mayor.

TfL has already proactively confirmed that it will publish the legal advice it has recently received on the Garden Bridge project, along with the evidence supplied in the Garden Bridge Trust’s request to draw down on the DfT-funded underwriting facility, as soon as it has completed its assessment of that request.