RE: ANNOUNCED ABANDONMENT OF THE GARDEN BRIDGE & CALL FOR NEW EAST LONDON RIVER CROSSING

PRESS RELEASE
16 August 2017
From the office of the Alderman of the Ward of Farringdon Without
The Temple – Chancery Lane – Holborn – Smithfield
GREGORY JONES QC
Alderman of the Ward of Farringdon Without
The Temple – Chancery Lane – Holborn – Smithfield

Members’ Room
PO Box 270
Guildhall
London
EC2P 2EJ

Email & web site

gregory.jones@cityoflondon.gov.uk
http://democracy.cityoflondon.gov.uk/mgUserInfo.aspx?UID=1220

Contact in the Ward

Francis Taylor Building,
Temple, London
EC4Y 7BY
Tel: 020 7353 8415 –
Email & web site

gregpjones@btinternet.com
www.gregoryjonescc.net

RE: ANNOUNCED ABANDONMENT OF THE GARDEN BRIDGE & CALL FOR NEW EAST LONDON RIVER CROSSING

The north part of the Garden Bridge was to be located adjacent to Temple tube station abutting the City ward of Farringdon Without. As both common councilman and then as Alderman for the City ward of Farringdon Without, I had written to Westminster City Council expressing concerns about the Garden Bridge project. Earlier this year I wrote objecting to what I regarded as the premature proposed exercise of statutory powers by Westminster to secure land for the Bridge project before the economic viability of the project had been fully reviewed on behalf of the Mayor of London (“The Hodge report”).

Ward constituents had real concerns about the Bridge. They worried about how the increase in footfall caused by the impact of the bridge was to be accommodated. The Temple Church was highlighted by Bridge advocates as a destination visitor attraction. Middle Temple, which operates at no charge a private discretionary thoroughfare through the Temple for City bound pedestrians, was very concerned not to receive the necessary assurances as to how this predicted increase in people entering the historic Temple workplace would be accommodated.

I express no glee at the announcement that the Garden Bridge Project is to be abandoned. Many of those committed to its realisation are friends, who passionately believed it to be good for London and its people. Whilst we must review and learn from what has happened, I hope also that we can now move to support the identification of a new Thames river crossing in the east of London where there is in my judgement a real need. The TFL consultation in 2014 on a new east London crossing received almost 7,500 responses. Over 90 per cent of respondents expressed support for new east London crossings END.

 


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