Sadiq Khan says other parks must benefit from Garden Bridge

London mayor Sadiq Khan has raised a number of concerns about the Garden Bridge, including asking how other parks in the city benefit from it being built.

Artist's impression of the Garden Bridge. Image: Garden Bridge Trust
Artist's impression of the Garden Bridge. Image: Garden Bridge Trust

Speaking on LBC radio, Khan gave his support for the project in exchange for several demands being met. He wants to see the Garden Bridge made more open to the public, and said he wants "no more of London taxpayers' money, that I'm responsible for...spent on the project".

"What I think is really important is that I try and negotiate the best deal for Londoners."

He raised several concerns including the number of days the bridge will be closed for private functions, which will be used for fundraising.

"I've said to the Garden Bridge Trust, it's got to be less than the 12 days [per year] you're talking about. I am concerned when the bridge is closed, it's closed from midmight to midnight; that's not good enough. It's got to be much more open to the public."

Khan also called for the trust to work more with local schoolchildren to get them involved in the planting and maintenance of the bridge's gardens, and for seeds and plants grown on the bridge to be used in parks across the capital.

And he promised to publish the business plan for the bridge, which was produced under former mayor Boris Johnson, saying: "The early days of this project clearly fell short of our expectations on transparency. I am determined to run the most open and transparent administration London has ever seen. I will let the sunshine in, which is why we are today publishing the previously undisclosed full business plan for the Garden Bridge alongside a list of its funders."

A spokesman from the Garden Bridge Trust spokesman responded: "We welcome the Mayor’s support and look forward to working with him and his team to make the beautiful Garden Bridge happen and deliver its many benefits to millions of Londoners and visitors to the city.

"We share the Mayor’s desire to have the Bridge open to everyone for as long as possible. Balancing this and the need to raise the required private funds to operate the Bridge is important.

"We also share the Mayor’s desire to involve young people.  We already have a Youth Board made up of over 40 local students, who will be taking an active role in developing our education and schools programme. We are also progressing partnerships with local green initiatives and charities and look forward to developing these further and building on the Mayor and the Trust's shared aspirations."

Before commenting please read our rules for commenting on articles.

If you see a comment you find offensive, you can flag it as inappropriate. In the top right-hand corner of an individual comment, you will see 'flag as inappropriate'. Clicking this prompts us to review the comment. For further information see our rules for commenting on articles.

comments powered by Disqus

Read These Next

IoG Saltex 2016 - show preview

IoG Saltex 2016 - show preview

This year's Saltex will be looking to build on the success of last year by packing in a multitude of exhibitors and sessions over the two days, Sally Drury reports.

According To Dunnett ... Horticulture needed to 'colour in' green infrastructure

According To Dunnett ... Horticulture needed to 'colour in' green infrastructure

It's now around one year since work started on Sheffield's groundbreaking "Grey to Green" scheme, one of the largest urban green infrastructure projects in the UK.

Tree lifting, moving  and planting

Tree lifting, moving and planting

Successful relocations can see even big trees flourish while costing less than buying new stock, says Sally Drury.

Follow us on:
  • Facebook
  • LinkedIn
  • Twitter
  • Google +
Horticulture Jobs
More Horticulture Jobs

Contracts & Tenders

Sally Drury on professional gardening

Sally Drury

A monthly checklist of things to do and watch out for to keep your garden looking its best.