I am alarmed to see Bee Emmott and the Garden Bridge Trust once again telling only half the story in order to try and bolster dwindling support for this ill-conceived project. The opinion poll referred to told respondents nothing about the facts that the bridge will destroy highly prized views across and of the Thames, that there will be no public right of way over what would be the only privately owned bridge in central London, that it destroys as much green open space as it claims to create, or the loss of 30+ mature trees. And the claim in Ms Emmott's article that the bridge will be open 365 days a year is patently untrue: we know already that it will be closed for at least one day a month for corporate events, while the business plan suggests that sections might also be cordoned off for private hire during the summer months. Tell the truth - and let Londoners decide. The answer will be loud and clear - this ultimate vanity project is neither needed nor wanted in this location.
Comment on: Garden Bridge Trust reveals planting vision
none of this is actually new detail - and merely reveals even more clearly the 'theme park' nature of the whole project: from marsh to 'woodland' to cliff-top to formal garden in 300m - an experience to be shared as you shuffle across the bridge with up to 5,000 visitors an hour, based on their own estimates. This is neither a garden nor a bridge. It is a visitor attraction, pure and simple - and absolutely no justification for £60m of transport funding