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Garden Bridge Trust finally hands over meeting records

Bee Emmott, executive director of the Garden Bridge Trust
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The charity behind the aborted Garden Bridge has finally handed over records of key decisions about the project to its public-sector sponsor, Transport for London (TfL)

In January the AJ revealed that the Garden Bridge Trust had refused to produce copies of the minutes of its board meetings, prompting critics to suggest the charity had ‘gone rogue’.

In a letter dated January 9, replying to the request from TfL’s director of city planning Alex Williams, the trust’s executive director Bee Emmott (pictured) said the organisation did not consider it was required to produce the minutes and that it had concerns about commercial confidentiality.

The charity is currently in the process of winding up, following the collapse of the £200 million Heatherwick-designed bridge amid continuing questions about how an estimated £46.4 million could have been spent on the project without construction starting.

Now it has emerged that the Garden Bridge Trust has coughed up the relevant documents – although they are not yet public and the Trust has blacked out some details.

A TfL spokesperson said: ‘The Garden Bridge Trust has now supplied us with copies of the minutes of their board meetings, as we requested. These included some redactions. We are in the process of confirming these redactions are indeed appropriate.’

Yesterday (1 March), former London mayor Boris Johnson was grilled by the London Assembly’s oversight committee over the spending and procurement of the doomed project.

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  • Call me sceptical but to hand these over now, delayed just enough to avoid any questions arising from them being put to the former mayor, is just what many predicted. I expect their accounts will now be published also.

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  • @Chris Medland
    Agreed, but the accounts will show who got the dosh. So I doubt we will see them before the money has been moved far enough away, and the people involved have either disappeared, or are too powerful to be damaged.

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  • 'These include some redactions. We are in the process of confirming these redactions are indeed appropriate'
    I wonder if any redactions could be deemed appropriate, or whether they'd just serve to further strengthen growing suspicions that the activities of this 'charity' won't stand close scrutiny.

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