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Garden Bridge faces four separate inquiries

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This is now the 4th time in the past 6 months that I find Mr Finch's view laughable. There seems to be a growing disconnect between architects of different generation perhaps? There are lots of reasons, ranging from common sense to design and all the way to possible criminal behaviour, to dislike the garden bridge. It is just rubbish in every way and represents a strange part of the design world that operates in a weird bubble where normal rules and real problems that need to be solved are not relevant to them. I read about somebody calling the project philanthropy the other day- as someone who has spent 5 years working for free on a much needed local river crossing I nearly wet myself. Philanthropy isn't building private space over what is already public and allowing the masses to use it as restricted times- that's stealing. As for the £40m of public money spent on fees so far with not much to show for it, well that's a very expensive design and most certainly not philanthropy either (no doubt there will be questions for some to answer here when it all unravels- particularly for Mr Johnson- he's not having a great week). If built it may not be dreadful, but it is hugely environmentally damaging and will not add any green space at all- it destroys existing public green space by building commercial units over it and privatises the views we all currently have for free. However, the chances of it going ahead now are slim- It is looking increasingly likely that the GBT cannot afford to build it, don't own the land to build it on and can't afford to maintain it. The mayor may not have instructed its cessation, but by stating that there will be no more public money towards it he probably has already finished it off. In the meantime whilst we wait to see how history will unfold for that project we continue our efforts to build a bridge that resolved a real problem in west London and Sustrans and doing the same out east.

Posted date

2 July, 2016

Posted time

2:01 pm

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