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Sadiq Khan pulls plug on Garden Bridge


The letter Londoners won’t be getting from the Garden Bridge Trust: ‘Although we greatly regret the Mayor will not permit more public money to be spent on the construction of the Garden Bridge and refuses to commit funds for its upkeep, we must finally and with deep regret accept that our confidence in the project is not shared by potential donors or the public. We tried hard to get Londoners to embrace the city’s need for a sophisticated folly with a nickel-plated underbelly that would, if nothing else, be a wonderfully green environment for a crafty cigarette or a romantic assignation and well worth paying for even if it meant cutting down an avenue of beautiful plane trees on the South Bank and foregoing much loved views towards St. Paul’s Cathedral. We even bent a few boring rules on your behalf, and after all our efforts we were sure you wouldn’t mind if we occasionally closed the bridge to use it for our private parties. We spent and committed £46 million of your money on designers, engineers, lawyers, construction companies and others, and some great publicity for our good friend Boris’ favourite designer, before we realised that we had got it wrong and can't actually show you anything that looks remotely like a bridge, other than a nice model and marketing material. We had hoped to carry on spending your money - for your own good of course - but now, sadly, our trustees will have to find something else to spend their time on. We must in good conscience apologise for the public funds we have already spent on this project with nothing to show for it. We let our enthusiasm get the better of us, and it has led us down crooked and sometimes darkly wooded paths to a dead end. In compensation, after the pledged funds we are sure to receive have been used to repay TFL, we intend to bend our efforts and what money remains to improve the environment not just in a fashionable part of London but in less amusing areas that are in genuine need. We are prepared to listen and help.’

Posted date

29 April, 2017

Posted time

9:22 am