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London mayor Sadiq Khan backs calls for Parliamentary inquiry into the Garden Bridge

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Both Boris Johnson and Sadiq Kahn have reiterated that many reports and investigations into this saga have been carried out. Boris Johnson in particular seemed to use this as some kind of defence during his reply to the GLA’s Oversight and Scrutiny Committee. What I find bewildering is that these reports and the subsequent release of the Trust minutes by TfL expose some very serious failings(as reported in the AJ) yet it would seem that this is inconsequential and the fact that scrutiny has been carried out is enough alone. It’s as if there is a series of tick boxes on a cover sheet somewhere that shows that due diligence has been undertaken but nobody in authority has the time or inclination to actually read the contents. This scrutiny is irrelevant unless action is then taken to rectify any mistakes or wrongdoing exposed. These investigations need to be brought to a conclusion to prevent it ever happening again, to allow the law of the land to prevail, and to at least attempt to rescue or claw back as much of the public money as possible. Just a quick search on twitter, or reading of comments on the Guardian online, shows how much of a bad taste this has left in terms of public opinion – and many, in a roundabout way, blame the construction industry for wasting public money on fees alone, they blame Architects and Engineers. Unless this matter is brought to the right conclusion in the right theatre the damage done to our industry may last a generation. This project being led by a Charity, funded by both Government and Transport for London falls between at least 3 areas of accountability and is prone to falling between the gaps. Both an NAO and a Parliamentary Select Committee Inquiry will highlight further what is already known but neither will have the teeth to deal with what may be exposed. More boxes ticked on that cover sheet.

Posted date

20 July, 2018

Posted time

3:29 pm

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