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Boris refuses independent audit of Garden Bridge procurement

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The procurement is only one example of the way Boris doesn't do business, he does diktat. Firstly Boris publishes a London Plan in 2011 that has no mention of a strategic need for a pedestrian bridge in central London, let alone a garden bridge, but with the very clear need for a pedestrian bridge at Nine Elms where 25,000 new homes are to be delivered. Then in Nov 13 Boris and his mate George agreed to put £60m of public money for transport into a private bridge with no right of way and limited access - huh? They do it on the basis of a Strategic Business Case which isn't published until May 14, and even then only in draft. The Strategic Business Case id of course completely loaded in favour of the garden bridge, but the fundamental argument is that it is a tourist attraction, not transport infrastructure, and only scores 1.9 on cost benefit analysis. And then of course we come to the machinations and lies about the underwriting of the £3.5m annual maintenance costs, capitalised at £90m... oh and not forgetting the planning process... With Boris' penchant for making-it-up-as-he-goes-along-bugger-all-that-process-and-accountability-nonsense no wonder he's so smitten with Mr B of the Bollocks

Posted date

26 March, 2015

Posted time

2:19 pm

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