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Public subsidy: The phoney ‘private funding’ tag is exposed now that Westminster have required that Boris and TfL underwrite the £3.5m annual maintenance costs. So all Londoners are going to pay for this, with already squeezed streets budgets having to be slashed further to cover this. Westminster Council don’t want to get lumbered with the running costs which the GB Trust clearly won’t be able to raise annually. But is this value for money? No. By contrast it costs £800k to maintain the Hungerford Bridges. And how does it fit in with the cuts to parks funding that George Osborne will announce tomorrow?

How do we know the Trust are nowhere near being able to cover this cost themselves? They produced a draft business plan for the maintenance, which they’ve kept under wraps which proposes they will raise £500k p.a. from 10 corporate events a year, another £500k from renting out spaces at each end of the Bridge every weekend from May-Sept; and another £500k from an annual gala. This is mad. Will any millionaires really be attending a gala for a tired bridge in 20 years time and throwing half a million in the pot every year?

Westminster's Hypocrisy: Cllr Robert Davis has led the charge against tall buildings from the City to Vauxhall over the past decade because of the damage to heritage assets and views, especially the Westminster World Heritage Site. Various towers have been approved by Boris/ Ken, Lambeth and Southwark because of the public benefits they purportedly bring which outweighs the harm to heritage. But Davis won’t accept the public benefit argument and has spent millions on fighting these schemes at inquiry and in court…until now. Although his officer’s report warns him the GB will cause substantial harm to heritage assets all over the shop, Davis proclaims that the huge public benefit of a pedestrian bridge and a garden outweighs the harm.

Waterloo’s Sunset: the broad expansive open sweep of the river at Waterloo Bridge in the foreground, is what makes the views there THE iconic views of London. This open sweep will be foreshortened and enclosed, hemming in Somerset House between the bridges, truncating views along the South Bank and just generally making London smaller, diminishing the majesty of the Thames. The Garden Bridge offers new foreshortened views of St. Paul’s and the Houses of Parliament - but not both at once. You have to move across some shrubs and hundreds of people to see one or the other - unlike Waterloo Bridge which currently offers a full 360 degree panorama of London. The GBT failed to provide photomontages of their new views yet Westminster ascertained that they would be acceptable from gazing into an imaginary crystal ball.

What’s next? Boris will obviously wave it through in coming weeks. But if any scheme anywhere is ‘of more than local concern’ (the formula for the Secretary of State calling the application in) it is this, affecting four local authorities, in the most delicate of spots, to be enjoyed by the whole world. So we will be urging Pickles to call in the application for a full public inquiry. If he fails to do so he may find himself explaining to the High Court why he didn’t. Alternatively Lambeth’s or Westminster’s decision could be judicially reviewed by locals who are furious. In the meantime the GB Trust have got to do a lot of negotiating to do with the local authorities and landowners to deal with the 46 conditions imposed before they can even begin constructing the Bridge. The idea that they can complete this and raise the money and purchase the land required, and then open by 2018 is laughable.

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We are dedicated to saving public space on the South Bank and over the River Thames. The controversial Garden Bridge is not needed here, it would destroy protected views and is democratically and environmentally damaging. Help us stop this now.




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12/12/18 Garden Bridge Trust claims £5m of public money for wind-up costs

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31/7/18 Garden Bridge trustees may have ‘breached their legal duties’ says QC

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28/02/18 Boris Johnson could face investigation over Thames garden bridge

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6/7/17 Soothing the Garden Bridge’s troubled waters

22/6/17 Standards commissioner examines complaint against Garden Bridge review

11/5/17 Good riddance to the Garden Bridge: an eye-watering waste of public funds by Walter Menteth

29/4/17 Lumley fights on for her fabulous bridge


28/4/17 The garden bridge is dead – now £37m of public money must be repaid


28/4/17 Garden Bridge: London mayor Sadiq Khan withdraws support


16/4/17 Garden bridge project is a landmark of the post-truth era

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7/4/17 Garden Bridge should be scrapped, Hodge review finds


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10/3/17 MP warns mayor over Garden Bridge’s cost to taxpayer


28/2/17 Garden Bridge Trust cleared of financial irregularities

23/2/17 Top criminal QC raises ‘serious concerns’ over Garden Bridge contest

9/2/17 London garden bridge case weaker now than in 2014, says Treasury official

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5/01/17 "If 2016 was the Year of Bullshit, then the Garden Bridge could be its monument”

27/12/16 Garden bridge charity warns more delays could terminate project

16/12/16 MPs investigating Garden Bridge question need for scheme

14/12/16 Letter from PAC chair Meg Hillier to  Treasury Permanent Secretary

9/11/16 TCOS response to the GBT's misleading autumn newsletter

16/10/16 Controversial garden bridge to cost public total of £50m – even if it fails to go ahead

11/10/16 Mayor must refuse to sign the Garden Bridge maintenance guarantee: statement on NAO report

11/10/16 David Cameron 'ignored civil servants over Garden Bridge funding'

11/10/16 Department for Transport ignored official advice not to risk public money on Garden Bridge

22/9/16 London’s garden bridge would benefit only the rich

22/9/16 Dame Margaret Hodge MP to conduct review into Garden Bridge project

7/9/16 Garden Bridge Adjournment Debate in the House of Commons led by Kate Hoey MP

17/8/16 £22m gap in Garden Bridge funds - Newsnight investigation


5/8/16 Thames garden bridge delays raise risk of major boat collision – expert

29/7/16 Garden bridge charity delays publishing annual accounts for five months


25/7/16 Garden Bridge: Tough questions for £175m Thames project

24/7/16 HS2 and the garden bridge are vanity projects – it's not too late to scrap both

21/7/16 Garden bridge may need taxpayer bailout once built, report says

11/7/16 Sadiq Halts Work On Garden Bridge

30/6/16 National Audit Office investigates London garden bridge grant


19/5/16 London's garden bridge: visitors urged to donate on Thames crossing

21/4/16 Boris Johnson accused of misleading politicians over garden bridge


17/4/16 Why did Sadiq Khan change his mind over the Garden Bridge? He's fallen for the sunk costs fallacy

14/4/16 Council consultation row over Garden Bridge


5/4/16 Lambeth’s Garden Bridge decision to face scrutiny


1/4/16 Joanna Lumley proposes Thames ‘Allotment Ferry’


1/4/16 Giant Boris Gnome planned for Garden Bridge


24/3/16 Architects and critics in last-minute plea to stop Garden Bridge


21/3/16 The Garden Bridge project reeks of cronyism and improper process. And here are the other 25 problems with it


18/3/16 London's Boris Johnson 'chided' over Garden Bridge design contract


9/3/16 Toilets and terrorism: Lambeth approves Garden Bridge plans 


7/3/16:  Garden Bridge: London council allegedly threatened over Thames project - by Peter Walker


7/3/16 Taking the piss out on the Garden Bridge - by George Turner


6/3/16 Thames garden bridge faces last-ditch challenge from local politicians - by Peter Walker

3/3/16 Lambeth could take Garden Bridge decision behiind closed doors - by James Hatts


1/3/16 Caroline Pidgeon pledges total opposition to the Garden Bridge - by Caroline Pidgeon


February 2016 ‘Thames Garden Bridge Procurement issues’ Walter Menteth, Project Compass CIC.

24/2/16 "On Bullshit" & the Garden Bridge - by Dan Anderson


14/2/16 Garden bridge: a project promoted and sold with half‑truths, deceptions and evasions - by Rowan Moore.


14/2/16 You've had your fun - let's put the Garden Bridge to bed now - by Rachel Holdsworth


13/2/16 Why is London's Garden Bridge worth as much as five Lancashire museums? Ask Joanna Lumley - by Ian Jack


12/2/16 London's Garden Bridge is exposing the messy business of architecture competitions - by Diana Budds


10/2/16 London Green party call halt to privatisation of public space in London - by Sian Berry


10/2/16 Is it still possible to stop the Garden Bridge? - by Will Wiles.


9/2/16 Garden Bridge procurement statement from RIBA - Jane Duncan


31/1/16 Muddy Waters - Jobs for the boys - by Walter Menteth

29/1/16 The Garden Bridge subverts the lessons of history - by Dan Anderson


20/1/16 Boris Johnson evades Tom Copley AM's questions about the Garden Bridge


20/1/16 Londoners' money put at risk by the Garden Bridge  - by Will  Hurst


17/1/16 George Osborne under attack overGarden Bridge cash pledge - by Mark Townsend


21/11/15 Why we must stop Thomas Heatherwick's Garden Bridge - by Jack Wakefield


17 Sept 2015. GLA Oversight Committee Agenda Item 8, p71-72. Walter Menteth Report submission to the GLA Oversight Committee to inform their examination into the procurement of the design and technical services for the Thames Garden Bridge. Document review, analysis, report & response to GLA questions by Walter Menteth of Project Compass CIC as expert witness on behalf of industry. 34p.



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