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A great meeting of great minds

We would like to say a big thank you to all of those who came to the public meeting on Monday 18th May. Hundreds of people packed St John’s Church in Waterloo to discuss the garden bridge - and what they aren’t telling you.

Natalie Bennett, the leader of the Green Party, spoke passionately against the privitization of public spaces - “if you can’t picnic then it’s not a public garden…claims for any environmental benefits for it just do not stack up. You could take that money and use it to create pockets of good green space scattered around the city; the public benefits would be so much more immense for the spending of that money.”

Mayoral candidate and transport expert Christian Wolmar, declared that if he was elected mayor then he would scrap the bridge. He said that the business case read as if “it was written by someone who was told to come to a conclusion.”

Liberal Democrat Assembly Member Caroline Pidgeon, has long been outspoken about Boris Johnson’s unethical approach to this pet project of Joanna Lumley, citing the actress as a long time associate of Heatherwick Studios. Caroline reminded us of the mayor's crude accusation of anyone disliking the bridge as having a “Taliban-style hatred of beauty”.

There were revelations from top bridge architects and designers Alistair Lenczner and Cezary Bednarski, about the highly questionable procurement processes for the project. Both are in the TfL framework of chosen experts for large public infrastructure projects but neither was consulted about this proposal which is to absorb £30m of transport funds. But outsider Thomas Heatherwick is the chosen one, with only one small ornamental bridge in his portfolio - quite mind-boggling considering he was pitted against award-winning bridge designer Marks Barfield in a ‘closed competition’.

Labour London Assembly member Val Shawcross, confirmed that the bridge is a project that is simply not feted by other Assembly members or even by TfL, but that it is simply the whim of a mayor who leads a “top down government”. This is his folly “that won’t benefit anybody other than those sitting at the dinner party where this was dreamed up.”

Former Chairman of the Twentieth Century Society Gavin Stamp, highlighted the wonderful vistas that would be spoilt and that “the river is ours!” and not to be privatised. The President of the Metropolitan Public Gardens Association Hugh Johnson, compared visiting the Chelsea Flower Show with what it might be like on the garden bridge i.e. “squished” whilst trying to look at plants. Richard Reynolds, the Guerrilla Gardener warned that “we must not be seduced by greenery and urban parsley” and “it will do nothing for the birds” whilst Ann Renrick from the London Cycling Campaign, condemned it for being a waste of transport money as the powers that be, have ignored the fact that safer cycling needs to be improved before spending valuable resources on a pointless vanity project.

The Taxpayers’ Alliance made a strong case for public scrutiny of the bridge, when Chief Executive Jonathan Isaby blasted the project for having no robust business case for the annual maintenance costs should the project fail: “the case has simply not been made for a penny of taxpayers’ money to be spent on this grotesque white elephant.”

Local resident Gillian Melling emphasised the dreadful impact it would have not only for the local community but for the city as a whole “It’s the last bit of green open space along the Queen’s Walk; that river is for ALL Londoners.”

Please continue to support our campaign by donating towards the upcoming judicial review in June. Simply text the code TCOS44 along with your donation amount to 70070 or click here: Please gift aid if you are able to, thank you.

(Pictures: Hannah Quigley)


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

31/7/18 Garden Bridge backers 'may have breached legal duties'

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

01/03/18 Boris Johnson defends garden bridge plan that will cost public £46m

01/03/18 Boris Johnson blames Garden Bridge project blunders on successor

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

14/8/17 London's Garden Bridge project officially abandoned

14/8/17 London's Garden Bridge project scrapped

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

15/4/17 A garden bridge to nowhere

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


27/3/17 Garden Bridge could cost £22 million more than forecast

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

8/2/17 Garden Bridge: all-party pressure on Sadiq not to sign guarantee

15/1/17 Let’s not be led any further up the garden bridge


11/01/17 London garden bridge project's future is in doubt, say trustees

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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