Here are four ways to stop the Garden Bridge

13 Aug 2015

1. WRITE TO THE LEADER OF LAMBETH COUNCIL -  LIB PECK: lpeck@lambeth.gov.uk

 

Dear Cllr Peck

 

Re: Premises and Open Space Land on the South Bank of the River Thames in the London Boroughs of Lambeth and Southwark

 

I am writing to register my strong opposition to the proposed surrender of the existing lease and regrant of a new lease for an extended term to Coin Street Community Builders Ltd.

 

The Notice published by Lambeth in the South London Press in June and on the Council’s website fails to mention that the new lease would include a fundamental variation of the terms, to allow construction of a commercial building on this public open space. The proposed development would involve the loss of green open space and around 30 mature trees.

 

This land is currently enjoyed by many thousands of Lambeth residents and visitors to the Borough each year. It represents a very scarce resource for local residential communities in an area which Lambeth themselves recognise suffers from a deficit of public, green, open space.

 

The open space was also created at public expense. It was passed to Lambeth as a custodian – to ensure it remained open space for future generations. There were very good reasons why the terms of the lease prevent the lessee, Coin Street Community Builders, from developing commercial space on the riverwalk.

 

It is unacceptable for Lambeth to propose such a fundamental change in the terms on which the land was passed to Lambeth, and by which it should be protecting it as open space for the benefit of those who live, work of visit the Borough.

 

I therefore register my objection to the sale of the land in the strongest possible terms.

 

Yours faithfully

 

{YOUR NAME]

Date:

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2. MONEY - without funding, the bridge cannot be built. Help persuade corporations and donors found on this page https://www.gardenbridge.london/donate/support-us NOT to fund this vanity project. It is deeply unpopular, controversial and will ruin the best views of London. Do they really want to be associated with this stigma? Wouldn’t they rather help those truly in need in these times of austerity? Why would they invest money in this bridge which already has financial backing and a guarantee to pay for it from the mayor and the Chancellor? PLEASE TELL THEM TO THINK AGAIN BEFORE WASTING ANY MORE OF THEIR MONEY ON THIS WHITE ELEPHANT.

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3. PLANNING - without approval of the details of construction and operation, the bridge cannot be built. There are 46 planning conditions  that must be satisfied before work on the bridge can begin; the details are here: http://moderngov.lambeth.gov.uk/documents/s69925/04b_Garden%20Bridge%20appendix%20B%20Conditions.pdf.

 

Raise your concerns to the council by telling them why you think these conditions will not work; write to the leader of Lambeth Council’s planning committee Cllr Diana Morris: dmmorris@lambeth.gov.uk. Remember, don’t take what the GBT says at face value - for example they say the event closures on the bridge will be “primarily” for raising funds for the bridge’s maintenance costs - however, there is no obligation for whoever hires out the bridge to plough the proceeds back into the community or indeed the bridge.

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4. LAW - As a result of the previous High Court challenge (judicial review) in the spring, the private bridge company (GBT) must provide a watertight guarantee of how the bridge’s maintenance costs would be funded. The mayor Boris Johnson is now proposing to provide this guarantee with another massive public subsidy worth up to £150m. But this is illogical as his ‘strategic’ reason for agreeing to support the bridge (which he publicly declared in March 2015), is that it will not be a burden on the public purse! Therefore we will support a challenge in the High Court again when he finally reveals the method by which he expects to underwrite the project.

 

We have raised around £15,000 to fund the legal challenges but it’s not enough. Please help us to raise more funding here www.everyclick.com/tcos or simply text the code TCOS44 together with your donation amount to 70070 - please gift aid if you can. Thanks.

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

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

 

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

 

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

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

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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

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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

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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

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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

 

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

 

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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.