The Thames is London's biggest expanse of central
open space, its largest nature conservation area and
its greatest natural feature. Its openness is under
threat as there are plans to put a Garden Bridge in the
busiest tourist part of London i.e. Temple Tube Station
to the South Bank, at a cost of £185 million.
OVER £60 MILLION OF THIS WILL BE PUBLIC MONEY
Despite its name, the Garden Bridge will be mostly
concrete with less than 1/2 football pitch of green
space; 90% of users are not expected to use it to
cross the river.
It will have a devastating impact on the river's ecosystem and historic foreshore and will bring over 7 million visitors to a South Bank already bursting with tourists. Iconic views from the riverside and Waterloo Bridge - St Paul's Cathedral, Somerset House, Big Ben and Waterloo sunsets will be ruined by this tourist trap
NO cycling allowed. NO picnics allowed. INADEQUATE toilets
for millions of people. NO grass. INADEQUATE step-free access.
Groups of 8 or more are required to register in advance.
THIS IS A PRIVATE BRIDGE RUN BY A PRIVATE COMPANY WITH
NO PUBLIC RIGHT OF WAY
There are many public services and other parts of the country
that desperately need this investment more. The South Bank is
thriving - positively heaving, and the North Bank is healthy and
wealthy enough as it is.The environmental effects of the bridge
will be catastrophic; the proposed landing site on the South
Bank will take away exisiting open green space and destroy 30
mature trees to accommodate a large commercial building.
The rising cost of construction and the burden of annual
maintenance, currently £3.1m per year, will fall upon the
public if the Garden Bridge Trust fails to deliver.
For more information about the judicial review, click here
We shall challenge the mayor of London when the mechanism for the public guarantee is released; we believe it would be irrational and therefore unlawful. He should not be signing a guarantee as he would be breaking his promise not to commit any more public funds that he is responsible for on the Garden Bridge. If he does, then any incentive to attract donors would be gone as the project would be backed by the state.