Calling Westminster! Act now to save our public land - deadline 3rd Jan 2017
Dec 22, 2016 — On 21st December, Westminster Council published a notice to dispose of open public space around Temple tube station to the Garden Bridge Trust. This decision can be called in. We urge every Westminster resident to contact their local councillors and make them aware of this con trick - here's why:
It would cost the public at least £500,000 after legal fees, indemnity costs and premiums paid to London Underground Limited, for the GBT to acquire this desperately needed crucial land from Westminster City Council to build the bridge. The money to do this would be from the £60m public funding granted to the GBT by the Department of Transport and Transport for London.
So public money is being used to facilitate private developers i.e. Garden Bridge Trust, to acquire public land which we would lose all rights to - where's the sense in that?
Questions also need to be asked about why Westminster council is allowing public money to be spent on a project that is not deliverable* and is currently undergoing a review by Dame Margaret Hodge for London mayor Sadiq Khan and is also in question by the chair of the Public Accounts Committee.
The GBT are burning up to £500k a month and are going nowhere. They don't have implementable planning permissions: they don't have land rights; they are between £55m-£70m short of cash; they don't have a Port of London Authority licence or a public guarantee from Sadiq Khan (*we shall challenge him in the High Court if he signs such a guarantee).
Therefore we urge every Westminster resident to contact their local councillor and ask them to call in the decision to dispose of public space at Temple tube station for this private development. If you know of any Westminster residents who might not see this, tell them and their friends, families, community groups, social circles etc. to do the same - spread the word on social media! You only have until 3rd January 2017 to do this so ACT NOW!
To call in the decision, it needs three members from either the Environment and Customer Services Policy and Scrutiny Committee http://committees.westminster.gov.uk/mgCommitteeDetails.aspx?ID=332 or three members from the Housing, Finance and Corporate Services Committee http://committees.westminster.gov.uk/mgCommitteeDetails.aspx?ID=326. This scenario presented by Westminster is not an accident...
If you want some tips on what to mention in your email/communication to your councillor, check out this post http://www.tcos.org.uk/single-post/2016/12/22/Calling-Westminster-residents-act-now-to-stop-the-privatisation-of-open-public-space-on-the-North-Bank
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