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Thursday24 August 2017

Date set for Garden Bridge judicial review

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High Court hearing next month

The judicial review into whether Thomas Heatherwick’s Garden Bridge can be built or not will be heard on June 10 and 11.

Lambeth resident Michael Ball is arguing that Lambeth council failed to comply with its duty to protect the settings of listed buildings in the area and that the long-term funding arrangements for the operation and maintenance of the bridge have not been properly considered.

Ball, who is a former director of the local Waterloo Community Development Group, called the bridge “a dreadful folly which is receiving ever-wider criticism, is clearly unnecessary and is strongly opposed locally by the people it is supposed to represent”.

A recent public meeting into the bridge heard from Green party leader Natalie Bennett who called it “greenwash” while former Foster & Partners partner Alistair Lenczner, who led the design team of the Millau Viaduct in France, said it was a “private garden platform pretending to be a bridge”.

The £175 million bridge would cross from the South Bank in Lambeth to Temple Tube in Westminster. Its backers are hoping work on it can start early next year and have appointed a French contractor to build it.

A Garden Bridge spokesman said: “We have a clear business plan in place to fund the construction of the Garden Bridge and the estimated £3.5 million per annum needed for ongoing maintenance and operations. We will use a mixed model approach to secure the funds including individual and cooperate membership programmes, a small number of sponsorship opportunities and events, as well as some carefully selected commercial opportunities.

“We continue to work with stakeholders and local communities with the intention to begin on site early next year.”

 

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  • The Garden Bridge Trust are absolutely NOT 'working with local communities'....they did not consult with this community at all (only China Walk 2 miles away!) because they knew there would be major opposition to the destruction of the Southbanks Queens Walk PUBLIC peaceful open space (including chopping down 30 mature trees)...so precious to visitors, Londoners and locals alike. There is massive local opposition and growing London wide opposition. The huge commercial /offices GBT landing block-building that would accommodate the bridge will eat up the last area of PUBLIC open space. This was originally earmarked and agreed to be a childrens play area by the leaseholders. This land is effectively being privatized by by GBT, local corporate developers and Lambeth council. All planned for years by best friends T Heatherwick studios, J Lumley, B Johnson (who gave £30m from tfl monies) and G Osbourne ( who gave £30m from the public purse).
    It is wanton vandalism to build this gaudy tourist attraction 'bridge' (200 meters from Waterloo Bridge) in such a beautiful urban stretch of the river.

    Btw....The North Bank could develop with sophistication without this embarrassing 'Dubai style' bridge

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  • I wandered around the Coin St area just last week. The local objection to this farcical idea is both visible and palpable.

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  • Further info and facts at:

    change.org garden bridge
    www.tcos.org.ok
    http://thamespath.org.uk/2015/05/26/grass-and-trees-to-go-for-garden-bridge/

    On the day of the JR the GBT are having a fancy Harrods Fundraiser and silent auction with Ms Lumleys entourage and no doubt B Johnson and Mr.Lebedov (owner of the Evening standard and a governor of the GBT....lots of photos for ES then!). Says it all....a practice taster for their closed private corporate functions on their proposed private bridge

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  • There should be a 'Save the Thames and Southbank views ' (from hideaous vanity projects) meeting on the same day to counter the publicity.
    Suggest it should be on the South bank near the National Theatre so everyone can appreciate the wonderful views that the bridge with oblitierate for ever.

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