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U-turn on Garden Bridge upkeep costs just raises further questions – Caroline Pidgeon

March 5, 2015 5:48 PM

Caroline Pidgeon AM, Liberal Democrat London Assembly transport spokesperson, commenting on theadmission that the Mayor has agreed to underwrite Garden Bridge maintenance costs commented:

"It is concerning that only after the Mayor has given planning permission to the scheme and having allocated £30 million of public funds that he finally comes clean and admits that a financial guarantee has also been provided. The Mayor should have been clear many months ago that far from the Garden Bridge being a private and charitable initiative it is actually a major drain on public funds.

"Everything about the funding and decision making process relating to the proposed Garden Bridge has so far been as murky as the water that flows down the Thames."

ENDS

Notes to editors:

Details of past questions asked about the ongoing funding costs of the proposed Garden Bridge can be seen here:

https://twitter.com/se1/status/545177655881244672

http://questions.london.gov.uk/QuestionSearch/searchclient/questions/question_277681

http://questions.london.gov.uk/QuestionSearch/searchclient/questions/question_279367