Garden Bridge agreement finally reached
11 November 2015, Blog
Controversial plans for a garden bridge over the Thames appear to be back on the cards after an agreement by the group behind the project and Lambeth Council. The initial disagreement was over the level of public funding for the bridge, which raised considerable opposition across the capital, not least in Lambeth.
The Thomas Heatherwick designed scheme looks now set to be given the green light with Transport for London’s contribution reduced to £10m, rather than the £30m originally proposed. Lambeth and Westminster councils (the respective local authorities on the south and north banks of the river) have already given the garden bridge permission, and now only await the amended lease for the land in Lambeth before construction can begin.
The Garden Bridge Trust hopes to begin work in the new year, but scepticism continues around concerns over maintenance costs to the public purse. Plans for regular closure for corporate events have also drawn anger from opponents. However, Labour’s mayoral candidate Sadiq Khan, previously pledging to scrap the scheme should he win in May, has given the new deal his backing. Khan said the £20m saving is a “much better deal for Londoners”.