Future of Garden Bridge hangs in the balance despite Charity Commission ruling

February 28th, 2017

Responding to news that the Garden Bridge has been cleared of financial irregularities by the Charity Commission, Labour London Assembly Member, Tom Copley AM, said:

“I’m afraid this isn’t ‘the line in the sand’ the Garden Bridge Trust is claiming. This investigation deals only with claims about the Trust’s financial irregularities. With Dame Margaret Hodge’s review yet to report, we still don’t have answers to questions about whether value for taxpayer money has been achieved. We already know from TfL’s internal and external auditors that the procurement process for the bridge lacked openness and transparency.

“This is very much a live issue, with the future of the Garden Bridge continuing to hang in the balance. Even the Garden Bridge Trust aren’t certain that the project is a going concern. We need assurances that more public cash won’t be squandered on a bridge that may never be completed. As we’ve made clear, our only chance of safeguarding against that is for the Mayor to refuse to put pen to paper on the maintenance guarantee.”

Ends

Notes

  • Following the report the chairman of the Garden Bridge Trust, Mervyn Davies, said it was now possible to “draw a line in the sand about historical aspects of this project delivered by other parties’ in order to deliver the bridge”. His comments can be found here;
  • Tom Copley AM is a Londonwide Assembly Member.

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