Early day motion 240

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That this House is concerned that the Mayor of London has commissioned a Garden Bridge over the River Thames without prior public consultation and that between £60 million and £150 million of taxpayers' money will be spent on the project which will lead to the South Bank river walkway being narrowed, many trees and much green space ironically being sacrificed for a project which is labelled as green; notes with concern that the public space, currently grass and trees, would instead be used by private developers for retail, queuing and a platform for corporate entertainment and that views in both directions up and down the River Thames will be irreversibly lost; feels that while some parts of London, particularly in East London, need a new pedestrian river crossing, the proposed area is well catered for with a number of bridges nearby; further notes that with queues of up to 2,500 people, the bridge will not be a functional piece of transport infrastructure; therefore questions whether the project is within Transport for London's (TfL) remit and if TfL funds should be used on its construction and maintenance; and urges the Government to make representations to TfL and the Mayor of London asking them to reconsider the project and consult the public and key stakeholders before proceeding with it.

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Name Party Constituency Date Signed
Abbott, Diane Labour Party Hackney North and Stoke Newington 02.07.2015
Brake, Tom Liberal Democrats Carshalton and Wallington 14.07.2015
Corbyn, Jeremy Labour Party Islington North 09.07.2015
Cryer, John Labour Party Leyton and Wanstead 08.07.2015
Godsiff, Roger Labour Party Birmingham Hall Green 06.07.2015
Lewis, Clive Labour Party Norwich South 07.07.2015
Lucas, Caroline Green Party Brighton Pavilion 07.09.2015
Maskell, Rachael Labour Party York Central 13.07.2015
Meale, Alan Labour Party Mansfield 07.07.2015
Sharma, Virendra Labour Party Ealing Southall 07.07.2015
Thornberry, Emily Labour Party Islington South and Finsbury 08.09.2015