MP Margaret Hodge, well-known for pursuing big firms over their tax arrangements, is going to lead an enquiry into whether the proposed “Garden Bridge” is good value for money.
Sadiq Khan has appointed her to the role after announcing he intended to spend no more than the £35m+ of taxpayers’ money which has already been used on it.
Dame Margaret said she currently has no view on whether the bridge is “a fantastic idea or a waste of money”.
Khan said: “I’m clear that since the beginning of the project there hasn’t been the necessary standard of transparency and openness around the Garden Bridge.
“Nearly £40m of public money has already been spent and Londoners deserve more information about the decisions that have been made.”
The “Garden Bridge”, if built, will be located between Waterloo and Blackfriars bridges. It would contain areas of greenery maintained in part by local schoolchildren, and would also periodically be rented out to private parties.
In a reference to celebrity Joanna Lumley, who had the original idea, urban adventurer Alex Ingram wrote on Twitter: “If Hodge stops the garden bridge we should build 367m high statues of her in Heatherwick and Lumley’s own gardens obscuring all views.”
(Pic: Twitter user BDPost, designed by engineers Arup)