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I've spent 5 yrs investigating Boris Johnson's #gardenbridge, a self-inflicted disaster riven with dishonesty which cost taxpayers £43,000,000. I'd be happy to discuss my findings in detail with any MP @AmberRuddHR @Nsoames @NickyMorgan01 @damiangreen theguardian.com/politics/2019/…
Here's a short attempt at a recap architectsjournal.co.uk/opinion/heads-…
People asking how £43m can have been lost. Answer: we STILL don't know. Know GB Trust spent £418,000 on a gala fundraising event in Battersea, £160k on a website & £1.3m on Thames surveys & a ‘careful search for unexploded ordnance’! This doc says more content.tfl.gov.uk/gbt-costs-brea…
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I’d seen the headlines earlier,but the full comments are actually even worse. Take a listen. Investigations into historic child sexual abuse described as “malarkey” & the money spent investigating as “spaffing money up the wall.” So disrespectful to victims & survivors. Thread 1/
In Boris’s world, investigating historic child sex abuse is a waste of money, but there are no complaints about the £53m spent on a failed plan to build a bridge covered with trees and flowers, a plan he strongly supported. #gardenbridge ft.com/content/d6b1aa… 2/
He contrasts (unfavourably) money spent on historic offences with budgets for protecting the public now, & suggests the former detracts from the latter & is pointless. There are so many problems with this that I am not sure where to start. But here are a few fairly basic flaws 3/
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A further £5 million of public money will be paid to the #GardenBridge Trust to meet the failed charity's winding-up costs, including reimbursing some of the donors to the controversial Thames footbridge project.
london-se1.co.uk/news/view/9832
List of #GardenBridge donors to be repaid as at October 2018
!!!!!!!!!!!! "Table tennis with Boris" - taxpayers will repay £3,200 to winner of #Gardenbridge auction as "prize not delivered" !!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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Prompted by an @IlluminatedRiv post (& a couple of days of #Thames related news), found myself looking last night at #FrostFair pictures. This first from 1677 (source: @MuseumofLondon) below #LondonBridge & frankly a bit hairy in places - look at the people leaving at the stairs
Here’s another picture by the same artist, this time from 1684 showing stalls set up on the ice (funnily enough in about the location proposed for the ill-fated #GardenBridge)
What’s really striking about both of these late 17th century images is the depth to which the river has frozen - how COLD must it have been?? The view below is by Thomas Wyke, again from the winter of 1683-4.
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and report it to John Trayner MD @TheGoAheadGroup London cc'ing TfL's Bus Bosses, @willnorman @CarolineRussell (of @LondonAssembly) @StopKillingCycl & me. The only way to ensure TfL & CityHall don't just #CoverUp for TfL Contractors' #SafetyFail is to shine a light on it.
In my experience, it's clear that TfL => Trade Association set up to protect its Bus & Tram Contractors instead of regulating their Safety Performance. Read @CarolinePidgeon's & @KeithPrinceAM's MQTs sometime & you'll see how far City Hall & TfL go to protect them from #Scrutiny
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