Thirty-Fourth Mayor's Report to the Assembly
This is my thirty-fourth report to the Assembly, fulfilling my duty under
Section 45 of the Greater London Authority Act 1999. It covers the
period from 3 July- 3 September 2003.
Olympic Bid 2012
London Development Agency
Policing and Community Safety
Draft London Plan
Notting Hill Carnival
Case for London
Planning and Development Control
London Underground Transfer
On Tuesday 15 July, I welcomed the transfer of London Underground Ltd
from the Government to the control of Transport for London.
It is apparent that major improvements cannot be delivered overnight
and the privatisation of Tube maintenance under the Public Private Partnership
(PPP) imposed by the Government will make the management and improvement
of the system more difficult. However, I have brought the best transport
managers in the world to London to tackle the problems facing the tube
and am confident that Bob Kiley and Tim O'Toole will deliver the best
possible service for London within the constraints of the PPP.
The first priority is to ensure a safe, reliable and clean Tube service.
The Tube has been starved of investment for many years, but I pay tribute
to the commitment and hard work of staff who have done a remarkable job
moving three million people around London every day in very difficult
The PPP contracts now demand strong management to deliver Tube improvements
to the timescale already agreed between the Government and the PPP Infracos,
Metronet and Tube Lines. It is evident that the Government imposed PPP
is not the right way to manage the maintenance and renewal of the Tube
and as they stand, the contracts do not satisfactorily address the improvements
to the Underground that TfL, Londoners and Tube users demand. Nevertheless,
Tim O'Toole, Bob Kiley and I are determined to ensure that we do everything
in our power to hold Metronet and Tube Lines to account on the improvements
they have promised to deliver.
With the transfer of the Underground into the Transport for London group,
we can finally start to provide a truly integrated approach to transport
planning and management in London.
A review of the response to the actions taken on the London Underground
is taking place following the serious problems caused by the major power
failure on the National Grid which occurred on 28 August at 18.22 which
affected the whole of the Underground system.
Alternative power sources were introduced from about 18.50 but it took
some time to restore services to all parts of the network, due to the
extent of the failure. The first priority of London Underground was to
ensure the safety of passengers. The power failure did not affect morning
service on 29 August but a number of unrelated problems did cause some
The management of London Underground and I will be carefully reviewing
the actions taken on Thursday evening and will act on the lessons learned.
I would like to thank all the staff working in the GLA group, including
TfL, the Metropolitan Police Service, LFEPA and the GLA who were involved
in managing the conseqauences of the power failure.
On 19 August, I announced a new fare policy, operable from January, which
will freeze the price of Tube travel for passengers using the Oyster smartcard
and mean that under-11s will travel for free on the buses. The new fares
are intended to begin on 4 January 2004 and are designed to cut queues
at Tube stations and speed up buses by encouraging passengers to use pre-paid
tickets. By this time the 'pre-pay' facility on the new Oyster smartcard
will be operational, allowing passengers to charge their Oystercards with
money before travelling. There are also other substantial benefits for
families with child-fares frozen and free child travel at weekends with
the Family Travelcard.
The new fare package is intended to stand for the next four years with
further annual increases pegged to no more than the rate of inflation.
From next year Tube passengers using the Oyster smartcard will pay 2003
prices for their journeys and reduced fares at the weekend. However, for
those who choose to pay by cash, the cost of a Zone 1 Tube fare will rise
to £2 and others by up to 20p. On the buses passengers will pay
only 70p per journey anywhere in London if they use the Oyster smartcard
or if they buy Bus Saver tickets in advance. The £1 cash fare for
central London bus journeys is frozen but the cost of bus trips outside
central London will increase from 70p to £1 for those paying cash.
This is part of the policy to take cash off of the buses by 2005/06 making
journeys quicker and drivers safer.
London's transport network continues to improve, the most obvious example
being the massive improvement of our bus network, but this comes at a
cost that has to be met so we can keep the improvements coming. London's
millions of passengers and taxpayers are playing their part in funding
the transport network. I will be urging the Government to play its part
and reward our success in delivering better public transport by providing
more money in the next spending review.
There are nearly 1.4m more journeys each day on the buses than when I
took office. This is good news but places a tremendous burden on the cost
of running the bus network. To continue improving services, cash fares
are going up for the first time in four years but they remain good value.
By paying before boarding, most passengers will either pay less or the
same as they were four years ago.
The new four-year fare package will encourage people to switch to pre-paid
tickets like the Oyster smartcard and Bus Saver tickets. The new package
is also designed to encourage off-peak use of public transport when we
have the most capacity.
The new 'Pay before you board' scheme began on 23 August with the aim
is to speed up services by removing the delay caused by passengers taking
time to find change for their bus fare. In addition, driver safety should
improve as less cash will consequently be carried on the buses. Initially,
only buses serving stops in the West End will be 'pay before you board'
and the stops will be easy to spot, with a bright yellow panel saying:
'Buy tickets before boarding'. To help passengers use the new service,
approximately 200 mobile teams have been at bus stops over the coming
weeks with information and advice. The introduction of the Oystercard
will assist the scheme in the months to come.
There are two ways to pay before boarding. Easy-to-use ticket machines
will be at every stop within the pre-pay area offering Adult and Child
single tickets as well as One Day Bus Passes. The alternative is to go
to a ticket retailer where Travelcards, Bus Passes and Savers can be purchased.
17 August marked the first six months operation of the central London
congestion charge scheme. I am pleased that the scheme has bedded down
well and continues to successfully reduce the congestion that used to
blight central London. As part of the monitoring and on-going assessment
of the effectiveness of the scheme, TfL are compiling a report on the
effects of the scheme since its introduction. The report, which will be
available in October, will cover traffic and travel trends, and should
also consider the effects on businesses in the zone. After the first year
of operation, we will also be able to report on the social, economic and
environmental effects of the scheme.
In the meantime, London First, the business member organisation, has
released a survey of 500 businesses in the capital on their views of congestion
charging. Of the companies surveyed 49% said that they believe congestion
charging is working and 16% think it is not. Almost three-quarters of
companies - 71% - said that congestion charging has had no discernible
impact on their bottom line with only 2% of companies saying that they
would consider relocating to a site outside the zone as a result of congestion
Although the scheme has worked well in cutting traffic and congestion,
there have been problems with the 'back-office' operations. To drive up
the service that customers receive TfL have renegotiated their contract
with Capita - the main contractor for congestion charging. As a result,
customers of the congestion charge will see further improvement in the
quality of service.
The improvements outlined in the contract have been identified from the
experience gained in the first five months of running the scheme. Capita
has agreed to invest substantially to provide an enhanced level of service.
To do this they will employ more staff, introduce new IT and processes
to improve data quality, customer care, firm but fair enforcement and
The contract will see a series of financial incentives put in place in
order to ensure improvements are delivered on time and then maintained
for the remainder of the contract. In particular a robust quality performance
regime will be introduced to ensure the continued delivery of these improvements
This new deal will see Capita delivering an enhanced service to congestion
charge customers. It will result in improved quality of service, help
to reduce the number of errors made and improve compliance. We will be
taking a tougher line on the small minority of motorists seeking to avoid
paying the congestion charge with improved data management and processing
of payments, representations and appeals.
This will be a cost-effective package. TfL's contribution will be subject
to a tough quality performance regime with payment dependent upon the
successful operation of these improvements over the rest of the life of
its contract. TfL's investment will pay for itself over this period. As
a result of improvements in enforcement processing and data management
revenue from the scheme will increase as compliance improves and the full
impact of the enhanced enforcement procedures come into operation.
Improvements should become apparent over the coming months. Significant
changes are programmed for mid October 2003. The full programme of improvements
will be complete by the end of March 2004.
The central London scheme is the largest of its kind anywhere in the
world. Developed from a blank sheet of paper in just 21 months, it was
delivered on time and within budget. In the first five months of operation
it has exceeded its set targets for the reduction of both traffic and
congestion in the zone. Millions of Londoners, commuters, bus passengers
and visitors are now reaping the benefits every day.
The full contract is now publicly available on the TfL website.
East London Line Extension
On 17 July I welcomed the Government's official go-ahead for the East
London Line extension. The new railway will link Hackney in North East
London and Clapham Junction, Crystal Palace and West Croydon in South
London, via a major interchange at Whitechapel.
Alistair Darling, Secretary of State at the Department of Transport, wrote
to me to formally notify me that the Government has approved the business
case and told the Strategic Rail Authority (SRA) to proceed with the project.
The necessary demolition work at Bishopsgate Goodsyard started on Monday
The Government 's formal approval to proceed with building the East London
Line extension has been welcomed by Londoners. Coming in the wake of the
Government's announcement on taking forward the next stage of Crossrail,
this decision has given a vital boost to London's economy and will provide
tens of thousands of people in north and south east London with much better
access to jobs and housing.
The return of elected government to London has shown its value in keeping
these projects at the top of the political agenda and, in partnership
with the government, has delivered a major boost in beginning the investment
in the new rail lines which are vital to underpin London's prosperity
and its enormous contribution to the economy of the UK as a whole. I am
delighted that this project has finally been allowed to progress.
The existing line is being extended northwards through Dalston and Hackney
to Highbury and Islington. The southern extension will go to West Croydon,
Crystal Palace and Clapham Junction. The scheme is estimated to be completed
by around 2008.
TfL Consultation Toolkit
The new TfL consultation toolkit was launched on 13 August. It outlines
how TfL will consult on schemes in a focused, accessible, honest way following
the introduction of a new consultation policy. The toolkit offers guidance
on how to put the policy into practice, ranging from an in-depth consultation
strategy for a major project to a simple checklist for minor schemes.
It covers how to use research; how to consult the public and how to provide
them with feedback.
This is a constructive and positive step forward on behalf of TfL in
their approach to communication and consultation with Londoners and will
provide greater transparency and clarity for the benefit of the travelling
DLR Capacity Enhancement Project
I have approved the Docklands Light Railway submission of an application
for powers under the Transport & Works Act, to increase the capacity
of the Bank-Lewisham line to allow the operation of 3 car trains, 50%
longer than at present. This follows the approval of this submission at
the TfL Board meeting on 20 March.
Since 1995 there has been continual and significant year-on-year passenger
growth on the DLR network , with passenger journeys increasing from 14
million in 1995 to over 41 million by 2001/02. In 2002/03 the DLR network
is forecast to carry 46 million passengers. Growth on the DLR network
is driven largely by travel demand consequent on development of the Isle
of Dogs and East London and the extension of the railway to Lewisham.
Given the forecast levels of employment and consequent demand for travel
there will be a shortfall in the capacity of the rail network serving
the Isle of Dogs from 2006 onwards. The 3 Cra scheme will increase the
capacity on the most heavily loaded sections of the DLR running through
the Isle of Dogs by nearly 50%. This will provide sufficient capacity
to accommodate forecast growth in the area until other schemes such as
the Jubilee Line upgrade and CrossRail are delivered.
This scheme will involve works to a number of stations between Bank and
Lewisham in the form of:
- Platform extensions to accommodate longer trains (90m rather than
the current 60m)
- New staircases and lifts where necessary as a result of longer platforms;
- Expanded staircases where necessary to provide additional capacity;
- Extended canopies and other passenger facilities.
Other physical works to the railway will be required to accommodate longer
trains including the strengthening of some bridges and viaducts and an
expansion of the existing Beckton Depot to provide more stabling accommodation
for a larger train fleet. The plans also include the purchasing of new
rail cars to enable the operation of longer trains between Bank and Lewisham.
Tour de France 2006 Bid
I have approved the making of a London bid to host the opening of the
Tour de France in 2006.
Every other year the Tour de France commences from a location outside
France and bids for 2006 are currently being considered. Therefore, I
have approved TfL's bid document for London to host the opening of the
2006 race and have authorised TfL to prepare and make the bid and given
my support to TfL linking the proposal to the undertaking of a concerted
programme aimed at encouraging bicycle use.
The Tour de France is a major international sporting event and it would
be a great honour for London to place a role in hosting the start of this
prestigious race. It would also be a good opportunity to highlight London's
ability to successfully host such an event.
Initial discussions have taken place with stakeholder organisations and
local authorities that could be involved in the event and a steering group
consisting of representatives from TfL, the LDA, the Metropolitan Police,
The Royal Parks Agency and Westminster Council has been established. The
reaction so far has all been extremely positive. Further consultation
will take place if our bid were to be accepted by the Tour's organisers.
I am pleased to report that due to excellent and integrated work involving
the efforts of two new departments within TfL (Traffic Management and
Transport Policing) and the Road Network Operations department, the Hammersmith
flyover reopened a week ahead of schedule on Friday 15 August.
I am also pleased to report that the carriageway and footway refurbishment
and pedestrian safety scheme won a "Highly Commended" award
in the National Street Design competition 2003.
Olympic Bid 2012
Formal Confirmation of London Bid
On 11 July, confirmation was sent to the International Olympic Committee
to state formally that London wishes to bid for the hosting of the 2012
Olympic Games. Letters were sent to the IOC headquarters in Lausanne from
the Prime Minister Tony Blair, the Chief Executive of the British Olympic
Association Simon Clegg and myself.
My letter said:
"On behalf of London, I am delighted to confirm that the UK's capital
city would be honoured to become an Applicant City for the staging of
the Olympic Games in 2012.
"The decision to bid has created an enthusiasm in London amongst
all sections of society and across all ages. London has always been particularly
proud of its tolerant, multicultural heritage and we would welcome the
Olympic family and spectators to our city with open arms. Promotion of
diversity is the pillar of Olympism alongside sport and culture.
"The Olympic Games has shown in the past that it is more than just
a sporting event - it can be a real catalyst for much-needed revitalization.
My agenda for London, and in particular East London, complements the IOC's
stated aims on this issue and shows that sport and society can work together
for the benefit of the local population. I am particularly keen that sustainability
should be a watchword for a London Olympics.
"As Mayor of London, I assure you that the city will respect the
principles of the Olympic Charter and will work closely with our partners
- the British Olympic Association and the national government - to ensure
that all the relevant guarantees and undertakings will be provided, when
required, through the candidature process."
The letters followed a meeting between Tony Blair, Barbara Cassani, the
Chair of the Olympic bid team, Jacques Rogge, the IOC president and me
earlier that week.
Joint Venture Agreement
I have also formally approved the terms of the proposed Joint Venture
Agreement with the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, the
British Olympic Association and London 2012 Ltd relating to the constitution
and operation of a company to develop the London bid for the 2011 Olympic
I have executed 1) the Joint Venture Agreement on behalf of the Authority;
2) the formal application by the GLA to become a member of the company;
and 3) the form of written resolution altering the memorandum of association
and adopting new articles of association.
Green Compact Pledge
On 5 August I pledged to put a Green Compact to regenerate London's environment
at the heart of the city's bid to host the 2012 Olympic Games. Speaking
at a press conference at City Hall to introduce the EDAW consortium, which
has won the prestigious contract to masterplan the main Olympics site
in east London, I said that London's bid presented the perfect opportunity
to make the capital a 'green world-beater' by transforming 1,500 acres
of derelict land to the east of the city.
The International Olympic Committee rightly expects the Olympic Games
to be held in a way which demonstrates a genuine concern for the environment
and I welcome that. The central vision of my London Plan is that London
should be an exemplary, sustainable world city. The Olympic Games provides
the perfect platform to demonstrate that we can be the green world-beaters.
I am therefore proposing a Green Compact for London to ensure Londoners
gain lasting benefits from our bid. Our gift to the Olympic movement and
to Londoners will be to transform 1500 acres of the derelict and disadvantaged
Lower Lea Valley into a revitalised, sustainable 21st century new urban
quarter. To achieve this we will need to set the highest standards of
design, quality, resource management and environmental protection. The
initial Environmental Principles which I have proposed provide a starting
point and which I hope will be further developed and refined over time.
London Development Agency
LDA Annual Report
I have approved the delegation of the publication of the LDA's 2002/03
Annual Report to the LDA, following submission of a draft for my approval
and have directed that the report shall contain specific information in
respect of equalities and how the cross-cutting issues of health and sustainability
have been addressed by the LDA.
This information is in line with the detail expected of the Secretary
of State for the other Regional Development Agencies and has been outlined
as a checklist which serves as statutory guidance.
LDA Corporate Plan 2003-06
I have approved the LDA's corporate plan, prior to its submission to
the Department for Trade and Industry and under the new single pot regime
funding, for the period April 2003-March 2004.
I have also noted that additional information set out in the Plan for
future years is purely indicative and subject to further discussions between
myself and the LDA.
LDA Annual Appraisal Report
In accordance with the LDA monitoring and performance evaluation framework,
approved on 20 June 2002, the GLA has produced an annual appraisal report
of the LDA's performance relating to the year 2002/03. I have approved
the report that has now been submitted to the Government Office for London
and will be submitted to Ministers along with GOL's assessment.
LDA Project Execution Plan
I have approved the LDA Project Execution Plan setting out the processes
and project management details as required by my project brief directing
the LDA to revise the Economic Development Strategy. The Project Execution
Plan follows the model used for the previous Transport Strategy, which
was highlighted in the GLA internal audit report as a benchmark of good
Policing and Community Safety
Domestic Violence Strategy
I have approved a contract with London Action Trust relating to the implementation
of my Domestic Violence Strategy for a period of two years subject to
review following Mayoral elections in May 2004 and budget availability.
I have also approved a waiver of the contracts code for that purpose.
The London Domestic Violence strategy was published in November 2001
and is intended to be implemented over a three-year period. The first
year of implementation has been completed and an Annual Report published
in November 2002. The need has now arisen to approve further resources
to continue to implement the strategy over the next two years. The value
of the contact for 2003-04 will be £47,159.
Anti-Gun Crime Education Initiative
I have approved the undertaking of an anti-gun crime initiative for which
£200,000 has been awarded to the GLA by the Government Office for
London Crime Reduction Unit for 2003/04.
The purpose of this initiative is to engage with young people to address
the social and cultural issues of gun ownership and use in order to reduce
the incidence of gun crime in the long term and reduce the prevalence
of a gun culture as well as mobilising key community organisations and
individuals in support of such an initiative. The programme of events
includes a research report and an event which will bring together some
of the key stakeholders working in the field of gun crime and who are
engaged with young people. The initial steps to take forward this programme
of work are already underway.
As part of this work, I have approved the appointment of the organisation
"Communities that Care" to deliver a short piece of research
work as part of the anti-gun crime education initiative. The appointment
of the contract will ensure that the required work is completed by 30
September. Although three quotes are required for work of this value (£13,500)
only two quotes have been received and in view of the time constraints
in carrying out this work I have approved the exemption from the contracts
code. This work is designed to inform a consultation event scheduled to
take place on 30 September and therefore the work needs to be delivered
as soon as possible.
Replica Guns Consultation
On 10 July I asked Londoners to let me know their views on replica guns
alongside the launch of a series of adverts to appear in local papers
highlighting my position.
There is growing evidence, which shows that imitation firearms and air
weapons are being used in the capital instead of real guns, with the same
fatal consequences. Between January and September 2002, 72% of the firearms
seized by the Metropolitan Police Service under Operation Trident were
either imitation firearms, air weapons, blank firers or starter pistols
that had been converted, modified or upgraded to fire bullets rather than
pellet type rounds. I would like to see a complete ban on the importation,
manufacture and sale of anything that has the appearance of a gun or is
capable of being converted into a firearm.
There are an estimated 500,000 replica guns in circulation in the UK
and when they are converted they fire real bullets and cause real harm.
This is a truly frightening trend and must be stopped before more people
are hurt or killed.
Even in the wake of the encouraging figures released on 15 July which
show that the recent gun amnesty led to 3,189 guns and over 75,000 rounds
of ammunition being removed from London's streets, we must not underestimate
the fact that gun crime still remains a major issue for many communities
in London and I remain particularly concerned about the number of replica
guns which we know are in circulation in the capital. These guns, when
in the wrong hands, can be easily converted into a lethal weapon with
relatively little specialist skill. The only way to remove this risk is
with a total ban on the sale, manufacture and importation on replica guns.
In addition to a total ban on replica guns, I have also called for a
total ban on air weapons, stating that hundreds of incidents involving
air weapons occur each year resulting in minor injuries or disfigurement.
These incidents can be traumatic for the victims and their families and
also place a burden on the NHS.
I want to hear Londoners views on this and their ideas on the best way
of tackling this serious problem. I am confident that Londoners will agree
with me that the most effective policy is to get all of these weapons
off our streets. I will be reporting back on the views of Londoners in
the September edition of the Londoner.
On 10 July I welcomed the latest figures which show a dramatic reduction
in robberies in London in the last year and gave my congratulations to
the Metropolitan Police's Flying Squad. These impressive figures follow
news earlier this year which showed a fall in street crime, homicides
and fatal shootings in the capital between April 2002 and February 2003.
This is very encouraging news for Londoners.
These figures are also great news for London's business community who
are working in partnership with the Specialist Crime Directorate to achieve
these excellent crime reductions.
There have been 360 armed robberies in total since January - almost half
the number for the same period last year. Figures include a fall of over
60% in cash in transit robberies, over 75% fall in bank and building society
robberies, betting office robberies have been halved, from 91% to 42%
and Post Office robberies are down by a third.
On 15 August I pledged to continue to increase police numbers in London
while on a visit to Brixton town centre with London Assembly Member Val
Shawcross. I was in Brixton to hear first-hand about work of the transport
policing unit and the Met in tackling crime in Brixton. I met with Lambeth
Borough Commander Richard Quinn to discuss joint initiatives to cut crime
in the area.
I also talked about plans to upgrade the overground station and the potential
that the East London Line could bring to Lambeth.
More police are vital if we are to tackle crime effectively. In Lambeth,
where there are now 129 more police than when I became Mayor, street crime
dropped by 36 per cent in the last year. We now have more police in London
than ever before and I will continue to increase the number of officers
until we reach my target of 35,000 police.
My transport policing unit, which has put police officers on five bus
routes serving Lambeth has been extremely successful in addressing crimes
on buses and at bus stops, including assault, robbery, and pick-pocketing.
The unit has made more than 2,000 arrests since it was set up in June
By working in conjunction with the British Transport Police and the Metropolitan
Police we will continue to address the problems that currently afflict
the area around the mainline station, tube station and bus stops in Brixton.
2004-5 Budget Process
The process of preparing next year's budget continues. I have completed
an initial round of Budget Steering Group meetings which provide an opportunity
to discuss priorities and clarify issues with the functional bodies themselves.
Further meetings are scheduled for September and October.
GLA Budget and Business Plan 2003-04: Performance Monitoring Report
for 1 April - 30 June 2003
I have noted the initial performance assessment against the Budget and
Business Plan as at 30 June 2003 and agreed:
- the proposed amendments to the Business Plan deliverables, including
the allocation of shared deliverables/actions to agreed lead officers
- that the assessment would be finalised by the Executive Director of
Finance and Performance in consultation with the Policy Director for
Best Value and Partnership and Policy Director for Service Delivery
The final assessment will be considered by the Assembly's Budget Committee
on 16 October.
Draft London Plan
London Analytical Report
I have welcomed the findings of the Prime Minister's Strategy Unit's
London Analytical Report which was released on 3 July and which lends
support to many of the policies in the draft London Plan.
The report recognises that London is the economic engine of the UK but
also highlights the city's massive challenges that will require sustained
attention and funding for many years to come. London contributes £20
billion more each year to the UK economy than it receives back in public
subsidy. However, the city also contains many of the most deprived wards
in the country with 41 per cent of children in Inner London living in
The Strategy Unit report confirms London's population and jobs will grow
enormously in the coming decades which echoes the growth projections that
underpin my draft London Plan. It also notes the effect the congestion
charge is having in substantially reducing congestion on central London
roads. It also prioritises many of the key challenges addressed in the
draft London Plan, such as the urgent need for more affordable homes,
and for public transport improvements after decades of under-funding.
I am delighted the report recommends a more strategic response from government
and a re-examination of the capital's funding. London must be allowed
to retain more not less of the resources it generates if it is to invest
for continued sustainable growth. The alternative would result in damage
to the whole UK economy. I hope the policies that develop from this report
will strengthen the role of London's government and bring the funding
to deliver further lasting improvements to life in the capital.
Examination in Public Panel Report
The findings of the independent panel appointed to conduct an examination
in public of my draft London Plan were published on 22 July, providing
a strong endorsement of my framework for managing London's growth, and
calling for the London Plan to be adopted as soon as possible. The panel's
report overwhelmingly supports key elements of the draft London Plan including
agreeing with the economic growth projections that underpin the plan,
concluding that the target for providing 50 per cent affordable housing
can be justified and is 'reasonably practicable', and recognising that
the draft plan presents clear priorities for tackling inequalities and
I am delighted that the seven-week Examination in Public process has
given broad support to the vision for London outlined in my draft London
Plan, and am particularly pleased that the Panel has confirmed that the
economic and population growth projections that form the basis of the
plan are realistic and that setting the affordable housing target at fifty
per cent is both justifiable and practicable.
The draft London Plan was also boosted further by recent Government announcements
on taking forward plans for Crossrail and the long-awaited go-ahead for
the East London Line Extension.
The Panel's report also makes a number of extremely constructive comments
that will strengthen the plan, and I have made a start to consider how
they can be incorporated into the final document. The Panel recommends
that the London Plan should be adopted as quickly as possible. This is
good news for London as it means the capital will soon have a framework
for managing growth in a sustainable way that takes the needs and interests
of all Londoners into account.
This report represents the final stage of consultation before the final
London Plan is presented to the Secretary of State for approval in the
New London Plan Programme Manager
On 22 July it was announced that Debbie McMullen would take over from
Greg Lomax as London Plan Programme Manager. She has taken up the post
on a one year secondment and will be responsible for working towards the
adoption of my London Plan, including producing the Draft Supplementary
Planning Guidance and best practice guides that will assist local authorities
in implementing the London Plan's policies.
Prior to her appointment, Debbie McMullen was a Principal Planner/ Strategy
Adviser at the GLA with responsibility for housing issues. In addition
to affordable housing research, she was the project manager for other
housing related projects, including work on housing capacity and identifying
new housing sites.
Draft Planning Guidance on Accessibility
On 17 July, 'Accessible London; Achieving an Inclusive Environment' -
the first draft Supplementary Planning Guidance to the London Plan was
launched for public consultation on 17 July at City Hall. One recommendation
of the draft guidance is that local planning authorities ensure that the
accessibility of new developments to disabled and older people is taken
into full account right from the start of the planning process.
Inclusive design is about putting people's needs first. This brings particular
benefits for disabled or older people, but it makes life easier for us
all. All too often though, accessibility issues are neglected or only
considered as an afterthought, resulting in disabled people being needlessly
segregated from other people or even completely excluded from our built
environment, unable to participate fully in employment or cultural activities,
or even access the basic services they need.
Everyone, regardless of disability or age, has a right to equal, easy
and dignified access to London's buildings and public spaces without being
made unnecessarily dependent on others. The new Supplementary Planning
Guidance explains how the planning system should work to make this right
'Accessible London: Achieving an Inclusive Environment' gives local planning
authorities advice on how to implement the London Plan's policies on accessibility.
The document recommends measures to ensure that accessibility is considered
from the earliest possible stage in the planning process, and requires
boroughs to fully integrate accessibility standards at all levels of their
Unitary Development Plans. The planning guidance will be a material planning
consideration when determining planning applications and lays down specific
guidelines on places of employment, leisure facilities, housing, town
shopping centres and the public realm.
The document also provides information to designers on finding good technical
advice, and will help disabled people gain an understanding of what they
should expect from planning in London.
Sustainable Communities Action Plan
On 30 July I welcomed the latest statement by Government on progress
towards the 'sustainable communities' plan for Thames Gateway, which heralds
millions of pounds of investment in projects in the Greenwich, Woolwich
and Thamesmead areas in South London and the Lower Lea, Stratford and
Barking and Dagenham areas of east London.
The Government's statement has also given very positive approval to my
drive to invest in public transport in East and South East London, notably
the proposed DLR extension to Woolwich and Barking Reach and the East
London Transit Scheme, which will support major regeneration of the Thames
Gateway. The Barking Reach extension would link with Crossrail, which
has recently also received support from Government, at Custom House station
in the Royal Docks.
This statement demonstrates the Government's ongoing commitment to regenerate
the Thames Gateway, and is great news for everyone in these areas. The
£56.8 million earmarked for Stratford and the Lower Lea area will
help to provide over 6000 new homes and over 2000 new jobs. In Barking
and Dagenham, £22 million and in Greenwich, Woolwich and Thamesmead
£42 million, has been set aside to regenerate these areas which
will also bring new homes, jobs and opportunities for everyone.
The Government's statement has also confirmed that it is well worth pressing
ahead and making the case for the additional transport schemes that will
form the backbone of this massive regeneration of the Thames Gateway.
I am working jointly with the Government, the Thames Gateway London Partnership
and the London Development Agency to create new, sustainable communities
and deliver around 90,000 much-needed new homes in London and over 200,000
new jobs to the area, which contains many of the UK's most deprived communities.
The growing demand for new, affordable housing in London and the development
potential of the Thames Gateway was outlined in my draft London Plan.
London Housing Strategy
On 1 August I gave my support to the new London Housing Strategy, highlighting
the planned achievement of 10,000 affordable homes per year meeting the
target set out in the draft London Plan.
Increasing the numbers of new affordable homes built in London to 10,000
by 2006 is one of the most important targets set by the London Housing
Strategy. I am delighted that this strategy we have agreed with the Boroughs
and Government supports the target I set in the draft London Plan and
that we have secured extra resources from Government to help achieve it.
Negotiating more affordable homes for those in housing need and key workers
as conditions of planning permission is one of the most direct ways that
I can contribute to delivering this target.
Since taking office in July 2000, I have has worked with London boroughs
to obtain over 2000 extra affordable housing units and £9.445m of
funding for affordable housing through negotiations with developers on
large strategic planning applications. The boroughs are also negotiating
many more additional affordable homes on local applications as a result
of the higher targets they have set in their UDPs following publication
of the draft London Plan.
Just as important are the additional affordable homes many boroughs have
negotiated themselves as a result of the higher targets they have adopted
in their local development plans.
This all shows national, regional and local government in London co-operating
effectively to tackle London's housing problems. I will be looking for
us to agree and achieve even more stretching targets in future years given
the extent of London's needs for more new affordable homes.
Getting a Move On Report
A report published on 27 August has highlighted the issue that a shortage
of accommodation for people leaving hospital after mental health treatment
is causing delayed discharges and reducing choice. The report, "Getting
a Move On", produced by a project group from the Greater London Authority
(GLA), the Association of London Government (ALG), the Sainsbury Centre
for Mental Health (SCMH) and Advocacy Really Works (ARW), shows that the
current supply of 'move-on' accommodation is not sufficient to meet the
diverse needs of London's population.
This results in some people having to wait several months for appropriate
accommodation while others have to find new homes outside their home boroughs.
The report shows that most residents were happy with where they currently
lived, but were concerned with what may happen if they had to move. Shortcomings
in the benefits system and funding make it hard for some residents to
pay for independent housing or to get paid employment. It recommends that
plans to expand London's affordable housing stock should include better
provision for people with mental health needs, and states that the GLA,
local authorities and housing associations should work together to expand
the supply of move-on housing, and residents should have more of a say
in the kind of accommodation and support that is offered.
The report also says that better information about vacancies around the
capital should be made available, and that there is room for improvement
in the way the information is shared across the sector.
One in four people will face some form of mental health issue during
their life and London has a high proportion of people more vulnerable
to mental health problems. Stable and appropriate housing for people with
mental health needs is essential for rehabilitation, security and social
inclusion, but the report shows there are still barriers to adequate provision
of the right accommodation and support services. I believe the report's
recommendations can make a real impact on improving access and provision
to enable people with mental health problems to live more independent
Municipal Waste Strategy
I approved the publication of my Municipal Waste Strategy which will
be launched on 23 September. The Strategy will provide a policy framework
giving coherence to the actions of the implementation agencies, primarily
the London boroughs and statutory joint waste authorities.
London Schools Environment Award
I have agreed that the GLA administer the London Schools Environment
Award and for funding to be allocated from the Environment budget for
this project totalling £8,800 in 2003-04 and £78,000 in 2004-05.
This award is a scheme for London's Primary Schools to raise awareness
of environmental issues. It will be run by the GLA on behalf of the Capital
Standards Partnership. The awards scheme will include four topics:
- litter/ graffiti
- energy conservation
This scheme is being developed through the capital Standards Education
Working Group. It will consist of a series of options that teachers can
choose from. Awards will go to schools that are judged to have made the
best contribution, based on criteria to be developed by the working group.
It is proposed that two awards are made in each London Borough that is
a member of the Capital Standards Partnership (currently 26 Boroughs).
An award of £2000 will be made to the best school for "Distinction"
and a second award of £1000 will go to the next nest school in each
borough, which is "Highly Commended". The awards will be made
in April 2004.
Air Quality Research
I have approved the appointment of contractors to prepare updated estimates
of pollutant emissions and concentrations (both current and future) and
to estimate the air quality benefits of various emissions reduction scenarios.
I approved the appointment of the Environment Research Group at Kings
College London as the contractor for most of this work and in doing so
waived the requirement of the contracts code to undertake a tendering
exercise. I approved the appointment of AEA Technology as the contractor
for the airport section of this work and in doing so waived the requirement
of the contracts code to undertake a tendering exercise.
I have approved the waiving of a tendering exercise as both organisations
have been working with TfL and BAA, who are partners in this project.
Building on existing work already undertaken and the fact that the original
contracts were awarded following tendering exercises means that these
contract offer the best value for money. The total cost will be no more
Capital Waste Awareness Campaign
Following the grant of £1.4 million which the GLA received from
the London Recycling Fund, I have noted the 2003/04 grant allocation for
the Capital Waste Awareness Campaign project and the revisions to the
budget and business plan.
The principal aim of the project is to provide a high-level publicity
campaign to raise awareness and encourage people to take action in respect
to recycling in London. This campaign will complement the work being done
by London waste authorities and community sector organisations at a local
level. The project will also deliver specific tools to facilitate the
uptake of recycling and waste minimisation behaviour.
I have also noted the progress made on the project and approved the appointment
of the advertising, design, research and website agencies in line with
the GLA code of practise. I have approved the exception to the financial
thresholds for MORI for further research work.
I have approved the waiving of the requirements of the code of practice
in the case of the Hatch Group as the PR agency. I have approved the arrangements
for the future appointment of a media agency, an agency to develop a communications
plan for ethnic minority groups, an agency to provide communications support
to waste authorities and an agency to evaluate the success if the campaign
(provided that the total cost of the contract can be met from the approved
Waste Minimisation and Recycling Fund
I have welcomed a £3.6m government allocation for recycling in
London as a vital boost to reducing the capital's waste mountain announced
on 7 July. Environment Minister Elliot Morley MP announced that London
is to get the extra money on top of the £21.3m already allocated
to the capital, as its share of the government's Waste Minimisation and
When I became Mayor I lobbied the government for the allocation of this
fund. I saw it as essential to getting recycling projects off the ground.
We are working hard with the boroughs now to make recycling more accessible
to all Londoners. This extra resource couldn't have come at a better time.
Over the course of one year each Londoner creates over half a tonne of
municipal waste, most of which ends up in landfill. Only eight per cent
of London's municipal waste is currently recycled or composted. I want
to see kerbside recycling available for all Londoners by the end of 2004.
The Association of London Government, London Waste Action and I set up
a London Recycling Fund (LRF) in April 2002 to allocate spending on recycling.
It aims to help waste authorities to improve recycling and meet the overall
London target of 17 per cent.
The fund is only half way through its two-year programme and already
we have hit some important targets. We have exceeded targets on implementing
kerbside collections, home composting schemes and communal recycling sites
on housing estates, particularly in low-performing authorities. It shows
what we can achieve when all 33 boroughs decide to work with the GLA to
deliver services to Londoners.
I have agreed the appointment of Pawson Media as the media agency for
the Recycle for London campaign. I have agreed that the GLA make a further
application to the London Recycle Fund for the recycle for London campaign
to be spent on financial year 2003/04.
The principal aim of the project is to provide a high-level publicity
campaign to raise awareness and encourage people to take action in respect
to recycling in London. The campaign will complement the work being done
by London waste authorities and community sector organisations at a local
level. The project will also deliver specific tools to facilitate the
uptake of recycling and waste minimisation behaviour.
The project will be managed in the GLA and a steering group has been
set up consisting of project partners and key stakeholder representatives.
The Steering Group will help steer the development of the project and
ensure that stakeholders are on board with the project to maximise the
effectiveness of the project. The Capital Waste Awareness Campaign ("Recycle
for London") will deliver on my Waste Strategy Milestones to undertake
a major Londonwide waste awareness campaign by 31 March 2004.
Low Emission Zone Feasibility Study
On 9 July a joint study was published, setting out options for reducing
emissions from road vehicles in order to improve London's air quality.
The Low Emission Zone Feasibility Study is the product of two years' work
by consultants AEA Technology, commissioned jointly by the Association
of London Government, the GLA, Transport for London, The Department for
Environment, Food and Rural Affairs and the Department for Transport.
The study was commissioned to investigate the possibility of introducing
one or more low emission zones in London. A low emission zone is defined
as an area that excludes more polluting vehicles.
The study concludes that if policy-makers were to decide to proceed with
a low emission zone, it should exclude the most polluting buses, lorries
and coaches and should cover the whole of Greater London.
The study suggests that the earliest such a zone could be implemented
would be in 2007. It predicts that this would reduce fine particle pollution
(PM10) by 20% in 2010, achieving £100m worth of savings in terms
of lost days at work due to pollution-related illness and NHS costs.
The recommendations in the study could not be implemented without significant
new funding. If it were to go ahead, a low emission zone would require
the agreement of every London borough, myself and the government. The
study estimates that start up costs would be between £2.8m and £11.8m,
with annual operating costs of between £3.9m and £5.5m. Costs
to industry are estimated at between £64 million and £135
The Association of London Government, London boroughs and the GLA are
now considering the recommendations made in the study. We will hold discussions
with the government on funding and the national implications of a zone.
This is an exhaustive piece of work and it has advanced our knowledge
considerably about air pollution in London. We now need time to reflect
on the recommendation. Of course, if there is any proposal to proceed
then Londoners will be consulted.
Low emission zones have already been successfully introduced in a number
of Swedish cities and other UK and European cities are considering the
London Zoo Visits
I have approved £356, 933 funding for free visits and educational
opportunities at London Zoo for 2003/04. The scheme, which has been in
operation since 2001, and which is included in my Biodiversity strategy
aims to provide the opportunity for all pupils on London state primary
and secondary schools to make an educational visit to the Zoo and is particularly
directed to socially excluded and deprived children who may not otherwise
have this opportunity. Last year 67,000 children visited the Zoo as part
of the scheme and it is hoped that this will be further developed this
Animal Welfare Framework Document
I have agreed the launch of the Animal Welfare Framework Document on
1 October, which is World Animal Day. The final version of the framework
document will be approved via a Mayoral Approval Form shortly.
Trafalgar Square Concert
On 31 August, David Gray, Nitin Sawhney and Morcheeba played at a unique
free concert in Trafalgar Square attended by 12,000 people. The concert
was organised by Visit London to showcase the new-look Trafalgar Square
and kickstart the next phase of the Totally London tourism initiative.
The event was primarily funded by the London Development Agency.
I was delighted that such a great line-up performed at the Trafalgar
Square concert. The acts are hugely popular in the UK, and are also major
international artists, which made them a perfect choice to show off the
wonderful new Trafalgar Square and the hundreds of other exciting things
going on in London this summer and into the autumn.
Trafalgar Square is the London stage for gaining an international profile
for the city. This event is therefore an excellent way of starting Totally
London 2, our campaign to recover tourism, which will target Londoners,
people from the rest of the UK and near Europe.
Prior to the event, I approved the contribution of £200,000 to
the concert including £4,999 which was vired from the major policies
and projects budget to the Cultural Initiatives Summer in the Square budget
to cover the costs for the initial feasibility study for the concert.
4th Plinth Shortlist
On 25 July my 4th Plinth Commissioning Group announced the six artists
who have been shortlisted to create a contemporary artwork for the vacant
4th Plinth in Trafalgar Square. The six artists - Chris Burden, Sokari
Douglas Camp, Stefan Gec, Sarah Lucas, Thomas Schütte and Marc Quinn
- have been selected from a long list of national and international practitioners
across diverse art forms and styles.
The 4th Plinth Commissioning Group, under acting chair Sandy Nairne,
Director of the National Portrait Gallery, will commission a temporary
piece of art for the 4th Plinth in the north west corner of the newly
pedestrianised Trafalgar Square. The commissioned artwork will be displayed
on the 4th Plinth for between 12 to 18 months as the first piece of art
in a rolling programme. The 4th Plinth project has been developed following
the previous initiative by the RSA (Royal Society for the encouragement
of Arts, Manufacture and Commerce) and recommendations made to the Government
by Sir John Mortimer's Advisory Group on the 4th plinth.
The 4th Plinth project is integral to my vision for Trafalgar Square
of becoming London's new focal point for cultural excellence and activity.
This shortlist of six internationally renowned artists represents a great
range of vision and approach. The project aims to create interest, excitement
and debate. It will do this by working with these leading artists to develop
artworks that will stimulate debate, challenge perceptions of public art
and create new and imaginative pieces.
Public participation and access will be key to the success of the 4th
Plinth project and ample opportunities will be given for the public to
engage in the commissioning process and express their preferences on the
The six shortlisted artists will now be commissioned to produce a working
model of their proposed piece. These models will go on public display
in the Sainsbury Wing foyer at the National Gallery during December 2003
and January 2004. I will be announcing the winning piece of artwork in
Trafalgar Square Café
I have selected a name for the new Trafalgar Square café, built
within the north terrace of Trafalgar Square. From a number of suggestions,
the name "Café on the Square" was chosen and announced
at the reopening in July.
Notting Hill Carnival
Over 500, 000 people attended this year's Notting Hill Carnival over
the August Bank Holiday weekend. I am pleased to report that the event
passed largely peacefully and have offered my praise to the Carnival organisers
and the Metropolitan Police for their hard work in making the event as
safe as possible.
Prior to the event, I approved the provision of £142, 000 towards
the 2003 Notting Hill Carnival stewarding and route management operation
from the agreed 2003/04 Notting Hill Carnival Budget of £215, 000.
The funding was used to:
- Support London Notting Hill Carnival Ltd to the value of £117,
200 to recruit and deploy 300 stewards at Carnival 2003, and co-ordinate
a training programme for a total of 900 paid and unpaid volunteer stewards
at carnival 2003.
- support the Notting Hill Mas band Association to the value of £25,
000 in order to co-ordinate the recruitment of 600 volunteer stewards
who contributed to the overall crowd and route management operation
and other associated costs pertinent to Carnival 2003.
This followed the recommendation in the Carnival Review Group's interim
report to assist the organisation in delivering an effective and professional
stewarding and route management organisation. This was the third year
in which such funding has been made available by the Authority for the
purposes of crowd management and public safety at the Notting Hill Carnival.
Carnival Review Group Final Report
I have approved the release of £55,000 from the Cultural Events
programme budget to finance the cost of the Carnival Review Group's final
report and launch event. The review group was established in September
2000 in order to conduct an independent, wide-ranging and strategic review
of the future development of the Notting Hill Carnival. The first stage
of the Review Group's inquiry concluded in February 2001 with the launch
of the interim report. The review has included the commissioning of a
two-year crowd analysis and route design study in 2001 and 2002, a professional
evaluation of the Carnival's stewarding operation and the production of
an economic assessment and study by the LDA as noted below. The Group's
final report will represent the most comprehensive strategic review of
the Notting Hill Carnival since the event was established in the 1960s
and will include recommendations for a range of different stakeholders
and statutory agencies. The full report is due to be launched the end
Economic Assessment Report
The first-ever study into the contribution that the Notting Hill Carnival
makes to the economic, social and cultural life of London was published
on 20 August by the London Development Agency. The report, commissioned
by the LDA and written by a team of independent researchers, shows that
the Notting Hill Carnival contributes up to £93m each year to London's
economy and supports the equivalent of 3,000 full-time jobs. It also suggests
that Carnival could generate even more economic and social benefits by,
amongst other things, developing its publicity and marketing activities
and encouraging the private sector to play a bigger role.
Based on a survey of Carnival 2002, the report found that the estimated
1.16 million people who attend Carnival spend a total of £45m over
three days - an average of nearly £39 per visitor.
In addition, the sums spent on preparing for Carnival, extra spending
on Caribbean products following the event and the general financial boost
to firms and individuals involved in Carnival accounts for up to £50m.
The report also found that:
- An estimated 316,000 visitors to Carnival were from the UK but outside
- Around 90,000 visited Carnival from abroad.
- Carnival was an effective way of promoting Caribbean goods to wider
markets since over half of visitors said they were more likely to buy
more Caribbean food items and products after attending Carnival.
- The highest spend per person was on the Saturday (£58) when
most clothes and music products were bought.
- Average spending on Sunday (£34) and Monday (£30) was
on food and drink, rather than clothes and music products.
Amongst its conclusions, the report recommends:
- A bigger PR and publicity campaign aimed at people in London, the
rest of the UK and abroad.
- A fundraising strategy to maximise revenue from the public and private
sectors, trusts, foundations in the UK and abroad.
- A broader marketing and merchandising campaign to maximise revenue
from Carnival-related goods such as books, mugs, CDs, T-shirts etc.
- Building on the skills and business development potential of Carnival
to strengthen its links with the creative industries. This would encourage
the formation of new businesses and developing existing ones.
- The possible creation of a Carnival Visitor Centre, to examine the
relevant experiences in the UK and abroad.
Carnival is now regarded as London's premier cultural event and a symbol
of the ease with which Londoners have embraced their city's diversity.
This report identifies that carnival generates millions of pounds in revenue
and makes a significant contribution to London's tourist economy. The
carnival has also become a victim of its own success with the sheer volume
of visitors posing a challenge for the Metropolitan Police and other statutory
agencies. As noted above, I have made it a priority to ensure that the
current level of stewarding is funded and that visitors were reminded
ahead of time to be alert about their personal safety.
London Day 2003
On 3 July activities for the third annual London Day took place on the
anniversary of the formal commencement of office of myself, as Mayor of
London and that of the London Assembly.
As part of the events, I hosted a London Day award reception for Londoners
who have made a significant contribution to life in the capital. The awards
paid tribute to around 1,000 guests who have made a difference to life
in the capital through their work, their community involvement or a personal
London Day is about honouring those Londoners who make our city such
a great place to live and work and make a huge difference to communities
across the capital. As part of the London Day celebrations we are able
to publicly thank them for their efforts. The nominations for recipients
of the awards were made by organisations and members of the public across
As part of the celebrations, a unique aerial photographic floor map of
the Greater London area was launched. The map, situated in the visitor
centre at City Hall, will give visitors to the building an opportunity
to get a unique view of London as well as see the street where they live
Other events marking the day included a tree planting ceremony at Tanner
Street Park in Southwark and the annual London Day lunch at City Hall,
hosted by the New Statesman.
An estimated 50,000 people enjoyed the first London Mela in Gunnersbury
Park on Sunday 17 August. Ealing Council organised the event (as part
of Ealing Summer), with support from O2 and the GLA. The London Mela is
the capital's newest free festival, offering a colourful celebration of
Asian culture and creativity.
The London Mela featured twelve zones of entertainment and creative activity,
including popular and classical music, dance, stand up comedy, community
performances, sports, children's activities, funfair and carnival, street
arts, food and global markets.
I would like to see the Mela Festival to become one of the capital's
major summer attractions. London's first Mela was a huge success. Londoners
from all sections of the community came out to support this peaceful event.
It was a fantastic celebration of Asian culture and creativity and made
a great day out for all the family. Visitors were entertained by a variety
of excellent performers and there were many delicious dishes to eat as
well as plenty of fun and games for children. Ealing should be proud to
have hosted such an outstanding event - it was a showcase for London.
I have signed a number of Friendship Agreements with international cities,
including an agreement with Delhi signed in July 2002, which are being
developed to celebrate London's diversity and recognise the contribution
to London's economy and multicultural society by ethnic minority communities.
Delhi's Secretary of Art and Culture, Nita Bali accompanied performers
to London and has a programme of visits to arts and cultural organisations
in London, with a view to establishing further links between them and
the Delhi Department of Art and Culture and arts and cultural organisations
On 19 July this year's respect festival took place at the Dome in Greenwich,
and was one of the largest public declarations against racism in Europe.
This was the first time that the Dome has been used for a major free event.
This year respect was dedicated to the memory of Stephen Lawrence, who
was murdered in a racist attack ten years ago.
Among those appearing at the respect festival were established artists
from a wide range of musical styles and new and emerging talent was showcased
across a variety of genres including music, dance and comedy.
The growing reputation of the respect festival is evidence that Londoners
will not tolerate racism in their capital. London is a great multicultural
and diverse city, which is why we love living here, why I love being Mayor
of this city, and it is what makes it a successful city for business,
for tourism, for culture, for food, for life but there is no room for
complacency. We have not defeated racism. Over the last two years we have
seen a dramatic rise in racism and activities of right-wing extremists
in towns and cities across the country. Faced with rising racism the lesson
we must learn from elsewhere in Europe is that racism cannot be appeased
or ignored - its arguments must be confronted.
I also announced my hope to turn respect into a national event. I have
pledged to write to every local authority in the country, to trade union
leaders and to many voluntary and community organisations suggesting we
work together in a nationwide respect network of towns and cities working
together to fight racism and celebrate the contributions which different
communities, races, religions and nationalities make to our cities and
I reiterated my wish to build respect into a national movement. Our strength
and our unity are more powerful than the racists and together we can stand
up to and end racism.
This year, the festival served as the culmination of a week of anti-racist
activities. For respectweek, events and activities were organised in boroughs
across the capital, celebrating London's diversity and affirming that
racism has no place in a city like London. Aimed at people of all ages
and interests, they included a film festival; music, theatre and other
arts events; community and borough based activities; children's and educational
events. Many of these events and activities were free.
The first ever respectFilm took place, including a week-long season of
films celebrating diversity from around the world, at cinemas across London
from 10-17 July. Raising Victor Vargas tells the story of young love in
New York's Lower East Side and has received excellent reviews in the States.
The film was screened at the Curzon Mayfair on 10 July. Amongst several
premieres and exclusive screenings were Standing in the Shadows of Motown,
the documentary and live performance film about the pivotal role played
by the Funk Brothers in the musical legacy that spawned the once ubiquitous
'Motown sound', which changed the course of music around the world. This
closed the festival at the Ritzy, Brixton, on 17 July.
I have approved £65,000 funding contribution for the Thames Festival
from the 2003/04 Cultural initiatives budget. This annual event will take
place on the weekend of 13 and 14 September.
This follows my support in previous years to this event which encourages
public participation in our city's culture, particularly focussing on
the appreciation and understanding of the River Thames and its ability
to connect London's diverse communities both geographically and historically.
As before the festival aims to work in partnership with schools and educational
institutions to deliver a range of educational initiatives and it is hoped
that many young people and families who have contributed will attend the
Fair Employment Seminar
On 8 July I welcomed representatives of London Boroughs and trade unions
to City Hall to discuss the promotion of fair employment in public sector
Speaking at the Procurement and Fair Employment Seminar in City Hall
I gave the example of two contractors providing catering and ancillary
services to the redesigned Trafalgar Square who had agreed to a fair employment
clause in their contracts with the GLA. This clause ensures that their
staff receive terms and conditions no less favourable than if they were
employed directly by the Authority.
Since its inception the Greater London Authority has been working towards
developing a policy where the contracts it awards, where appropriate,
contain a binding fair employment clause. I am pleased with the progress
that has been made and particularly with the willingness so far of contractors
to accept these contract clauses and their positive approach in outlining
their fair employment provisions within their tenders.
The GLA's Legal Counsel, James Goudie QC, explained his original opinion
in detail and provided an update on various other legal issues relating
to procurement, employment and equal opportunities to the key stakeholders
who attended the event.
Case for London
Government Spending Review 2004
The next Government Spending Review is due to take place in 2004 and
the GLA and the functional bodies will be submitting an integrated Case
for London, alongside detailed bids to individual Government sponsoring
departments, setting out evidence for financial investment in public services
I have approved a programme of economic research to support my submission
in respect of the Government's Spending Review 2004 at an estimates cost
of £200,000. The procurement of the research will be undertaken
through the approved GLA Economics framework agreement. I have also agreed
that the functional bodies will be approached for contributions toward
the cost of the research. The cost of the research will be met from the
GLA's contingency fund pending the agreement of the functional bodies
to share the cost.
GLA Economics International Conference
I have agreed to GLA Economics holding a conference in October which
aims of to enhance London's position as a global city and economic stronghold,
to build GLA Economics reputation as an authoritative provider of economic
information and analysis, and to show how the GLA supports London's economy.
This will be an international conference and speakers from New York,
Paris and Berlin will be invited to present at the conference alongside
senior GLA Economics staff. It will provide a unique opportunity to discuss
policy issues arising from world city status.
I have agreed that, contrary to normal GLA fees and charges policy delegates
will be charged a fee to cover the £15000 cost of holding the event
and securing a commitment to attend from delegates.
Asian London Guide 2003
On 4 July the "Asian London Guide 2003", was launched, following
the success of last year's first ever guide to the diverse range of entertainment
and events provided by Asian communities within and from outside London.
The 2003 guide gives detailed listings and complete travel information
for the summer's vibrant Melas and other outdoor and indoor events including
exhibitions, festivals and theatre, dance and musical performances throughout
London - many of which are free. Events included the 12th Greenwich Mela
as well as the first ever London-wide Mela in Ealing.
The Asian London Guide 2003 is not just about the summer. It is extremely
useful for the whole year highlighting and describing key places to visit
from Brick Lane to Green Street, from Wembley to Tooting; showing where
to find the best Bollywood cinemas; listing arts and cultural organisations,
and detailing various Asian themed venues, galleries, clubs and media.
London leads the world in creativity and diversity. Apart from their
significant social and economic contribution our Asian communities strengthen
the vitality and dynamism of our cultural landscape helping to make this
a truly world-class city. Therefore I was delighted to introduce this
second Asian London guide with such an amazing amount of things to do
from Melas to curry festivals to Bollywood films and special exhibitions
throughout the summer and beyond.
Asian London 2003 was distributed at theatres, libraries, bars, community
centres, cultural associations and tourist information points/organisations
Mayor's Commission on African and Asian Heritage
I have approved a £26, 000 allocation for the establishment of
my Commission on African and Asian Heritage (MCAAH). This commission has
been created to examine diversity issues within the heritage sector and
develop a long-term strategy that will:
- Address inequality within London's mainstream heritage sector
- Facilitate a sustainable infrastructure for Black History and Heritage
within community based institutions and
- Foster partnerships and programmes to help ensure diversity in London's
I have also approved the GLA provision of the necessary assistance to
implement the commission process.
The MCAAH will act as an advisory body and make recommendations that
will be set out in a final report.
Celebrating Success - London Government Working Together
A publication highlighting positive partnership working between the Greater
London Authority, the Association of London Government and the London
boroughs was launched on 4 July at a reception at City Hall.
The brochure has been produced by the ALG and GLA, and contains ten case
studies which show how partnership working has resulted in achieving positive
and effective outcomes in service delivery across a number of areas including
housing, health, recycling and transport.
My vision for London is one of sustainable economic growth and equality
for all Londoners and this informs every area of my work. In order for
this approach to be effective, the GLA needs to work closely with the
London boroughs and the ALG to develop and deliver this shared vision.
This booklet sets out just a few examples of successful collaborative
working between the Greater London Authority and Association of London
Government, and how the joint activities of the respective branches of
London government are working to make London a better place to live and
Regional Visit to Enfield, Haringey and Waltham Forest
On 10 July, as part of my regional borough tour, I visited an innovative
new 'first of its kind' police kiosk in operation in Haringey. The kiosk
is a hexagonal shaped 'tardis' type building and is one of only two such
buildings within the whole of the Metropolitan Police area.
The kiosks became operational in April 2003 and, if successful, could
be used across London. They aim to help beat officers in carrying out
their duties and can be used for interviewing victims and witnesses of
crime, as well as being used as a place of safety.
During the visit I also met with new police recruits and Police Community
Support Officers based in Wood Green. Before my first budget came into
effect there were 519 police officers in the borough. Since then this
has increased to 632 officers and is set to increase to 671 as a result
of the budget I approved for this year.
Earlier in the day, I went to Walthamstow Town Centre to meet with and
pledge my support for protestors, led by the McGuffin Film Society, who
oppose the closure of the EMD cinema. This 'art-deco' cinema has played
host to performers such as the Beatles, Rolling Stones, James Brown and
Duke Ellington amongst others. This cinema is a vital resource in the
regeneration of the Town Centre area and the whole borough. It will help
to attract much needed inward investment by major businesses and help
to turn this area into a vibrant and flourishing local economy. It has
a rich and artistic history and some of the top performers in the world
have come through its doors. A public inquiry into the sale and closure
of the cinema is underway and its findings are to be announced imminently.
These visits took place as part of my regional tour of Enfield, Haringey
and Waltham Forest, as part of which I launched the North London Strategic
Alliance regional strategy and then went to see how LDA funding is helping
to support and revive the manufacturing sector in the Lea Valley. I also
watched a football match between students at Rushcroft School and a school
for visually disabled children and I also met with artists at the newly
opened, LDA funded, ArtZone.
I have approved the following issues relating to tourism expenditure:
- Expenditure of £33, 371 (excluding VAT) for final settlement
of an outstanding invoice from Euro WSCG Wnek Gosper for work done in
connection with the "Greatest Show on Earth" outdoor campaign;
- Expenditure of £30, 350 (excluding VAT) for final settlement
of an outstanding invoice from Appetite for work done in connection
with the development of the "big Idea" concept for the marketing
of London Tourism, and;
- A project overspend of £18, 821 on the Visit London Launch on
20 September 2002, giving a revised project total of 359, 196 (£18,821
net after a contribution of £40, 375 from the LDA).
The resolution of these issues has identified issues which are now being
resolved, such as the clarity of roles and responsibilities between GLA
officers and external partners working with the Authority and training
needs which are being pursued.
I have approved a payment of £50, 000 to support the operating
costs of LondonConnects, the regional e-government partnership between
myself and the London boroughs. This funding continues the work which
has been established over the past two years. The partnership has been
an effective mechanism for co-ordinating and leading the development of
an e-government programme for London. This contribution is as anticipated
in the GLA's 2003/04 Business Plan.
Disability Capital Questionnaire
A major survey has been launched as part of my Disability Capital 2003
initiative to focus on the civil rights of disabled people living in London.
The survey, 'Disability Capital Questionnaire' covers a variety of issues
including: transport, housing, lifestyle and discrimination. The aim of
the survey is to collect individual people's experiences of barriers they
face in everyday life and to identify the most important issues to disabled
and deaf Londoners.
In striving to make London an accessible and inclusive city at every
level the reality for many of the capital's deaf and disabled people is
far removed from our aspirations. We know that disabled Londoners are
generally more likely to be poor, to be out of work, to be living in inadequate
housing with poor access to education and health services and to face
They also face barriers of discrimination, in accessing transport and
leisure services, being excluded through inadequate access to the built
environment and information. I want to know the real experiences of barriers
faced by disabled people in the capital so that we can develop an agenda
which will deliver equality for disabled and deaf Londoners.
The results of the survey will form the basis of a report to be presented
at the Disability Capital Conference on 13 December 2003 which I will
be hosting. The conference will bring together disabled people and decision
makers to debate the issues highlighted in the report.
Liberty - Disability Rights Festival
On 1 August I announced that I would be hosting Liberty - London's Disability
Rights Festival, a high-profile and contemporary programme featuring disabled
artists, musicians, dancers and performers from the UK and abroad. The
festival will take place on 7 September and is free. It represents a highlight
in my Summer in the Square 2003 programme of events in newly reopened
Trafalgar Square. Organised by the GLA, in association with Greater London
Action on Disability (GLAD), Liberty is part of my commitment to European
Year of Disabled People which I am supporting through events, consultation,
research and service improvements for disabled Londoners.
All are welcome to attend and there will also be stalls and displays
from a variety of organisations plus workshops and arts activities in
the National Gallery and National Portrait Gallery.
GIANTS - Disability Photography Exhibition
Throughout September, a unique photographic exhibition at City Hall will
chart the journey disabled and deaf people have made in their struggle
for equality. "Giants - Disabled People Reaching For Equality"
has been created by the Disability Rights Commission and supported by
The exhibition is another element of my commitment to support European
Year of Disabled People and to improve the lives of disabled Londoners
through a programme of events, consultation and research and service improvements
across the GLA. I am pleased to work in partnership with the Disability
Rights Commission through funding and hosting this landmark exhibition.
Giants is the story of how disabled people were hidden in institutions,
then came together in the struggle for recognition and finally celebrated
in giant images. The exhibition has been written and photographed by David
Hevey, and designed by Helena Roden. Giants was produced by the arts charity
SHAPE. It is audio described and braille and large print versions of texts
Gay Data Information Service
I have authorised expenditure of the development, production and launch
of a GLA cyber directory information resource which will be linked to
the main GLA website.
Gay data will provide a search facility and its purpose is to allow lesbian
and gay Londoners direct access to information about a range of practical
services such as community and social groups, health, advice and helpline
services, covering a broad range of subjects.
The service has been developed in conjunction with Gay-Z Directories
Ltd and they will host and maintain the data for 12 months for a fee of
£1,500. Most of the entries within Gay data allow the user to send
an email directly to the agency/ service, visit the official website for
additional information and to view a street map showing the exact location
of the agency/ service required. Email addresses for individual services
remain hidden to the user to prevent abuse of the system.
London Partnership Register
The 500th couple registered with London Partnerships Register on 12 July,
nearly two years after the establishment of the Register in September
2001. Gay and lesbian couples are showing that they want the opportunity
to have their relationships recognised.
This registration came just after the Government released its consultation
paper on same sex partnerships. Even as London couples continue to sign
the London Partnerships Register, legislative change is still needed in
relation to inheritance, property and other rights. I would like to see
draft legislation included in the Queen's Speech this November, so it
is essential that people take part in the consultation and show that there
is real support for this change. I will also be inviting local authorities
to attend a meeting to discuss what we might do to push the case for change.
Exemplary Employer Status: Analysis of Staff Survey
I have noted the results of the staff survey on sexuality and that the
report would be considered by the Assembly's Business Management and Appointment
Committee on 10 September.
Outcome of Equalities for All Best Value Review Inspection and Implementation
of Service Improvement Plan
I have noted the content and outcome of the inspection and that the GLA
has been assessed as providing a two star good service with promising
prospects for improvement. I have also agreed the project management arrangements
for monitoring and implementing the Service Improvement Plan.
The award of two stars by the Audit Commission shows how much the Authority
has already achieved in only three years, against the ambitions equalities
targets it has set itself.
London is one of the most diverse cities in the world and benefits economically
and culturally from the many communities that live here. It is also a
city of great contrasts, which has huge gaps between the rich and the
poor. While Londoners may generally pride themselves on being tolerant
and fair, there are still may inequalities we need to tackle related to
different groups in our society. Our work, at a strategic level across
the capital an in the direct provision of services such as police, transport
and fire services, has a major effect on the lives of all Londoners.
The Equalities for All review was unique. It is the first time that such
a thorough review has been conducted across so many organisations, and
ones that differ significantly in size, structure, history and culture.
The Audit Commission reports that the Authority's strategic framework
for developing and implementing equalities across the GLA group is good
with promising prospects for further improvement. The Commission's score
of two stars is the highest given to date to any authority review of equalities.
All the organisations in the GLA group aim to be "exemplary organisations"
when it comes to equal opportunities. We do not see this as an optional
extra but a central activity if our organisations are to be seen as modern
and relevant to Londoners.
By working in an effective partnership, the GLA group is able to share
experiences and expertise make more effective use of scarce resources
and provide more joined up and effective services.
The GLA is leading the way for many public and private sector organisations
in Britain, and indeed in Europe. Londoners consulted as part of this
review stated that the Mayor should set the equalities agenda for London
and ensure real improvements to the lives of Londoners; the outcomes of
this review and the pioneering initiatives already underway will enable
this to happen.
This report will be considered by the Assembly's Business Management
and Appointments Committee on 10 September.
GLA Pay Award
Following the recommendation of the Assembly Business Management and
Appointments Committee on 4 June I agreed the application of the interim
3.6% cost of living pay award to the three Mayoral appointments for the
posts Head of Spatial Development Strategy team, Head of Office (London
House, Brussels) and Policy Director (Service Delivery).
I have agreed the proposed changes to the GLA's Contract Code of practise
and the timetable for revising the code. I have also responded to the
recommendations made by the Assembly's Budget Committee following their
scrutiny of the Authority's procurement processes. The report was considered
by the Assembly's Business Management and Appointments Committee on 16
Internal IT Projects
I have approved the Project Initiation Documents for major internal IT
projects to deliver the new Finance and Human Resource systems. I have
also agreed that the Projects Boards of the two projects can approve the
selected software packages, subject to the agreed procurement procedures
and the time and cost constraints laid out in the Project Initiation Documents.
I have also approved the mini-tender to appoint a 10-month part time
consultant to project manage package selection, procurement and implementation
planning for these projects.
This follows my approval of the GLA's three-year Technology Strategy
and budget in April this year.
IT Network Infrastructure Maintenance
I have approved the waiving on the requirement of the Contracts Code
to undertake an advertised competitive tendering exercise; and have approved
the recommendation to award the contract for a period of three years to
maintain the GLA's network infrastructure to Matrix Network Solutions.
The Foundry Network kit is highly specialised equipment that manages
and provides the "backbone" to the City Hall data network infrastructure.
Maintenance of this equipment should only be provided by fully accredited
resellers as they have guaranteed access to spare parts and the technical
resources of the manufacturer. The cost of the contract over the three-year
period is £96,784.
Data Link - London House, Brussels and City Hall
I have approved the waiving of the contracts code to undertake a mini-tendering
exercise and approval of the recommendation to award the contract to British
Telecom for the supply and management of the data link between London
House, Brussels and City Hall. The contract will last for a minimum of
3 years, with a contract value of £43,740.
I agreed to waive the contracts code for a number of reasons. It had
originally been envisaged that the contract would be for a year only.
Therefore the contract value would only have required three quotes. However,
British Telecom's three-year offer with annual renewal represented very
good value for money. The supplier who came second was requested to supply
terms and process for a three-year term but did not respond. In addition,
this is a very specialised service that only a small number of suppliers
can provide. Finally there is an urgent need to reduce the costs being
incurred with the existing service and the negotiations which have taken
place have already been lengthy, taking over 6 months.
Committee Management System
I have approved the waiver of the contracts code of practise to undertake
an advertised competitive tendering exercise and have approved the recommendation
to procure a Committee Management System from Esprit Loutron Partnership
Ltd at a cost of £50, 725 for the purposes of improving the management
of Assembly papers and making these more effectively available to the
general public through the internet.
Market Research Contract
I have approved the awarding of a contract to MORI to conduct a programme
of market research between July 2003 and the end of March 2004. This follows
on from the consultation work programme and budget which mentions market
research to establish Londoners views on a range of issues to inform strategy
and policy development.
This follows a tendering process to appoint a single market research
company to carry out this programme of research. Following the tender
evaluation, MORI were awarded the contract on the basis that their bid
was judged to be the most economically advantageous on the grounds of
Internal and External Audit Plans
Following my report in June, I have agreed to the requests made by the
Audit Panel in their letter following the meeting of 17 June. I have consequently
approved the final Internal Audit and External Audit Plans for 2003/04.
GLA London Resilience Arrangements
I have approved the role of the Chief Executive and other GLA officers
in relation to London Resilience and have approved the financial arrangements
relating to a free secondment to the London resilience team for a period
of 12 months.
Relationships with External Organisations and Functional Bodies
I have confirmed the procedures for dealing with external organisations
and functional bodies where a financial or legal relationship exists in
the GLA. This report will be considered by the Assembly's Business Management
and Appointments Committee on 10 September.
I have noted the internal audit assessment of the following Authority
|Renumeration and conditions of service
This report will be considered by the Assembly's Audit Panel on 14 October.
I have also noted the contents of External Audit's interim Audit Report
in respect of 2002/03.
This report will be considered by the Assembly's Audit Panel on 14 October.
Additional Edition of The Londoner
Since the Londoner was launched in December 2002 as a part of the communications
plan to improve information provision and achieve a level of awareness
of the GLA, the effectiveness of the paper has been monitored in terms
of the provision of information and increasing levels of awareness about
In November 2002, before the launch of the Londoner, 19% of people questioned
in the Annual London Survey said that the GLA kept them well or fairly
well informed. However, by March 2003, after two editions of the Londoner,
a MORI survey showed that 40% now felt they were kept well or fairly well
informed. By June 2003, this was 42%.
In addition to this, Londoners have consistently stated in the Annual
London survey that their preferred method of communication was through
their door. In May 2003, respondents who had received this edition of
the Londoner were asked if they liked receiving information this way from
the Mayor and GLA and 71.6% said that they did. This mechanism also provides
an effective vehicle for communication of the GLA group performance information
to all Londoners, as it reaches almost 3 million households and the July
2003 edition included a GLA group performance summary produced in conjunction
with TfL, LDA, MPA and LFEPA.
Following this success, I have agreed to the production and distribution
of an additional edition of the Londoner (making an annual total of seven)
subject to a financial contribution of £311, 000 from the London
Tourist Board. I have also agreed to schedule the next four editions of
the Londoner for publication between September and December 2003.
In addition to this the functional bodies will be approached with the
aim of securing input and financial support for expanding the production
programme for the Londoner. I have agreed the revised 2003/04 budget of
£2.2 million for the Londoner and have consulted the Assembly's
Budget Committee on the virement of £72,000 for staffing and Londonline
I have approved the awarding of a contract to print the next three edition
of the Londoner to Westferry Printers Ltd subject to agreement of a formal
contract. This follows the approval of a EU procurement process to increase
the number of newspaper printers on the GLA's printing framework arrangement.
Additional printers were admitted to the framework arrangement in order
to comply with the requirements of best value and there are now 6 printers
in the GLA framework agreement.
Following the submission of detailed quotes for printing the next three
editions of the Londoner, an evaluation of the quotes took place and I
have approved the awarding of the contract to Westferry at a value of
I have approved the awarding of a contract for the distribution of future
editions of The Londoner in 2003/04, beginning with the November 2003
edition, to Circular Distributors.
This follows the approval of a EU procurement process to establish a
framework arrangement for distribution services and the completion of
the agreed process.
Distribution Validation Services
I have approved the awarding of a contract for distribution validation
services for future editions of The Londoner. In order to monitor the
effectiveness of distribution it is necessary to carry out back-checking
of delivery to the 2.9 million households.
This follows a tender process and evaluation of bids and the contract
will be awarded to Stepcheck at a cost of £8,400 per issue.
City Hall Lease
I have confirmed that I am satisfied with the terms of the proposed lease
of City Hall. I have authorised the Director of Corporate Services to
respond to consultation undertaken by the Government Office for London
in relation to the proposed transfer scheme under section 409 of the GLA
Act 1999 assigning the lease of City Hall and associated rights to the
London's Living Room
I have approved the reduction in the £20, 645 fee for Bollywood
Ltd to film in London's Living Room from the 10-12 September 2003 to £2400
Bollywood Ltd is filming a low-budget film called the King of Bollywood,
which will involve a scene in London's Living Room. City Hall was chosen
as the venue for a scene with a reception to welcome guests to London
as the building and the views over London are thought to represent London
to an overseas audience.
The Film Council international have been actively assisting the production
and it is hoped to promote the GLA and London to Indian, UK and worldwide
Planning and Development Control
Planning Decisions (Stage Two Referrals)
I have sent letters in response to the following statutory referrals:
40 Holborn Viaduct I have written to the Corporation of London
stating that I have decided not to direct refusal of this application.
Aquila Site, Golf Road I have written to the London Borough of
Bromley stating that I have decided not to direct refusal of this application.
Lymington Fields I have written to the London Borough of Barking
and Dagenham stating that I have decided not to direct refusal of this
Land at Worship Street and Shoreditch High Street, London EC2 I
have written to Hackney Council stating that I have decided not to direct
refusal of this application.
Dolphin Site I have written to Havering Council stating that I
have decided not to direct refusal of this application.
Land to the rear of the General Lying-in Hospital, Addington Street
site I have written to Lambeth Council stating that I have decided
not to direct refusal of this application.
Site A, Bow Lock Twelve Trees Crescent I have written to Tower
Hamlets Council stating that I have decided not to direct refusal of this
Buckston Brown Farm, West Hill, Orpington, Kent I have written
to Bromley Council stating that I have decided not to direct refusal of
Thurston Road Industrial Estate, Jerrard Street I have written
to Lewisham Council stating that I have decided not to direct refusal
of this application.
Brunel University Site, Margaret's Road, East Twickenham I have
written to Richmond Upon Thames Council stating that I have decided not
to direct refusal of this application.
Tidal Basin Road, Royal Victoria Docks I have written to Newham
Council stating that I have decided not to direct refusal of this application.
Town Square, Clockhouse Avenue and 10-26 Ripple Road I have written
to Barking and Dagenham Council stating that I have decided not to direct
refusal of this application.
Wind Turbine, Ford Estate, Dagenham I have written to Barking
and Dagenham Council stating that I have decided not to direct refusal
of this application. The proposal is for London's first large scale wind
power plant, which will provide enough energy to run the new Ford's Assembly
Room, or the equivalent of power for 2,850 homes. It will save the production
of 4,411 tonnes of pollutants, such as carbon dioxide and sulphur dioxide
emissions, each year, thus contributing towards improved air quality and
reducing London's contribution to global warming. The three turbines will
go half way to meeting my target in the draft Energy Strategy of six new
major wind turbines in London by 2010.
Seething Lane I have written to the Corporation of London stating
that I have decided not to direct refusal of this application.
Hungerford Bridge Sire Compound I have written to Lambeth Council
stating that I have decided not to direct refusal of this application.
Lots Road I have written to Hammersmith and Fulham Council stating
that I have decided not to direct refusal of this application.
Mariner Road, Pepys Street I have written to the Corporation of
London stating that I have decided not to direct refusal of this application.
Former Guardian Press Centre, 2 Millharbour, Isle of Dogs I have
written to Tower Hamlets Council stating that I have decided not to direct
refusal of this application.
Chelsea Bridge Wharf I have written to Wandsworth Council stating
that I have decided not to direct refusal of this application.
Frog Island Depot, Manor Way, Rainham I have written to Havering
Council stating that I have decided not to direct refusal of this application.
Peruvian Wharf I have written to Newham Council further to their
letter of 25 June indicating that the fourteen-day period allowing me
to consider the application would terminate on 8 July. I received a letter
from the Government Office of London dated 3 July stating that the Secretary
of State has directed that the proposed development for which planning
permission is sought is 'EIA development' for the purposes of the 1999
Newham Council has therefore been required to notify that the applicant
that an environmental statement must be submitted to accompany the application.
In practical terms therefore the application is now invalid; as the previous
Council committee report did not include environmental information, it
would not be a report upon which the Committee could resolve to grant
planning permission and so any decision made as a result does not now
constitute a formal Stage II referral to me. Accordingly, the fourteen-day
period allowed to me has been stopped. I have asked that Newham Council
send me a copy of the applicant's response to the request for an Environmental
Statement in due course.
Planning Decisions (Stage One Applications)
I have asked officers to send letters giving my comments about the following
stage one referrals:
- Tripcock Point, Thamesmead
- Frog Island
- Jenkins Lane
- Whitelands College
- Brunel University
- Avery Hill Road
- Site E, Canada Water
- 181-183 Warwick Road
- Priddy's Yard
- 2-6 New Mount Street
- Mariner House
- Land at Church Street, Edmonton
- RAF Northolt
- Riverside South
- Hertsmere House
- Tidal Basin Road
- Hungerford Bridge Site
- 1-4 Leicester Square
- Land South of Dalston Lane
- Land bounded by Breams Buildings, Fetter Lane and Rolls Building
- Sutton Sewage Works
Stopping Up Order
Ferry Lane Officers have written to Hounslow Council following
their request that I make a decision under Section 22 of the Town and
Country Planning Act as to whether, in the special circumstances of the
case, it is necessary to hold and inquiry into a proposed stopping up
order in relation to Ferry Lane. Having considered the report, I concluded
that the outstanding objections to the stopping up order do not concern
highway matters, and are not made by a local authority, undertaker or
supplier, that there are special circumstances existing in this case so
that the holding of an inquiry is not necessary.
Paddington Station Officers have written to Westminster Council
following their initial consultation on the non-statutory referral of
Copies of my planning decisions are available on the GLA website.
I have also attended the following key engagements in the last two months:
- I hosted the Local Government Leaders reception at City Hall on 7
- I chaired the TfL Budget Steering group meeting on 8 July 2003
- I attended the High Level Rail group meeting on 8 July 2003
- I spoke at the London Assembly plenary meeting alongside Walter Momper,
President of the Berlin House of Representatives and attended the lunch
and reception in his honour on 9 July 2003
- I chaired the MPA Budget Steering Group Meeting on 9 July 2003
- I met with Rt Hon Keith Hill MP, Minister for London on 9 July 2003
- I attended the Trees for London 10th Anniversary reception on 11 July
- I chaired the LDA Budget Steering Group Meeting on 15 July 2003
- I met with Peter Cardy, Macmillan Cancer Relief on 15 July 2003
- I met with Save Ealing Streets Campaigners on 16 July 2003
- I attended the London Thames Gateway Board inaugural meeting on 16
- I hosted a reception for Student Sabbatical officers at City Hall
on 16 July 2003
- I met with Sir Robin Wales, Chair of ALG on 17 July 2003
- I met with Rt Hon Nick Raynsford MP, Minister of State for Local and
Regional Government on 17 July 2003
- I attended the London Resilience Forum meeting on 17 July 2003
- I hosted the Mardi Gras reception at City Hall on 17 July 2003
- I hosted the LFEPA Budget Steering Group meeting on 6 August 2003
- I addressed the Thames Gateway press launch alongside Rt Hon Keith
Hill MP, Minister for London on 6 August 2003
- I met with Tony Woodley, General Secretary elect of the TGWU and Barry
Camfield, Assistant General Secretary of the TGWU on 12 August 2003
- I had lunch with Lord Paul on 12 August 2003
- I visited Brixton Overground station with Val Shawcross AM on 13 August
- I met with Judith Mayhew and Allan Hayworth concerning Barts London
PFI on 13 August 2003
- I had dinner with the prize winners of the Totally London competition
on 13 August 2003
- I met with Brendan Barber, General Secretary of the TUC and Mick Connolly,
Regional Secretary of the TUC on 19 August 2003
- I attended a photocall of the Wetland Duck Bus at City Hall on 19
- I met with Tony McNulty MP, Minister for Transport on 27 August 2003
- I attended the Thames Gateway Dinner on 27 August 2003
- I attended the Trafalgar Square Concert on 31 August 2003
- I met with Elliot Morley MP, Minister for the Environment on 2 September
- I addressed the recycle for London launch on 2 September 2003
- I chaired the LFEPA budget steering group meeting on 2 September 2003
- I met with representatives of UCATT on 2 September 2003
- I attended the LCCI Business Question Time on 2 September 2003
- I attended the Banglatown international Curry Festival on 3 September
- I met with Lord Rogers on 3 September
- I met with the London Higher Education Consortium on 3 September 2003
- I hosted the London Bus and Tram Awards on 3 September 2003
3 September 2003