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Row over City Hall’s environmental credentials

The London Assembly's Environment Committee heard last week that there is still no conclusive proof that City Hall near Tower Bridge is environmentally excellent.

Samantha Heath, Chair of the Environment Committee, said: "We can all be proud that City Hall will be delivered on time. However, it does concern me that even after 18 months of pressing from the London Assembly, the opportunity has been missed to demonstrate that City Hall will be a beacon of environmental good practice. We have asked the Mayor to change the GLA website to reflect this.'

The Committee uncovered that the Mayor is claiming on the GLA's website that City Hall is 'green' even though the results of the environmental assessment are still not known (see under the sub-heading A 'green' building).

The Committee was also informed that the Department of Trade and Industry has decided to reject the GLA's bid for solar panels to be installed in City Hall. GLA facilities officers are due to report back to the Committee with details of other avenues of funding for the GLA to explore.

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