London SE1 community website

Date set for Boris’s Garden Bridge grilling at City Hall

London SE1 website team

Former mayor Boris Johnson will return to City Hall on Thursday 1 March to answer question from the London Assembly about the Garden Bridge project, after the GLA Oversight Committee used its legal powers to compel him to attend.

Boris Johnson and Joanna Lumley
Boris Johnson pictured with Joanna Lumley, originator of the Garden Bridge project, at a City Hall photo opportunity in 2010

"I'm very glad the Foreign Secretary has responded positively to our summons," said Len Duvall AM, chair of the GLA Oversight Committee.

"The former Mayor did not participate in the Hodge review of the Garden Bridge Project and we believe only part of the story was told, when he appeared before us in December 2015.

"Dame Margaret did not have the power to formally require the former Mayor to give evidence, however the Assembly does have that statutory power.

"We will ensure the Foreign Secretary has all the information he needs to be able to answer our questions on the day.

"It is important that he gives us a full and complete account of how so much money was spent on a project that was abandoned, at great cost to the London taxpayer."

In December 2015 the then Mayor dismissed the committee's probe into the Garden Bridge as "a load of cobblers".

The SE1 website is supported by people like you
This article on a map
Map
February at a glance
Keep up with SE1 news

We have three email newsletters for you to choose from:

We are part of
Independent Community News Network
Email newsletter

For the latest local news and events direct to your inbox every Monday, you need our weekly email newsletter SE1 Direct.

7,000+ locals read it every week. Can you afford to miss out?

Read the latest issue before signing up

Archive
News archive from February 1999 to January 2001
Got a story for us?
Contact us with your tip-offs and story ideas.