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Do you think the Garden Bridge should be scrapped?

The Garden Bridge project began as a simple idea – a beautiful new garden floating above the River Thames.

For the last three years the trustees of the Garden Bridge – designed by Thomas Heatherwick to span the Thames from Temple to the South Bank – have been planning to deliver a brand new green space in the heart of London. Planning permission was given and the trust raised nearly £70 million of private money towards the cost. But last year the new mayor, Sadiq Khan, asked Dame Margaret Hodge to review the project for value for money. Six months later, she has concluded that the bridge should be scrapped.

The chairman of the Garden Bridge Trust has hit back at a “biased” and “one-sided” report that recommended the project be scrapped and has vowed to fight on to make the bridge a reality.

Dame Margaret, MP for Barking and Dagenham, said: “I conducted an extensive inquiry and the conclusions I reached are grounded in that evidence.

“My review has found that too many things went wrong in the development and implementation of the Garden Bridge project.”

She added: “Value for money for the taxpayer has not been secured.”

The review, which was published on 7 April, said £37.4m had already been spent, and even if the bridge did not go ahead it would cost the taxpayer £46.4m.

The trust alleges the review ignored a survey that suggested three-quarters of Londoners supported the bridge and that Dame Margaret had engaged with a “very selective – largely opponent – audience”.

Putting the findings of the review aside, what is your view?  Do you think the bridge will enhance London and will be a positive addition to the South Bank? Do you think the Garden Bridge project should be continued or scrapped?

Do you think the Garden Bridge should be scrapped?

233 people have already voted, what's your opinion? It should be scrapped It should be built

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Mightymouse
3 days ago
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It is essentially a private bridge and can be closed to the public for private functions. It will spoil the view towards St. Pauls.. Thirty mature trees on the South Bank will be lost in order to build it. Its footprint on the south side will reduce space for those promenading and thus cause congestion. I agree wholeheartedly with Margaret Hodge.
Berry
4 days ago
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This is purely a vanity project which has already cost the taxpayer and would continue to do so.
It would entail, cutting down numerous mature trees on the South Bank side and would drastically alter the lovely existing view towards Temple.
And...it would not necessarily be accessible to all the public, at all times; certainly not suitable for disabled access.
Diny
17th Apr 2017
1
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Costs.I live in London and we need more bridges but the cost of this bridge is already out of control very easy to say build the bridge but we know at the end the costs will have doubled.
Pam1960
17th Apr 2017
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Unfortunately we live in a society where we think it is our right to have everything for nothing. If we want the best health & social care services, libraries, tourist attractions, free education, garden bridges etc then we need to put our hands in our pockets and pay more taxes to fund this
ronnieboy
17th Apr 2017
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unreal, we've got day care centres closing down, old peoples homes closing down cuts to the NHS Disabled Peoples money being Slashed or even stopped, and Some people want to spend money on this Rubbish, Wake Up, Smell The Coffee.
Pam1960
17th Apr 2017
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It is a beautiful idea. We should be doing more to landscape our taller buildings as well. Many other countries are ahead of us in this respect seeing the benefit not only aesthetically but environmentally friendly too. The garden bridge is not just for now but for the future and all the benefits including a boost to tourism
Helen Highwater
15th Apr 2017
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If the Government can waste billions of pounds on HS2 (which will devastate so many AONBs) then I can't see how this beautiful bridge could be scrapped because of poor value for money!
eliades
15th Apr 2017
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is the man blind with the poor quality of air in london this should be a priority especially in such built up area !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Yodama
15th Apr 2017
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The grey people are proposing to put a halt to a beautiful idea proposed by Joanna Lumley.

The Garden Bridge Trust is a charity that would own and look after the bridge. It will give many an opportunity to learn about and train in horticulture and would bring some beauty and peace to the city.

It should be built, maybe as someone suggested a bridge lottery to fund it. I would buy a ticket.

Let us always strive for more beauty in the world.
Wilf
15th Apr 2017
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I totally agree Yodama. there are those that say we should spend more money on the NHS but the bridge will cost what it costs to fund the NHS in a couple of house-bring work to people-increase tourism and make the world a prettier place. I am all for it. The problem with the UK is we spend so long on committees looking at projects they could ahve been built in less time!
JennyW2
15th Apr 2017
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Divert the money from HS2, Far better use of the money
AndyR4
15th Apr 2017
1
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London already has more green spaces than other major cities and the city aspect of the Thames is am impressive sight
A1caravanflyer
15th Apr 2017
5
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55 year ago I remember the same sort of objection to the Sydney Opera house, now it's one of the iconic symbols of that city and country.
Use lottery funds to build it, I bought many a Opera house lottery ticket whilst in Oz.
jad
15th Apr 2017
3
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I think it should be kept, not that many nice relaxing places for people to visit in London it would be nice for city workers to be able to go somewhere relaxing while working in the city, also I think it looks beautiful across, the Thames, it would be an ideal project to get retired people involved in the upkeep of it and keep people active and join in.
DavidD47
15th Apr 2017
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London is one of the greenest cities in the world. This would be an incredible waste of money, ongoing as the Trust wants Londoners to pick up the tab for maintaining it, a very expensive proposition. They will be limiting the number of people on it at any time, who will be charged to use it, and privately renting it out to corporate customers.Another Boris Johnson folly like the Greenwich cable car that has five regular customers.
Wilf
15th Apr 2017
2
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Think thats an excellent idea. I am sure many retired people would like to help-I would!
ElizabethG1
15th Apr 2017
3
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After spending months in Singapore and lving in their green garden city it would be wonderful for London to go that way too,
.I love the idea !
Wilf
15th Apr 2017
2
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I saw those towers in Singapore on a David Attenborough programme they looked amazing
MrsPunch
15th Apr 2017
4
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I think the problems with the Dartford crossing should be sorted first. The roads around Dartford and Thurrock are often at gridlock with a 10 minute journey taking anything up to 8 hours. It would be an insult to build a new crossing for pleasure before the traffic situation has been sorted.
MrsPat
14th Apr 2017
3
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It is unusual and a bit like another park in London. I think it should be built and maybe even more of them-imagine what London would look like with about 10 of these garden bridges-maybe have flowers all over the sides and vines hanging down. It would really transform London even on the most gray of days
Wilf
14th Apr 2017
4
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I think its a brilliant idea. All these negative people like Margaret Hodge should move aside and let it be built. People said the Shard should not be built-Its stunning-They said don't build the Gerkin-now its one of Londons most recognisable buildings. There was an outpouring of moaning about the London Eye-The Millennium Wheel-now its been copied all over the world need I go on? The bridge would provide work, it would be a huge tourist magnet-in short it should be built asap! Common Mrs Hodge this is not some boring communist capital this is London and it is an amazing city. Garden Bridge lets go for it!

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