Councillors have passed a motion congratulating Boris Johnson on his victory in May’s London Mayoral election and looked forward to having a constructive and productive relationship with the new Mayor.
The motion was moved by Belvedere Councillor David Leaf who praised Boris Johnson for working closely with Bexley Council by campaigning with Bexley residents to save Queen Mary’s Hospital and for supporting the Council’s Jump on Board campaign to deliver transport improvements in Bexley and contrasted this with Ken Livingstone who had said when he was Mayor he only planned to visit Bexley once every four years. Councillor Leaf said,
“In Four of Ken Livingstone’s Eight years in office, hard working Bexley residents had the twin evils of a Labour London Mayor and a Labour Council to contend with, now that both have been removed from office Bexley can look forward to a more prosperous future”
Councillor Gareth Bacon who himself was elected to the London Assembly in May’s elections told the Council about Mayor Johnson’s policies which included more powers for the Police to stop and search people suspected of carrying knives, abolishing Ken Livingstone’s 50% affordable housing target that had never been met because it was so unattractive to property developers, protecting green spaces and the £4million Londoner propaganda newspaper had been scrapped and some of the money saved had been used to plant 10,000 new trees around London.
Councillor Bacon particularly welcomed the publication of the forensic audit panel’s report, which condemned the London Development Agency’s colossal waste of money.
“ The report pointed out that there was a mindset that success was defined in terms of spending levels not outcomes, and makes far reaching recommendations for reform of the LDA, which will lead to more money being available for genuinely beneficial projects, rather than silly pet schemes.”
Councillors felt that Bexley’s voice would be, strengthened by our representatives on the London Assembly James Cleverly and Gareth Bacon who would ensure that our concerns were listened to.
Concluding the debate Councillor Teresa O Neill Leader of Bexley Council said,
“ Boris was very well received on the doorstep, people wanted him as Mayor; I’m looking forward to the Council enjoying a constructive and good relationship with Mayor Johnson for the benefit of Bexley residents.”
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