There is a growing consensus that central government should devolve more tax revenues to City Hall, but I’d like them to go much further. The Mayor should have the ability to introduce ‘smart taxes’ and charges which reshape our city as well as raising revenue. The London Assembly then need additional powers to keep the Mayor in check.
The Mayor hasn’t set a consistent strategy across the GLA Group (including City Hall as well as the police, fire and transport services), leaving each deputy mayor or commissioner to chase their own aims when reviewing their assets.
Darren Johnson warns that Government intervention on parking spaces risks increasing the numbers of cars on London’s roads.
London Assembly member Darren Johnson on the Mayor’s decision to approve plans to redevelop the Mount Pleasant site.
The Mayor’s office recently announced that Transport for London (TfL) are working on proposals for a 22-mile, £30 billion underground ring road to encircle the capital’s central districts.