Banks and luxury hotels would be asked to fund a series of “youth hubs” under plans by Liberal Democrat mayoral candidate Brian Paddick to “offer a positive alternative to gangs”.
Mr Paddick says the hubs would be “open seven days a week and in the evenings where young people, as well as socialising, can receive advice and support”
Unveiling his manifesto on Tuesday, Mr Paddick said the hubs would be paid for “by introducing a voluntary £1 a night luxury hotel levy on the 50,000 three-to-five star rooms across London.”
Paddick added he would also seek funding from the banks, offering them a chance to “turnaround some of their negative press.”
Other policies include increasing the visibility of uniformed Police patrols and introducing a new ‘request stop’ service on night buses allowing drivers to stop “closer to passengers’ final destinations, rather than at fixed bus stops.”
The Liberal Democrat manifesto also promises Oyster card holders a say in shaping the capital’s transport network and to pedestrianise parts of central London including Oxford Street.
Mr Paddick has previously announced a series of fares initiatives including a new bus ticket that would allow passengers to make as many journeys as they like within one hour.
Caroline Pidgeon, London Assembly member and Mr Paddick’s candidate for Deputy Mayor, said: “We have radical plans to tackle the big issues facing Londoners, from crime to housing, transport to jobs.
“A vote for the London Liberal Democrats is a vote for keeping fares low, tackling unemployment and building thousands of new homes.
“Under both Boris Johnson and Ken Livingstone London has fallen short of its potential. After 12 long years it’s time for a change.”
Candidates for Mayor include Jenny Jones (Green party), Ken Livingstone (Labour), Lawrence Webb (UKIP) Boris Johnson (Conservative) and Brian Paddick (Liberal Democrat). A full list of candidates can be found here.