London Assembly members have ordered Transport for London to hand over notes, text messages and/or social media messages sent between senior executives, the Garden Bridge Trust and the Trust’s professional advisors.
The Assembly continues to examine the ill-fated project’s collapse.
Its order relates to documents sent or between 1 March 2018 to 25 January 2019 and names TfL Commissioner, Mike Brown, Head of Corporate Affairs, Andy Brown, TfL General Counsel, Howard Carter, TfL solicitor, Charles Ritchie and TfL Director of City Planning, Alex Williams.
Also requested are the July 2018 letter from Mervyn Davies, trustee of the Garden Bridge Trust, sent to Andy Brown, Head of Corporate Affairs and referenced in the e-mail to Andy Brown from Jane Hywood, Finance Manager, Garden Bridge Trust.
The letter dated 14 September from Mervyn Davies, initially sent to Andy Williams, and also attached in an e-mail from Paul Morrell to Andy Brown of 28 September 2018.
Tom Copley AM, Chair of the Garden Bridge Working Group said: “It is jaw-dropping that TfL have not learnt that when it comes to this project, transparency is paramount.
“We expect full cooperation with our continued investigations into the failed Garden Bridge project and will use all of the powers at our disposal to get it.
“Hiding behind the veil of ‘commercially sensitive information’ won’t wash – when documents can be redacted, if necessary, before we place them in the public domain.”