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Western Extension of the London Congestion Charge - Original Objections
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Former Mayor of London Ken Livingstone launched the proposal for an extension of the London Congestion Zone, and a major public consultation exercise was undertaken to obtain the views of the public and other "stakeholders".  Despite the fact that the public consultation showed a large majority of all interested parties were opposed to the plans for extension, he pushed ahead with the plans in 2004.  In one of the largest consultation exercises ever undertaken in London, the following were the preferences of those who submitted comments: 

 

Responses

Stakeholders and other Organisations

Members of the Public

Businesses

Support

27

23,226

3,465

Oppose

98

52,512

13,380

Neutral

32

7,542

1,732

Totals

157

83,280

18,577

In other words, almost 70% of members of the public who had an opinion were opposed to it.

The mayor said that the proposal “was controversial” and went on to say in his announcement statement that “consultations of this type ….inevitably tend to elicit responses primarily from those opposed to whatever is being consulted upon…” and even went on to suggest that the negative responses resulted from an organised campaign against the proposal. To demonstrate that he was denying the obvious truth, the consultation process also included a public “attitudinal survey” from which the responses were as follows (the result was still strongly opposed to an extension of the charging zone of course).  

Response

Percentage %

Strongly in favour

15

In Favour

21

Neither

18

Against

15

Strongly Against

30

Don’t Know

2

This scheme also demonstrated yet again the lack of financial probity in the Mayor.  The net revenue from the scheme was estimated to be about £10 million per annum, when it was planned to cost up to £120 million to implement, which is a pretty poor return on investment.

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