Don’t sell off Thames Gateway assets, London Assembly’s John Biggs urges

Extending the Lea River Park down to Poplar might be in jeopardy with the winding up of the London Thames Gateway development corporation.

That’s the fear voiced by the London Assembly’s budget chairman John Biggs, who represents east London at City Hall.

His call comes as �34 million of its assets are being transferred to the GLA. He is urging Boris Johnson not sell them to raise funds.

“I’m concerned that lack of government funding means schemes like extending Lea River Park towards the Thames won’t be completed,” he said.

“The scheme can help spread the benefits of the Olympic regeneration, with enormous benefit for east London.”

Mr Biggs fears other assets going to the new Mayoral Development Corporation could be sold off.