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30 June 2016, 21:14
Audience Show Sadiq Just How Much They Hate Garden Bridge
Sadiq Khan finds out just how much some Londoners hate the Garden Bridge at his first State of London Debate.
London Mayor Sadiq Khan was laying out the future of the controversial Garden Bridge when the State of London Debate audience became very vocal.
It was confirmed today the National Audit Office is examining the Department for Transport’s decision to commit £30m of government money to Boris Johnson's pet project.
Johnson predicted the bridge would be a "stunning oasis" but four years after being proposed, it has yet to be built.
The former London Mayor defended the scheme repeatedly but Sadiq Khan was explaining how he will approach the plans when several vocal members of the crowd chipped in with their opinions.
"The choice is this," said Sadiq. "Do we carry through the bridge being finished...at a taxpayer bill of £18m? Or cancel it now with £40m?
"That's the dilemma, I've got. Do I cancel it and waste £40m - "
Before the Mayor could finish, several loud members of the audience immediately roared: "Yes!"
One woman could then be heard warning Sadiq of "throwing good money after bad".
Amazingly one member of the audience suggested having a referendum on the bridge, which led to James O'Brien's great response: "The gentleman who suggested we should have a referendum on it needs to go and lie down in a dark room."
The passionate debate over the Garden Bridge continued and you can see Sadiq explaining more about the dilemma he faces above.