Mayor Boris has his shoulder to the eco wheel

Darren Johnson manifestly fails to paint the full picture in presenting my first year s work on green issues (Green ideas have been abandoned, H&H letters April 30). Over the last year I have made clear my commitment to protecting and improving London s e

Darren Johnson manifestly fails to paint the full picture in presenting my first year's work on green issues (Green ideas have been abandoned, H&H letters April 30).

Over the last year I have made clear my commitment to protecting and improving London's environment to enhance quality of life now and in the future. In addition to my opposition to the expansion of Heathrow and planting 10,000 street trees, I have announced a raft of measures and pledged �100million over my term of office to create a low carbon city and boost 'green collar' jobs to help ensure we emerge stronger from the recession.

This includes �6million to improve 11 parks across the capital; �3million for 10 flagship Low Carbon Zones; 25,000 electric charging points to create an electric car revolution; a public cycle hire scheme; �1million to trial lower polluting taxis; a hybrid bus fleet by 2012; a major push to boost recycling and slash landfill waste; and a drive to cut energy usage from public sector buildings, saving millions.

I am not complacent to the challenges that lie ahead, but readers can be assured that my shoulder is well and truly against the wheel to achieve a cleaner, greener London.


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