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Top of the Pop-Ups

Posted Posted by GLA Conservatives in CampaignsshareShare
Dec
20

London fringe festival at disused sites ‘could help reverse music venue closures’

Posted Posted by GLA Conservatives in NewsshareShare
Dec
20

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– Report finds 35% of London’s grass roots music venues have closed since 2007
– Disused stations, railway arches and buildings could host gigs
– Calls for Mayor to boost pop-up culture with celebratory fringe festival

The Mayor of London should co-ordinate a London fringe festival at disused sites to encourage the creation of pop-up music and comedy venues across the capital, according to a new report.

‘Top of the pop-ups’ calls for the Mayor to work with developers and TfL to identify disused tube stations, railways arches, depots and other buildings to host the annual event.

The report found 35 per cent of London’s grass roots music venues have closed since 2007, with over 100 live music venues in the West End and 50 other music venues shutting down in recent years.

Report author Shaun Bailey AM wants to preserve London’s live music and comedy scene and believes the Mayor could lead the way in pop-up venues by making use of London’s disused sites.

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Sutton Tram Extension: Mayor pulls plug on £100m funding

Posted Posted by GLA Conservatives in NewsshareShare
Dec
8

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TfL Business Plan withdraws cash committed by Boris
Puts future of transport project in doubt

The Mayor of London has withdrawn £100million of funding for the proposed Sutton Tram extension, dealing a devastating blow to commuters.

Publishing his business plan for TfL for the next five years, the Mayor said the cash would be reallocated but refused to concede the project was dead.

Instead the Mayor suggested money could be available through a central TfL Growth Fund, though the news has provided little comfort for Assembly Member Steve O’Connell who helped secure the funding earlier this year.

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Commuters set to pay for Mayor’s reckless TfL Business Plan

Posted Posted by GLA Conservatives in NewsshareShare
Dec
8

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Piccadilly Line upgrades pushed back four years
Long term borrowing up 46%
27% increase in long-term liabilities
Overly optimistic predictions on efficiency savings

Commuters are in for a rough four years after the Mayor of London’s TfL business model revealed plans for reckless borrowing and delayed investment.

Commenting, Conservative London Assembly member Keith Prince said:

“Since May we’ve seen the Mayor making wild spending promises with little real hint of how he's going to balance the books.

“Now we know why – he's going to leave the books resolutely unbalanced. This is the business plan of a one-term Mayor who is desperate to keep the show on the road for 4 years with no real thought for how to cope after May 2020.

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