Mayor commits to funding for three years as he launches beautification manifesto for city

Mayor of London, Boris Johnson, said that 50 public realm projects throughout the capital would receive £220m-worth of funding from various delivery bodies over the next three years, including Transport for London and the London Development Agency.

At the same time, Johnson launched a manifesto to “create beautifully designed oases throughout the capital's urban jungle, ranging from redesigned streets to reclaimed green spaces and waterways.” His manifesto is supported by two guides that set out his principles for designing better streets, roads and squares as well as better green and water spaces.

£180m is being invested in street and public spaces including the redevelopment of Leicester Square, the introduction of diagonal crossings in Oxford Circus, and a number improvements to town centres across outer London including Richmond, Sutton and Woolwich.

However, many of the projects are already underway and some are complete. Jenny Jones, leader of the London green party, accused the major of making a “renouncement.”