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ASSEMBLY URGES PAN-LONDON ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT

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Members of the London assembly's economic development committee today said the mayor's economic development strateg...
Members of the London assembly's economic development committee today said the mayor's economic development strategy (EDS) is ignoring suburban economies and concentrating too much on London's central zone.
The committee strongly supported the EDS, but urged the mayor to represent Londoner's interests in building an effective suburban economy that will incorporate environmental sustainability.
In developing a suburban economy, the committee feels that congestion will be eased when travel into London is minimised, as more and more people find work nearer home. The committee is also pushing for the development of suburban high streets, which will sustain a local economy through reducing the need for non-environmentally friendly 'out of town' shopping centres.
The committee is keen to work closely with the London Development Agency (LDA), which is producing the EDS, in order to ensure the following points are included:
Support and develop London's 'town' centres and suburban economies
Prioritisation and targeting of regeneration funding in London
Identifying key partners to implement the LDA's Action Plans
Ensuring that the LDA is clear in its role to ensure economic growth is environmentally sustainable
The LDA's role in improving environmental performance of London's businesses
The LDA's role in supporting the implementation of the Waste, Energy, Air Quality, Noise and Biodiversity Strategies
The development of a London centre for sustainable initiatives
Joining the EDS with the transport strategy and spatial development strategy
Chair of the committee, Eric Ollerenshaw, said: 'We're very keen to work with the mayor and the LDA to ensure that options for all areas of London have been considered. The EDS must work for all of London in developing a suburban economy, and tying this in with the objectives set out in both transport strategy and spatial development strategy will have a major impact on people's lives.'
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The members of the economic development committee are:
Richard Barnes
Bob Neill
Sally Hamwee
Eric Ollerenshaw (chair)
Meg Hillier (deputy chair)
Valerie Shawcross
Darren Johnson
Graham Tope
Jennette Arnold
Samantha Heath
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