charging Westminster City Council leader Simon Milton stated:
'We are very disappointed that so little has changed since the scheme was
central London. The mayor seems determined to introduce it before
significant improvements to public transport have been delivered.
'Westminster City Council is reviewing the detail of the mayor's scheme, and
is considering all its options including seeking legal advice as to whether
there is scope for a judicial review, but only as a last resort.
'We warned the mayor that his scheme will not reduce congestion, but that it
will divide communities around the boundary zones, such as those around
Vauxhall Bridge Road and Marylebone Road. The scheme is also technically
flawed, yet he has gone ahead regardless of these substantial concerns. The
mayor has confirmed that he has studied the Brett report commissioned by the
city council, the only independent analysis of the mayor's scheme. We are
therefore disappointed that he clearly has not agreed with the alternative
approach put forward.
'We are particularly concerned about his decision not to hold a public
inquiry into this highly controversial scheme and we will also consider whether that
decision in itself is one to be judicially reviewed.
'The mayor also appeared to indicate at a recent mayor's question time that
he had agreed a contract for the scheme last December, before the consultation
period had closed. If this was the case we can only conclude that he had already
reached a decision to proceed with the scheme before consultation closed.'