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ENVIRONMENT SECRETARY BEGINS LONDON CRUSADE

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Environment Secretary John Gummer today began meeting top opinion makers on how to make the most of London, reports...
Environment Secretary John Gummer today began meeting top opinion makers on how to make the most of London, reports The Evening Standard.

Mr Gummer is preparing a new blueprint for the capital. He began by seeing West End theatre chiefs who want action on a number of issues, including the homeless and worsening public transport, says the paper.

The minister met a 12-strong delegation from the Society of West End Theatres (SWET). It said it was concerned at the lack of an overall parking policy for London, which has resulted in Camden pushing the free parking time back from 6.30pm to 8.30pm, leading to complaints from theatre-goers. Research by SWET found its customers were worried about reliability, cleanliness and security on the London Underground.

The Society also told the minister it felt that homeless people on the streets deterred people from going to the theatre, says the Evening Standard.
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