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GUMMER LAUNCHES 'YOUR CHANCE TO INFLUENCE THE CAPITAL'S FUTURE'

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The people of London now have the opportunity to tell the Government their priorities for the capital, Environment ...
The people of London now have the opportunity to tell the Government their priorities for the capital, Environment Secretary John Gummer said today, launching the biggest consultation document ever on London.

'As Minister for London I want to hear from everyone who cares about our capital and its future. Whether you live or work in London, or are just visiting, I want to know what makes you proud of our great capital and how we can make it even better.'

Mr Gummer was launching the document 'London - Making the Best Better' at Tower Bridge today. He said the document emphasised the best aspects of London as a world-class city.

'I want Londoners to continue to be a vital part of this process. That is why I am inviting them to tell me what they think. Each document contains a questionnaire which asks people what they appreciate most about London and what improvements could make London even better. The questionnaire is pre-addressed and pre-paid - so it will cost people nothing to tell me their priorities for the capital.

'The responses I receive will be taken on board by the public/private partnership which is working on the prospectus for the capital - London Pride. So this really is your chance to have a say in the capital's future.'

Free copies of the document will be available today at newsstands where the Evening Standard is sold. It will be sent to community centres, key London bodies, religious organisations, amenity groups and libraries. Further copies will be available from the Department of the Environment.

'I have been meeting with key London bodies to discuss their interest and involvement in the capital. I want to hear about their achievements and aspirations; I want to look at ways to make the best even better, ' Mr Gummer said.

Mr Gummer also announced that he wants to celebrate the importance of the River Thames and went on to announce that the DoE will help fund the planning stage of the London Thames Festival which will take place in 1995.

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