By Daniel Hunter
The Mayor of London, Boris Johnson has outlined his agenda to secure London’s future as the best big city in the world as he presented his vision for the capital’s growth as a key driver of the UK economy at City Hall.
To mark the publication of his ‘2020 Vision - The Greatest City on Earth; Ambitions for London’ the Mayor addressed an audience of business leaders, government representatives and key London employers on the challenges facing the capital, not least that London’s population will hit ten million by 2030. London also needs 400,000 new homes in the next ten years alone.
Advocating the need for stable and continuous investment in housing and infrastructure projects in particular, the Mayor highlighted that the capital now contributes a greater share to the UK’s economic output than any point in its history and its future prosperity, and that of the whole country, is reliant on hardworking Londoners.
Delivering a message that to truly prosper all those with a vested interest in London’s future, must recognise the size of the task, agree a goal and forge a shared path to success, the Mayor made it clear that Londoners need jobs and homes — and a quick and convenient way of getting from one to the other. He continued that our children should be well educated and that young adults must have the chance to develop the skills and confidence to get jobs in the creative, tech, finance, construction, hospitality and service industries in which London excels.
Highlighting emerging opportunity areas across London, including Battersea, the Royal Docks, Greenwich, Tottenham, and Croydon, amongst others, the Mayor talked of the need to invest in Crossrail Two, together with new tube extensions and river crossings.
Outlining his aspirations for the capital and its residents, the Mayor talked of a future where the delivery of public health improves and there is a steady improvement in academic achievement for Londoners. He also talked of his desire that people continue to flock to the capital to study, start their careers and get a foot on the property ladder, but that they stay to bring up their families and start their businesses here without feeling the need to relocate elsewhere.
“Post-Olympic London has an amazing story to tell of a city that is leading the UK out of recession as the best place to work, live, play, study, invest and do business, and my goal is to lengthen London’s lead as the greatest city on earth," The Mayor of London Boris Johnson said.
"In the summer of 2012 this city put on a triumphant performance, showing us exactly what we can do if we focus and plan, and agree on the challenges facing our city, and today is my personal view of how we can work together to meet those challenges.
"To succeed we must recognise the test of our mettle that lies ahead, not least a million more people in the next decade and a vast shortage of homes in an uncompromising global economy. This shows us why the government must invest in London’s future for the good of the whole of the UK and exactly why we must continue to attract international investment. I want this vision to be one which sparks the imagination of every Londoner as well as business leaders and government officials. This is everyone’s city and all of our futures.”
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