Marble Arch Mound
Marble Arch Mound

Westminster Conservatives claim that with 250,000 visitors over the past 6 months, spending £6 million on the Marble Arch Mound was somehow justified.

So, let’s look at the facts.

  • 600,000 people visit Oxford Street every day
  • This works out at more than 4 million people visiting Oxford Street each week
  • In all, over 200 million people visit Oxford Street every year

This means that the Conservatives have spent £6 million of public money attracting less than half of one day’s total number of visitors to Oxford Street.

Councillor Paul Dimoldenberg, Labour City Management spokesperson, said”

“In terms of economic impact, this is just ‘a drop in the ocean’ and visitors to the £6m Marble Arch Mound have had absolutely no effect on the success of any of the businesses along Oxford Street.

If the Conservatives had wanted to attract shoppers back to Oxford Street they would have been better giving 250,000 Westminster residents a voucher for £24 to spend in one of Oxford Street’s shops, cafes or bars.

Or the £6 million could have been better spent on reopening the youth clubs closed by the Conservatives. Or spent on installing CCTV at crime ‘hotspots’. Or spent on tackling the growing number of illegally dumped mounds of rubbish on Westminster streets.

The Marble Arch Mound has been the most spectacular failure of recent times. Boris Johnson’s Westminster Conservatives have once again proved to be world class at wasting public money. It’s time for them to go.”

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