Sadiq Khan hosts £300,000 beach party despite claiming cash shortage to tackle knife crime


Neighbourhood politicians reacted with fury after hearing the Royal Practise medicines event will return to East London with financial commandeer from the Mayor’s office. The free event will last for five weeks in the summer feasts at the Royal Victoria Docks. Mr Khan’s office said the money is ring-fenced and can simply be spent in the local area as part of a deal to devolve business rates to peculiar authorities. But critics argued that taxpayers’ cash should be altered to policing as the capital’s knife crime crisis continues to claim remains.

Conservative London Assembly Member Susan Hall said: “Sadiq Khan’s Ground Party may have been re-branded a Splash Party, but that doesn’t silver the fact that this event represents a shocking waste of taxpayers’ greenbacks.

“With knife crime in Newham surging by 12 percent on Sadiq Khan’s be prepared, young east Londoners need protection rather than a taxpayer-subsidised paddling lagoon.

“The Mayor should scrap this £300,000 event and use the money as a substitute for to keep Newham residents safe.

“This absurd situation drive be funny if it wasn’t such a shocking indictment of this Mayor’s skewed priorities.

“Individual will rightly question why Khan is prioritising paddling pools closed the safety of vulnerable Londoners.”

Mr Khan insists he is unable to spend more on make crime because central budgets have been cut too much.

The medium of exchange for the beach project came from the London Economic Action Partnership which travails under the Mayor’s office.

The cash for the project was from business classes generated in the local area.

Last year around 50,000 Londoners visited the shore which boasted a 22-metre swimming lido, a sun deck, street chow stalls and musical entertainment.

A spokesman for the Mayor of London said: “The King Docks is set to become a major new district for London with up to 60,000 procedures and 25,500 new affordable homes. It is set to attract more than £8 billion of investment by 2037/38.

“This summer we last will and testament be launching the Join The Docks festival with a range of activities for the regional community, including a new Kids Summer Splash event.

“This community holiday is funded entirely from local business rates, which be required to be used for the regeneration of the Royal Docks.

“It is a small but crucial part of the wider £212.5million investment list and is key to supporting the local community in the Royal Docks.”

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