We have now successfully achieved our required target of recruiting the support of the majority of the London Assembly, the majority of the capital’s elected ward teams and the Mayor of London.
As a result, we are making plans to launch the London National Park City in 2019.
While the majority of Assembly Members have already backed the London National Park City, we will be in a much stronger position if they all did. Below this table you will see a template email that you can send to undeclared Assembly Members to ask for their support. You could try tweeting them too.
If you are a London Assembly Member and would like to declare your support please email us at email@example.com.
|Barnet and Camden||Andrew Dismore||Labour Group|
|Bexley and Bromley||Gareth Bacon||GLA Conservatives|
|Brent and Harrow||Navin Shah||Labour Group|
|City and East||Unmesh Desai||Labour Group|
|Croydon and Sutton||Stephen O'Connell||GLA Conservatives|
|Ealing and Hillingdon||Onkar Sahota||Labour Group|
|Enfield and Haringey||Joanne McCartney||Labour Group|
|Greenwich and Lewisham||Len Duvall||Labour Group|
|Havering and Redbridge||Keith Prince||GLA Conservatives|
|Lambeth and Southwark||Florence Eshalomi||Labour Group|
|Merton and Wandsworth||Leonie Cooper||Labour Group|
|North East||Jennette Arnold||Labour Group|
|South West||Tony Arbour||GLA Conservatives|
|West Central||Tony Devenish||GLA Conservatives|
|London-wide||Nicky Gavron||Labour Group|
|London-wide||Fiona Twycross||Labour Group|
|London-wide||Tom Copley||Labour Group|
|London-wide||Andrew Boff||GLA Conservatives|
|London-wide||Susan Hall||GLA Conservatives|
|London-wide||Shaun Bailey||GLA Conservatives|
|London-wide||Siân Berry||Green Party Group|
|London-wide||Caroline Russell||Green Party Group|
|London-wide||Peter Whittle||UK Independence Party (UKIP)|
|London-wide||David Kurten||UK Independence Party (UKIP)|
|London-wide||Caroline Pidgeon||Liberal Democrat|
Please feel free to copy, paste and adapt this draft email to Assembly Members. We have highlighted bold sections that you will need to adapt. A personal message is best, so do let the members know how you are connected to their area and why you care about it. You will find their email addresses here.
Dear Assembly Member [name],
I hope that this email finds you all well.
I live in [area name] and [add something personal and positive. What do you love/enjoy about where you live?].
I am writing to request your support and declaration to help make London the world's first National Park City.
National Parks are special places where people work together to protect natural beauty, wildlife and cultural heritage. As well as looking after these things, National Parks promote the understanding and enjoyment of the special qualities by both residents and visitors. They also create new business opportunities in hospitality, travel and other sectors. Making London a National Park City would be to apply these same principles to all communities and areas in London.
This short video explains the campaign: What if we made London a National Park City?
A declaration to make London a National Park City is a belief in Londoners working together to:
1. Connect more people to nature and the outdoors, improving their health, wellbeing and social cohesion;
2. Create more high quality green and blue space and better places in London, delivering improvements for wildlife, people’s enjoyment and an attractive and sustainable environment for living and working in;
3. Promote the identity of London as the world’s first National Park City, helping residents and visitors to appreciate the potential for a rich cultural life anchored in its outdoor heritage; and;
4. Link people to the national and international family of national parks and other protected areas.
Sir Terry Farrell has described the idea as being “one vision to inspire a million projects”. It is a large-scale and long-term vision that is achievable through lots of small and everyday actions. Many of these things are already happening, but there is the potential for so much more. What makes a National Park City very different from a rural National Park is the number of people who live in the capital. Every Londoner has the potential not only to enjoy London as a National Park City, but actually contribute to making it a success.
A National Park City would be privately and commercially funded. No public sector funding is needed. It will not cost the council anything, but the council will be able to leverage the National Park City to attract new investment. A National Park City status would not mean restrictions for planning permissions. A National Park City would want to conserve London’s ability to grow, develop and remain the dynamic city it is.
London can become a National Park City once a majority of councillor teams (328 of 654) have declared their support. The good news is that 346 teams have already declared their support and so London will become a National Park City in 2019.
Will you please declare your support for this great initiative? All you need to do is email firstname.lastname@example.org with your support.
Thank you very much for your time.
[When signing, include your postal address, as it helps the assembly members.]