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More trees, parks and police': Boris' first year

PUBLISHED: 10:31 30 April 2009 | UPDATED: 16:38 25 August 2010

CHANGING TIMES: Boris with Times reporter Marina Soteriou.

CHANGING TIMES: Boris with Times reporter Marina Soteriou.

THE Mayor of London claims scrapping a propaganda sheet has paid for more police, trees and parks.

THE Mayor of London claims scrapping a "propaganda sheet" has paid for more police, trees and parks.

He said: "One of my first acts as mayor was to sc rap the The Londoner.

It wan an epic waste of money.The money saved has funded police, parks and trees."

The free monthly was launched by Labour mayor Ken Livingstone when he was in office to report the goings on at City Hall.

From tomorrow Boris Johnson will have been in office for a year and the Conservative said the greatest challenge facing Londoners is the recession.

This month he praised the Times for its "grit and determination" for rubbishing claims that 100 clinicians supported proposals to reduce health service units in south-east London which led to plans for the A&E at Queen Mary's Hospital, Sidcup to be axed.

Months before taking the mayoral hotseat, Boris joined thousands of residents and the Times on a march in Sidcup against the proposals put forward by publicly funded committee A Picture of Health.

During his first year he named Avery Hill Park in Eltham and Parish Wood Park in Blackfen as two of 10 parks which will now be revamped following a public vote last autumn. Mr Johnson said when he stood for office it was against a "backdrop of appalling, tragic and escalating youth murders".

This prompted him to back 'stop and search' which he claims has taken 5,000 knives off the streets.

He said: "In the long-term, we

are supporting programmes that

will get first-time offenders into education, encourage more sport and crack down on truancy."

Bexleyheath Broadway, Woolwich Arsenal, Bromley Town Centre and Crystal Palace have also received new police hub teams in a bid to deter "low-level disorder".

The Mayor admits that things were worrying when he banned alcohol on the tube but stood by the decision.

He said: "On the eve of the alcohol ban on the tube, it wasn't looking good. The mini riot revealed displeasure not seen so early in a political reign. But now he claims this election promise has "gone down well overall".

The Mayor, who has resumed his weekly Daily Telegraph column while in office, continues to support the Times' Save Our Services campaign.

What do you think about the Mayor's year in office?

Email marina.soteriou@archant.co.uk

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