21 October 2003
The idea has been condemned by Cllr. Darren Johnson AM, Leader of the Green Party Group in the London Assembly.
"Ken Livingstone's plans would spell disaster for London. We need to bring local councils closer to local communities, not take them further away. Greens would like to see smaller local councils which would provide a real voice for local communities. Either we could look at having smaller boroughs that better represented London's historic communities or we could look at the introduction of urban parish councils," said Darren.
Under Mayor Livingstone's plans there would just be five local authorities in London - North-West London, North Central London, North East London, South-West London and South East London. Each authority would have a population of more than a million, larger than the whole of Birmingham.