Caroline Pidgeon, the Liberal Democrat leader in the London assembly, told the Guardian the measure was “a worrying trend of the privatisation of public places, where the rights of private owners trump those of ordinary people”.
Simple answer, then. Don’t use that bridge to cross. Or just turn your phone off!
A spokeswoman for the Garden Bridge Trust said the proposals only represented the maximum powers which its staff could use.
She said: “We want people to use the bridge safely, and have a good experience as they cross it. We’re not setting out to restrict people or spoil their fun.”
Well, quite. It’s a bridge, FFS. A pretty one, for sure, if it lives up to its promise, but just a bridge. Don’t want to use it? You don’t have to!
This week the bridge was saved in an 11th-hour deal that slashed £20 million from the cost to the capital’s taxpayers this week
I, for one, am looking forward to seeing it built, and walking across it. If they will be monitoring my phone signal while I do so, so what?