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Mayoral candidates 'should prioritise waste infrastructure'

Investment in waste infrastructure must be high on the agenda of the next London mayor, an influential trade body has insisted.

The Institution of Civil Engineers last week published its recommendations for maintaining and upgrading the capital’s infrastructure.

Ahead of the London mayoral elections in May, the manifesto said sustainable and fit-for-purpose infrastructure was necessary to fulfil the long term potential of the capital.

It said London offered opportunities for private investment but that public investment was crucial to maximse these.

ICE London regional director Miranda Housden said: “London’s size, density and economic performance puts acute pressures on its transport, energy, waste and water systems, but also presents unique opportunities for funding their improvement.

“To maintain its status as a global hub for business and tourism, continued public investment in London’s infrastructure is crucial; however this must be complemented by action to attract private finance.

“Although we recognise central government must ultimately take the lead on this, City Hall also has a role to play in facilitating more joined up thinking and collaboration between the relevant public and private bodies.

“This is not just for the benefit of industry and London’s economy, but for the benefit of society as a whole.”

Boris Johnson, Ken Livingstone and Brian Paddick are representing the Tory, Labour and Liberal Democrat parties respectively at the 3 May elections.

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