Last month Boris Johnson assured London that protecting the environment was his 'number one priority.' However, despite this, an environmental advisor will not be available to report to the Assembly until September.
The admission came in a report to next week's Environment Committee. According to the report:
Mayor Johnson has yet to appoint a senior advisor/Deputy Mayor whose remit covers environmental issues. After liaising with the Mayor’s team, the Committee has been assured that a Deputy Mayor for the Environment will be available to the Committee for its 2 September meeting.
The report also admits that there is no timetable to produce Mayoral Stategies on air quality, ambient noise, municipal waste or climate change. The Mayor is required to set these out by law.
Of course big decisions on the environment have already been taken. The biggest of these was to drop the appeal against the Thames desalination plant at Beckton.
The decision to give permission for a plant which will cost at least £200 million to construct, when at least nine million litres of drinking water are lost through the capital's Victorian mains every day, was described by Green Assembly Member Jenny Jones as "frankly idiotic."
However, despite the protests and despite the lack of a formal environmental advisor, the plans are still going to go ahead.
Yesterday Boris claimed that he had a 'superabundance' of advisors. But with such confusion over what each of their roles are and with key roles as yet unfilled, it is not yet known just what kind of advice he is getting and from where that advice is coming.