Mayor of London Boris Johnson has been accused of “clearing his desk a year early” after stepping down as chair on two major regeneration projects in the capital.
Mr Johnson wrote to the London Assembly in the week of the general election earlier this month, informing them that he would be resigning as chairman of the London Legacy Development Corporation and the Old Oak and Park Royal Development Corporation.
Assembly Member Onkar Sahota said Mr Johnson was “focusing his energies elsewhere” since becoming an MP and was leaving the capital “mayorless”.
A spokesman for the mayor said Mr Johnson remained “very much in charge”.
He said: “The mayor remains very much in charge and will continue to oversee the delivery of regeneration projects across London, including the work of the London Legacy Development Corporation and the Old Oak and Park Royal Development Corporation.
“This is about streamlining of portfolios and, with their vast experience, Neale Coleman and Sir Edward Lister are perfectly placed to take on the chairmanship of the two MDCs and deliver the mayor’s vision for these two important areas of the capital.”
But Dr Sahota, the assembly member for Ealing and Hillingdon where the Old Oak Common regeneration project is based, said it was “the latest chapter of Boris Johnson’s long goodbye from City Hall”.
He added: “The mayor seems intent on clearing his desk a year early and focusing his energies elsewhere since his election to parliament, leaving Londoners increasingly mayorless.
“These two regeneration projects are massively important and make many controversial decisions.
“Handing over the reins to civil servants like this will remove an important layer of democratic accountability.”