Agreed about the exemption for black cabs which is very frustrating, in particular as they are one root cause of the traffic problems Central London sees everyday in the first place. The sad truth is though that the cabbies have got a very strong lobby indeed which I suspect could have even achieved a derailment of the whole scheme unless City Hall would give in to certain compromises.
Aside from this point I find that the Mayor, if what you say is true, has got his priorities right in putting tackling toxic emissions above blocking crucial house building on spurious grounds. I can’t think of any significant green spaces or historic woodlands being lost on our patch in the recent past, and I have no doubt whatsoever that Sydenham Woods, One Tree Hill and the like will still be there for everyone to enjoy at the end of Sadiq’s term, and long thereafter for that matter.
I’d rather give up a few acres of so called green space here and there around the edges than keep breathing the fumes from ever increasing traffic on our high streets. I would however certainly by fully supportive of actually planting more trees alongside our streets but I suspect that many residents wouldn’t, being worried about the shade or potential loss in car parking space.