Richmond Park - Agency Plans Withdrawn
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lawyers acting for the Royal Parks have
finally confirmed that the agency has
withdrawn its current plans to close Richmond
Park's Robin Hood Gate.
agency has admitted that because of its
failure to consult properly the closure
plans announced at the end of last year
climbdown is a complete victory for the
council which had issued judicial review
proceedings in the High Court.
council's opposition to the closure is
backed by Roehampton residents who fear
that shutting off access to the gate will
force town-bound commuters to rat-run
through Alton Road as a means of avoiding
the queues at the junction of Roehampton
Lane with Roehampton Vale. This could
lead to an extra 700 vehicles an hour
in the morning peak period.
RPA will now launch a fresh consultation
exercise. Although this is expected to
begin on June 10 and conclude on August
30 the agency has yet to write to the
council setting out the details. Following
the council's insistence the agency will
be forced to consider the views of people
who prefer no change to the current arrangements.
agency will also consult on three other
issues - the possibility of introducing
road charging in the park, reducing the
speed limit to 20mph and closing Pen Ponds
car park for a trial 12 month period.
for London, which, despite having responsibility
for the A3 Roehampton Vale, had not previously
been consulted by the RPA, will now carry
out a traffic impact study in the area.
three local authorities concerned - Wandsworth,
Kingston and Richmond - will also be included
in the consultation.
Council's cabinet member for regeneration
and transport Kathy Tracey said:
really would have been better if the agency
had been prepared to look at other ways
of reducing the environmental impact of
traffic using the park. It
must be worth seeing just how the 20mph
limit works before resorting to drastic
measures like closures."
went on to claim that the agency's
admission that they bungled their first
attempt means that they must now start
the whole process from scratch.
time they simply ignored the heavy weight
of opposition to the closure. This time
must be different. Local people will expect
a thorough and genuine consultation."
Court forces RPA
to U turn
review of Richmond Park gate closure
RPA puts gate closure on hold until
meeting with Council.
concerns for residents should Robin Hood
Gate be closed.
to RPA status fuels concerns over future
access to Richmond Park.
of the Proposals made by the Friends of
arguements against closure of the gates
RPA response to the issue
Duffy argues against the plans for restricting
traffic in Richmond Park