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Council has urged Richmond Park bosses to rethink their refusal
to attend a public meeting for people in Roehampton concerned
about plans to restrict vehicle access to the park after a council
survey produced a massive 3,500 written responses. You can submit
your on-line response to this survey
before October 25th 2002.(extended date)
returns still coming in town hall officials report opposition
Robin Hood Gate closure running at 90% with 93% saying no to the
closure of Pen Ponds car park.
Roehampton meeting will take place at 7.30pm on Tuesday, 1 October
in the Portrait Room, Froebel College, Roehampton Lane.
meeting is one of three being held by the local authorities which
border the park - Wandsworth, Kingston and Richmond.
RPA had previously told the boroughs that it would not attend
any of the meetings to defend its controversial proposals. It
said that its presence would only 'elevate the emotional stakes'.
council included a questionnaire on the plans for people in Putney
and Roehampton in its July issue of Brightside, the civic newspaper.
analysis of the responses reveals widespread concern that preventing
cars coming into the park by Robin Hood Gate will encourage more
traffic to use Roehampton Lane and Clarence Lane or rat-run through
are fears too at the prospect of delays for many local bus services.
proposal to close the Pen Ponds car park has attracted the highest
level of opposition. For elderly visitors and families with young
children this is the only realistic way of getting access to the
heart of the park.
member for regeneration and transport Kathy Tracey said:
level of public opposition to the closure plans exceeds even our
own estimates. It shows the council was right to run its own public
consultation after the RPA refused to do this.
RPA is a Government body. It really cannot ignore concerns on
this scale. We have reissued our invitation for parks managers
to attend our public meeting. It
will send out a terrible message to local people if the meeting
has to go ahead without anyone present from the RPA to defend
meeting will be chaired by Cllr Tracey while council traffic engineers
will be on hand to spell out the implications of the closure options.
RPA have said they will consider all comments received by October
can find out more about the RPA's plans for the park on on their
web site www.royalparks.gov.uk/richmond.htm
Park - Agency Plans Withdrawn
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