ISSUE:     Richmond Park closure to traffic

Richmond Park Forum meeting on October 16

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Councillors from three boroughs will consider calls by Roehampton residents for their councils to take over the running of Richmond Park at next week's meeting of the Richmond Park Forum.

The meeting takes place at Wandsworth Town Hall on Wednesday, October 16 - starting at 7.30pm. It will be attended by councillors from Wandsworth, Kingston and Richmond.

A vote of no confidence in the Royal Parks Agency was passed overwhelmingly at a public meeting held by Wandsworth on October 1.

All three councils are holding meetings to allow local residents to have their say on the RPA's plans to close Robin Hood Gate to through traffic and the Pen Ponds car park. Both proposals have been widely condemned by park users.

The RPA has refused to carry out its own public consultation but after pressure from the councils did agree to accept responses up to October 25. The Government body declined invitations to attend any of the three local meetings organised by the councils.

The Kingston public meeting was held on September 5. The final meeting - for Richmond residents - is scheduled for October 24.

You can view the agenda for next week's Richmond Park Forum on

You can find out more about the RPA's traffic plans and the council's long-running campaign on behalf of local people.

14 October 2002


Related Links

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Public Meeting October 1st 24.09.02

90% of residents against gate closures. 10.09.02

Richmond Park - Agency Plans Withdrawn 06.02

High Court forces RPA to U turn

Council launches judicial review of Richmond Park gate closure

The RPA puts gate closure on hold until meeting with Council.

Comments from the Forum

Council concerns for residents should Robin Hood Gate be closed.

Change to RPA status fuels concerns over future access to Richmond Park.

Details of the Proposals made by the Friends of Richmond Park

More arguements against closure of the gates

The RPA response to the issue

Peter Duffy argues against the plans for restricting traffic in Richmond Park