copying PutneySW15.com with his concerns over about the assault on democracy which he believes this issue represents.......
resident Tony Shields believes that the claimed environmental
benefits will not be met, for the following reasons:
"I have already witnessed drivers being booked, presumably for 'speeding'. Surely, in our modern society, we should not have to put up with the exercise of arbitrary powers by the Park Commissars, who are acting as judge, jury and executioner? Again, I repeat, management of the Park must be placed in hands of neighbouring boroughs, who can manage it in the best interests of local people, which means balancing environmental and leisure issues with the need for people to go about their business without hindrance.
Below is a copy of my recent letter to Charles Kennedy MP":
The Right Honourable Charles Kennedy
am writing to you, in your role as Leader of the Liberal Democratic
Party, to protest about the words spoken by Baroness Hamwee in the
House of Lords about the 20 mph limit imposed by the Royal Parks
Agency in Richmond Park. She appears to have very strange ideas
for someone who claims to be a democrat, in that she stated that
she supports the unelected Agency against the representatives of
the local people, the neighbouring local authorities. In a democracy,
I cannot see how this should be. There is, I believe, an important
issue at stake here - are we a democracy, or not?
Please find below a letter which I sent to the local newspaper about this issue.
Commissars of Richmond Park!
would like to protest at the intolerable decision to reduce the
speed limit in Richmond Park to 20 mph. This important route, essential
for communication between Richmond and the south, should not be
in the control of an unelected, self-interested and privileged group
who have no democratic mandate to control access to the Park and
how it is used. The Park belongs to the people of this country and
it's the people who use the Park as a through route on the way to
work or drop children off at school. Lowering the speed limit means,
of course, that vehicles are in the Park for longer, thereby increasing
journey times and congestion. Is that the hidden agenda, trying
to put people off using the Park route? What the commissars fail
to realise is that there is no alternative to the Park for most
people. The alternative routes via Kingston or Roehamptom are already
clogged and closing the park to vehicles, the real aim, I think,
will cause chaos.
July 5, 2004