Royal Parks (2) (Supplementary) [3]

Session date: 
June 9, 2010
Question By: 
Richard Tracey
GLA Conservatives
Asked Of: 
The Mayor


I want to lend support to my colleague, Tony Arbour, who represents, of course, Richmond, as part of his constituency, because my residents in Putney are very grateful for the removal of this threat of parking charges, and so will the Member of Parliament for Putney, Justine Greening, be very grateful.

The fact is that Richmond Park is very much larger than Hyde Park and Regent's Park and others that colleagues here have mentioned. Frankly, for the local people to be able to enjoy Richmond Park they do need to get in there in their cars to the car park in the centre of the park. So I think there is a slight difference in the arguments here.

The other thing, Mr Mayor, may I ask you, when you do take over Richmond Park particularly, will you consider reopening Robin Hood Gate because there was another slightly zany decision taken a few years ago by the Royal Parks Agency and the Government then to close it and it has caused quite a degree of traffic chaos since that time. Wandsworth Council would very much welcome any intervention you can make.

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Answer for Royal Parks (2) (Supplementary) [3]

Answer for Royal Parks (2) (Supplementary) [3]

Answered By: 
The Mayor

Thank you, Dick. I think your point about the difference between the central London parks and outer London parks that are not quite so well served by public transport is very well made.

The point about Robin Hood Gate I will look into. That is what I say on that.

Richard Tracey (AM): Thank you.

Boris Johnson (Mayor of London): I can see this is going to run and run, this one. We are all in this together. Come on.