Railings Removal (Kensington).

Oral Answers to Questions — Works and Planning. – in the House of Commons on 5th August 1942.

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Photo of Mr Lewis Silkin Mr Lewis Silkin , Camberwell Peckham

asked the Parliamentary Secretary to the Ministry of Works and Planning why the railings in Campden Hill Square, Kensington, have not been removed?

Photo of Sir William Davison Sir William Davison , Kensington South

asked the Parliamentary Secretary to the Ministry of Works and Planning if he will state the reasons why the Special Appeal Panel have directed the retention of the railings round the garden enclosure at Campden Hill Square, Kensington, which were scheduled for removal by the Kensington Borough Council, while the railings of many other similar squares and enclosures have been removed; and, in particular, how these railings have been differentiated by the Panel from the railings of Ladbroke Square Garden, which was a freehold property specially purchased as an open space and let to subscribers in the neighbourhood for recreation and a children's playground, a purpose which has been frustrated by the removal of the railings?

Photo of Mr George Hicks Mr George Hicks , Woolwich East

The railings in Campden Hill Square are being retained on the recommendation of the Special Appeal Panel. The Panel is concerned only with appeals on the grounds of special artistic merit or historic interest and not with the conditions under which the open spaces have been enclosed and maintained.

Photo of Mr Lewis Silkin Mr Lewis Silkin , Camberwell Peckham

Is the Parliamentary Secretary aware that these railings have no special beauty or historic value, and that the suggestion is being made that they are being retained for future ulterior purposes? Will he take this matter back again to the Panel?

Photo of Mr George Hicks Mr George Hicks , Woolwich East

If my hon. Friend requests me to do so, I will ask the Panel to have another look at the matter.

Photo of Mr William Thorne Mr William Thorne , West Ham Plaistow

Fair play for all and privileges for none.