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Part of Oral Answers to Questions — Culture, Media and Sport – in the House of Commons at 2:30 pm on 13th June 2005.

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Photo of Justine Greening Justine Greening Conservative, Putney 2:30 pm, 13th June 2005

The Minister will know that the closure of the Robin Hood gate has caused serious congestion and road safety issues in my constituency. How can that process properly reflect local residents' views when it ignores Wandsworth borough council, which is against the closure; ignores me, not just as a candidate but as, now, an elected Member of Parliament representing residents who want the gate to be reopened; and ignores residents such as Mr. and Mrs. Cobb of Ponsonby road? They have written twice to Lord McIntosh, the previous Minister, and have not even received a reply. They describe the current situation as chaos, and, more important, say:

"It is almost inevitable that one day there will be a serious personal accident. The biggest fear is for pedestrians and, of course, for children at the Primary School"— that is, Roe Church primary school.

No environmental or road safety assessment has been carried out. Will the Minister undertake those assessments and reconsider his decision?


Siegfried Sassoon
Posted on 8 Jul 2005 11:34 pm (Report this annotation)

From a local resident - please - stop cars in richmond park from all gates!

mark derry
Posted on 5 Sep 2006 12:34 pm (Report this annotation)

Why ?
Do you want people to park their cars in the streets outside the park and walk in ?

This doesn't sound like a very good idea.