HC Deb 30 April 1863 vol 170 c994

said, he wished to ask the Chief Commissioner of Works, Whether he intends to complete Carlton House Terrace upon the vacant ground where the Riding School stood; and, also, whether he will propose, during the present Session, the continuation of the carriage way from the Mall in St. James's Park to Charing Cross?


said, he wished to ask the right hon. Gentleman whether he will be prepared to open a road from the east end of Carlton House Terrace to the northern extremity of Spring Gardens?


said, that Carlton House Terrace would be continued on the ground that was at present vacant, and building leases of that ground had been granted by the Crown. It was not his intention to propose during the present Session a continuation of the carriage way from the Mall in the Park to Charing Cross. It was true that such an improvement had been recommended by a Committee of the House in the year 1856. But that Committee did not advert to the funds from which the cost of that improvement was to be derived. It would involve the pulling down of the house occupied by Messrs. Barnes and Ellis, and it would also involve the widening of the northern portion of Spring Gardens. Those works would be attended with a considerable outlay, and it seemed to him that that outlay would fall most properly on the funds either in the possession of, or to be obtained by, the Metropolitan Board of Works. In answer to the Question of his hon. Friend (Sir H. Verney), he had to state that the passage leading to the gate at the northern extremity of Spring Gardens was very narrow, and that there would be no use in opening the passage for carriages without pulling down some houses.