HC Deb 12 July 1867 vol 188 c1437

said, he would beg to ask the First Commissioner of Public Works, Whether his attention has been called to the practice of abstracting large masses of Gravel from Hyde Park; and replacing them by mud and rubbish from the streets of London or elsewhere; thereby obstructing the natural drainage of the Park, and creating artificial swamps instead; and, also, to ask when the new seats, which the First Commissioner has been so good as to promise for the public in the Park and Kensington Gardens, will be forthcoming?


said, that the gravel was only permitted to be removed from Hyde Park, in order to mend the roads in the Park, and in Kensington Gardens. He did not admit that the operations referred to in any degree created artificial swamps, or obstructed the natural drainage of the Park. The new seats would shortly be provided for the use of the public.