HC Deb 01 March 1927 vol 203 c191

asked the Minister of Transport whether his attention has been called to the dangerous state of the roadway across the middle of Wimbledon Common, passing the windmill; and whether he will take steps in the public interest, to see that the repairs are undertaken without further delay?

Colonel ASHLEY

I am familiar with the problem of the roads across the Common, which are repairable by the Wimbledon and Putney Conservators. My officers have taken part in negotiations between the Conservators and other public bodies, in the hope that arrangements might be made for the transfer of the roads in question to certain highway authorities, but I regret to say that no feasible solution has yet been found. I am not in a position to impose requirements upon, or to make grants to the Conservators, who are not a highway authority.


Is my right hon. Friend aware that this is the direct road from the West of London to Surrey and Sussex, and does he not think that some steps should be taken to get this quite impassable roadway repaired?

Colonel ASHLEY

All I can say is that I personally have no authority to impose any rules upon the Conservators, nor am I able to make any grant.