HC Deb 16 December 1970 vol 808 cc1346-7
43. Mr. Moyle

asked the Secretary of State for the Environment whether he will receive representations from the South London Save Our Parks Committee on Greater London Council proposals for the transfer of Greater London Council parks to the boroughs, which require action by him to bring them into effect.

Mr. Graham Page

The Committee's views on the G.L.C. scheme were submitted last year and were before my right hon. Friend when he decided to consult local authorities affected on a draft Order to give effect to the scheme with certain modifications.

Mr. Moyle

As those views were made to the Secretary of State's predecessor and not to the Secretary of State himself, does not the hon. Gentleman think that it would be a good thing if his right hon. Friend heard from their own lips what people in South London thought about this scheme? In view of the upward pressure on rates and the difficulty there will be for sports clubs in making use of pitches, will he reconsider the decision and receive a deputation?

Mr. Page

No, Sir. I think that the views have been well conveyed to my right hon. Friend, and where there appears to be a restriction on the availability of games pitches and there may be loss of central booking facilities, that case has been excluded from the Order. I am thinking of Finsbury Park.

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