HC Deb 12 February 1930 vol 235 cc434-5W

asked the First Commissioner of Works what is the annual upkeep cost of Rotten Row, in Hyde Park, and the similar figure for the up- keep of the putting greens in Kensington Gardens; and, seeing that the users of Rotten Row do not pay for their amenity, will he consider imposing a charge, so that the riders may pay in the same way as users of the Kensington Gardens putting greens?


The annual cost of maintaining Rotten Row and the other riding tracks in Hyde Park is estimated at £2,000. The putting green in Kensington Gardens is run under contract, the only work undertaken by the Department being occasional rolling and cutting of grass at a small cost, which is more than covered by the Department's share of the receipts. I am advised that the Department has no power to impose a charge on riders using these tracks; even if such a course were considered desirable.