HC Deb 20 November 1950 vol 481 cc10-1W
95. Mr. Ian Harvey

asked the Minister of Works what plans he has for developing and improving the Lido in Hyde Park during the coming season.

Mr. Stokes

I propose to provide additional changing space; to increase four-fold the amount of hanger accommodation and generally to improve the layout.

Three drinking fountains will be provided and the existing pavilion will be converted into a cafeteria. I also wish to instal some shower baths and to supply more and better lavatory accommodation. Last but not least, I propose to erect a simple memorial to the memory of George Lansbury who did so much when First Commissioner of Works for the Royal Parks.

The whole improvement scheme is, of course, subject to Funds being voted, and I cannot promise to have all the improvements ready in time for the 1951 season.

98. Mr. Russell

asked the Minister of Works the policy of his Department regarding the watering of roadways in the Royal parks; and why Birdcage Walk was watered on 11th November, the morning after it had rained continuously for about 12 hours.

Mr. Stokes

Roads in the Royal parks are washed whenever their condition justifies such treatment. On 11th November, owing to a breakdown of the mechanical gully cleaner, it was necessary to clear mud and leaves from the gullies in Birdcage Walk by hand in order to relieve flooding of the roadway caused by heavy rain. As a result, the road surface was left in a dirty condition and had to be washed.

Mr. Astor

asked the Minister of Works whether in view of traffic congestion in the rush hours, he will raise the speed limits in the London parks from 20 to 30 miles an hour.

Mr. Stokes

No. Increasing the speed limit would not relieve the traffic congestion.