HC Deb 25 March 1952 vol 498 cc40-1W
103. Sir G. Harvie Watt

asked the Minister of Works whether he will open to motor traffic this spring the last of the roads in Richmond Park remaining closed since the war; and in particular the road from Ham Cross to East Sheen which is now closed except between East sheen Gate and the crossing of the Richmond to Roehampton Road.

Mr. Eccles

In Richmond Park two roads are now closed to motors: that from Ham Cross to Sheen Cross Roads and that which passes Thatched Lodge. I have had representations to keep the first open from the councils of adjacent boroughs, and from the A.A. and R.A.C.; and from the Barnes Amenities Committee, the Barnes, Mortlake and East Sheen Ratepayers' Association and a number of private individuals to keep it closed.

There is here a conflict of interests. Motorists have free passage over the perimeter roads and, if they wish to ramble further a field, can park their cars at Spankers' Hill and stretch their legs. On the other hand cyclists, pedestrians and those who push perambulators enjoy the quiet and security of the centre road. Their range is far smaller than that of the car-owner. On balance, therefore, I have decided to keep the road closed.