The Royal Parks’ Movement Strategy –
FRP comments on Strategic Outcomes consultation
TRP has published the second stage of its Movement Strategy, dealing with “Strategic Outcomes’. The document can be found here.
If you would like to provide feedback on any of these outcomes please email your submission before 25 March 2020 to: firstname.lastname@example.org .
The first stage dealt with the Vision – a set of principles. The second stage converts the principles into a set of Strategic Outcomes – broad statements of what they will do (e.g. improve pedestrian crossings). The third stage will convert the Outcomes into five-year Action Plans. The Outcomes are not by Park, the Action Plans will be.
There are some good things in the Outcomes, for example:
- The intention that there will be no net loss of green space.
- Visitor dispersal (encouraging visitors away from busy areas) and better signage
- A clear priority on walkers and planned improvements in pedestrian crossings
- Reducing road speeds, maybe through new road infrastructure
- Promoting considerate cycling, including a ‘behaviour change’ campaign
- Reducing traffic through car-free days
- Using cameras to catch commercial vehicles
FRP has some concerns about the Outcomes and how they are translated into a Richmond Park Action Plan:
- Pedestrians also need better protection on shared use roads/paths – e.g. the paved road from Sheen Cross to Pen Ponds car park to Ham Cross and the Tamsin Trail.
- Re car-free times, summer evenings (say from 7.30pm) may be a good start. Through traffic is light (so fewer people will be inconvenienced) and the weather is at its best.
- Car-free times must include control on the speed and behaviour of cyclists. Without cars many cyclists will go fast, making it more difficult for walkers and deer to cross roads.
- Cameras should also be used for enforcing average speeds
- There is nothing about car parking. The Friends are in favour of parking charges at peak times. And commuter parking at Kingston/Richmond Gate car parks is a problem.
- Some Outcomes don’t fit with the natural character of Richmond Park – visitor dispersal if it means disturbing quiet areas; large numbers of signs, way-finding or interpretation boards; and benches scattered around the Park.
01 March 2020