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Constructive discussions are underway on Heath works

PUBLISHED: 11:20 22 September 2008 | UPDATED: 15:24 07 September 2010

MR Futrell (Residents strongly against the 20 year plan, H&H, letters September 11) makes some points about the proposals for Parliament Hill Fields which are a little misleading. The outline scheme involves a proposal to extend the existing path or drive

MR Futrell (Residents strongly against the 20 year plan, H&H, letters September 11) makes some points about the proposals for Parliament Hill Fields which are a little misleading.

The outline scheme involves a proposal to extend the existing path or driveway, which already goes past Lissenden Mansions, in a way that has least impact on the Heath and its users. The overriding objective is to try to achieve a vehicle movement system that minimises risk of accident (ie: it separates vehicles from pedestrians) and reduces pollution. It is intended that the total number of vehicle movements for the Parliament Hill Fields area will be reduced by 50 per cent.

The parking area for the Lido will be very sensitively landscaped to ensure that the ruralisation of Parliament Hill Fields - one of the principal objectives of the Heritage Lottery Fund application - is not prejudiced by vehicle movements and parking. The Heritage Lottery Fund bid process has a very tight timescale, requiring a submission by September 30. Various ideas have developed and evolved during the process of thinking about what could be done. The access drive from Gordon House Road is an example of that.

We are of course sorry that the time available and the ideas development process did not coordinate sufficiently to enable the sort of consultation that everyone would have preferred. Discussions are however now under way, which I hope will be constructive.

Bob Hall

Chairman, Hampstead Heath Management Committee

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