Crown Estate Paving Commission Statement in response to request for comment on the Royal Parks Movement strategy including calls for gate closure changes

The CEPC is supportive of The Royal Parks Movement Principles in general; we are however concerned that appropriate attention is paid to the individual needs of Regent’s Park where our statutory responsibility is for the management and maintenance of the roadways and ornamental gardens.

We are working with The Royal Parks to develop an appropriate traffic management plan that we hope will address the needs of the residents who live in and around Regent’s Park and the organisations that are situated there, as well as those who visit the park on foot, cycling or in their vehicles. Such a plan should, in line with the Movement Principles, be with a view to enhancing the pedestrian experience and safety; reducing the speed of all traffic, cycling and vehicular; and ensuring that the heritage and landscape identity of the park as a whole is protected.

Any initiative needs of course to take into account the impact of additional traffic on roads near to the park and the environmental impact on residents, schools and businesses in the area as a whole. We therefore will also need to work with the local authorities, Westminster and Camden, to reach a consensus prior to any formal phase of consultation with relevant parties on changes involving the CEPC.