Three Graces Survey at Cambridge Gat

We wish to advise you that Cliveden Conservation will be fully surveying the condition of the four groups of Three Graces at Cambridge Gate. The survey will start on Monday 26 April, we expect these works to be completed within two weeks. The survey software will create virtual 3D models of all statues and produce a series of CAD drawings. This will allow historic research into the manufacture, materials and provenance of the statuary. Additional there will be temporary non-invasive scaffold erected sequentially to undertake close surveys of each statuary group including plinths. Material samples from statues and plinth will be taken for analysis. We apologise for any inconvenience these works may cause to residents. Should you require any further information or assistance then please do not hesitate in contacting the CEPC.

Park Square and Crescent Garden Terrace Lawn Renovation Works

We wish to advise you that now the weather and soil conditions are appropriate over the coming weeks in April and early May, large scale lawn renovation works are to be carried out in Park Square and Park Crescent. These works will involve aeration, scarification, overseeding and fertilization of the lawns and will require the use of large machinery. Whilst this work is being undertaken either in Park Crescent or Park Square Garden the garden will be closed as per our health and safety policy. We will strive to keep disruption to a minimum for garden users, but please heed any cordons or notices as the work progresses. All appropriate Risk Assessments and Method Statements have been approved by the CEPC along with further COVID 19 Site Specific Control Measures. Once the work is complete some lawns areas will be cordoned off for non-use to allow the newly seeded areas to establish. We would appreciate if you would please heed these cordons. We apologise for the inconvenience these works may cause you, but the benefit will soon be seen and enjoyed by all.

Recruiting new Commissioners

The Crown Estate Paving Commission is looking to recruit a number of new Commissioners to fill upcoming vacancies arising from the retirement of incumbents. A new Chair of the Commission will be required from May 2022. All ratepayers are invited to apply by Friday 30 April 2021. Further details about the opportunity including how to apply are available here.

Advance Notification : Closure of Park Crescent Gardens

We wish to advise you that on Monday 1st February 2021 Park Crescent gardens will be closed for the day. This is to allow us to undertake high pressure decompaction of the lawns and pathways to aerate the soil with the aim to resolve the poor drainage issues in the garden.

Whilst this work is being undertaken the garden will be locked as per our health and safety policy. Access will not be available via any gates or the Nursemaids tunnel. All appropriate Risk Assessments and Method Statements have been approved by the CEPC along with further COVID 19 Site Specific Control Measures.

We apologise for the inconvenience these works may cause to residents and garden users.

Urban foxes in the garden

There is currently a family of foxes in the gardens that have become quite courageous.

The urban fox is classed as a nuisance not a pest. We are following Westminster City Council guidance (www.westminster.gov.uk/foxes) however as wild animals, foxes are protected under several laws.

Can we kindly re-emphasise to all garden users:

  • Please be vigilant of your children whilst playing in the gardens and do not seek the foxes out
  • Do not entice or encourage the foxes by feeding them
  • As always, please keep your dogs on their leads
  • Please ensure all rubbish and food matter is placed in the garden bins provided

Thank you for your cooperation.

High-speed Broadband

The CEPC is pleased to announce that it has agreed a licence with a high-speed broadband provider to use its apparatus on the Regent’s Park Estate. For more information on how you may be able to get high-speed broadband installed, please enquire at www.parkbroadband.com.

Urban foxes in the garden

There is currently a family of foxes in the gardens that have become quite courageous.

We are following Westminster City Council guidance (www.westminster.gov.uk/foxes) and are currently using a safe product to repel these foxes, which takes a few applications. It gives the false impression that another fox has claimed the territory and encourages them to leave the location. This product is not harmful to dogs.

As the foxes have been particularly active in the Children’s Play Area in Park Square it has been temporarily closed.

Please be vigilant of your children whilst playing in the gardens and do not entice or encourage the foxes by feeding them. Please also ensure all rubbish and food matter is placed in the garden bins provided.

The Outer Circle – 20 mph speed limit

As you will be aware, the speed limit of The Outer Circle has recently been reduced to 20mph and offences of excessive speed are being enforced by the Metropolitan Police.

The changes can be viewed here.

This speed limit relates to motor vehicles and is covered by Section 124 of The Highway Code. It does not relate to pedal cyclists.

This does not mean that pedal cyclists cannot be prosecuted. Sections 28/29 of the Road Traffic Act 1988 gives Police the power to prosecute cyclists for Dangerous and Careless cycling.

The CEPC will liaise with the Police to establish the stance they are taking on this and to air the concerns of residents.

Should any resident wish to discuss this further, please call or email me our Traffic & Security Manager, Martyn Floodgate.

Please drive carefully.

Ground Investigation Work – Chester Terrace Garden

Following the initial soil investigations that took place earlier this year, we have arranged for further such works to take place on Friday 2 October 2020 in the Chester Terrace Garden.

The work proposed involves the excavation of a series of pits in the garden. While these works are being undertaken, residents of Chester Terrace may experience some noise disturbance during the day. Additionally, the garden will be closed for safety reasons on Friday 2 October 2020.

Works of this nature are necessary to maintain the standards of land managed by the CEPC and to ensure the safety of residents of The Regent’s Park Estate. As always, the CEPC endeavours to minimise the disturbance caused by such work and apologies for any inconvenience.

If you have any queries about the planned work, please do not hesitate to contact the CEPC.

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.