Chief executive Andrew Scattergood, dedicated parks officer Stephen Barnes and other key figures in keeping the park safe and solvent were on hand yesterday to answer stakeholders’ questions. The main points were that TfL will take 12 months, its usual review period, to look at how traffic movements adapt to the West Carriage Drive cycle route. TfL’s representative said it may then make tweaks, for example to pedestrian crossings. There will be new flower beds and benches in the space the route has created at Victoria Gate.
The Royal Parks’ transport principles document is on their website and makes pedestrians top priority. There is no timetable agreed for consultation on it.
Rough sleeping is down and bag thefts at the Serpentine Bar and Grill have ended following two convictions. However the Marble Arch Santander bike station has been closed because of knife point robberies.
I asked Penny Boyd, the head of events, how fast the Winter Wonderland take-down could be done after the event ends on 2 January. There is an expectation of three weeks but no guarantee, and some enclosures will remain, with reinstatement of the grass due to be over by Easter.