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CPRE London has today responded to The Royal Parks Movement Stratgegy consultation urging bolder action.
Alice Roberts of CPRE London said: "We feel that responses to the last consultation gave a clear mandate for more concerted action in particular to remove through traffic and therefore we would urge that the strategy is revised to take quicker and bolder action". CPRE London is proposing the following: 
  • All action needs to be more urgent – within the next 12 months
  • Through-traffic / commuter motor traffic should be eliminated from the Royal Parks (not discouraged)
  • There should be more traffic-free days and weekends – or even weeks at busy times.
  • Many more roads should be transformed into permanent car-free walking boulevards
  • A priority should be to create individual plans for each park
  • There should be speed limits of between 5mph and (max) 20mph
  • The Strategy presents cycling unnecessarily negatively. We believe this is a huge missed opportunity. Instead, cycling through, to and from, or in the parks should be supported and championed.
  • Generally, the strategy should more clearly reflect London’s crises around climate, nature, air quality and inactivity/health. These issues should be prominent in the strategy as being critical issues for London.

Alice said: "Our research has shown that one third of London’s parks are seriously impacted by traffic noise, reducing their amenity and, in the worst cases, stopping people from using them at all. We would like to see The Royal Parks demonstrating leadership on this issue, taking action to eliminate the negative impacts of cars in and around London’s parks and in doing so, encouraging others to do likewise."

Our new research reveals major threats to Green Belt in nine London Boroughs.  We must strengthen controls over Green Belt development if it is to continue to function as our 'climate safety belt'. 

Despite the postponement of the local elections, as part of a coalition of leading environmental organisations we are pressing for London's next Mayor to create a greener, healthier and more resilient capital city. 

Campaigners at CPRE London have today written to the London Mayor urging him to require that all private parking is removed from the Stag Brewery development proposals – to be replaced entirely by a much smaller number of car club parking spaces.

For many people, aircraft noise is a real problem. Research shows that aircraft noise is more ‘annoying’ than road or rail noise and that we are becoming increasingly sensitive to it.

CPRE London has today written to the Mayor of London over concerns that he is allowing inappropriate development on London's Metropolitan Open Land (MOL) in Southwark.

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