Hyde Park

  1. 'Shoved' assembly member makes complaint against Met Police

    A man is detained by the police as he attempts to talk on Speakers" Corner in Hyde Park

    A London Assembly member has made a complaint to police after he was pushed by an officer at an anti-lockdown event.

    David Kurten, who represents the London Assembly's Brexit Alliance, said he was "shoved by a police officer while standing stationary" at a speech by an anti-lockdown activist at Speakers Corner, Hyde Park.

    Mr Kurten said he was pushed as he watched police officers arrest two people at the event.

    The Assembly member says he was at the event to "observe what was going on".

    "It seems like Speakers' Corner is closed at the moment," he told the Mayor's Question Time at City Hall.

    The Met Police confirmed they had received a complaint which was being handled in accordance with the Police Reform Act.

    A man is detained by the police as he attempts to talk on Speakers" Corner in Hyde Park
  2. Westminster low traffic neighbourhood scheme paused

    Residents' idea of Low traffic neighbourhood in Hyde Park Estate

    Westminster’s first Low Traffic Neighbourhood is on hold after some residents said they worried it could create another rat run.

    Traffic experts will be looking at other ways to cut traffic in Connaught Village.

    Plans included temporary barriers, including signs and planters put up to stop traffic using the estate as a short cut.

    LTNs are funded by central government to try and cut traffic but have proved controversial as they’ve been set up in six-month trials in neighbourhoods across London.

    Residents in Crystal Palace staged a protest and there was also a large amount of opposition in Hounslow, Wandsworth, Ealing and Harrow.

    Andrew Smith, Westminster City Council’s cabinet member for environment and highways said: “While there is a recognition that the volume of traffic passing through the area is an issue, it is clear there is not a consensus in support of the proposed scheme.”

    He said it was clear there was a problem with rat running through the estate and something had to be done “to manage the through traffic”.

    The council said it would be working with residents and businesses to come up with a solution.

    ‘Climate emergency’

    Dr Allen Zimbler, the chairman of the Hyde Park Estate Association, said: “We are delighted that they have heard our concerns about the proposed LTN – it would have contributed to significant traffic congestion and pollution on our peripheral arterial highways, making it increasingly impossible for anyone needing to or wanting to use taxis or private cars, or depending on delivery services.”

    But he said there was still a “desperate need to address the excessive traffic and current levels of pollution.”

    However the new Hyde Park Estate Residents group, HyPER, is “extremely disappointed” by the decision.

    Resident Chris Gunness said:“The decision is at odds with the wishes of Hyde Park Estate residents, it disregards the government’s guidance to local authorities about green spaces in response to the Coronavirus pandemic and it flies in the face of Westminster Council’s declaration of a climate emergency.”

  3. Hyde Park Winter Wonderland cancelled due to the pandemic

    Hyde Park Winter Wonderland will not take place this year, the event's organisers have announced.

    In a statement, the group said: "Our team has worked tirelessly, exploring every possible option in the hopes of being able to move forward with the event in a responsible manner and provide London with some much-needed festive cheer.

    "However, in light of ongoing health concerns, travel restrictions and uncertainty surrounding Covid-19, and considering the size and scale of this event, we just couldn’t find a way to do that without compromising the magical attractions, shows, rides, bars and experiences that make Hyde Park Winter Wonderland so special."

    They added that they "cannot wait to bring friends and family back together to celebrate the festive season at Hyde Park Winter Wonderland in 2021".

  4. Woman admits anti-lockdown protest breach

    A woman arrested in Hyde Park during anti-lockdown protests has admitted to breaching coronavirus regulations.

    Princess Rose Morgan said she felt it was "OK" to be in the the park on 16 May because she thought the threat from the virus "had passed".

    Morgan, 56, of Lambeth, pleaded guilty to breaching new Covid-19 rules brought in to stop people meeting in groups larger than two.

    She was given a six-month conditional discharge. Westminster Magistrates' Court heard that police had arrived at Speakers' Corner to be faced with a "very large crowd" and people shouting chants of "freedom".

    Representing herself, she told the court: "Basically I was just there because I felt it was OK to be there. "It was not really any more complex than that.

    "I thought it was OK to be there."

    She said she had begun to walk away after being asked by an officer to leave, but that when she stopped to speak to someone she was arrested.

    Explaining further why she was in the park at a mass gathering during the lockdown, she added: "According to the CDC (Centres for Disease Control and Prevention) website apparently the threat had passed so I felt comfortable being in the park."

    Morgan, who has no previous convictions, was also ordered to pay £107 to cover the prosecution costs and victim surcharge.

  5. Black Lives Matter protesters leave Hyde Park

    Katharine Carpenter

    BBC London Home Affairs correspondent

    Black Lives Matter demonstrators are now moving on from Hyde Park and moving along Park Lane away from Marble Arch.

    The traffic is at a standstill while the protesters walk.

    George Floyd's death, after he was restrained by a police officer kneeling on his neck, has sparked rioting and protests across the US and UK after footage of his arrest was shared.

    Prime Minister Boris Johnson - who said in the Commons on Wednesday that Mr Floyd's death was "inexcusable" - has faced calls to review sales of riot control equipment to the US

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    Video caption: Coronavirus: Jeremy Corbyn's brother arrested at anti-lockdown protest in London

    Piers Corbyn was among hundreds of demonstrators in London's Hyde Park.

  7. Cycle lane created along Park Lane

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    A cycle lane has been installed along London's Park Lane as part of Sadiq Khan's London Streetspace programme.

    The lane has been introduced to improve segregation between cyclists and other road users as part of efforts to reduce the demand on public transport.

    A cycle lane was already in place in Hyde Park - which is adjacent to Park Lane - but there have been safety concerns about cyclists and walkers being too close to each other.

    The mayor of London said he was "determined to give Londoners more safe and sustainable alternatives to travelling by car, especially when our public transport system is under strain due to Covid-19".