Removal of Railings – initial correspondence with Camden Council

Camden Council first alerted the Friends to imminent removal of the railings in this email to the Secretary Walter Hand of 1 June 2011 from Gabi Howard, Parks Engagement Manager. It’s worth noting that Camden’s time line suggests that invitations to tender for the work had already been sent out to contractors prior to informing local people and prior to any attempt to consult on removing the railings. This appears  inconsistent with good civil administration, not to mention rude. The plan/diagram for the English Heritage works is in the picture to the left (click to make it bigger).

From: Howard, Gabi
Sent: 01 June 2011 13:21

To: Hand, Walter
Cc: Kiddell, Shaun; Stewart, Peter

Subject: Planned improvements to Lincoln’s Inn Fields

Dear Walter,

We are progressing an improvement programme for Lincoln’s Inn Fields, supported by English Heritage.

We would like to provide some information about this to the Friends Group, please see attached plan and photo montage.

We are only progressing phase 1 at this point (in photo montage).

The improvements include:

• resurfacing of paths with resin bonded gravel
• removal of internal fencing
• reinstatement of historic path layout
• increase of grass area and reduction of hard surfacing in central area of site

The approximate programme for this works is as below:

• tender to contractors in May
• returns in June
• appointment in early July
• start on site late July
• practical completion in mid September

Please could you circulate this information to the Chair of the friends group and committee?

We would be happy to meet to talk through this work.

Public information will go up on site nearer the time.

Kind regards Gabi

Gabi Howard
Parks Engagement Manager
Culture and Sport
Culture and Environment
London Borough of Camden


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