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FOOT & MOUTH CRISIS: CLOSURE OF ROYAL PARKS TO TRAFFIC

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Richmond upon Thames Council very much regrets the unfortunate necessity to close Richmond, Bushy and Home Parks to...
Richmond upon Thames Council very much regrets the unfortunate necessity to close Richmond, Bushy and Home Parks to traffic. It fully recognizes, however, the concern about the potential spread of foot and mouth disease to the deer, particularly in view of the escalation in the number of reported cases over the weekend.
Katie Gent, chair of the council's environment committee, said: 'I very much hope that the parks can be re-opened as soon as possible to relieve the traffic chaos that has come from this closure.
'It had been suggested earlier to us that a partial closure could be arranged, but I gather the police vetoed this on the grounds that it would cause uncertainty and yet more traffic problems. The situation is under a 24-hour review and the council will be keeping closely in touch with developments.
'I understand the frustration that will be experienced by many of our residents as they try and get around, but the danger of spreading this highly infectious disease cannot be denied.
'I know that pretty well everyone, who goes through the parks in normal times, whether on foot or by car, finds the deer a source of joy. Potentially all these deer could be lost and not replaced for a significant period. This would have a devastating effect for the local environment.'
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