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Requisitioned Parks (Release)

Volume 415: debated on Wednesday 31 October 1945

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asked the Under-secretary of State for Air when he proposes to derequisition public parks and open spaces so that the public can enjoy once again without let or hindrance these amenities; and, in particular, when does he contemplate that Heaton Park, Manchester, is to be returned to the public.

I fully appreciate the importance of releasing public parks—and in particular Heaton Park, Manchester—for the enjoyment of the public. The trouble is that the huts at Heaton Park are urgently needed in order to enable us to release requisitioned house property elsewhere in Lancashire. However, I hope that we shall soon be able to work out a plan with Manchester Corporation for the release of part of the park in the immediate future and the whole of it as soon as suitable alternative accommodation can be found.


asked the Under-secretary of State for Air whether he is aware that Ardwick Green Park, Manchester, is still held by his Department, although not used for over 12 months; that this is the only available open space in a badly congested area for the use of children; and whether he will expedite the work of his Department dealing with compensation for reinstatement.

This park was derequisitioned over a year ago. No claim for compensation has yet been received by my Department.