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The consultation for the booking and charging system at the Old Football Pitches in Hyde Park begins today, Monday September 30, 2013 until Thursday October 31, 2013.

The Old Football Pitches in Hyde Park are regularly used and enjoyed by a number of different user groups for organised sporting activity ranging from football to softball.

The Football Pitches are a 12 acre area located off South Carriage Drive in Hyde Park and over the past three years have grown in popularity with clubs, schools and sports groups all using the site.

Earlier this year a booking and charging system was brought in to manage demand more effectively and to promote fair usage amongst all users. The booking and charging system ensured that enough space was available for users when needed and that pitches were marked out for the booked activity.

At the time The Royal Parks consulted with a number of groups about the system, as well as placing information around the site and in park notice boards. However, following the initial consultation and points raised by some regular users, The Royal Parks decided to suspend charging on September 6, 2013 in order to undertake a wider consultation.

The wider consultation is designed to gather people's views of the booking and charging system.

Users or interested parties wishing to take part in the consultation can do so in a number of ways:

* Download the survey online

* Public open day - Saturday October 12 from 11.00am - 3.00pm at The Old Football Pitches, Hyde Park, W2 2UH. Anyone wishing to come along will have the opportunity to speak to a member of The Royal Parks Management Team and fill in the survey

* Will to Win - paper copies of the survey will be available from the Sports Pavilion at Will to Win, South Carriage Drive, Hyde Park, W2 2UH

The consultation will run from September 30, 2013 until October 31, 2013. Decisions and outcomes will be ratified by the Park Management team on November 27, 2013 and will be communicated to all consultees and the wider public before the end of the calendar year.



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