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Architects lead backlash over park closures and "heavy-handed" policing in London's open spaces

1 month ago   |   By Dezeen

Architects and critics have hit out at threats to close London's parks amid the coronavirus pandemic, with one describing it as "collective punishment".
Brockwell Park in south London was sealed off on Saturday while authorities threatened to shut other open spaces, following concerns about overcrowding and irresponsible behaviour.
"Ridiculous to shut parks," said HAT Projects co-director Hana Loftus on Twitter. "Police being pretty heavy-handed in others, threatening a complete ban. Seems a London thing but the mercury is hitting 20c and going to be warmer over the next week, what are...
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