Dear The Crown Estate,
Along Kensington Palace Gardens Road there are signs stating 'no photography'. I would under the freedom of information act like to know under what authority they are placed and under what legistlation they are enforceable.
Thank you for your recent information request regarding photography at
Kensington Palace Gardens. I have repeated your request at the bottom of
this email for reference.
Kensington Palace Gardens is a private roadway which forms part of The
Crown Estate and public access to the roadway is granted under certain
conditions including the “no photography” rule. The authority for this
rule is not derived from legislation but from the right of every landowner
to impose conditions on access to its property.
Whilst The Crown Estate is the freeholder for all properties on Kensington
Palace Gardens, they are all let on long leases and occupied as either
private individual residences, Ambassadorial residences and a number of
Embassies. The roadway is privately owned by The Crown Estate and as such
access to it is restricted by the security gates at either end.
As I am sure you can appreciate, particularly with the number of
Ambassadorial residences and consular embassies, security is of paramount
concern, and The Crown Estate and our agents work closely with the police
and security services, who have a high visible presence at Kensington
The no photography signage has been in place for a considerable number of
years and is overseen by our managing agents and implemented with the
support of the occupiers and the security services.
If you are not satisfied with my response, you may complain or appeal our
decision, which will be investigated through an Internal Review. If you
are not content with the outcome of the Internal Review, you have the
right to refer your complaint directly to the Information Commissioner for
a decision. Please note that the Information Commissioner cannot make a
decision unless you have first exhausted our own complaints procedure.
Martin Brazier TCE
Freedom of Information Officer Award
The Crown Estate
16 New Burlington Place
London W1S 2HX
Tel: 020 7851 5259
Fax: 020 7851 5125
Email: [email address]
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Dear Brazier, Martin,
Thank you very much for your response and clarifying for the
general public that these signs are not enforceable by law, as
despite being private land one is still subject to the laws of the
crown and country.
Therefore, any future attempts by any occupiers of the property to
enforce the deletion of photographs taken can be disregarded.