The Government will now look at different ways of raising money in these Royal Parks including holding events such as Farmers' Markets.
Penrose has told local MPs Justine Greening, Vince Cable, Zac Goldsmith and Ed Davey of his decision. Work on resurfacing the car parks in Richmond Park will also be scrapped, to retain their rural character. Penrose said: "Plans to introduce car parking charges in these parks were the subject of fierce public opposition from the moment they were first proposed and the local MPs have been lobbying me hard so, after discussing it with them and with the Mayor's office, I've decided to scrap the idea.
"Given the current economic climate, we will need to find alternative sources of income instead, but we will try to respect local residents' views and preserve the environment of these wonderful and precious spaces too."
Richmond Council has welcomed the move.