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Does French speaker Cllr Jean-Paul Floru have a free parking permit in Westminster?

June 19, 2009

Although Cllr Jean-Paul Floru of Westminster City Council is believed to be a native French speaker, he is not a French national, otherwise the reputation of the French population in the UK would be adversely affected based on his latest behaviour. He is believed to be originally from the Belgian French speaking area, and like most French speaking Belgians, he might feel a little bit “inferior” in front of the French who have always laughed at the Belgians for almost everything they do.

Anyway, when he is in the UK, he certainly has no issues with screwing up the Brits. Westminster City Council have recently increased car parking fares by up to 33% in certain areas of the borough and imposed a ridiculous and unjustified parking tax on motorcyclists. If the wealthiest borough council in the UK feels the need to grab more and more money from the public to fill up their coffers behind the scenes, we wonder how all the other boroughs manage to survive with less money. While Westminster City Council impose ridiculously high parking charges on motorists, the Conservative Councillors, who voted in favour of the introduction of a parking stealth tax on motorcyclists, have decided to quietly enjoy free parking for themselves, of course without telling the public. A Freedom of Information (FOI) request was put in to the Council which revealed the names of the councillors who enjoyed free parking throughout the borough. You can view the FOI request here together with the Council’s response.

When asked the question as to whether he enjoyed the benefit of free parking in Westminster, Cllr Floru replied:-

“Councillors do not enjoy free parking. Poor research and wild allegations, once again. Get your facts right”.


Perhaps Cllr Floru is confused with the Royal Borough of Kensington & Chelsea and Camden Borough Council who effectively do not allow their councillors to enjoy free parking in their boroughs, unlike Westminster. You can view the responses from these councils to recent FOI requests.

Is it Cllr Floru or Westminster Council who should get their facts right? It appears that Cllr Jean-Paul Floru was either unaware of his benefit of free parking, did not have a good command of the English language to understand the question that he was asked, or deliberately mislead the public because he was deeply embarrassed to admit that he had a free parking permit. But the truth is, per the above FOI request, that he does have a free parking permit in the borough of Westminster. At least his fellow colleagues, when asked the question, don’t deny the truth and admit they do have a free parking permit.

We wonder why Cllr Floru failed so badly in the recent European elections. It is not good enough these days to speak French and English fluently to have a European political career, honesty is an assumed skill that is essential to pursue such a career.


1st July 2009 – Please join the demonstration and say NO to the bike parking tax in Westminster! For further details, visit

1er Juillet 2009 – Assistez a la manifestation pour protester contre le stationnement payant des deux-roues a Westminster. Pour plus d’informations, consultez


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  1. JP Floru permalink

    Westminster Councillors still have to pay for a residents’ parking permit like everybody else – and therefore their parking is not free. And by the way, my mothertongue is not French.

  2. John Holmes permalink

    J P Floru, get your facts right, you have yourself a free parking permit which allows you to park anywhere in Westminster, it’s been proved and yet you still try to deny it. Hand back your free parking permit, if the pay by phone system is so fucking wonderful, and stop being such a hypocrite and a liar.
    Peter Large (Head of Westminster legal department) told you to shut up, why don’t your take his advice, you are a failure so why inflict your inadequacies on us, go back to Belgium.

  3. Blue permalink

    On the 22nd May I wrote to J P Floru and Cllr Harvey Marshall,
    Cllr Mark Page, Cllr Ian Rowley, Cllr Angela Harvey, Cllr Susan Burbridge, Cllr Colin Barrow,Cllr Danny Chalkley and asked why do the eight councillors
    listed above feel they are entitled to a Westminster free parking
    permit? Although this free parking permit is supposedly to be used
    when the councillors are conducting council business, why do they
    believe they are more deserving of this benefit above say, more poorly
    paid key workers who are often offered no assistance to park in the
    borough? This is even though many members of the public might consider
    the key workers entitlement to free borough wide parking more
    deserving of this valuable perk? My second question is especially
    interesting to me, given the enormous amount of extra scrutiny in the
    media at present regarding politicians conduct, perks and how they
    spend tax payers money.

    Do you know not one of those councillors, including Floru, had the decency to even reply to me. Not one of them deserves to hold public office.

  4. Blue permalink

    I’d also like to add that through other FOI requests we have been unable to find another council in the UK which provide their councillors with free parking permits.

  5. Josef Salomone permalink

    If the councillors truly do have to also buy their own residents parking permits as Floru insists, then perhaps he can tell us why this freedom of information request has gone unanswered?

    In fact the council rather than answer the question have broken the law. How many officers and councillors are prepared to break the law to cover up their own greed?

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