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It’s time for a thorough review of Westminster parking services!

July 27, 2009

Westminster parking services, headed up by Conservative Councillor Danny Chalkley, have been the subject of quite a lot of debate lately. Thousands of motorcyclists have been campaigning against Chalkley’s unfair and unjustified bike parking tax, hundreds of Westminster residents have complained about a recently introduced scheme whereby car parking bays are now shared with visitors between 10am and 4pm daily, Civil Enforcement Officers (CEOs) have been put under huge pressure to issue as many tickets as they possibly can, while threatening them to lose their job if they don’t meet their council’s expectations, car parking fares have increased by up to 33% in some Westminster zones. When is all this outrageous non-sense going to stop?

Of course, while these Conservatives impose on the public parking taxes and keep taking their hard earned money, they give themselves the benefit of free parking across all Westminster zones, as if they couldn’t afford to pay their own parking charges by using their pay by phone system, which they advertise as being so effective. All this brings up to mind the image of a corrupted Council, lead by Conservative bureaucrates who seem to have no other objective than take public money, however they can do it.

Labour Councillors, on the other hand, seem to be a lot more supportive to the public, their aim being to provide a decent and adequate service, not to grab public money with Conservative dirty tricks and tactics. Labour Councillor Paul Dimoldenberg, for whom we have a lot of respect, has come up with a wonderful idea, that is to set up a forum whereby Westminster residents (and hopefully other members of the public) are welcome to share their opinion and suggest ways of improving the parking services offered to motorcyclists and motorists. Has Danny Chalkley ever listened to the public like Paul Dimoldenberg has done? No, we don’t believe he has, as Danny has been ignoring the objections of thousands of motorcyclists to his bike parking tax since August 2008. For him, only money seems to count, nothing else. He seems to be prepared to offer a crappy service to the public, that is bike parking bays with no security devices as initially promised, claiming that the bike parking tax is revenue-neutral, and take as much of public money as he possibly can, in exchange for that crappy service.

Anyway, we welcome Paul Dimoldenberg’s initiative to set up his parking discussion forum. We hope that Danny Chalkley, who, along with his fellow Conservative colleagues, enjoys free parking in Westminster, will watch Paul’s initiative with interest. In the meantime, one thing Danny may learn very soon, is that he is not above the law when introducing new schemes designed to fill up Westminster Council’s coffers. Have we not been told that his bike parking tax is somehow illegal? Hmm, why don’t you click here for further details!

Below is Labour Councillor Paul Dimoldenberg’s recent announcement in the West End Extra:-

“Everyone knows that Westminster’s parking operations are in a very poor state.

No matter whether you are a motorcyclist faced with the only local council in the united kingdom that charges for on-street parking, or a resident in St John’s Wood or Queen’s Park who is now competing for a parking space with casual visitors, or a motorist faced with a 33 percent increase in parking charges in Marylebone, the story is one of anger.

On top of this, the city council is now faced with a £850,000 bill and thousands of pounds more in lost income thanks to the failure to comply with Department of Transport regulations on the size of CCTV camera images.

Like everyone else Labour councillors are fed up with Westminster City Council’s parking policies and we are now launching a major enquiry.

We are setting up a “Parking Forum” and we are keen to hear from residents about what changes they would like to see. We also want residents to join up for the forum so that we can jointly put forward ideas for a Westminster parking regime that is just about practicalities of parking and not about raising as much money as possible for the council.

Please send me your ideas and suggestions to

Let me know too, if you would like to join the parking forum”.

CLLR Paul Dimoldenberg

Leader of the Labour Group

Westminster City Council


Please join and support the campaign to get the bike parking tax in Westminster scrapped before it spreads all over the UK and the European Union. Visit

Soutenez et participez a la campagne dont la mission est de forcer la mairie de Westminster a supprimer la taxe de stationnement des deux-roues avant que le concept ne se propage a travers le Royaume-Uni et l’Union Europeenne. Consultez


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