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Come and sign the Court Summons against Westminster City Council on 16th August 2009

August 9, 2009

Westminster City Council, and more particularly Conservative Councillor Danny Chalkley, have failed to listen to the thousands of motorcyclists and their supporters who have expressed their opposition to the motorbike/scooter parking tax in their borough. The No To Bike Parking Tax campaigners have tried everything they possibly could to make Councillor Danny Chalkley, and his Conservative colleagues, overturn their decision to introduce an unjustified stealth tax on motorcycle parking. There have been enormous demonstrations blocking the streets of Westminster every single month since the tax was introduced in August 2008, with massive local and national press coverage every time, and yet Westminster parking services, headed up by Conservative Councillor Danny Chalkley, assisted by Kevin Goad and Kieran Fitsall have ignored them. They have even refused to answer emails and letters from the public, including their own residents, who they are paid to serve and represent their interests. Many campaigners, as a result of their emails and letters being ignored by these Conservative bureaucrates, have had no alternative but submit Freedom of Information requests to Westminster City Council to obtain a reply to their queries. In fact, the very few times when these Conservatives have commented on their ridiculous bike parking tax is to say stupidities such as “motorcycles, even small ones, pollute more than Hummers” or “being environmentally friendly would be to encourage motorbikers to use more public transport”, or else “I think when it comes to guidance on policy, residents have that opportunity every four years”. Why don’t you click here to read some more stupid statements such as the ones above? And it’s not because you submit a Freedom of Information request, to which Westminster City Council are obliged by law to reply within twenty working days (we note that they have breached the law on many occasions), that you obtain a meaningful response. Click here and you’ll see what we mean.

Anyway, enough is enough! Campaigners are now fed up with dealing with Conservative bureaucrates at Westminster, who delibarately ignore the public, even their own residents, and keep doing what they believe is good for themselves. We are told that the No To Bike Parking Tax campaign has strong evidence that Westminster parking services have introduced their motorbike/scooter parking tax illegally, so the next step for the campaign is to take Westminster City Council to court and make them pay for their big mistake! Conservative Councillor Danny Chalkley has been given many opportunities to scrap the bike parking tax during the past twelve months, so enough is enough, the campaign is now taking Westminster City Council to court, to get this bike parking tax scrapped once for good. A highly qualified and experienced Barrister, Oliver Mishcon, has been appointed by the campaign to lead the legal fight against Westminster City Council which, as we have been told, may put their entire council-wide parking strategy at risk! Further details about the legal fight are available here.

In order to give the campaign the maximum chance to win the case and kill this ridiculous bike parking tax, together with its background infrastructure, a total of £50,000 is required from riders, motorcycle traders (Metropolis, a very reputable bike dealer, has already given a huge contribution) and other supporters. Anyone who believes that it is totally inappropriate to stealth tax motorcyclists for parking, because bikes are the solution to reduce road congestion and air pollution, or for whatever other reason(s), please donate to the legal fight here. We are told that “all monies are being held by the campaign’s solicitor/lawyer, none of the money is going to an individual’s bank account, this is all above board and legal”. These are the words quoted from the Frequently Asked Questions section of the campaign’s website.

In the meantime, why don’t you come next Sunday 16th August 2009 to the demonstration, in order to sign the Court Summons, which will officially declare the launch of the legal fight against Westminster City Council. Further details about this demonstration are available here. We believe there will be a briefing by the campaign’s chairman, Warren Djanogly, at Golden Square, London W1 at 12 noon (which we highly recommend you attend), followed by a mass ride to Westminster City Council, 64 Victoria Street, London SW1, where we will all be signing the Court Summons. As it will be lunch time, feel free to bring a picnic lunch!

 

SEE YOU ALL THERE! MAY THE CONSERVATIVE BIKE PARKING TAX BE SCRAPPED!

 

 

Please join and support the legal fight to get the bike parking tax in Westminster scrapped before it spreads all over the UK and the European Union. The next demonstration is on 16th August 2009, don’t miss it! For further details, visit  http://www.notobikeparkingtax.com/

Soutenez et participez au proces dont le but 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. La prochaine manifestation aura lieu le 16 aout 2009, ne la ratez pas! Pour plus d’informations, consultez http://www.notobikeparkingtax.com/

 

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