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One size demonstration that Fitsall purposes

August 14, 2009

We have come across a podcast on youtube.com which covers the subject of the motorcycle parking tax in Westminster, that was introduced by Conservative Councillor Danny Chalkley in August 2008.

 

 

One statement in the podcast has really chocked us, and it is the following from Kieran Fitsall of Westminster parking services:-

“I wouldn’t consider the protest to be that large, obviously there’s a core group of people who are mobilising people to object and voice their opinions about the charging scheme, but it’s nothing that we haven’t seen before“.

We are actually delighted to realise that we are not the only members of the public who find the above statement totally ludicrous. The 31st March 2009 protest at the bike parking tax, to which Mr Fitsall seems to be referring to in the podcast, was in fact the largest demonstration that Westminster City Council had ever seen. A Freedom of Information (FOI) request was submitted to the Metropolitan Police (who are in charge of coordinating all demonstrations) by one of the No To Bike Parking Tax campaigners, which revealed that the motorcyclists’ 31st March 2009 protest in Westminster was indeed the largest demonstration that the Council had ever seen.

So we wonder why Mr Fitsall (nicknamed by a few campaigners as “one size fits all”) believes that the size of the protest was nothing that the Council hadn’t seen before. In fact, it sounds like it’s the other way round, the size of the protest was something that the Council had NEVER seen before!

The podcast goes on to say that the No To Bike Parking Tax campaign has over 5,000 subscribers to its website, and yet Mr Fitsall doesn’t seem to realise this, which to us, sounds like pure ignorance.

Well, Fitsall’s statement is over four months old now, so things have obviously evolved since then. Are we able to give Fitsall the benefit of the doubt about what he now thinks of the size of the No To Bike Parking Tax campaign? The last demonstration, which took place on 1st July 2009 outside Westminster City Hall, during which over 3,000 motorcyclists and their supporters handed in their individual objection to a couple of poor Westminster employees, who stamped each individual objection one by one for a good three hours and were sweating under 32+ degrees celsius, has hopefully made Fitsall realise that this is something that, not only Westminster Council have never seen before, but also something that he has almost certainly never seen before either. We note from a recent FOI request that Councillor Chalkley has delayed his decision to make the motorcycle parking tax permanent, because he is considering the extraordinary high number of objections that he received. Surely, this is something that he (and Fitsall) have never seen (and done) before!

We now leave you with a nice article that was published yesterday in the Westminster local press, which will give you an idea of the current magnitude of the No To Bike Parking Tax campaign.

 

Sources (click to view):-

Freedom of Information request to the Metropolitan Police

Freedom of Information request re the delay in the motorcycle parking tax decision

 

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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One Comment
  1. Hegley permalink

    Perhaps Fitsall should be reported to the Standards Board, as all council officers are supposed to carry out their tax payer funded duties with impartiality.

    It seems from this comment and others he has made in the past that Fitsall is far from impartial and has used his prejudice to influence the outcome of the bike parking tax in an effort to try to further his career, or at the least try to hang on to his job.

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