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Will the No To Bike Parking Tax campaign ruin Westminster Councillor Danny Chalkley’s career?

September 30, 2009

Rozette.jepgThe Central London Borough of Westminster has seen another large demonstration this evening, with hundreds of bikers coming from all horizons to protest at what they consider to be a punitive stealth tax imposed on them by Conservative Councillor Danny Chalkley. We say “punitive stealth tax” because it simply reflects Westminster Council’s mentality to punish commuters who are doing what they can to benefit the environment, by reducing road congestion and air pollution in Central London. This tax is there to fill up the council’s coffers and it has no other purpose.

Have you ever been stuck in traffic behind a bike? Of course not! So why the hell stealth tax motorcyclists for parking, when every single other authority across the United Kingdom and the rest of the European Union encourages the use of motorcycles, as a solution to the many traffic problems encountered in large cities such as London?

In our opinion, Councillor Danny Chalkley, by cynically using the Verrus pay by phone technology to charge motorbikes and scooters for parking, which has not been designed at all for this purpose, may have made the mistake of his career. We are dying to see his bike parking tax be made permanent (for which a decision should have been made in early August 2009), so that the No To Bike Parking Tax campaign can take legal action against Westminster Council for having breached the European Directive 2004/18/EC, while introducing the Verrus pay by phone parking technology.

 

Chalkley's formAfter a briefing given by Warren Djanogly, chairman of the campaign, hundreds of bikers rode though Central London towards Vincent Square, being Councillor Danny Chalkley’s ward. The same hundreds of bikers leafleted the local residents to advise them NOT to vote for Danny Chalkley but, if they vote Conservative, give their vote to another Tory candidate. By clicking on the form, you will gain access to some more information about Councillor Danny Chalkley, and the reasons why the campaign strongly advises the residents of his ward not to vote for this man at the next local council elections.

 

The campaign against the bike parking tax is now getting really exciting, with Westminster City Council pushed into a little corner from which it is getting harder and harder for them to come out. If Councillor Danny Chalkley had seriously taken into consideration the thousands of objections he received to his punitive bike parking tax and listened to the opinion of the thousands of bikers who have been protesting in Central London at the same bike parking tax, he wouldn’t have put himself and Westminster Council in that little corner. The campaign wouldn’t have been investigating in such detail the way the Verrus pay by phone parking system had been introduced by Westminster Council, and it wouldn’t have made it so clear that the same Council might have breached the European Directive 2004/18/EC, by solely offering the pay by phone contract to Verrus UK Limited, without going through the required tender process. As we were told during the demonstration, “Councillor Chalkley, please make the bike parking tax “PERMANENT”, the campaign is ready for you!”.

In the meantime, and until Westminster Council allows the campaign to go legal by making their bike parking tax “permanent”, the residents of Westminster are being made fully aware of the type of individual Councillor Chalkley really is.

We now leave you with a couple of pictures of this evening’s demonstration, which has been a great success!

 

30th Sep demo2

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

30th Sep demo1

 

 

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 31st October 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 31 octobre 2009, ne la ratez pas! Pour plus d’informations, consultez http://www.notobikeparkingtax.com/

 

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2 Comments
  1. Hegley permalink

    A great post, which describes the what’s and why’s admirably. I spoke to a woman in Golden Square who just saw us all and joined in. She had recently got her scooter and was brave enough to go on her first demo. I told her she would love it, these are the friendliest demos you’ll could ever go on.

    I spoke to a police inspector after the demo who said, “We never have any trouble from your lot, these are easiest demos to police”. Quite different from what Westminster would have you believe isn’t it!

  2. UKFRANCE.org permalink

    This is indeed a very friendly campaign, and as French nationals, we are amazed by how well behaved the demonstrations are. We are glad, Hegley, that you have convinced someone to join the demonstration. This is all about spreading the word. And behaving well during demos is also a good way to spread the word. The Met Police are more than happy to conduct the demos. We have gained their trust and they have gained our respect. We are all working very well together, wherever we’re from, France, Britain, Spain, Belgium etc (we even met a couple of Algerians at the demo). By joining forces, we will get this punitive, unfair and unjustified attack on bikers scrapped once for good. Vive l’amitie franco-britannique!

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