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Bikers block entry to Westminster Council again

June 30, 2010

It’s Wednesday today, Westminster’s favourite day! Westminster City Council staff obviously can’t wait to see Wednesday coming week after week because they know that the bikers are going to be there again greeting them as they come in to work. After all, it’s always nice to feel welcome to work first thing in the morning by a large group of bikers who are there to help regulate traffic through the council’s doors. The bikers were there, once again, to say NO to the motorcycle parking tax that is now in the hands of judges at the High Court of Justice following a two days trial last week opposing Westminster City Council to the No To Bike Parking Tax campaign.

Council staff were again greeted this morning by a large group of bikers who decided to obstruct the entrance doors by parking their motorcycles just outside the building. We were amused to see how many members of staff were cautious about walking around the bikes to reach the entrance doors in order not to damage their work suits and skirts. It was quite funny to see so many ladies walking around so slowly and delicately, as if the bikes were going to jump on them like naughty dogs. All staff were instructed on previous occasions by the council’s management through internal communication not to talk to the bikers and stay outside the building, in case they turned up again at their doorstep, so we were not surprised to see quite a few ladies being so cautious and looking so nervous as they approached the bikers to enter the building, despite being told not to by their own boss.

Councillor Lee Rowley, the man in charge of parking at Westminster City Council, has always stated, since he became cabinet member a couple of months ago, that he has an open door policy and is prepared to discuss any issues that bikers might have with regards to motorcycle parking in the borough. Well, while bikers keep turning up at City Hall to see Rowley, he seems to be shutting his door every time they come in to reception. Perhaps, he has been brainwashed by the latest internal memo that seems to suggest that bikers are naughty people not to talk to.

It’s been almost two years since the No To Bike Parking Tax campaign started and the council is still not getting the message that the bikers will not go away until this parking tax is scrapped. Perhaps the High Court of Justice will soon force the council to scrap the tax, perhaps not, but one thing is for sure, the tax will be scrapped one day because the bikers are more determined than ever to make the working life of its architects complete hell. One of them has recently left his position, who’s next?

Here is a video of this morning’s event:-


Please join and support the campaign to stop Westminster Council from stealth taxing motorcyclists to park before their scheme spreads all over the UK and the rest of Europe. For further details, visit

Rejoignez le groupe de manifestants contre le stationnement payant des motocyclistes a Westminster avant que cela ne se propage dans le reste du Royaume-Uni et l’Union Europeenne. Pour plus d’informations, consultez


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  1. Tom Bass permalink

    What a Brilliant Campaign and stand against such unbelieveabley thick skinned Public Servants who appear to be so completely out of touch and deluded.
    Congratulations to Warren and this dedicated team of Voters fighting such an important issue in such a creative well organised and and firm way but also with great humour.
    Car drivers who have just excepted years of ever growing extortion without question over Parking charges- take note !

  2. 1frog permalink

    Inconvenience us and we will inconvenience you. Westminster City Hall will never be the same again. I expect that the back door will become the main entrance for the creators of the bike parking levy on Wednesdays unless of course the tax is scrapped.

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