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Council fails to shut down bike parking campaign website

January 31, 2011

Late last week, we noticed that the No To Bike Parking Tax website had been taken down without previous warning from the campaign’s committee, which we thought was rather bizarre. Our understanding had always been that, only upon full scrapping of the motorcycle parking tax in the Central London Borough of Westminster, will the campaign go away and finally let the miserable Westminster Tory Councillors get on with what they’re supposed to be doing, that is serve the public interest without constantly sticking their hands in the public purse.

We just couldn’t believe that the campaign’s website had just disappeared, so we started to wonder what was going on. We thought that perhaps Councillor Lee Rowley, in charge of parking at Westminster Council, had seen Virgin Mary appear in front of him making him realise that it was a sin to take away public money without justification and ordering him to scrap the unjustified and money grabbing motorcycle parking scheme. We thought that perhaps Westminster was going to become a world wide pilgrimage site where a miracle would have just occured for the first time ever, that is a Tory Councillor listening to the voice of the public, after ignoring more than 3,000 objections to the motorcycle charging scheme a couple of years ago.

So we went down the street and checked our usual parking bay. How disappointed were we when we noticed that the motorcycle parking signs asking us to pay £1 a day were still up. Oh, well never mind, Pope Benedict XVI will have to find another reason to visit London next time.

So we went back to our office and started to google a few words to try and find out what the hell was going on. Oh, thank Godness, the No To Mob forum was still up and running. You can see how much we value the No To Bike Parking Tax campaign. We were in fact feeling devastated to have lost our “petit nid douillet” on the internet. Oh la la, sacre bleu, it looked like the campaign had received some legal threats from Peter Large, Head of Legal at Westminster Council, who also sent an email to the campaign’s internet host requesting them to shut down the site or face legal action.

But, honestly, what is the issue with a very large group of bikers exercising their legal right to protest at a scheme that they don’t agree with? Eh, honestly, what’s the problem? That campaign website was so beautiful, so well organised and presented, so dynamic and full of life. We just thought that it was a real shame to kill it so quickly without having been consulted beforehand. Oh, but wait a minute, consultation is optional in Westminster, it’s not something that they always consider necessary. Actually, it’s easier to do whatever you want rather than ask the opinion of others when you know for a fact that they will say NO, isn’t it?

Oh la la, mon Dieu, legal threats over the contents of the campaign’s website because it disclosed allegations against the professional behaviour of Westminster’s Head of Legal! Thank Goodness, was still up and running! Then we carried on reading the No To Mob forum and the campaign’s Twitter feed and found out that the IT team was very busy moving the website to a very deep underground location, completely out of the reach of Westminster Council. Phew, we were so reassured because without the No To Bike Parking Tax campaign, we just felt totally devastated. Oh, and we learn today that Nutsville has also moved their site to a very deep underground location, again out of the reach of Westminster Council! It feels good to know that there are so many countries around the world which are able to accomodate and keep the websites of those who want to exercise their legal right to protest and freedom of speech totally safe.

Now we are told that the No To Bike Parking Tax will explain everything that happened in their next newsletter, which is due within the next couple of days or so. Oh my Lord, we can smell a big rat here. That sounds so exciting and we can’t wait to read the bloody good juicy story that is about to come up! It sounds like Westminster Council may be given a very hard and embarrassing time as the campaign is highly unlikely to romove any of its website contents.

Stay tuned!


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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