"I call on you to cancel your protest ride on 31st March, which will
inevitably delay Londoners seeking to go about their business, many on their journey home"
Their letter, to Committee Chairman Warren Djanogly, dated 12 March 2009, reads:
Dear Mr Djanogly,
Thank you for your emails of 9th and 10th March in connection with
Westminster's press release dated 9th March 2009, the contents of which I have
Westminster fully accepts that lawful, peaceful protest is an entirely legitimate
method of disagreeing with any Council policy, including motorcycle charging. Our
use of the phrase “rogue motorcycle protestors” emphasises the fact that the majority
of protestors have behaved lawfully and reasonably.
However, the duty of care to our staff, and the responsibility of maintaining public
order in Westminster, is taken extremely seriously. Westminster will therefore take
appropriate action against campaigners, including those associated with the “No To
Bike Parking Fees” campaign, who do break the law or harass our staff. I note that to
date you have failed to publicly challenge, question or condemn those individuals
who have acted illegally, or sought to intimidate or harass officers and members,
deface public property, or impersonate an elected Member of Westminster Council.
I cannot comment further on the attempt to obtain confidential information by
impersonating an elected Member since this matter is currently being investigated by
the Police Computer Crimes Unit. No doubt they will contact you directly if they
deem it appropriate.
Westminster has maintained a comprehensive incident log recording illegal acts and
incidences of intimidation and harassment. This is regularly updated and shared with
the Police. This is not a public document and cannot be shared with you.
Furthermore, I strongly urge you to desist from actions which damage the West End
economy. Your recent protest hindered hard pressed retailers and caused delay and
inconvenience on many transport routes. These are not the actions of a responsible
group. I call on you to cancel your protest ride on 31st March, which will
inevitably delay Londoners seeking to go about their business, many on their journey
home. I welcome your attendance at the Built Environment Policy &
Scrutiny Meeting to put your case, but other actions are unnecessary and excessive.
They do not promote your arguments, and will disrupt many Londoners with no part
to play in your protest.
Given your record of publicising our correspondence, I am making this letter public in
addition to copying to the elected Members of Westminster Council.
We reckon Mr Chalkley's got a bee in his bonnet. Don't you?
Posted: 13/03/2009 at 05:26
Posted: 13/03/2009 at 07:44
Posted: 13/03/2009 at 09:08
Posted: 13/03/2009 at 16:27
Posted: 13/03/2009 at 18:04
Doolybhoy 1 wrote (see)
If it was aborted then what other form of direct and peacefull action would we take to get the attention of the tosspots who have their snouts in the trough,
You could always do the following,
1 just stand on the side of the road (out of the way of the public),
2 keep quiet and
3 get NOTHING done.
That would keep the 'powers that be' happy (and us poorer)
Good on ya lads (and girls), if it was coming to wigan then I would join in
Posted: 13/03/2009 at 20:36
Posted: 13/03/2009 at 20:58
Posted: 14/03/2009 at 00:28
Definetely going to be there on Tuesday.
I hope others (lots of) make the effort to turn up too.
Posted: 14/03/2009 at 20:56
Posted: 14/03/2009 at 22:41
I've received an e-mail from cllr David Boothroyd that has shown there are some MPs on our side. But I don't know how to paste the e-mail here.
He and cllr Ruth Bush met with the No To Bike Parking Tax group, and proffered advice on how to oppose Westminster council's policy. This at least shows that MPs are taking note.
A big demo on 31st March could make a huge inroad into getting the charges scrapped. Even if Westminster council don't budge, other councils will be watching, and may baulk at the idea of demos outside their own office.
It really is worth attending, people, if only as a bike meet. I met loads of people at Hanover Square last year, had a great laugh, brought Regent St to a standstill, and had my photo taken by a million jap tourists (roughly).
What's not to like? It's a couple of hours' fun. And worth the journey.
Posted: 15/03/2009 at 00:18
Thank you for the invitation, Danny Chalkley. I'll be there, I promise.
Posted: 15/03/2009 at 04:31
Posted: 15/03/2009 at 20:09
I was going to say look for a silver TL1000 and say hello, but I really don't fancy being stuck in traffic on a sports bike, so I'm going to borrow a Triumph Boneville for the day. You won't miss it, it has yellow cam covers!
Let me know what bikes you'll be riding (photos would be better) and I'll try to find you.
Posted: 15/03/2009 at 23:34
Posted: 16/03/2009 at 07:26
I'll be there! It is going to be a great day, Danny Chalkleys letter makes be want to be there even more!
Posted: 16/03/2009 at 09:47
planning on being there myself leaving eastcastle street by Oxford Circus about 5.30pm on black/silver Gixxer 1000k4
Just started work here after 5 years in Hackney which was free and secure
Posted: 16/03/2009 at 16:39
Dear Westminster Councillor, Please don't desert Chalky in his hour of need. Bwahahaha!
The campaign have issued an open letter in response to Chalky's open email.
Posted: 16/03/2009 at 16:51
the cunts, I'm going now as well
Posted: 16/03/2009 at 18:59
"Perhaps it is now time for one of you to have a quiet word with Mr Chalkley..."
Or maybe a thousand...
Posted: 16/03/2009 at 21:04
This is a question which I could probably find an answer to myself but my internet is incredibly slow right now.
When they say that we should meet at trafalgar square, do thye mean ON trafalgar square? We're going to get away with parking there I presume...?
Posted: 16/03/2009 at 21:56
Just glare at anyone in a blue suit with an overly large mobile phone, and you should be okay.
Posted: 16/03/2009 at 22:09
Posted: 17/03/2009 at 07:18
Posted: 17/03/2009 at 07:25
Posted: 17/03/2009 at 07:38
jbond wrote (see)
Or just arrive a bit late and see where everybody else is.
Posted: 17/03/2009 at 08:19
Is that a Voyager I see before me? Ian?
It's not just Blez is it. We've got several other mutual friends who are perpetually late.
Posted: 17/03/2009 at 09:22
Might just be.
This is true.
Apropos nothing - have a look at Tribbles busy weekend (there is a Quasar in it at the end)
Posted: 17/03/2009 at 10:30
Posted: 17/03/2009 at 16:43
31st March. 3pm meet at the Ace cafe (Park Royal junc. A406 north circular). Ride on to Trafalgar Square. Then some time around 5pm ride to Westminster council offices (you don't need directions for there, just follow everyone else).
Nice and slow, it'll be, and no babies, virgins or sheep will be sacrificed, more's the pity...
Posted: 17/03/2009 at 17:30
Alan, those are arrival times.
Ace 3pm for 4:15 leaveTrafalgar Sq 5pm for 6:15pm leaveVictoria St 7pm till we get bored
If you can't make an earlier meeting point or don't want the longer ride, just turn up at a later one.
Posted: 17/03/2009 at 17:33
Posted: 17/03/2009 at 17:36
Posted: 17/03/2009 at 17:40
"Furthermore, I strongly urge you to desist from actions which damage the West End economy. Your recent protest hindered hard pressed retailers and caused delay and inconvenience on many transport routes. These are not the actions of a responsible group. I call on you to cancel your protest ride on 31st March, which will inevitably delay Londoners seeking to go about their business, many on their journey home"
What about the long term damage done on the West-End economy? How many of us will choose to do their shopping where they can park for free? Loads of us choose over destinations where we are welcome to park Free.
Why will we cancel the demonstration? No way... Shame that people will demonstrate only in London... Should be National
Posted: 17/03/2009 at 18:55
I stumbled over the minutes of a meeting where the same players in WCC were grilling a rep from TFL about the congestion charge and the western extension. They were using all the same arguments we've been using against them. The hypocrisy is quite staggering.
"I strongly urge WCC to desist from actions which damage the West End economy. Your recent parking charge trial for motorcycles hinders hard pressed retailers and causes delay and inconvenience for many. These are not the actions of a responsible group. I call on you to cancel your trial before 31st March, which would inevitably help Londoners seeking to go about their business within the borough. I welcome you coming to listen to objections at the Built Environment Policy & Scrutiny Meeting, but even this is unnecessary and excessive. The meeting does not promote your arguments, and continuing the scheme will disrupt many Londoners with no part to play in the process."
There, I fixed it for them.
I'm starting to see this as The Bash Street Kids vs Mr Teacher "Chalky"
Posted: 17/03/2009 at 19:13
have to say that was the most polite intimidation Ive ever read, the Krays would be proud, well done wcc for your own goal see you on the 31st
Posted: 20/03/2009 at 17:08
One week to go. Tuesday 31 Mar Ace Cafe - 3pm leave 4.15pm and ride to Trafalgar Square - 5pm leave 6.15pm and ride to Victoria St Westminster offices - 7pm till we get bored If you can't get to one of venues and ride outs, then come along to the next one. And bring all your friends, even if they don't ride bikes!
Posted: 24/03/2009 at 07:57
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