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Court upholds Westminster Bike Parking Charge

Campaigners will appeal over decision to keep £1-per-day charge

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Submitted by Visordown News on Fri, 16/07/2010 - 12:02

FOLLOWING AN ongoing battle with anti-bike parking campaigners, Westminster council has won a court case over charging motorcyclists to park in the city's streets.

Anti-parking charge campaign 'No To Bike Parking Fees' challenged Westminster Council's controversial £1-a-day parking fee but lost its case today whenthe ruling was upheld in London High Court.

Warren Djanogly, chairman of 'No To Motorbike Parking Fees' claimed Westminster Council had introduced the charge simply to raise revenue.

However, Lord Justice Pitchford said the council had "perfectly legitimate objectives".

"While there were traffic management and environmental arguments for and against treating motorcycles as a special case, it does not seem ... the council acted outside its powers by resolving that all road users should pay their fair share for on-street provision of space," said Lord Pitchford.

Westminster Council's Lee Rowley said: "We have always maintained that with huge demand for on-street space in Westminster, charging motorcyclists a small sum to park was reasonable and fair and I'm glad the judge has reiterated this."

Westminster Council will now seek to recover legal costs of £50,000.

No To Bike Parking campaigners say the decision will be challenged.

Read Westminster court case notes

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