There is growing opposition to the planned introduction of weekend and evening car par parking charges by Westminster Council. The levy, with charges from £2.20 to £4.40 per hour, is due to become operative from 9 January. It will have a serious impact on the commerce of Central London, particularly Mayfair.

It will be damaging to business.

The latest high profile opponent of the proposed charges is Mayor of London Boris Johnston. Mr Johnson said: “I think it is completely mad what Westminster is doing.  It is not what the city needs right now, it will be damaging to business. Unfortunately, I do not control those roads, TfL [Transport for London] alas only controls 5% of the roads in London.”

Businesses who oppose the charges.

The proposed new parking charges from Conservative-controlled Westminster Council. They will be charged on motorists until midnight on Monday through to Saturday, and from 1 pm to 6 pm on Sundays. A recent study commissioned by West Ending Campaign (comprised of West End businesses who oppose the charges). Claimed that the local economy could suffer to the tune of £800m a year with up to 5,100 jobs at risk.

Parking charges are a revenue-generating ploy.

The Council continue to deny that the proposed parking charges are a revenue-generating ploy.  Instead, the Council has maintained that the charges are part of a plan to improve the environment of the area. By maintaining streets that are clean, safe and vibrant.

The result of revenue-generating motives.

Mr Johnson countered the environmental claims by the Council that the planned charges are clearly the result of revenue-generating motives. Faith groups and local businesses have consistently opposed the plan by Westminster Council to impose the parking charges. There is a new website against Westminster Council’s parking proposals now up and running, see here: www.westending.org

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