Free parking for all in Westminster

At last weeks Built Environment Overview & Scrutiny Committee, protesters were amazed to hear Councillor Susan ‘Susie’ Burbridge proclaim that the cost of bike parking ‘is less than two starbucks coffees per week’. But not for you eh Susan. As a true Conservative your party voted to introduce free parking for all Westminster Councillors, despite strong opposition at the time.

Yes, Westminster Tory’s voted to allow themselves to park anywhere in the city for free, putting themselves above midwives, carers, social workers. In fact even though we were told space is at an all time premium the Conservatives believe they are above all of the city’s key workers in having the right to park for free anywhere in Westminster.

Extract from the Councillors guidance notes.

official parking permit – guidance notes

The City Council’s official parking permits are intended to facilitate parking by Members in the course of their official duties as City Councillors.

The Official Parking Permit allows the holder to park without time limit in residents bays and shared use bays, and to take advantage of the dual use scheme (free parking on meters and Pay and Display bays within the given zone(s) between 8.30-9.30 am and 5.30-6.30pm).

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3 Comments

PeterApril 7th, 2009 at 11:17 am

This is absolutely disgusting! That’s another reason why we need all these Conservative councillors out of Westminster Council, and other councils nationwide, at the next local elections to be held on 6th May 2010. Spread the word.

James GodsonApril 8th, 2009 at 8:10 am

I don’t see how these particular Tory Councilors can live with themselves, this is a case of blatant hypocrisy.

I’m not really for making this a party political issue but surely the Conservative HQ can see this is reflecting rather badly on the party? As a Tory voter I’m dismayed at this kind of report and the damage it’s doing to the wider cause, it almost seems like WCC are running their own brand of Conservatism! Whatever it is I wish they would stop it!

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