Westminsters Easter parking ticket bonanza

If you walked around Westminster this Easter holiday you may have noticed a lot of vehicles with parking tickets. As many motorists have been misled by the councils draconian parking regime which is driven by pure revenue generation, with no regard to helping the traders and residents of Westminster.

Let us explain. Any motorists looking to find up to date information regarding Westminster’s rules for parking in the borough over the Easter holidays may have been misled in to thinking parking was free. Just type in ‘Easter parking‘ in the councils search box and you will be offered an old press release from 2008. The press release proudly claims “Motorists in central London can celebrate the Easter bank holiday with four days of free parking across Westminster.” Wonderful, just what’s needed in these hard times to try to bring back a bit of trade to the dreary old Oxford Street building site.

But hang on, why are we seeing so many vehicles with the dreaded PCN stuck on them? It’s because that was the first and only time Westminster were offering free parking to encourage shoppers and visitors to the borough. Alastair Gilchrist said “The offer is an attempt to make the parking rules simple and easy for motorists who sometimes misunderstand when the holiday parking period begins and ends – resulting in unwanted fines.” But now that Westminster are running low on funds they have scrapped free Easter parking, and aren’t telling anyone about it. So much for making things simple and easy. Is it any wonder that parking wardens have been left to deal with a high number of angry motorists who thought it was safe to come back to Westminster. Motorists who have returned to there cars or bikes find they have been slapped with an £80 fine. Is it any wonder that more and more people are choosing to shop elsewhere.

We checked on the Westminster website to see if we could find the current parking restrictions for Easter 2010, but we could not find them anywhere. We even asked the councils virtual CEO ‘Ron’ for help. He nodded and blinked at us for a while then told us “I’m sorry but I’m not sure what you’re trying to say. Please try asking your question in another way.”

But what about Westminster’s neighbours, Westminster Council often like to compare themselves to Kensington and Chelsea or Camden. Both RBKC and Camden websites had easy to find pages explaining the rules about parking this Easter. Both boroughs were providing free parking on both the Friday and Monday bank holidays.

Poor old Westminster, always the bridesmaid, never the bride.

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3 Comments

1frogApril 5th, 2010 at 7:51 pm

Avoid avoid avoid Westminster, it is cheaper and easier to shop anywhere else.

BanditApril 6th, 2010 at 8:25 am

Yep, Wastemonster Council will ruin it for local tradesmen through their petty, under-hand money grubbing. The unclear website information is particularly sneaky, almost entrapment.

I went to London during the Bank Holiday with my family: happily spent my time and money in Battersea, Lambeth & Southwark: Westminster and their traders won’t see any of my cash until they scrap the bike parking tax.
Until then, the only time I’ll go to Westminster is in protest. And I won’t be paying to park my bike.

MrCApril 6th, 2010 at 11:36 am

I hate shopping in Westminster all the hasel of parking only to pay a premium for the same shops you can find anywhere else and not have to pay to park. Also you have to watch your back for the wardens and the spy cameras just waiting to catch you out with any minor road infringement.

Of course if you are court out by one of WCC’s money making scams then it is reashoring to know PATS thows most of WCC’s tickets out on appeal.

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