Councillor Lee Rowley on verge of throwing toys out of pram

Councillor Lee Rowley Westminster Councils Cabinet Member for Parking and Transportation has said that should Warren Djanogly Chairman of the No To Bike Parking Tax campaign group have won the High Court case and presumably the pending appeal case, then there will be no more motorcycle parking bays in Westminster.

In a document sent to the City Management and Transport Policy and Scrutiny Committee this month Rowley says:

“Had Mr Djanogly won, this would have overturned the traffic orders laying out all the motorcycle bays in Westminster, effectively removing all dedicated motorcycle parking in the City”. (view PDF here)

It certainly makes Nutsville wonder how Westminster managed for all the decades prior to the motorcycle parking tax when it was free to park, as it is (for the moment) in all the other London boroughs. Is Rowley saying that the motorcycle bays never had any traffic orders. This could be what Council officer Kevin Goad meant by protected bays. He meant that with the new traffic orders cars could be kept out of M/C bays, or better yet fined if they parked in them. But that’s not strictly true either, as car drivers can legally park in all of the M/C bays in zones E,F and G (the majority of M/C bays) after 7pm Monday to Saturday and all day Sundays. All that the new traffic orders did was to allow PCN’s to be issued to both car and motorcycle owners which cannot easily be challenged, thereby making more profit for the council, something which Goad has made his mission in life.

Rowley has yet to announce any changes to the problematic bike parking tax of which so far his only public statement has been he was very happy with the loss making tax. It’s thought that as Rowley has his eyes set on becoming an MP, plus he lacks the spine to go up against the rogue leader of the Council, Colin Barrow. This is despite Rowley being offered a way of escaping future financial burdens being heaped on not only Westminster, but several other London boroughs as well. It’s expected that Rowley will timidly offer a few tweaks to the hated M/C tax come Decembers big parking review.

Incidentally it seems Lee Rowley has shown some qualities to make a great MP, as he certainly knows how to get all the perks he can, having given himself a free Westminster wide parking permit. Or doesn’t he like the Verrus pay by phone system he expects everyone else to use?

Meanwhile whilst judges are still to decide if they will grace the NTBPT group with an appeal, Westminsters head of legal Peter Large has been busy slithering around behind the scenes attempting to oil the wheels for the council.  Large has been on the phone and letter writing to the courts begging to have any future appeal heard by Lord Justice Pitchford, as he was oh so incredibly nice to the Council last time. (view PDF letter from Large here)

Surely rogue council leader Barrow could have a quiet word down at the club to ensure justice is knobbled in the time honoured British way.

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14 Comments

Gordon861September 30th, 2010 at 2:48 pm

From the PDF “We want to continue working with the motorcycle community to improve the services that we offer to them, and the Council is intending to take a number of additional steps over the next few months .”

Perhaps if these idiots had actually worked WITH the motorcycle community at the start instead of ignoring us we wouldn’t be looking into so many issues surrounding WCC and the councillors running it, and finding out all of these suspicious incidents that imply illegal actions by them.

The longer this goes on the hotter things will get for them, we are not going away. the situation now is getting bigger than just motorcycle parking, we are getting support and interest from outside parties, we are hitting the national press.

Westminster, remember the homes for votes? Your parking contracts are just as corrupt.

SCRAP the TAX … and we might just go away.

Jason KetteridgeSeptember 30th, 2010 at 3:16 pm

This does show petulance from Mr Rowley and also outlines that actual traffic management is the last thing on their minds.

If traffic management was a key issue then why would Mr Rowley remove motorcycle bays? If motorcycle bays don’t help traffic management now, then why doesn’t he remove them now? My guess is because he can make money from them, legally (at the moment). The minute he can’t make money from them he may as well scrap them and turn them into car bays, the link to traffic management is tenuous.

One thing Rowley seems to be doing is driving the demonstrators on to greater heights, like the CCTV hunting, which seems to be gaining even more support from motorists. It’s also exposing how councils really work and it’s not very nice.

Great Nutsville reporting as usual.

etSeptember 30th, 2010 at 5:40 pm

Nice way of putting the letter. Surely if it is appeal, common sense would dictate that it should be heard by entirely new ears of the law, to prevent any prejudice to the case…they wouldn’t want that now….would they?

BanditSeptember 30th, 2010 at 6:37 pm

Can’t someone get that twat CRowley back into his care in the community programme?
If he has serious ambitions about becoming an MP he’d do well not to piss off a determined and dedicated section of the community who could be a thorn in his side during any election campaign.
He certainly talks enough bollocks to become an MP.
My gosh, however did we manage to park our pop-pops before this shower of scum came along with their Traffic Acts and charges…?

As for Large, isn’t his grovelling to the Courts for preferential treatment not subverting the course of justice?
He is basically saying, it appears, that no-one but the judge who gave the original verdict is capable of granting an appeal because they won’t have heard the original evidence. So unless the judge is inclined to disagree with his own verdict, then there is no grounds for appeal.

I think that is rather insulting to the other members of the judiciary, to suggest that they wouldn’t be able to reach a decision because they weren’t familiar with the material.

The grubby little claws of Wastemonster are trying to influence the judiciary because it is unlikely that the flimsy and ill-conceived case they blundered through in June would stand up to proper scrutiny.
One could possibly wonder if there were any links between Large or WCC that makes them so partial to his deliberations. Of course, were he to defer the appeal to another judge not on Large’s ‘preferred list’, it could clearly indicate that WCC had no influence in the Royal Courts of Justice…

HeXtSeptember 30th, 2010 at 11:33 pm

Peter Large asking for the original judge, Pitchford, to have a look at HIS original (and in my opinion, completely wrong judgement) decision is an absolute joke. Surely this reeks of one of 2 things:

1. He obviously knows that the original judgement was ridiculous and is so worried that a review would get WCC in the shit

-OR-

2. There is obvious back-handers going on between Pitchford and WCC……??

ColinOctober 1st, 2010 at 5:11 am

It would appear that Cllr. Rowley is cast from a similar mould as Boris Johnson. Faced with congestion at Trafalgar Square caused by a legal NTBPT demonstration, BJ threatened to remove PTW riders’ rights to use bus lanes. Now, Cllr. LeeR, faced with NTBPT’s legal moves threatens the biking community with the headline-grabbing suggestion that bike bays will be removed.

And they call US the ‘bully-boys’ !!!

BillyBloggsOctober 1st, 2010 at 6:30 am

If Pitchford reviews the judgement it would be abhorrent to natural justice, and surely would give grounds for further challenge on procedural fairness. Incidentally here is an idea for a video. i would come down to London and film it myself. Patk one of those child’s battery motorcycle ride on toys in a bay, with a made up number plate (they usually have one on them) Wait for a warden, and film him you’ve been framed style as he inspects it, and see if he writes a ticket……..
Should be good for a laugh, to show what absolute twats they are.

MrCOctober 1st, 2010 at 10:42 am

I can’t waite for WCC to do away with bike bays. That will wake ALL bikers up to the fak that WCC have already stolen bikers legal write to park on pavements in out of the way places. So making it posible to charge for parking at the side of the road.
This will also drive more bikers to thake up the fight against this money grabing council

GeezerOctober 1st, 2010 at 1:45 pm

Councils are just coporate theives anyway!

BillyBloggsOctober 1st, 2010 at 2:35 pm

cunch of bunts the lot of them

ThierryOctober 1st, 2010 at 11:43 pm

So if we had won the court case, the gang leader of Westmonster parking dept. would have scrapped the bike parking bays altogether ? That sounds like every time you pay the bike parking tax in WCC you are like paying “protection money” to the mafia of Westmonster council just to keep the bays open.
How much lower will this council and its leader go !

gordon861October 2nd, 2010 at 12:13 am

If they decided to remove all bays I’m sure there would be some Human Rights Act or Discrimination case that could be used against WCC and I’m pretty sure we’d get more support from other groups for it.

"MD"October 2nd, 2010 at 2:36 pm

Am I wrong, but does it look very much like that Rowley is simply Chalkley with lifts in his shoes?

So no surpirse that he doesn’t have much ability in being in a position on the Council. Pretty much in line with other Westminster Councillors he ignores any residents views.

And… he is yet another trougher who has FREE parking permit.

Anyone who has read George Orwell will recognise Rowley on this particular Animal Farm (and its deffo not Napoleon)!

Oink!

Paul GlittenOctober 5th, 2010 at 8:52 pm

‘Lowley’ Rowley is simply another forelock tugging runt at the feet of Barrow.
He’s a relative newby without the credentials of ‘Johnny Boy’ Glanz (who is even newer, but wears Hush Puppies).

Rowley sees himself as a politician in waiting, but the truth is the most important question he has ever asked is ‘ would Frixos mind if he had a biscuit as well’ whilst hovering nervously round the squeaky-wheeled tea trolley at cabinet meetings.

His grasp of the current issues surrounding parking are limited, his record of voicing his residents concerns undetectable, and his interests in anyone except himself negligible.

Like Chalkley, he will shrink into the shell he came out of without anyone ever noticing he was a Councillor.

Hopefully…..

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