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West End parking: turmoil as chief’s shock exit rocks Westminster

Westminster council was today in turmoil following the shock resignation of the leader responsible for its West End parking charges plan. The unexpected departure of Colin Barrow comes after a sustained campaign against the “tax on nightlife” that left him isolated against senior politicians, London’s biggest businesses and ordinary residents. The capital’s largest local authority […]

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West End parking banned by stealth

Westminster council was today accused of “an appalling breach of faith” after it ordered the removal of more than 1,000 parking spaces in the West End. Mayor Boris Johnson condemned the Tory authority’s “deeply cynical” move, which came nine days after the High Court blocked the introduction of evening and Sunday parking charges. The latest […]

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Don’t relax vigil, says estate agent who led fight against ‘tax on nightlife’

A Mayfair estate agent hailed for leading the successful campaign against West End parking charges today spoke of his David and Goliath battle against the “tax on nightlife”. Peter Wetherell was the only objector to put his name to the High Court legal challenge to Westminster council’s plan to make drivers pay to park in […]

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Westminster Council’s parking consultation ‘contempt’

Westminster Council spent £400,000 preparing to charge drivers for weekend parking before consultations were complete, BBC London has learned. The authority has faced protests over plans to charge for West End parking during weekends and evenings. It has now emerged the six-figure sum was spent on signage despite residents’ opinions still being sought. Labour said […]

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Boris Johnson: No West End charge until after Olympics

Boris Johnson has said that plans to introduce night-time and weekend parking charges in London’s West End have been postponed until after the Olympic Games. He said that Colin Barrow, leader of Westminster Council, had decided extra charges should be delayed until “beyond the Olympics at the least”. He added it was important that businesses […]

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