Churches against Westminster Council's Sunday Parking Charges
14th July 2011
Westminster City Council wants to introduce parking meter charges on Sundays to raise extra revenue. The thirteen churches with just over seven thousand worshipers feel that this proposal will greatly effect the number of parishioners who attend Sunday services as half of them travel there by motor vehicles.
St Georges Church in Hanover Square have organized meetings and petitions to try to reverse the councils position as they feel that without free parking, all Central London congregations will almost certainly decline..
Westminster City Council also recently introduced parking charges for motor cycles which resulted in thousands of cyclist demonstrating by driving through Westminster.
On 23 July 2008, Westminster City Council introduced an experimental traffic order to charge motorcycles for on street parking. People objected. People protested. They were ignored. On 31 March 2009, over 4000 riders turned up to the Committee Meeting looking at the scheme and representations were made to them. They too ignored the points being raised and the scheme was made permanent in 2010. After raising nearly £90,000 for a court case and subsequent appeal, both of which were lost, the bikers are still protesting.
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