Do councillors read MCN?
1. Second City and The Second City are two different things. i.e. Liverpool and Birmingham in that order.
2. Councils live by rules and procedures. If you want to stop this you have to write in accordance with the rules opposing the traffic order otherwise you are pissing in the wind. The Council will then completely ignore your views preferring the unsubmitted views of the Councillors neighbours and unfounded facts about motorcycles. This is how it happened in Westminster. The largest ever number of objections were received by Westminster Council in respect of the parking scheme.
3. Where will the money go? Veritas (company running phone service), Councillors pensions (parking fees ring fenced - my arse), promoting further use of cars on the road (council will say subsidisiing bus fares) - At the same Council meeting in Westminster that NTBPF presented 3 excellent reasons to retain free parking the last item on the Council agenda was an Item relating to installing electric car recharging points. How would this be paid for....from the bike parking fees. The meeting may still be on the web if you search for it.
4. NTBPT is run completly by volunteers giving up their free time and often money. It is one of the largest single campaigns going. Its efforts and those of the riders attending have significantly halted the spread of this charging system (by phone and credit card not tickets. No cash payments. Pre booking doesn't guarantee a space). The fact that the law is an ass is not their fault. If anyone could have done better and personally put their life on the line now's the chance to prove yourself.
5. Yes this will become an uncontrolled monster and there will be money made by councillors and their friends through interests in semi-related companies.
6. Promises of security - sorry its not a suitbable area, its a protected area, can't decide what's best will arise.
7. When Sunday parking fees was to be introduced by Westminster the theatres and other businesses came looking for support from NTBPT. When the proposal was dropped did they stay and help bikers? Like F... they did.
So good luck Liverpool, regular riders start looking for an extra £220 (£330 before taxes plus call costs) a year to pay for your parking charges.