Parking campaigner cautious over chances of High Court success

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The leader of a campaign against motorcycle parking charges gave a cautious response when asked about his chances of High Court victory.

Speaking after barristers for both Westminster Council and campaign group No to the Bike Parking Tax put their arguments to High Court yesterday, Warren Djanogly said: “It’s with the judges. All the evidence has been put before them. We’ve said they’re [Westminster Council] outside the law. They’ve said they’re within the law.

“The judges will take about two weeks to come to a decision and then we’ll be called back to court.  

“Court is court. We’re talking about two barristers trying to convince the judges of two different things. We’ll have to wait and see which way they go.”

The campaign has argued the £1-a-day bike parking charge is illegal because its sole purpose is to raise revenue with no benefit to traffic, a claim Westminster disputes.

It’s feared free roadside motorcycle parking could be lost nationally if the campaign fails, while success could see Westminster’s charge rendered unenforceable.

Djanogly said protest rides would continue regardless of the outcome. “That’s where the real pressure comes from,” he added.

Around 80 campaigners gathered outside the Royal Courts of Justice on the Strand yesterday ahead of the hearing.  A more upbeat-sounding Djanogly said at the time: “We want judges entering the court to see the level of support.”

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Steve Farrell

By Steve Farrell