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Councillor who scrapped free bike parking quits

Published: 27 May 2010

Updated: 19 November 2014

The councillor who scrapped free roadside motorcycle parking has quit his post.

Danny Chalkley, the Tory councillor in charge of parking in London’s Westminster, was left out of a cabinet reshuffle after local elections.

He said he decided to quit “to focus on other projects”.  

But Westminster Labour councillor Paul Dimoldenberg said Chalkley’s career had been ruined by his battle with motorcyclists. 

Campaign group No to the Bike Parking Tax (NBPT) has staged regular protest rides and is set to challenge Westminster’s bike parking charges in High Court. 

Dimoldenberg said: “A promising local government career is now in tatters due to the constant weekly if not daily battering Westminster has received from the motorbike campaign.”

Westminster Council refused to comment.

NBPT is staging a mass protest ride around the M25 on June 19. Find details at www.notobikeparkingtax.com

To read how Chalkley’s exit raises hopes the parking charge could be scrapped, get MCN, on sale June 2.

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