With all the talk about onerous new parking regulations in London’s West End – complements of the Tories and Westminster City Council, are we to welcome the total relaxation of parking controls and congestion policing in parts of Marylebone?
Westminster City Council have been turning a blind eye to double parking, road blocks and illegal parking for the past nine months. Hard to believe, but true.
Is Christmas coming early – or is this an exceptional case of goodwill to cheer up motorists amidst the doom and gloom of economic woes? Can anyone gatecrash the party? Well, there seems to be a few ‘requisites’ – but the general rule of thumb seems to be;
- Bring your friends – crowdsourcing is in
- Travel in convoy – fill an entire street and more, if possible
- Double park – but remember to bring your friends and their vehicles
- Cause chaos – the more chaotic and the more congestion you cause the better
- Block the road – or several if you can – parking on junctions is best
- Bigger is always best (as we all know) – so commercial vehicles preferred
- Ignore the rules. If challenged respond with ‘I’ll move’ but don’t say when
Those wishing to take advantage of this free parking in Westminster are advised to get down early. Competition for space is tough. In fact, one company, McAleer & Rushe, seems to be hogging all the available free parking – giving preference to vehicles who lay claim to a connection to their site at 2-14 Baker Street (10 Portman Square). Their site opens for business at 8am monday to saturday – and they seem to sneak in sundays every so often. So to ensure your free parking space, get down before 7.30 am. Of course, there may be the odd irrate traffic warden – so you may need to spoof a little and lay claim to an association with the construction site at 2-14 Baker Street (10 Portman Square). That seems to do the trick. The site, incidently, is owned by British Land.
The challenge is to create mayhem – the more congested, the more you block and the longer you park up the better. Those of you who do manage to get in and take advantage of this incredible free parking deal on a main London Olympics thoroughfare should send photos of your accomplishment to London Mayor Boris Johnson, Westminster City Council, British Land, McAleer & Rushe, to this blog and should boast of your exploits to the London papers. The Evening Standard is a good starting point – but don’t forget the BBC.
Facebook it, MySpace it, Twitter it and send postcards to all your friends, family and acquaintances. Evantalise it.
Free parking in Westminster. Free parking in Marylebone.
Your chance to make a difference – cause chaos now and your opportunity to bring London’s Olympics to a halt in 2012. Get down there NOW…. and when you contact Boris, send him this link : cyclists and site traffic on British Land site operated by McAleer and Rushe (endangering cyclists, traffic violations and endangement to the public).
(p.s. the photo above was taken on Friday morning 9th Spetember 2011 on Fitzhardinge Street – between Portman Square and Manchester Square. The free parking and chaos extended to Baker Street, Portman Square, Seymour Mews, Wigmore Street, Manchester Street, Manchester Square (lots of trucks double parking, blocking roadways and taking advantage of the free parking) and more. A right party indeed as the local residents will attest!).
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- London 2012: Zones and Sites of the Summer Games (hotelclub.com)
- Westminster weekend/evening parking charges go live (abstractnoise.co.uk)
- Council to end free parking (lv.com)
- Free no more? (bbc.co.uk)
- Dicing with Death – Update: McAleer and Rushe’s Health and Safety Record (2to14bakerstreet.wordpress.com)
- Why I’m Right on Free Parking for Scooters (Pt 2 in a Series) (slog.thestranger.com)
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