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Westminster announces West End Commission and an end to evening and weekend parking charges proposals

Cllr Colin Barrow, Leader of Westminster Council will today (Jan 19) ask the Chief Executive of Westminster Council to prepare a report to rescind the proposed evening and weekend parking charges.
Westminsters Cabinet will also ask the Chief Executive to bring forward proposals to establish a Commission to consider the most effective way that the Council can support business, lessen congestion and improve the quality of life of residents living in the West End.

Cllr Barrow said tonight: We have listened to Londoners in the interests of the wider economy and will scrap the charging plans.  We need to think long and hard about how we manage traffic in the West End to allow people to go about their business, but its clear that these specific proposals did not command public support. I also felt after reflecting on this issue, that it was right to act swiftly rather than wait for the election of a new Council Leader in order to provide clarity for the future.

Cllr Lee Rowley, Cabinet Member for Transportation and Parking added: We will think radically about how we manage traffic in the West End in the future. Our Commission will consider all credible strategies for managing traffic and well reset our parking policies to focus on common sense measures that are fair but encourage people to keep to the rules.

The report will rescind the proposed evening and weekend parking charges that were agreed in August. We will ask for further work to be done on actions that have public support such as the protection of resident parking bays and measures that are necessary for the successful delivery of the Olympic Games such as effective enforcement of the Olympic Route Network.

Cllr Rowley concluded: This decision marks the end of the charging proposals we agreed in 2011 and the start of a fresh approach to parking in Westminster. We will continue to manage traffic in the city and will develop operational policies to do that, building on successful initiatives like Pay by Phone Parking.
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