Hello troops! Long post…
Well what a night. Got down there early as I was meeting a load of guys from XRV.org. Minibus of police and Community Support Officers turned up and started handing out the leaflet.
Basically we had a chance to finish our tea and away - they the police suggested the park - which we did and after about 30 mins the park police arrived and announced the park was closed.
Of the two sets of Police - the local ;proper’ police were fair and polite - tried to relate and all that - but the message was firm f Off…
The park police - council employed were I’m afraid rude and insolent - a marked difference and if there was a going to be trouble this would have caused it.
SO with park shut - the rules state it shuts at dusk - they decided it was dusk - off I went to Frith.
Anyway - pointed out to police that some residents had parked scooters by the entrance - he advised me that the residents couldn’t have it both ways and they would be dealt with.
Additionally the Taxis were moved on. No messing - everything was cleared. Later I heard people had moved down to the Shell Garage - however when I passed by this was shut too.
There are a number of issues here and I’d stress that no one use this thread or forum to advocate anything unlawfull. This is a public forum and clearly is being viewed by lots of people.
All I’m trying to say is that in the current climate its important we don’t say anything on here that could be taken as advocating action that could condone law breaking - it sounds daft but you just never know …
So what can we do? A change of night might be nice however in the next few weeks enforcement will be applied as its the new thing and the police will have to be seen as applying the law - no doubt they were heavily criticsed over the the news report and need to be seen in a different light.
For sheer annoyance I’d advocate writing to the local police team about the letter. There are no contact details on the letter in case of query that’s grounds to complain - any complaint needs to be responded to - you get my drift.
Another issue here is the Tea Hut. This has been here for a very long time - Some mentioned over 80 years. His trade has been wiped out. I have his contact details and it may well be he’ll look to raise a petition which if he does we can all sign to show our support.
So they are looking to stop us parking up. Hhhhhmmmm If you look at the Chelsea bridge the road is nicely laid out with a roundabout at each end (roundabout by the Shell Garage on the South Side and Sloane Square to the North. It’s a nice road to ride up and down.
Of course I’m not advocating any sort of organised protest as this would need to cleared with the local police and marshalled etc and that would take time and money.
Maybe we should all sit tight and see what happens. If anyone is in the area during the week keep your eyes open and report any instances where parking restrictions are not being applied - as if the Police are shown to be only targeting the bikes they are not being fair…
BTW the authorities will also be using the CCTV cameras to enforce the parking so be careful