Saturday, January 28th 2017 at 10:58AM GMT
Bike blogger Danny Williams has accused Westminster City Council’s planning officers of being “utter snobs” for saying that bike-parking sheds should not be allowed streetside. Williams – once one of the Evening Standard’s “1,000 most influential’ Londoners” – pointed out that the steel bike hangars are currently installed on Westminister’s council estates, but it has been recommended they should not be placed in “character” areas, which is “most of it,” he said.
As Westminister City Council has no problem with the streetside disposal of other large lumps of metal – cars, that is – a number of Twitter users suggested a way out for the council: disguise the car-sized steel hangars as posh Land Rovers. “ChimneyPop” mocked up an image of what such car-camouflage would look like.
West End Extra reported that planners said the placement of two steel storage units on Ilbert Street, Westminster, would “cause harm to the Queen’s Park Conservation Area.”
Dominic Fee, from the Westminster Cycling campaign, told the newspaper: “The report makes it sound like they are these gigantic things that will dominate the street. But really they are tucked away with cars.”
Planners said the area had “high quality and charm” and that the streets, despite being dotted with many parked cars, are “uncluttered.”