Westminster Council 'paying debts' with parking fees

Will Powell

Westminster Council is increasing its car and motorcycle parking charges and introducing more pay-by-phone parking systems to plug a £22 million black hole in its finances, according to a leaked briefing document unearthed by the BBC.

As well as becoming the first council in Britain to introduce controversial motorcycle parking charges, Westminster Council wants to double parking fees for some bays in a move that it says will tackle congestion.

But evidence seen by the BBC suggests there are ulterior motives. It has obtained a council briefing document that spells out the "key drivers" for this year's parking rules, which include an attempt to address a £14 million overspend.