Westminster bins new parking fee

Westminster Council will today officially scrap its plans to charge motorists for off-peak parking in the West End. The council had set up a commission to look at the new charge, but was facing opposition from local businesses and workers. Colin Barrow, the outgoing council leader who said last week he would step down, is due to announce the U-turn today. The levy had already been postponed until after the Olympics following a High Court ruling.