The previous Mayor of London held a consultation on the extension of the Congestion Charge zone to Kensington and Chelsea. When a majority came in against he went ahead anyway. The new Mayor is currently holding another consultation to decide whether to scrap the extension and has promised to accept the result.
Gordon Taylor of the West London Residents Association says the extension has brought a Berlin Wall for motorists choking off trade for small businesses in such places as Portobello Road. He says:
"Ken Livingstone’s decision to expand westwards was an entirely political one taken against the advice of senior transport advisers. Many outside the zone need to bring their vehicles into the extension every day to go about normal business. These are the worst-hit, having to pay a tax of upwards of £2,000 a year to do so.
"Evidence shows many shops have lost significant business due to the extension. Jobs have also been lost."
Please take a few moments to register your views by clicking here.