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Mrs. Monk's Would-be Diary, should have been written by Mrs. Monk, since she is the "Writer" in the family.
However, since she is a writer only in the conceptual sense, I have undertaken to fill these pages on her behalf.
If not by her, these pages will certainly be about her, and other important matters of the day

Leslie Monk


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Petulant Parking Update

Read about how NCP were caught on camera

Read about parking ticket No 3

2 Feb 2007


Director of Parking Services

City Of Westminster

Dear Sir or Madam


I wrote to you concerning the above parking ticket No 3 on, 26 December 2006., with a copy to NCP who wrote the ticket on your behalf. Like Esther Rantzen, I have no confidence in your service, You seem to have a deliberate policy of not replying to all correspondence. I refer you to the last tickets I received, Parking Ticket Nos. 1 and 2, when you also failed to reply to correspondence.

However, I was impressed by your extraordinary public apology to Esther Rantzen broadcast on TV this week. I am very pleased that Esther was forgiven so publicly for not paying and displaying a parking ticket, (she did not have enough small change apparently), but were you not uncharacteristically forgiving. And so uncharacteristically prompt to dismiss the charge.

You will not avoid the common charge that Parking Control is corrupt in the City of Westminster, by showing favour to celebrities whilst dumping on the rest of us.

Although you have ignored my letter dated 2 January 2007, You should know that NCP who wrote parking ticket No 3 on your behalf, have written to me in response to that letter, confirming that I have registered a challenge of this ticket with you in writing, and also that you will “investigate” They also wrote apologising for their staff who do not conform to the Highway Code” and also for the attendant, who was “rude and unhelpful”

They also wrote that you will “write to me directly”

That would be a first.

What, no public apology on TV?

Yours Sincerely,


Esther Rantzen Beats The Rap

2 Feb 2007

Esther Rantzen was cross since she was given a parking ticket because she didn’t have enough change to “pay and display”.

She was let off by the Head of Westminster Council Parking Services who found enough time to appear on television to let her off publicly and show everyone how reasonable he is.

Meanwhile he is ignoring my correspondence and dumping on everyone else.

But has it now been established that if you don’t have enough change you needn’t buy a Pay and Display ticket?



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