Bikes not wanted?

A little bit of council activity in New King Street has got one Bath Newseum follower’s attention. Roger Houghton writes:

Just noticed that all the bikes chained to the railings in New King Street have sprouted removal notices.
B&NES, of course, don’t own the railings and I’ve never thought any caused an obstruction. Is this a new policy? What constitutes obstruction?img_20190128_131700

Fine if they really are abandoned but most certainly aren’t. The owners may live in top-floor flats with no access to outside space and it seems an over-zealous policy. B&NES should be encouraging cyclists, not hounding them.

(Parked cars lining both sides of the street are, of course not a problem.)

I have approached B&NES for comment.