I hope you are well. I would be grateful if you would treat this correspondence as a formal request for disclosure of the following information, under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 ("FoI").
Description of information sought:
How many regular car parking bays are there in all of the council-owned car parks across the council area?
How many disabled car parking bays are there in all of the council-owned car parks across the council area?
How many people held a blue badge disabled parking permit issued by the council as at 30 August 2019?
How many applications for blue badge disabled parking permits has the council received since 30 August 2019?
How many of these applications for blue badge disabled parking permits received since 30 August 2019 has the council:
2. Directly refused
3. Refused due to an incomplete request
How many applications for blue badge disabled parking permits has the council received from applicants with hidden/non-visible disabilities (https://www.gov.uk/government/news/peopl...) since 30 August 2019?
How many of these applications for blue badge disabled parking permits received from applicants with hidden/non-visible disabilities (https://www.gov.uk/government/news/peopl...) since 30 August 2019 has the council:
2. Directly refused
3. Refused due to an incomplete request
Could the council please provide the answers to all of the above questions by downloading this read-only Googlesheet https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1... and filling out its answers in one row of the download, re-saving it and it sending it back as an attachment in response in a .csv file format?
If you need any clarification about my request, or if you cannot provide all of the data I have requested, please contact me to discuss what information you could supply at the earliest opportunity on +443030823927.
If I am mistaken and the information requested is already in the public domain, please direct me to where I can find it.
If it is not, and you feel you cannot provide all of this information, please provide what information you can in the spirit of Section 16 of FoI, to ‘provide advice and assistance, so far as it would be reasonable to expect the authority to do so, to persons who propose to make, or have made requests for information’.
Please provide me with a summary of the information I have requested.
I look forward to hearing from you promptly, and at any rate, within the statutory time limit of 20 working days from your receipt of this request.
Whilst writing, I take this opportunity to remind you of the Information Commissioner's public statements, in which he has stated that there is a "presumption of disclosure" under FoI.
Please note that if this request for FoI disclosure is refused, I reserve the right to take up the matter with the Information Commissioner and/or to pursue all legal avenues of appeal. I trust this will not be necessary.
Thanks in advance for your help, kind regards,
BBC Shared Data Unit
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Information Governance Officer
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Shakira Dongo| Information Governance Officer | Business Support | Medway Council
01634 337247| Gun Wharf, Dock Road, Chatham, ME4 4TR
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