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Dear Argyll and Bute Council,

This is a Freedom of Information Request under the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002. I am requesting information in relation to the issuing of Fixed Penalty Notices (FPNs) for parking and environmental offences.

(1) From the 1st of January 2018 to the current date, how many Fixed Penalty Notices were issued for parking offences?

(2) Can this figure be broken down by electoral ward area (Cowal, Dunoon etc.)?

(3) From the 1st of January 2018 to the current date, how many Fixed Penalty Notices were issued for environmental offences?

(4) Can this figure be broken down by type of environmental offence (littering, flytipping, dog fouling etc.)?

(5) Can this figure be broken down by electoral ward area (Cowal, Dunoon etc.)?

(6) How many people were reported to the Procurator Fiscal for failing to pay a Fixed Penalty Notice?

(7) Is the issuing of Fixed Penalty Notices carried out by contractors or in-house personnel?

(8) How many enforcement officers are employed to issue Fixed Penalty Notices in total?

Yours faithfully,

John McQueen

foi, Argyll and Bute Council

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Administrator,


Dear John McQueen

Request for information: Fixed Penalty Notices (FPNs) for parking and
environmental offences.

Thank you for your information request which we have logged as reference
argyllbuteir:13294.

It has been passed to the relevant service(s) for attention and you should
receive a response under either the Freedom of Information (Scot) Act 2002
or the Environmental Information (Scotland) Regulations 2004 by 2021-10-26
00:00:00. We hope to respond within this timescale but, due to the
staffing/capacity issues with COVID-19, some requests may take little
longer.

Please quote the reference number above in any correspondence you may have
with the Council in regard to this request.

Regards

FOI Officer

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DIS Performance HQ, Argyll and Bute Council

2 Atodiad

Classification: OFFICIAL

Dear Mr McQueen,

 

Request for information: Fixed Penalty Notices

Reference: argyllbuteir: 13294

 

I refer to your request for information which was dealt with in terms of
the Environmental Information (Scotland) Regulations 2004 (EIRs).

 

Please see below information in fulfilment of your request.

 

(1)  From the 1st of January 2018 to the current date, how many Fixed
Penalty Notices were issued for parking offences?

Response: Local Authorities do not issue Fixed Penalty Notices for parking
offences. These are issued by Police Scotland for traffic offences. Local
Authorities issue Penalty Charge Notices (PCNs) for parking offences. The
number issued during the relevant timescale is 21,960.

(2)  Can this figure be broken down by electoral ward area (Cowal, Dunoon
etc.)?

Response: The figures split between the 4 administrative areas are:

Bute & Cowal: 1564

Helensburgh & Lomond: 14,368

MAKI: 484

Oban, Lorn & the Isles: 5544

(3)  From the 1st of January 2018 to the current date, how many Fixed
Penalty Notices were issued for environmental offences?

Response: I await confirmation of this information from our Legal Services
team and will forward it as soon as possible. Please accept my apologies
for the delay in providing this information.

(4)  Can this figure be broken down by type of environmental offence
(littering, flytipping, dog fouling etc.)?

Response: I await confirmation of this information from our Legal Services
team and will forward it as soon as possible. Please accept my apologies
for the delay in providing this information.

(5)  Can this figure be broken down by electoral ward area (Cowal, Dunoon
etc.)?

Response: I await confirmation of this information from our Legal Services
team and will forward it as soon as possible. Please accept my apologies
for the delay in providing this information.

(6)  How many people were reported to the Procurator Fiscal for failing to
pay a Fixed Penalty Notice?

Response: Zero. For information, PCNs are not referable to the Procurator
Fiscal.  Decriminalised Parking Enforcement means parking offences are now
civil matters, not criminal offences.

(7)  Is the issuing of Fixed Penalty Notices carried out by contractors or
in-house personnel?

Response: In-house.

(8)  How many enforcement officers are employed to issue Fixed Penalty
Notices in total?

Response: There are six parking warden posts, and four environmental
warden posts.

If you are dissatisfied with the way in which your request for information
has been dealt with you are entitled to request a review by writing to the
Executive Director Customer Services, Argyll and Bute Council, Kilmory,
Lochgilphead, Argyll PA31 8RT, or by email to [1][Argyll and Bute Council request email].

 

Your request for review must state your name and address for
correspondence, specify the request for information to which your request
for review relates and why you are dissatisfied with the response. 

 

You must make your request for review not later than 40 working days after
the expiry of the 20 working day period for response to your initial
request by the Council, or not later than 40 working days after the
receipt by you of the information provided, any fees notice issued or any
notification of refusal or partial refusal.

 

If you make an application for review and remain dissatisfied with the way
in which the review has been dealt with you are entitled to make an
application to the Scottish Information Commissioner, Kinburn Castle,
Doubledykes Road, St Andrews, Fife KY16 9DS (Tel: 01334 464610) for a
further review. You can now do this online here -
[2]www.itspublicknowledge.info/Appeal.

 

You must make representation to the Scottish Information Commissioner no
later than 6 months after the date of receipt by you of the notice or
decision you are dissatisfied with or within 6 months of the expiry of the
period of 20 working days from receipt by the Council of your request for
review.

 

Yours sincerely,

 

 

Ailsa Barr

Administrative Support Officer

Roads and Infrastructure Services

 

[3][email address]

 

[4]www.argyll-bute.gov.uk  'Realising our potential together'

[5]www.abplace2b.scot

 

British Sign Language (BSL) users can contact me direct by using
[6]contactSCOTLAND-BSL

 

[7]http://intranet.argyll-bute.gov.uk/sites...

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Sinclair, David, Argyll and Bute Council

Classification: OFFICIAL

Dear Mr McQueen,

 

Please accept my apologies for the delay in providing the remaining
information which you requested, relating to environmental offences. The
information is detailed below.

 

Regards,

 

David Sinclair

Compliance and Regulatory Assistant

Legal and Regulatory Services

01546 604352

 

 

From: DIS Performance HQ
Sent: 26 October 2021 17:01
To: '[FOI #795441 email]'
<[FOI #795441 email]>
Cc: '[email address]' <[email address]>
Subject: FOI Response argyllbuteir:13294 [OFFICIAL]

 

Classification: OFFICIAL

Dear Mr McQueen,

 

Request for information: Fixed Penalty Notices

Reference: argyllbuteir: 13294

 

I refer to your request for information which was dealt with in terms of
the Environmental Information (Scotland) Regulations 2004 (EIRs).

 

Please see below information in fulfilment of your request.

 

(1)  From the 1st of January 2018 to the current date, how many Fixed
Penalty Notices were issued for parking offences?

Response: Local Authorities do not issue Fixed Penalty Notices for parking
offences. These are issued by Police Scotland for traffic offences. Local
Authorities issue Penalty Charge Notices (PCNs) for parking offences. The
number issued during the relevant timescale is 21,960.

(2)  Can this figure be broken down by electoral ward area (Cowal, Dunoon
etc.)?

Response: The figures split between the 4 administrative areas are:

Bute & Cowal: 1564

Helensburgh & Lomond: 14,368

MAKI: 484

Oban, Lorn & the Isles: 5544

(3)  From the 1st of January 2018 to the current date, how many Fixed
Penalty Notices were issued for environmental offences?

Response: 29.

(4)  Can this figure be broken down by type of environmental offence
(littering, flytipping, dog fouling etc.)?

Response: Fly tipping – 19. Dog Fouling – 6. Litter – 4.

(5)  Can this figure be broken down by electoral ward area (Cowal, Dunoon
etc.)?

Response: Please see below table:

+------------------------------------------------------------------------+
|          |Mid Argyll, Kintyre |Oban, Lorn &|Bute & Cowal|Helensburgh &|
| |& Islay |the Isles | |Lomond |
|-----------+--------------------+------------+------------+-------------|
|Fly tipping|10 |0 |3 |4 |
|-----------+--------------------+------------+------------+-------------|
|Litter |3 |1 |0 |0 |
|-----------+--------------------+------------+------------+-------------|
|Dog Fouling|3 |0 |1 |2 |
+------------------------------------------------------------------------+

 

(6)  How many people were reported to the Procurator Fiscal for failing to
pay a Fixed Penalty Notice?

Response: Zero. For information, PCNs are not referable to the Procurator
Fiscal.  Decriminalised Parking Enforcement means parking offences are now
civil matters, not criminal offences.

(7)  Is the issuing of Fixed Penalty Notices carried out by contractors or
in-house personnel?

Response: In-house.

(8)  How many enforcement officers are employed to issue Fixed Penalty
Notices in total?

Response: There are six parking warden posts, and four environmental
warden posts.

If you are dissatisfied with the way in which your request for information
has been dealt with you are entitled to request a review by writing to the
Executive Director Customer Services, Argyll and Bute Council, Kilmory,
Lochgilphead, Argyll PA31 8RT, or by email to [1][Argyll and Bute Council request email].

 

Your request for review must state your name and address for
correspondence, specify the request for information to which your request
for review relates and why you are dissatisfied with the response. 

 

You must make your request for review not later than 40 working days after
the expiry of the 20 working day period for response to your initial
request by the Council, or not later than 40 working days after the
receipt by you of the information provided, any fees notice issued or any
notification of refusal or partial refusal.

 

If you make an application for review and remain dissatisfied with the way
in which the review has been dealt with you are entitled to make an
application to the Scottish Information Commissioner, Kinburn Castle,
Doubledykes Road, St Andrews, Fife KY16 9DS (Tel: 01334 464610) for a
further review. You can now do this online here -
[2]www.itspublicknowledge.info/Appeal.

 

You must make representation to the Scottish Information Commissioner no
later than 6 months after the date of receipt by you of the notice or
decision you are dissatisfied with or within 6 months of the expiry of the
period of 20 working days from receipt by the Council of your request for
review.

 

Yours sincerely,

 

 

 

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