Blue badge disabled parking permits

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BBC Shared Data Unit

Good afternoon,

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:
1. Approved
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:
1. Approved
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,

Alex Homer

Senior Journalist
BBC Shared Data Unit

Freedom of Information, Norfolk County Council

Good Morning,

Freedom of Information Act 2000 – Information Request ENQ-423827-T3Z7F2

Thank you for your request for information under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 received on 17 August 2020.

We have up to 20 working days in which to deal with your request; however, the current circumstances relating to Coronavirus (COVID-19) may impact on our ability to meet deadlines and so we may take longer to provide you with a response.

If we require clarification regarding your request, we will contact you to explain this. The 20 working day period will then start from the day that we receive your clarification.

You will also be informed in advance if there is a charge for supplying copies of the information.

Please also be aware that, if the requested information contains references to any third parties, we may need to consult these individuals about the release of their personal data before making a decision whether or not to release the information to you.

We will also provide an explanation if any information is not released to you.

Should you have any queries regarding your request, please contact the team by email [email address] or by telephone 01603 222661.

Yours sincerely,

Sarah Cooper, Business Support Assistant
Information Compliance Team
Dept: 01603 222661
Bay 7-9, Ground Floor, County Hall, Norwich

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Freedom of Information, Norfolk County Council

Dear Alex Homer

 

Freedom of Information Request ENQ- 423827-T3Z7F2

 

 

I refer to your request for information dated 17 August 2020.

 

You asked:

 

•             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?

 

Our response:

 

I am afraid that the County Council does not hold the information that you
have requested.

 

I understand, however that you can obtain the information from

[email address]

[email address]

[email address]

[email address]

[email address]

[email address]

[email address]

 

 

•             How many people held a blue badge disabled parking permit
issued by the council as at 30 August 2019?

 

Our response:  

 

Approximately 42216 (total issued, this would be lower due to people
moving and passing away).

•             How many applications for blue badge disabled parking
permits has the council received since 30 August 2019?

 

Our response:   16010

 

•             How many of these applications for blue badge disabled
parking permits received since 30 August 2019 has the council:

 

                1. Approved      

                2. Directly refused

                3. Refused due to an incomplete request

 

Our response:   1.            11593

 

Your request under points 2 & 3 has been considered and is refused under
section 12 of the Act.  In accordance with the Act, this letter acts as a
Refusal Notice. Please see below for further details

 

 

•             How many applications for blue badge disabled parking
permits has the council received from applicants with hidden/non-visible
disabilities) since 30 August 2019?

 

•             How many of these applications for blue badge disabled
parking permits received from applicants with hidden/non-visible
disabilities since 30 August 2019 has the council:

 

                1. Approved

                2. Directly refused

                3. Refused due to an incomplete request

 

 

Our response:  

Your request has been considered and is refused under section 12 of the
Act.  In accordance with the Act, this letter acts as a Refusal Notice.

 

Section 12

 

This is because the cost of locating and retrieving the information
exceeds the "appropriate limit" of £450 as stated in the Freedom of
Information & Data Protection (Appropriate Limit & Fees) Regulations 2004.

 

The information you have requested is not recorded in a reportable format
that would enable this to be retrieved. Guidance is clear that applicants
should not be expected to self-identify under which criterion they are
applying so we do not record this information. The categories of
refusal/incomplete are also not recorded electronically . Each application
would therefore need to be checked manually to provide the information you
have requested and this would exceed 18 hours of officer time.

 

You may wish to refine and resubmit your request so that it reduces the
cost of locating and retrieving the information to within the "appropriate
limit".  Please contact me if you would like some advice on refining your
request. 

 

Please find attached the csv.file response your requested, however in
light of the Section 12 exemption being applied, we hope the additional
information above is helpful.

 

 

If you are dissatisfied with our handling of your request you have the
right of appeal through the Council’s internal review procedure by setting
out the grounds of your appeal in writing to:

 

[Norfolk County Council request email]

or Information Compliance Team

County Hall

Martineau Lane

Norwich

NR1 2DH

 

An appeal should be submitted within 40 working days of the date of this
notice and should be identified as "FOI Appeal".

 

If you are dissatisfied after pursuing the complaints procedure, you may
apply to the Information Commissioner under Section 50 of the Act for a
decision whether your request for information has been dealt with in
accordance with the requirements of Part I of the Act.  Refer to the ICO
Website at: https://ico.org.uk/concerns/ for advice on how to report a
concern.  Or you can write to them at:

 

First Contact Team

Information Commissioner's Office

Wycliffe House

Water Lane, Wilmslow

Cheshire

SK9 5AF

 

Yours sincerely

 

Bev Whittaker - Senior Information Compliance Officer

Information Management Service

Norfolk County Council

County Hall

Martineau Lane

Norwich

NR1 2DH

 

 

 

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