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Dear Oxfordshire County Council,

Oxfordshire County Council is planning significant increases to on-street car parking charges around Walton Street, Great Clarendon Street, as part of its latest budget settlement for the new financial year. I would like to understand what prompted these proposals.

Please therefore provide me with any internal correspondence within Oxfordshire County Council regarding this specific measure. Please also provide me with any correspondence between Oxfordshire County Councillors and and Oxford City Council (both councillors and officials) in relation the planned car parking charges increases in the above-mentioned areas. The timeframe for my enquiry is 1 September 2021 to today's date. I would not expect councillor-to-councillor correspondence to be redacted, but would be content to see the names (if not the job titles) of council officials were redacted.

Yours faithfully,

Richard Parnham

FOI - E&E, Oxfordshire County Council

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Our reference: 19402 EIR

                                                            

Dear Mr Parnham,

Thank you for your correspondence received on 31 January 2022 in which you
asked for the following information:

 

 

Oxfordshire County Council is planning significant increases to on-street
car parking charges around Walton Street, Great Clarendon Street, as part
of its latest budget settlement for the new financial year. I would like
to understand what prompted these proposals.

 

Please therefore provide me with any internal correspondence within
Oxfordshire County Council regarding this specific measure. Please also
provide me with any correspondence between Oxfordshire County Councillors
and  Oxford City Council (both councillors and officials) in relation the
planned car parking charges increases in the above-mentioned areas. The
timeframe for my enquiry is 1 September 2021 to today's date. I would not
expect councillor-to-councillor correspondence to be redacted, but would
be content to see the names (if not the job titles) of council officials
were redacted.

 

 

Your request is being considered and you will receive the information
requested as soon as possible and in any event within the next 20 working
days in compliance with the Environmental Information Regulations
2004/Freedom of Information Act 2000, unless an exception applies. This
means that the council will respond to you by the end of 28 February 2022
at the latest.

 

If appropriate, the information requested can be made available in
alternative formats, including other languages, Braille, large print, and
audiocassette. If you require any of these formats then please let me
know.

 

Please contact me if you have any have further enquiries about your
request. I would be grateful if you could quote the reference number given
at the top of this email.

 

Kind regards

Renata Malinowski

 

Freedom of Information Support Officer

Law and Governance

Oxfordshire County Council

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FOI - E&E, Oxfordshire County Council

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Our reference:  19402 EIR

 

 

Dear Mr Parnham,

 

Thank you for your request of 31^st January in which you asked for
information about:

 

The fact Oxfordshire County Council is planning significant increases to
on-street car parking charges around Walton Street, Great Clarendon
Street, as part of its latest budget settlement for the new financial
year. You requested any internal correspondence within Oxfordshire County
Council regarding this specific measure and any correspondence between
Oxfordshire County Councillors and Oxford City Council (both councillors
and officials) in relation the planned car parking charges increases in
the above-mentioned areas.

 

As requested, relevant correspondence has been attached. For clarity where
“Tim” is mentioned this is Councillor Tim Bearder, and “Bill” is Bill
Cotton, Corporate Director for Environment and Place.

 

Also of relevance, and a source of additional information and detail, are
the discussions at Cabinet (18^th January 2021) and also subsequently at
Full Council (8^th February 2021).  These are public and recorded meetings
which can be watched, access through a link at the top of the agendas.

 

Cabinet:

[1]https://mycouncil.oxfordshire.gov.uk/ieL...

 

Full Council:

[2]https://mycouncil.oxfordshire.gov.uk/ieL...

 

The Council has redacted the following information from the disclosure:

 1. The names and contact details of Council employees whose roles are not
sufficiently senior to warrant the inclusion of this information;
 2. The mobile telephone numbers of all Council staff and
 3. The names, addresses and contact details of some third parties who are
not Council staff.

 

The Council considers that this information is exempt from disclosure
under regulation13 of the Environmental Information Regulations 2004. 
Regulation 13 provides that information shall not be disclosed where it
constitutes the personal data of someone other than the applicant and that
disclosure would satisfy one of the following three conditions:

 

1. disclosure would contravene any of the data protection principles, or
would do so if the exemptions in section 24(1) of the Data Protection Act
2018 (manual unstructured data held by public authorities) were
disregarded or,

2. disclosure would contravene Article 21 of the GDPR (general processing:
right to object to processing), or section 99 of the Data Protection Act
2018 (intelligence services processing: right to object to processing).

3. on a request under Article 15(1) of the GDPR (general processing: right
of access by the data subject) for access to personal data, the
information would be withheld in reliance on provision made by or under
section 15, 16 or 26 of, or Schedule 2, 3 or 4 to, the Data Protection Act
2018, on a request under section 45(1)(b) of that Act (law enforcement
processing: right of access by the data subject), the information would be
withheld in reliance on subsection (4) of that section, or on a request
under section 94(1)(b) of that Act (intelligence services processing:
rights of access by the data subject), the information would be withheld
in reliance on a provision of Chapter 6 of Part 4 of that Act.

 

In this case, the relevant condition is the first condition. 
Specifically, the council considers that the first data protection
principle would be breached; namely, that disclosure of the redacted
information would not be fair for the following reasons:

 

 

 1. The reasonable expectations of the data subjects and the nature of the
information itself leads the Council to conclude that the data
subjects could not reasonably expect that this information would be
disclosed;
 2. Neither this, nor similar information has been released into the
public domain by the data subjects or anyone else; and
 3. That the legitimate interests in the public having access to this
information do not outweigh the interests in preserving the rights and
freedoms of the data subjects.

 

In reaching this decision, the Council noted that the following
consequences may occur if this information was disclosed:

 

 1. The requesters would not expect this information to be released.

 

In light of the above, the Council considers it justified to uphold this
exemption by applying redactions to the disclosure.

 

 

 

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Please let me know if you have further enquiries. I would be grateful if
you could use the reference number given at the top of this email.

 

Yours sincerely,

 

Hannah Newell

PA to Cllr Duncan Enright – Cabinet Member for Travel and Development
Strategy

PA to Cllr Tim Bearder – Cabinet Member for Highway Management

Oxfordshire County Council

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