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Dear Plymouth City Council,

I refer to the Councillor Car Parking policy document that is available at https://www.plymouth.gov.uk/sites/defaul... .

The policy advises that the "use of permits and access cards is electronically monitored by the Parking Team".

Please advise how the Parking Team undertake this task of monitoring that permits are used appropriately.

If a permit is used to access a car park are investigations undertake to ascertain if the Councillor is on Council business as opposed to shopping/visit to theatre etc (I assume, though correct me if I am wrong, that if a car is used in the Theatre Royal car park it is likely that there should be a corresponding electronic door entry record as they enter the council house or indeed if an on street parking bay is used by a councillor outside of their ward investigations are undertaken to ascertain why they were in that area using a council permit (Section 2 of policy refers)).

Please advise how many instances in the last three years where inappropriate usage has been identified, the outcome of the findings and whether a penalty charge notice has been issued.

Would I be correct in thinking that if parking attendants were to input a registration into their devices to ascertain if a vehicle has authority (in the form of a permit) to park that all councillors registered cars would not alert the attendant that the vehicle is a councillor vehicle? Does this registration enquiry then alert the office based parking team that a councillor vehicle was observed in a particular parking area for the parking team to then make investigations if the permit was legitimately being used.

Has any consideration been given that Councillors should pay for their parking and then seek reimbursement from the council with a narrative of why they were claiming for the parking?

Yours faithfully,

Paul Gulley

Plymouth Highways, Plymouth City Council

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Dear Plymouth Highways,

I refer to my FOI request 920206.

Your response fails to fully address my question, specifically Question 1. You have responded that you will look at the data should further investigations/audit be necessary (re-active) however I asked what monitoring is undertaken(pro-active).

Can you therefor clarify your response to Q1 further into what pro-active steps are undertaken to ensure there is no misuse. I find it hard to believe that at considerable cost to the Council Tax payers of Plymouth all Councillors are afforded an £1,800 per annum season ticket ( 17 wards with 3 councillors and 3 wards with 2 councillors) with a resulting annual assumed cost of £183,600 and that no proactive audit of usage is undertaken unless allegations of misuse are made.

Yours sincerely,

Paul Gulley

Plymouth Highways, Plymouth City Council

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