Councillor with free parking registered with Pay By Phone

Lucy Adams made this Freedom of Information request to Westminster City Council

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Dear Sir or Madam,

From the list of the councillors listed below which hold a Westminster Wide free parking permit (FOI Reference Number: 3645 ) which of those councillors were also registered on the councils 'pay by phone' parking system as of the 31st March 2009, thank you?

Councillor Barrow
Councillor Richardson
Cllr Connell
Cllr Roe
Cllr Chalkley
Cllr Moss
Cllr Astaire
Cllr Burbridge
Cllr Lewis
Cllr Davis
Cllr Roberts
Cllr Warner
Cllr Nemeth
Cllr Flight
Cllr Brahams
Cllr Havery
Cllr Floru
Cllr Hampson
Cllr Hyams
Cllr Prendergast
Cllr Marshall
Cllr Lee Rowely
Cllr Mustaq Qureshi
Cllr Nicola Aiken
Cllr Duncan Sandys
Cllr Barrie Taylor
Cllr Angela Harvey
Cllr Mark Page
Cllr Ian Adams
Cllr Alan Bradley
Cllr Lindsey Hall
Cllr Blois
Cllr Keen
Cllr Tabari

Yours faithfully,

Lucy Adams

Westminster City Council

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Name: Lucy Adams
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Request Details: From the list of the councillors listed below which hold
a
Westminster Wide free parking permit (FOI Reference Number: 3645 )
which of those councillors were also registered on the councils
'pay by phone' parking system as of the 31st March 2009, thank you?

Councillor Barrow Councillor Richardson Cllr Connell Cllr Roe Cllr
Chalkley Cllr Moss Cllr Astaire Cllr Burbridge Cllr Lewis Cllr
Davis Cllr Roberts Cllr Warner Cllr Nemeth Cllr Flight Cllr Brahams
Cllr Havery Cllr Floru Cllr Hampson Cllr Hyams Cllr Prendergast
Cllr Marshall Cllr Lee Rowely Cllr Mustaq Qureshi Cllr Nicola Aiken
Cllr Duncan Sandys Cllr Barrie Taylor Cllr Angela Harvey Cllr Mark
Page Cllr Ian Adams Cllr Alan Bradley Cllr Lindsey Hall Cllr Blois
Cllr Keen Cllr Tabari

FOI Reference Number: 4006
Target Completion Date: 28/07/2009

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Dear Sir or Madam,

If you feel there might be a privacy issue here perhaps you could answer this more vague less transparent question instead?

From the list of the councillors listed below which hold a
Westminster Wide free parking permit (FOI Reference Number: 3645 )
how many of those councillors were also registered on the councils
'pay by phone' parking system as of the 31st March 2009, thank you?

Councillor Barrow Councillor Richardson Cllr Connell Cllr Roe Cllr
Chalkley Cllr Moss Cllr Astaire Cllr Burbridge Cllr Lewis Cllr
Davis Cllr Roberts Cllr Warner Cllr Nemeth Cllr Flight Cllr Brahams
Cllr Havery Cllr Floru Cllr Hampson Cllr Hyams Cllr Prendergast
Cllr Marshall Cllr Lee Rowely Cllr Mustaq Qureshi Cllr Nicola Aiken
Cllr Duncan Sandys Cllr Barrie Taylor Cllr Angela Harvey Cllr Mark
Page Cllr Ian Adams Cllr Alan Bradley Cllr Lindsey Hall Cllr Blois
Cllr Keen Cllr Tabari

Yours faithfully,

Lucy Adams

Customer Relations, Westminster City Council

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Dear Miss Adams,

Please find enclosed the City Council's response to your Freedom Of
Information request - 4006.

<<FOI4006Adams.gd.doc>>

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Dear Customer Relations,

A typical response from you. You were perfectly happy to give out the numbers of PTW riders who had registered for pay by phone. In fact you used those figures to falsely claim what a wonderful success your stealth tax was in a cheap PR stunt. Yet you refuse to tell us the public the number of councillors who have registered for pay by phone. Quite how you think this would be an invasion of their privacy is quite baffling.

I must assume that none of them have bothered to register, why should they when they enjoy a free parking permit. Who in their right mind would want to sign up to the dreadful insecure pay by phone system that you have forced on the public.

Shame on you for trotting out the old Data Protection excuse.

Yours sincerely,

Lucy Adams

Samantha Wade left an annotation ()

Surely the question is how many of the people listed have purchased a pay by phone ticket or tickets?

What possible personal data could be conveyed by that answer?

Come on Westminster, this isn't playing the game, you are deliberately trying to fudge the issue. The point of FOI requests is to provide open information because Westminster is a publicly accountable organisation.

Shame on you.

Blue left an annotation ()

I am appalled by the councils answer, though not surprised.

When I wrote to many of the councilors in this FOI question (Chalkley, Burbridge , Floru, A Harvey ) to ask why they had awarded themselves a free parking permit, not one of them had the decency to even reply. Even Cllr Barrow who said he wants all councillors to treat the public like they would like to be treated was so ignorant that he did not even reply to me.

So it's no wonder these so called public servants are willing to hide the truth from us and so often break the law themselves.

Shame on you Westminster City Council.

FOI, Westminster City Council

Dear Ms Adams,

I am writing in response to your email below.

I am sorry that you are dissatisfied with our response to your request,
which was submitted under the Freedom of Information Act 2000.

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Tanya Holden
Data Protection & FOI Officer
Knowledge and Information Management
Westminster City Council
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Tel: 0207 641 6451
Fax: 0207 641 2872
Email: [Westminster City Council request email]
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Dear FOI team,

You have refused my request to know the number of councillors on my list that have subscribed to the councils pay by phone parking regime.

Part of being a councillor involves disclosing your residential address. How much income is derived from the tax payer. Discloser of other business interests. Amount of any gifts received whilst being a councillor etc.. This is all part of being a councillor and is subject to a choice made by the individual on deciding whether or not to enter public life.

You state that “Councillors and their families have a right to expect that data held about their private lives will not be disclosed into the public domain“

My questions are,

1. What personal information is being asked of councillors?

2. What personal information is being asked of the councillors families?

3.What specific part of the data protection are you referring to in your reply if you are indeed referring to the act?

I would also point out that you did answer a very similar non invasive FOI request 13326 “Which Councillors actually live in Westminster as residents?”

So the reason I am requesting you to review your decision not to answer my question, is that no personal data could be conveyed by the answer?

Yours sincerely,

Lucy Adams

FOI, Westminster City Council

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Dear Ms Adams

Please find attached the Council's response to your request for an
internal review of the handling of your recent FOI request.

Yours sincerely

Catherine Preston
Knowledge and Information Management Team
Information Services
Westminster City Council
101 Orchardson Street
London
NW8 8EA
Tel: 020 7641 3332
Fax: 020 7641 2872
Email: [Westminster City Council request email]

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Dear FOI,

So all we really know is that most of Westminsters' Conservative councillors have voted themselves to have city wide free car parking permits, yet there is no method to establish that they have also paid to park when they are off duty. There is also no way of knowing whether any of these councillors who believe they deserve free car parking have ever had to use the pay by phone system they are so eager to impose on the public.

How typical that you have a whole host of checks and officers to check up on your residents, to verify they are worthy of a paid for residents parking permit, yet seem to have no checks for the councillors.

I think this really is all the information anyone reading this needs to know about their local councillors, thank you for your informative reply.

Yours sincerely,

Lucy Adams

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