Councillors with residents parking permits

Nathen Brooke made this Freedom of Information request to Westminster City Council

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Nathen Brooke

Dear Sir or Madam,

With reference to the Councillors free parking permit scheme, FOI #10250 , please could you provide a list of those Westminster City Councillors from the list below who have also purchased a paid for residents parking permit up until the 31st March 2009?

1)To clarify further, which Westminster City Councillors (from the list below) also hold a residents parking permit?

2)Also from the list of Councillors below, which of them as of the 31st March 2009 list their main home address as being within the borough of Westminster?

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

Yours faithfully,

Nathen Brooke

Westminster City Council

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This Freedom Of Information Request was based on the following
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Name: Nathen Brooke
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Request Details: With reference to the Councillors free parking permit
scheme, FOI#10250 [WCC Ref: 3645], please could you provide a list of
those Westminster City Councillors from the list below who have also
purchased a paid for residents parking permit up until the 31st March
2009?

1)To clarify further, which Westminster City Councillors (from the list
below) also hold a residents parking permit?

2)Also from the list of Councillors below, which of them as of the 31st
March 2009 list their main home address as being within the borough of
Westminster?

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

FOI Reference Number: 3755
Target Completion Date: 04/06/2009

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Nathen Brooke

Dear Sir or Madam,

Why have you ignored this FOI request?

Is it because you wanted to wait until the MEP elections were over to avoid embarrassment?

Perhaps the penalties of breaking the law again Westminster City Council are worth it, what are you trying to hide?

Why do you not want to be honest with the voting public, are all of you on the fiddle?

Yours sincerely,

Nathen Brooke

Dear Sir or Madam,

Please pass this on to the person who conducts Freedom of Information reviews.

I am writing to request an internal review of Westminster City Council's handling of my FOI request 'Councillors with residents parking permits'.

A full history of my FOI request and all correspondence is available on the Internet at this address:
http://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/co...

Yours sincerely,

Nathen Brooke

Dear Sir or Madam,

Before making a complaint to the Information Comissioner about this, would you like to offer an explanation and an apology for ignoring this FOI request and subsequent request for a review?

The Information Commissioner finds it unacceptable to take longer than 40 days to reply to an internal review request.

Yours faithfully,

Nathen Brooke

FOI, Westminster City Council

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Dear Mr Brooke

Please find attached a copy of the Council's review of the handling of
your recent Freedom of Information 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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Mr Thomas left an annotation ()

So the council says that they can't provide the names of the councillors who bought a residents parking permit because it is private information, and yet they're happy to advise which councillors are Westminster residents. Is someone's place of residence not private?

We know from a previous FOI that 18 Conservative councillors who have a free official parking permit have NOT purchased a resident parking permit to park their vehicle outside of their working hours. But of course the council is reluctant to say who these 18 Tory councillors are, using the excuse of privacy. But as I said above, they're happy to release some other private information such as where they live!

Dear Faceless Parking Department bureaucrat,

One thing I would like to make clear is that yet again the Council are falling back on their own incompetence in not being able to understand email and how the Internet works.

Your excuse is to say “you had not apparently received a response “ and “It would appear that you did not receive this response “. There is no 'apparently' or 'appear' about it. Through this website both the public and Westminster City Council can see whether or not a response was sent. A little more diligence on the Councils part, especially whoever is replying to internal reviews would not go a miss, perhaps they are in the wrong job.

The days of saying 'it was lost in the post' are over, you need to brush up on your basic Internet skills before you write to me with what can only be seen as a fob off.

How many times are you going to say “We have now reviewed our procedures to ensure this does not occur again“, just look through your previous answers, you seem to have a lot of reviews, with false assurances that your law breaking will not happen again. Yet you keep breaking the law over and over again.

As for Councillors being registered to use the awful Verrus pay-by-phone system, I wouldn't expect them to be registered to use it, as they have a free parking permit, so why should they. They are after all merely politicians, so we expect them to behave true to type.

Let it be known that not one Conservative councillor has been prepared to state publicly whether or not she or he has paid for their own residents parking permit.

The public can draw their own conclusions from their silence.

You may now go on to threaten me with the word vexatious, as the truth hurts doesn't it?

Yours sincerely,

Nathen Brooke