Heather Brooke

Dear Sir or Madam,

Under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 I would the raw data set of parking tickets issued in the name of the council within the last one year period broken down by:
date, time, location, narrative of infraction, officer ID

Ideally I would like the location unit to be 'street' but if this is not practical then under your section 16 duty to advise and assist I would expect you to contact me to discuss how you record this geospatial data so that I may narrow my request in a way that works for both of us.

As a supplementary, under section 16, I would also ask that you provide some detail about the recording processes of this parking information. Eg what software is used? What data fields are used? What other data sets it links to, etc.

If this information is held by an outside contractor then it is your responsibility under the FOIA to obtain that information. If it is held by another public body then please can you inform me of this and if possible transfer the request to that public body.

My preferred format to receive this information is by electronic means. If you need any clarification of this request of if it is too broad in any way please feel free to email me.

If some parts of this request are more difficult to answer than others please release the answerable material as it is available rather than hold up the entire request for the contested data. If FOI requests of a similar nature have already been asked could you please include your responses to those requests.

I would be grateful if you could confirm in writing that you have received this request, and I look forward to hearing from you within the 20-working day statutory time period.

Yours faithfully,

Heather Brooke

Birmingham City Council

11 June 2009

Our Ref: FOI3049

Thank you for your enquiry received on 11 June 2009, for information held
by the Council under the provisions of the Freedom of Information Act
2000.

In some circumstances a fee may be payable and if that is the case, we
will let you know. A fees notice will be issued to you, and you will be
required to pay before we will proceed to deal with your request.

If you require any further information or are not happy with our response
please do not hesitate to contact a member of our team on 0121 303 3912
quoting the reference number above in any future communications.

Yours sincerely

Dean Robinson
Freedom of Information and Data Protection Officer
Birmingham City Council
Development Directorate
Performance and Corporate Services
16th floor, Alpha Tower
Suffolk Street Queensway
Birmingham
B1 1TR

Tel: 0121 303 3912
Fax: 0121 303 2315
Email: [email address]

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Nick Booth left an annotation ()

Shouldn't we have had a reply to this? 20 days?

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08 July 2009

Our Ref: FOI3049

Heather Brooke

I refer to your request made under the Freedom of Information Act 2000
received on 11th June 2009.

You have requested the number of Penalty Charge Notices issued by
Birmingham City Council within the last one year, and I have therefore
provided this information based on the last financial year from 1st April
2008 - 31st March 2009 as follows:-

Number of Penalty Charge Notices Issued *** 135,656.

You have also requested that this information be broken down by date,
time, location, narrative of infraction and the officer ID, and I have
therefore attached spreadsheets which shows this information. (NB because
of the volume of data the spreadsheets are very large in size)

With regard to the recording process of this parking information, I would
advise that the notice processing system used is called 3Sixty and the
data fields used are as follows:-
Serial Number
Vehicle Registration Number
Make of Vehicle
Model of Vehicle
Colour
Tax Disc Number
Tax Expiry Date
Contravention Date
Location
Officer
Observed on
Observed at
Contravention
Current Status of Case
Next Status of Case
Name and address of registered keepers/drivers/payee details
Transaction details ie. date, time and method of payments made

The 3Sixty software links with the handheld units used by the Civil
Enforcement Officers which captures the information when issuing a Penalty
Charge Notice.

I can confirm that no other similar FOI requests have been requested by
other parties requesting this level of detail.

If you are unhappy with the handling or the outcome of this request, you
are entitled to make a request for an internal review / appeal, such view
to be undertaken by Council officers not involved in the handling of your
request.

If you wish to take advantage of the internal appeal / review process,
this can be done by either contacting myself directly, or by contacting
the Corporate Information Manager at the following address quoting the
following reference FOI3049: -

The Corporate FOI Unit
First Floor
1 Lancaster Circus
Birmingham
B4 7AB

Tel No: 0121 303 4876
Email: [Birmingham City Council request email]
If, following the outcome of the internal review/appeal you are not
satisfied with Birmingham City Council***s response in relation to your
request, you are then entitled to apply to the office of the Information
Commissioner for an independent investigation/adjudication.

The Information Commissioner can be contacted by post at:

Wycliffe House
Water Lane
Wilmslow
Cheshire
SK9 5AF

or by telephone via their helpline: 08456 30 60 60
or via their online enquiries form which is available on their website
www.ico.gov.uk

Yours sincerely

Dean Robinson
Freedom of Information and Data Protection Officer
Birmingham City Council
Development Directorate
Performance and Corporate Services
16th floor, Alpha Tower
Suffolk Street Queensway
Birmingham
B1 1TR

Tel: 0121 303 3912
Fax: 0121 303 2315
Email: [email address]

Data Protection Act 1998
The information you have provided within your Freedom of Information
request will be held on our database and may also be held within manual
records for a period of 2 years from the date Birmingham City Council
received your request. Any personal data that you provide to Birmingham
City Council will be held in line with the requirements set out within the
Data Protection Act 1998.
Re Use of Public Sector Information
Where Birmingham City Council is the copyright holder of any information
that may be released, re-use for personal, educational or non-commercial
purposes is permitted without further reference to the City Council. Where
the re-use is for other purposes, such as commercial re-use, the applicant
should notify the City Council in writing to seek approval or agree terms
for re-use.

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Heather Brooke

Dear Mr Robinson,
I thank you very much for your comprehensive reply given in answer to my FOI request. It's refreshing to find someone helpful and unobstructive in a public body who gives members of the public the information they have requested. I am heartened by your response and certainly have a more positive impression of Birmingham City Council as a result.

Yours faithfully,

Heather Brooke

Julie Shrive (Account suspended) left an annotation ()

I am a mere user of the site, but since you have found a helpful council maybe one needs to look at why TW everywhere are not recording whether a Blue Badge is displayed & is anyone monitoring? Tried to do e-petition & pledges re: this , even PM turning down [ Is PM a PA?] Is it because Councillors have allowed privatision and are benefitting by Councillors deferring to admin? Councillors have a Duty of Care which isn't being put into action until much stress caused - in my case leading to a cardiac arrest . They need to check Blue Badge holders are not being intimidated by wardens and road signs [ often too far away with loading restrictions to deny] .
Also regarding Visitors vouchers - the ones in my area Islington , don't follow on each one has to display the start parking time which is not logical & Councillor refuses to address. suspect it because he is not there and it is a PA on remit pretending??!! Should this be happening??

Neil left an annotation ()

Just so you know what happened to the data:

I blogged about it: http://bevocal.org.uk/2009/07/25/the-val...

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