Dear Harrow Borough Council,

I have noted that in their latest list of members the BPA (British Parking Association) lists yourselves:
https://www.britishparking.co.uk/BPA-Mem...

The BPA is not a highly regarded organisation by many motorists and seen as ineffective in regulating the private parking operators who make up the bulk of its membership; MPs in the House of Commons have also echoed these concerns.

Therefore, can you please provide the following information about your membership:
- The date you first become a member.
- The reason for becoming the member.
- How it benefits your residents by being a member.
- Benefits received by being a member of the BPA.
- The annual costs for being a member of the BPA.

Yours faithfully,

Mr Jonathan WIlliams

Community Environment, Harrow Borough Council

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Our reference: 4593827

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Dear Mr. Williams
 
Thank you for your information request. We will forward it to the
relevant department who will contact you shortly.
 
Information Management Team
Harrow Council
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Harrow
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[Harrow Borough Council request email]
 
 
  
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Community Environment, Harrow Borough Council

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Our reference: 4593827

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Dear Mr. Williams
 
Freedom of Information Act 2000
 
Thank you for your request for information that was received on 25 January
2019 for the following information:
 
I have noted that in their latest list of members the BPA (British Parking
Association) lists yourselves:

[1]https://www.britishparking.co.uk/BPA-Mem...

The BPA is not a highly regarded organisation by many motorists and seen
as ineffective in regulating the private parking operators who make up the
bulk of its membership; MPs in the House of Commons have also echoed these
concerns.

Therefore, can you please provide the following information about your
membership:

- The date you first become a member.

- The reason for becoming the member.

- How it benefits your residents by being a member.

- Benefits received by being a member of the BPA.

- The annual costs for being a member of the BPA.

We are dealing with your request under the Freedom of Information Act 2000
and we aim to send a response by 22 February 2019 (which is 20 working
days beginning on the first working day after the date we received your
request).

In some cases, a fee may be payable.  If we decide a fee is payable, we
will send you a fee notice and we will require you to pay the fee before
proceeding with your request.
 
The Freedom of Information Act 2000 may restrict the release of some or
all of the information you have requested.  We will carry out an
assessment and if any exemptions apply to some or all of the information
then we might not provide that information to you.  We will inform you if
this is the case and advise you of your rights to request an internal
review and to complain to the Information Commissioner's Office.
 
We will also advise you if we cannot provide you with the information
requested for any other reason together with the reason(s) why and details
of how you may appeal (if appropriate).
 
 
Kind regards
 
 
FOI Officer
Harrow Council
 
 
  
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References

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1. https://www.britishparking.co.uk/BPA-Mem...

Alexandra Nethercot, Harrow Borough Council

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Dear Mr. Williams
 
Thank you for your request for information received on 25 January 2019.
 
Please find attached our response to your request.
 
Kind regards
 
 
FOI Officer
Harrow Council
 
 
  
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Dear Alexandra Nethercot,

Thank you for your prompt response. With regards to my question regarding the annual costs of being a member of the BPA, I believe you may have misunderstood my request and I was after the specific amount that the authority pays rather than the possible range. Therefore, can you please provide this information?

Yours sincerely,

Jon Williams

Dear Sirs,

My request for an internal review is now significantly overdue, please provide a response.

Yours sincerely,

Mr Jonathan WIlliams

Dear Sirs,

My request for an internal review still remains unanswered, I will now escalate the matter with the ICO.

Yours sincerely,

Mr Jonathan WIlliams

Community Environment, Harrow Borough Council

Dear Mr Williams,
 
You asked for clarification on one question so it was not treated as an
internal review. I have chased this information with the manager of the
section numerous times and I apologise that I have not yet been provided
with the information.
 
I will endeavour to come back to you by the end of today.
 
Kind Regards
 
FOI Officer
Harrow Council

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Dear Sirs,

My request for an internal review is now significantly overdue, please
provide a response.

Yours sincerely,

Mr Jonathan WIlliams

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Alexandra Nethercot, Harrow Borough Council

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Our reference: 4593827

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Dear Mr. Williams
 
Freedom of Information Act 2000
 
As per Information provided on the British Parking Association website,
there are three categories of corporate membership and the fees applicable
are banded based on annual parking related turnover. 
 
The latest annual cost paid by Harrow Council was £1137 + VAT.
 
Kind regards
 
FOI Officer
Harrow Council
 
 
  
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We take your privacy seriously and want you to understand the choice and
control you have over the personal data we hold about you. To find out
more, please
view our Privacy Notice at http://www.harrow.gov.uk/privacy

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