Dear Hart District 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

FOI User, Hart District Council

Hello Jon

I acknowledge receipt of your request for information under the Freedom of
Information Act 2000 received on 25th January 2019. Assuming we hold this
information I will endeavour to supply the data to you as soon as possible
but no later than 21st February 2019.
I will advise you as soon as possible if we do not hold this information
or if there are exemptions to be considered and/or any costs for providing
the information. Please quote the above reference in any communication
regarding this request.
Regards

Barbara Williams
FOI Co-Ordinator
Hart District Council
Harlington Way
Fleet
GU51 4AE

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From: Jon WIlliams <[FOI #547430 email]>
Sent: 25 January 2019 14:36
To: FOI User
Subject: Freedom of Information request - Membership of BPA (British
Parking Association)
 
Dear Hart District Council,

I have noted that in their latest list of members the BPA (British Parking
Association) lists yourselves:
[3]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

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Claire Lord, Hart District Council

Thanks
Claire
Good Morning Jon
Please find the answers to your questions
   - The date you first become a member. ​Our on line accounting records
only go back to 2013, this is the 1st record I can find of us renewing our
membership 
  - The reason for becoming the member. This is a matter of opinion and
therefore outside the scope of the Act.
  - How it benefits your residents by being a member. This is a matter of
opinion and therefore outside the scope of the Act.
  - Benefits received by being a member of the BPA. This information is
already in the public domain.
   - The annual costs for being a member of the BPA. This information is
already in the public domain.
 
If you are unhappy with the way your request for information has been
handled, you can request a review by writing to:
 
FOI Co-Ordinator
Hart District Council
Civic Offices
Fleet
GU51 4AE
[1][Hart District Council request email]
 
Please remember to quote the reference number above in any future
communications.
 
If you remain dissatisfied with the handling of your request, you have a
right to appeal to the Information Commissioner at: 
 
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Wycliffe House
Water Lane
Wilmslow
Cheshire
SK9 5AF
Telephone 0303 123 1113

Kind regards,

Claire Lord

Interim Processing Officer

Hart District Council

01252 774427

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Dear Claire Lord,

Thank you for your prompt response. With regards to the annual costs for being a member of the BPA, the BPA publishes a sliding scale of fees but this not provide details of the specific costs to the authority. Please can you provide this?

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

Claire Lord, Hart District Council

Good Morning Jon

Further to your email dates 18-4-19 I am resending the email that was sent
to you 6/2/19

Kind regards,

Claire Lord

Interim Processing Officer

Hart District Council

01252 774427

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Twitter: [2]@HartCouncil
Facebook: [3]/HartDistrictCouncil

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From: Claire Lord
Sent: 06 February 2019 08:38
To: Jon WIlliams; FOI User
Subject: FOI - 2019 - 3453 - Williams - BPA
 

Thanks
Claire
Good Morning Jon
Please find the answers to your questions
   - The date you first become a member. Our on line accounting records
only go back to 2013, this is the 1st record I can find of us renewing our
membership 
  - The reason for becoming the member. This is a matter of opinion and
therefore outside the scope of the Act.
  - How it benefits your residents by being a member. This is a matter of
opinion and therefore outside the scope of the Act.
  - Benefits received by being a member of the BPA. This information is
already in the public domain.
   - The annual costs for being a member of the BPA. This information is
already in the public domain.
 
If you are unhappy with the way your request for information has been
handled, you can request a review by writing to:
 
FOI Co-Ordinator
Hart District Council
Civic Offices
Fleet
GU51 4AE
[6][Hart District Council request email]
 
Please remember to quote the reference number above in any future
communications.
 
If you remain dissatisfied with the handling of your request, you have a
right to appeal to the Information Commissioner at: 
 
Information Commissioner’s Office
Wycliffe House
Water Lane
Wilmslow
Cheshire
SK9 5AF
Telephone 0303 123 1113

Kind regards,

Claire Lord

Interim Processing Officer

Hart District Council

01252 774427

[7]www.hart.gov.uk
Twitter: [8]@HartCouncil
Facebook: [9]/HartDistrictCouncil

Hart District Council has updated its privacy policy, [10]find out
more about how we take care of your information.

Please consider completing our short [11]Customer Feedback Form so that we
know how we handled your query and can continue to improve the service
that we provide.

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Dear Claire Lord,

Further to your email on the 23-4-19, I am resending my reply which I sent on the 6-2-19:

Thank you for your prompt response. With regards to the annual costs for being a member of the BPA, the BPA publishes a sliding scale of fees but this not provide details of the specific costs to the authority. Please, can you provide this?

Yours sincerely,

Jon Williams

Claire Lord, Hart District Council

Good morning Mr Williams

The accounts for the council are in the public domain as is the sliding
scale, therefore as per my email dated February 6th 2019, the information
you have requested is in the public domain.

Kind regards,

Claire Lord

Interim Processing Officer

Hart District Council

01252 774427

[1]www.hart.gov.uk
Twitter: [2]@HartCouncil
Facebook: [3]/HartDistrictCouncil

Hart District Council has updated its privacy policy, [4]find out
more about how we take care of your information.

Please consider completing our short [5]Customer Feedback Form so that we
know how we handled your query and can continue to improve the service
that we provide.

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From: Jon WIlliams <[FOI #547430 email]>
Sent: 24 April 2019 09:30:03
To: Claire Lord
Subject: Internal review of Freedom of Information request - Membership of
BPA (British Parking Association)
 
Dear Claire Lord,

Further to your email on the 23-4-19, I am resending my reply which I sent
on the 6-2-19:

Thank you for your prompt response. With regards to the annual costs for
being a member of the BPA, the BPA publishes a sliding scale of fees but
this not provide details of the specific costs to the authority. Please,
can you provide this?

Yours sincerely,

Jon Williams

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