Dear Havering 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

Accessinfo, Havering Borough Council

Dear Mr Williams,

 

Acknowledgement of Information Request – AIR17185S

 

I acknowledge receipt of your request for information received on 25^th
January 2019.  Your email is being considered and you will receive a
response to your request as soon as possible. 

 

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receipt, in which to respond to requests.  You may be aware the
legislation defines a number of exemptions which may prevent release of
the information you have requested.  If any of the exemption categories
apply then the information will not be released. In these cases, we will
inform you of any exemptions we have applied together with our reasons for
withholding the information and your rights of appeal. 

 

Please bear in mind the legislation allows access to information 'held' by
the Council and not for the creation of new information or opinion. 
Therefore, we may only be able to supply documents or data that contain
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Yours sincerely

 

Access to Information Team

London Borough of Havering | Access to Information

Town Hall, Main Road, Romford, RM1 3BB

 

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Accessinfo, Havering Borough Council

Dear Mr Williams,

 

Access to Information – AIR17185S

 

I refer to your request for information made under the Freedom of
Information Act 2000.  Your request has been considered and the
information held by Environment is as follows:

 

 

+-------------------------------------------------------------------------+
|Question| I have noted that in their latest list of members the BPA |
|1 |(British Parking Association) lists yourselves: |
| | |
| |[1]https://www.britishparking.co.uk/BPA-Mem... |
| | |
| |  |
| | |
| |Therefore, can you please provide the following information |
| |about your membership: |
| | |
| |  - The date you first become a member. |
| | |
| |  |
|--------+----------------------------------------------------------------|
|Response|Traffic and Parking records March 2011 |
|--------+----------------------------------------------------------------|
|Question|- The reason for becoming the member. |
|2 | |
| |  |
|--------+----------------------------------------------------------------|
|Response|Information not held. |
| | |
| |  |
|--------+----------------------------------------------------------------|
|Question|  - How it benefits your residents by being a member. |
|3 | |
| |  |
|--------+----------------------------------------------------------------|
|Response|Information not held. Please see |
| |[2]https://www.britishparking.co.uk/Join-th...
| | |
| |  |
|--------+----------------------------------------------------------------|
|Question|- Benefits received by being a member of the BPA. |
|4 | |
| |  |
|--------+----------------------------------------------------------------|
|Response|Traffic and Parking  refer the requester to Section 21 of |
| |Freedom of Information Act 2000 because the BPA publishes its |
| |membership benefits. Therefore this information is readily |
| |available within the public domain – in this case online.  |
| | |
| |  |
|--------+----------------------------------------------------------------|
|Question|- The annual costs for being a member of the BPA. |
|5 | |
|--------+----------------------------------------------------------------|
|Response|Traffic and Parking refer the requester to Section 21 of Freedom|
| |of Information Act 2000 because the BPA publishes its membership|
| |costs along with the criteria for each membership band. |
| |Therefore the information is within the public domain. |
+-------------------------------------------------------------------------+

 

In accordance with the Act, this email also acts as a Refusal Notice and
details of the exemption applied is as follows:

 

Exemption under section : Section 21 Information accessible through other
means

 

Information the exemption applied to: As requested above

 

Reason for applying the exemption: Information is already available in the
public domain

[3]https://www.britishparking.co.uk/Join-th...

 

Public Interest Test: N/A

 

I apologise that your request cannot be met in full and trust the above is
of use to you. 

 

You have the right of appeal against our decision. If you wish to appeal
please set out in writing your grounds of appeal and send to the above
address.  Please ensure that you quote our reference on any correspondence
to us.

 

I trust the information is of use to you and will close your request.

 

If you are dissatisfied with the way in which your request has been
handled you have the right to request an internal review by addressing
your reasons to the:

 

Access to Information Team

London Borough of Havering

Town Hall

Main Road

Romford

RM1 3BD

 

You also have the right to complain to the Information Commissioner at the
following address:

 

Office of the Information Commissioner

Wycliffe House

Water Lane

Wilmslow 

Cheshire 

SK9 5AF

Telephone:   0303 123 1113

[4]www.ico.org.uk

 

Yours sincerely

 

Access to Information Team

London Borough of Havering | Access to Information

Town Hall, Main Road, Romford, RM1 3BB

 

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e [5][Havering Borough Council request email]  

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This document is strictly confidential and is intended only for use by the
addressee. If you are not the intended recipient, any disclosure, copying,
distribution or other action taken in reliance of the information
contained in this e-mail is strictly prohibited. Any views expressed by
the sender of this message are not necessarily those of the London Borough
of Havering. If you have received this transmission in error, please use
the reply function to tell us and then permanently delete what you have
received. This email was scanned for viruses by the London Borough of
Havering anti-virus services and on leaving the Authority was found to be
virus free. Please note: Incoming and outgoing e-mail messages are
routinely monitored for compliance with our policy on the use of
electronic communications.

Havering Council’s Privacy Notice can be found on our website Data
Protection,
https://www.havering.gov.uk/info/20044/c...,
which outlines your rights and how we collect, use, store, delete and
protect your personal data.

References

Visible links
1. https://www.britishparking.co.uk/BPA-Mem...
2. https://www.britishparking.co.uk/Join-th...
3. https://www.britishparking.co.uk/Join-th...
4. http://www.ico.org.uk/
5. mailto:[Havering Borough Council request email]
6. http://www.havering.gov.uk/
7. http://www.havering.gov.uk/Pages/Service...

Dear Sirs,

Thank you for your prompt response. With regards to your answer to "Q5 - The annual costs for being a member of the BPA.", whilst the BPA does publish a banded schedule of fees this does not tell me the specific fee that the authority pays. Therefore, can you please provide this information?

Yours sincerely,

Jon Williams

Accessinfo, Havering Borough Council

Dear Mr Williams,

Thank you for your email below. I have asked the service that provided the information to look into your query and as soon as I have their response I will write to you.

Kind regards

Access to Information Team
London Borough of Havering | Access to Information
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Accessinfo, Havering Borough Council

Dear Mr Williams,

Further to your email below please see response to your query:

Question 5 - The annual costs for being a member of the BPA.
Response The last invoice paid was for £1076.40 (inc VAT) and covers our membership from March 2019 to February 2020.

I hope this satisfies your query.

Kind regards

Access to Information
London Borough of Havering | Access to Information
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