Membership of BPA (British Parking Association)

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Dear London Borough of Barking and Dagenham 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

London Borough of Barking and Dagenham, London Borough of Barking and Dagenham Council

Information request
Our reference: 9352665

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Dear Mr Williams
 
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2019.
 
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London Borough of Barking and Dagenham, London Borough of Barking and Dagenham Council

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Information request
Our reference: 9352665

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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.
 
Yours sincerely
 
FOI Team
 
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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 the authority pays, which may include a separately negotiated discount from the published schedule or other fees payable (such as ParkMark Certification). Therefore, can you please provide this?

Yours sincerely,

Jon Williams

London Borough of Barking and Dagenham, London Borough of Barking and Dagenham Council

Dear Mr Williams,
 
Thank you for your e-mail.

We do not receive a discount on our membership fees so the fees are as per
the published schedule. 

The Park Mark accreditation is owned by the Association of Chief Police
Officers and operated on their behalf by the BPA.  Local authorities may
join this scheme separately whether they are BPA members or not.  It bears
no relationship to BPA membership fees, which was the subject of the
question.

Kind Regards

FOI Team

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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
the authority pays, which may include a separately negotiated discount
from the published schedule or other fees payable (such as ParkMark
Certification). Therefore, can you please provide this?

Yours sincerely,

Jon Williams

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