Membership of BPA (British Parking Association)

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Dear Blackburn with Darwen 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

Accesstoinformation, Blackburn with Darwen Borough Council

Dear Mr Williams,

Thank you for your request for information regarding ‘Membership of BPA’ (reference number 04194). Your request was received on the 25/01/19 and I am dealing with it under the terms of the Freedom of Information Act 2000 and/or Environmental Information Regulations 2004.

In some circumstances a fee may be payable and if that is the case, I 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 have any queries about this request, please contact Information Governance on 01254 585852. Alternatively, our email address is [Blackburn with Darwen Borough Council request email].         

Please remember to quote the reference number above in any future communications.

Kind Regards,

Fatima Makken
Apprentice Information Governance Officer
Email: [email address]
01254 222527

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Accesstoinformation, Blackburn with Darwen Borough Council

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Dear Mr Williams,

Thank you for your request for information regarding ‘Membership of BPA’ (reference number 04194); Please see our response attached and/or below. If you have any queries regarding your request for information then please don’t hesitate to contact us.

- The date you first become a member.
Unknown – renewed annually
- The reason for becoming the member.
Reasons are provided on the BPA website
- How it benefits your residents by being a member.
Access to related services
- Benefits received by being a member of the BPA.
Access to related services
- The annual costs for being a member of the BPA.
Not provided under section 21 of the FoIA as this information is already publically available in the published schedule.

If you are unhappy with the service you have received in relation to your request for information and wish to make a complaint or request a review of our decision, you should write to: Information Governance Manager, Information Governance, Blackburn with Darwen Borough Council, G Floor, Town Hall, Blackburn, Lancashire, BB1 7DY or email [Blackburn with Darwen Borough Council request email]
 
If you are not content with the outcome of your complaint, you may apply directly to the Information Commissioner for a decision. Generally, the ICO cannot make a decision unless you have exhausted the complaints procedure provided by the Council. The Information Commissioner can be contacted at: The Information Commissioner’s Office, Wycliffe House, Water Lane, Wilmslow, Cheshire SK9 5AF. 
 
Please find attached our 'have your say' feedback policy. 

Kind Regards,

Heather Wolstenholme
Information Governance Officer
Email: [email address]
Tel: 01254 585651

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Dear Sirs,

Thank you for your prompt response. With regards to not answering "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

Dear Sirs,

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

Yours sincerely,

Mr Jonathan WIlliams

Accesstoinformation, Blackburn with Darwen Borough Council

Dear Jonathan,

Thank you for your email.

I have chased it with the department responsible for providing the data and will contact you shortly.

Kind regards,

Heather Wolstenholme
Information Governance Officer
Email: [email address]
Tel: 01254 585651

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Accesstoinformation, Blackburn with Darwen Borough Council

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Dear Mr Williams,

Thank you for your request for information regarding ‘Membership of BPA’ (reference number 04194); Please see our response attached and/or below. If you have any queries regarding your request for information then please don’t hesitate to contact us.

Blackburn with Darwen Borough Council are in Band 2 and pay £661 + VAT annually.

No discounts are received.

If you are unhappy with the service you have received in relation to your request for information and wish to make a complaint or request a review of our decision, you should write to: Information Governance Manager, Information Governance, Blackburn with Darwen Borough Council, G Floor, Town Hall, Blackburn, Lancashire, BB1 7DY or email [Blackburn with Darwen Borough Council request email]
 
If you are not content with the outcome of your complaint, you may apply directly to the Information Commissioner for a decision. Generally, the ICO cannot make a decision unless you have exhausted the complaints procedure provided by the Council. The Information Commissioner can be contacted at: The Information Commissioner’s Office, Wycliffe House, Water Lane, Wilmslow, Cheshire SK9 5AF. 
 
Please find attached our 'have your say' feedback policy. 

Kind Regards,

Heather Wolstenholme
Information Governance Officer
Email: [email address]
Tel: 01254 585651

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