Dear Bristol City 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

No Reply @ Bristol, Bristol City Council

Dear Jonathan Williams 
This is a courtesy email to let you know your Public Information
Request has been received on : 25/01/2019. 
Your unique reference number is "CRN00210054 ". Please keep this
number safe, as you may be required to provide it in the future. 
If you need to add further information concerning your case or
require an update about your response date, please email
[email address
Regards,
Customer Relations Team

"No Reply @ Bristol" <noreply@bristol.gov.uk>, Bristol City Council

Dear Jonathan Williams
Thank you for submitting your Public Information Request dated 25/01/2019. Your unique reference for this case is CRN00210054 , please use should you need to get in touch with us in the future. 
The details of the case raised are as follows

Dear Bristol City Council,

I have noted that in their latest list of members the BPA (British Parking Association) lists yourselves:
https://urldefense.proofpoint.com/v2/url...

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

You should receive a formal response on or before 22/02/2019 14:44
If you have not heard anything by this date then please contact [1][email address] quoting CRN00210054 and we will look into the matter for you. 
Yours sincerely
Customer Relations Team

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"Customer Relations Team" <complaints.feedback@bristol.gov.uk>, Bristol City Council

You sent us a Freedom of Information request on 25/01/2019

Your request number is CRN00210054

Our reply to your request is:  

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

 

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.

 

* Response:  No data is held to show the date that Bristol City Council (BCC) first became a member of the BPA.   

 

  - The reason for becoming the member.

 

* Response:  No data is held to show the reason BCC became a member of the BPA.

 

  - How it benefits your residents by being a member.

 

* Response:  No data is held to show the benefits to BCC residents of BCC being a member of the BPA.

  - Benefits received by being a member of the BPA.

 

* Response:  Under Section 21 of The Act BCC declines to answer this question.  This is on the basis that the BPA publishes its membership benefits in the public domain and that it is reasonably accessible by other means via a
basic on-line search.  

 

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

 

* Response:  Under Section 21 of The Act BCC declines to answer this question.  This is on the basis that the BPA publishes its membership fees in the public domain and that it is reasonably accessible by other means via a basic
on-line search.   

 

 
 

This response should answer your request in full.

If you’re not satisfied with our response, or if you want to appeal against any exemptions:

Email: [1][Bristol City Council request email]
Write to: Customer Relations (100TS), PO Box 3176, Bristol, BS3 9FS

If you’re still not satisfied with our response:

You can complain to the Information Commissioner. 
Find out how to do this on the Information Commissioner Office website
 (link to [2]http://ico.org.uk/concerns)

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·         make a copy of the information

·         use the information commercially

If you want to copy or use the information in any way you should ask us for permission in writing first. We can’t give permission if it is from a third party.

 

Kind regards

Bristol City Council

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Dear "Customer Relations Team

Thank you for your prompt response. With regards to your answer:
The annual costs for being a member of the BPA.
* Response: Under Section 21 of The Act BCC declines to answer this question. This is on the basis that the BPA publishes its membership fees in the public domain and that it is reasonably accessible by other means via a basic
on-line search. *
I am aware that the BPA does provide a sliding scale of fees, however, I specifically requested the annual fee that your authority pays. Please can you provide this.

Yours sincerely,

Jon Williams

"Customer Relations Team" <complaints.feedback@bristol.gov.uk>, Bristol City Council

You sent us an Internal Review request on 01/02/2019

Your request number is CRN00210054

Our reply to your request is:  

Dear Mr Williams,

 

Thank you for your email requesting an internal review of our
response to your information request dated 25 January in relation to
the British Parking Association (BPA). I am sorry that you were
unhappy with our original response.

 

Your request for an internal review relates to the last part of your
original request for “The annual costs for being a member of the
BPA”. Our original response refused this information under Section 22
of the Freedom of Information Act for information intended for future
publication. I note your comment that the BPA publishes a range of
membership fees. I can confirm that Bristol City Council pays £1,137
+ VAT for annual membership.

 

This response should answer your request in full.

 

If you’re still not satisfied with our response:

 

You can complain to the Information Commissioner via their website:
[1]www.ico.org.uk or writing to:

 

Information Commissioner’s Office

Wycliffe House

Water Lane

Wilmslow

Cheshire

SK9 5AF

Copyright

You do not own the copyright to any of the information we give you.
Copyright may be owned by the council or by a third party.

You are not allowed to:

·         make a copy of the information

·         use the information commercially

If you want to copy or use the information in any way you should ask
us for permission in writing first. We can’t give permission if it is
from a third party.

 

Kind regards

Bristol City Council

Privacy statement

 

Information about how Bristol City Council uses, stores and processes
personal data, can be found on
[2]www.bristol.gov.uk/about-our-website/privacy

 

For the purposes of this scheme, Bristol City Council will only be
collecting, storing and processing business and organisational data,
and will only be sharing this non-personal data  with organisations /
charities as agreed.

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