Dear Colchester 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

Info, Colchester Borough Council

Dear Mr Williams,

 

Thank you for contacting Colchester Borough Council requesting information
regarding Membership of BPA.

 

Your request has been logged under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA)
2000 with the reference above. An officer is reviewing your request and
will respond accordingly. 

  

You can find advice and guidance about accessing information from public
bodies from the Information Commissioner’s Office
at [1]www.ico.org.uk/your-data-matters/official-information 

 

Yours sincerely,

 

Customer Information 

Colchester Borough Council 

[2][Colchester Borough Council request email] 

[3]https://www.colchester.gov.uk/info 

 

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Parking, Colchester Borough Council

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Good afternoon Mr Williams,

 

I'm writing in response to your Freedom of Information Request, with
reference 356638.

 

- The date you first become a member.

   

The North Essex Parking Partnership first became a member in 2012, when
the Partnership was formed. Prior to this, it would have been the decision
of each individual partner authority. This would include Braintree
District Council, Colchester Borough Council, Epping Forest District
Council, Harlow District Council, Tendring District Council and Uttlesford
District Council. As Colchester Borough Council, we have been a member for
over 10 years. As our document retention policy state that documents
should be kept for 6 years, we no longer hold records of the exact date.

 

  - The reason for becoming the member.

 

Due to our retention policy, we no longer hold this information.
Any possible conversation regarding the above question will have
occurred longer than 6 years ago.

  - How it benefits your residents by being a member.

 

If there was written documentation regarding this question, we no longer
hold it, due to our organisation's retention period. This request would
therefore be outside the scope of the Freedom of Information Act, as we
are not required to obtain new information or formulate an answer to a
question we do not currently hold information on.

 

  - Benefits received by being a member of the BPA.

 

Under Section 21 of the Freedom of Information Act, we are not required to
provide this information as it is readily available to the public
elsewhere. The British Parking Association publish their membership
benefits online.
[1]https://www.britishparking.co.uk/Join-th...  

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

 

Under Section 21 of the Freedom of Information Act, we are not required to
provide this information as it is readily available to the public
elsewhere. The British Parking Association publish their membership fees
online, along with the criteria for each membership band. Colchester
Borough Council also publish their statement of accounts online, which
will show the annual parking turnover which is used to calculate the
membership fee. As this information is within the public domain, it does
not need to be released as part of a Freedom of Information
request. [2]https://www.britishparking.co.uk/write/D...

If you have any further questions, please send these to
[3][Colchester Borough Council request email] directly, quoting reference 356638.

 

Your right to request a review

 

If you are unhappy with our response to your request for information, we
have an internal review process . The internal review will be carried out
by our Monitoring Officer who will assess how your request was handled.

 

If you wish to request an internal review, please send an email to the
Monitoring Officer at [4][Colchester Borough Council request email] or by post to: Monitoring
Officer, Colchester Borough Council, Rowan House, Colchester CO3 3WG. Your
review request should detail why you are unhappy with our response and
should be made as soon as practicable or within 2 months of our response.
We will respond when the review has been completed.

 

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the Information Commissioner’s Office for a decision on:

 

·         Whether we have responded to your request for information in
accordance with Part 2 of the Freedom of Information Act; or,

·         Whether we are justified in refusing to give you the information
requested

 

More detailed information on your rights to review is on the Information
Commissioner’s Office website: [5]https://ico.org.uk

   

Kind regards,

Danielle Northcott

Parking Business Specialist

North Essex Parking Partnership
01206 282316

parkingpartnership.org/north
[6]Twitter  |  [7]LinkedIn  |  [8]YouTube

Colchester is the lead authority for the multi award-winning North Essex
Parking Partnership

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Dear Sirs,

Thank you for your prompt response. With regards to your answer to "The annual costs for being a member of the BPA" I was specifically looking for the authority's costs. Whilst there is a banded schedule of fees on the BPA's website it doesn't tell me the authority's specific fees which may include a separately negotiated discount. Can you please provide this?

Yours sincerely,

Jon WIlliams

Parking, Colchester Borough Council

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Thank you for emailing the North Essex Parking Partnership.

 

This is an automated response and confirms we have received your email. We
aim to respond within 5 working days, but if your email is an appeal
against a Penalty Charge Notice, or an objection to a proposed Traffic
Regulation Order, then this does not apply. Please see below for more
information about why. Our working days are normally Monday to Friday, but
from 24^th December 2018 until 2^nd January 2019 our working days are
Friday 28^th December and 31^st January only.

 

Appeal against a Penalty Charge Notice:

 

If your email is an informal challenge, formal representation, or appeal
against a Penalty Charge Notice (PCN), then this must be submitted either
online through our [1]website, or in the post. Any documents, photographs,
or other additional evidence can also be submitted during this process.
You will not receive a response to your email if you are appealing a
Penalty Charge Notice. Our postal address is below:

 

North Essex Parking Partnership

PO Box 5575

Town Hall

Colchester

CO1 9LT

 

Objection to a proposed Traffic Regulation Order:

 

If your email is an objection to a proposed Traffic Regulation Order, then
we will not respond until the consultation period has closed and the
objections have been reviewed.

 

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Parking, Colchester Borough Council

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Good afternoon Mr Williams,
I have had confirmation that we have no negotiated discount, and pay the
standard banded fees as described.
Kind regards,
Danielle Northcott
Parking Business Specialist

North Essex Parking Partnership
01206 282316

parkingpartnership.org/north
[1]Twitter  |  [2]LinkedIn  |  [3]YouTube

Colchester is the lead authority for the multi award-winning North Essex
Parking Partnership

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From: Jon WIlliams <[FOI #547376 email]>
Sent: 11 February 2019 20:05
To: Parking
Subject: Internal review of Freedom of Information request - Membership of
BPA (British Parking Association)
 
Dear Sirs,

Thank you for your prompt response.  With regards to your answer to "The
annual costs for being a member of the BPA" I was specifically looking for
the authority's costs.  Whilst there is a banded schedule of fees on the
BPA's website it doesn't tell me the authority's specific fees which may
include a separately negotiated discount.  Can you please provide this?

Yours sincerely,

Jon WIlliams

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