Membership of BPA (British Parking Association)

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Dear Eastleigh 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

Etherton, Tom, Eastleigh Borough Council

Dear Mr Williams,

Freedom of Information Request Received

Thank you for your request which we received on 25-01-19

We are currently treating your request as a request for information under the Freedom of Information Act 2000.

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Yours sincerely,

Tom

Tom Etherton
Legal Assistant
Support Services - Legal Services
Eastleigh Borough Council | Eastleigh House | Upper Market Street | Eastleigh | SO50 9YN
Direct Dial: 023 8068 8442

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Original Message-----
From: Jon WIlliams [mailto:[FOI #547399 email]]
Sent: 25 January 2019 14:36
To: Freedom of Infomation
Subject: Freedom of Information request - Membership of BPA (British Parking Association)

Dear Eastleigh 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

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Etherton, Tom, Eastleigh Borough Council

Dear Mr Williams,

Thank you again for your Freedom of Information request.

I can confirm that Eastleigh Borough Council does hold the information requested.

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.

Unfortunately, records are not available to ascertain when membership commenced, but the council has been a Member of the scheme since at least 2012

- The reason for becoming the member.

To enable resource sharing, attending peer-focus groups on a regional or national level

- How it benefits your residents by being a member.

Keeping up to date with changes to legislation ensures that the residents and businesses within the Borough are fully supported by the most effective parking management systems and processes

- Benefits received by being a member of the BPA.

Access to key information and personnel within the BPA and Member agencies/stakeholders

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

Latest renewal £897 + vat per annum
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If you wish to make a request for internal review with regards to your information request please contact:

Mr Ian Austin
Solicitor- Legal Services Manager
Eastleigh House
Upper Market Street
Hampshire
SO50 9YN
Fax: 023 8064 3843
Email: [email address]

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The Information Commissioners Office
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Cheshire
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Yours sincerely,

Tom Etherton

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