Dear Argyll and Bute Council,

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.
- 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

Administrator, Argyll and Bute Council

Dear Jonathan Williams

Request for information: Freedom of Information request - Membership of
BPA (British Parking Association)

Thank you for your information request which we have logged as reference

It has been passed to the relevant service(s) for attention and you should
receive a response under either the Freedom of Information (Scot) Act 2002
or the Environmental Information (Scotland) Regulations 2004 by 2019-02-22

Please quote the reference number above in any correspondence you may have
with the Council in regard to this request.


FOI Officer

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relation to this request will be used only for the intended purpose -
please read the full privacy notice to find out more about how your
personal information will be handled, and your rights under data
protection legislation.

Sinclair, David (Risk Management Assistant), Argyll and Bute Council

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Dear Mr Williams,


Request for information: Membership of British Parking Association

Reference: argyllbuteir: 9676


I refer to your request for information which was dealt with in terms of
the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002 (FOISA).


Please see below information in fulfilment of your request.


What date you first become a member

Approx. June 2014


The reason for becoming a member

Argyll & Bute Council is a member of several Industry Bodies which provide
the Council with up to date information on service improvements,
legislation changes and ensure best practice etc.


How it benefits you residents by being a member

Please see the answer provided in question 2.


Benefits received by being a member of the BPA

BPA carry out Lobbying for both public and private parking to National
Governments in an attempt to bring consistency, fairness and improvements
to parking in the UK. Our Membership allows us to access industry specific
legal advice.


The annual costs for being a member of the BPA

Approx. £654 + VAT


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Yours sincerely,


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