Parking Profits and Disposition - Charges + Penalties - Onstreet + Offstreet - 1991 to 2010

Alan Wright made this Freedom of Information request to Bromley Borough Council

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From: Alan Wright

28 December 2010

Dear Bromley Borough Council,

Please provide an XLS (not XLSX) Spreadsheet which contains details
of the income from and expenditure on onstreet and offstreet
parking and traffic provision and enforcement over the past 20
years.

Rows:

1991 Financial Year
Each year 1992-2009
Current financial year to end Dec 2010

In each case for 1991-2009, data is wanted to cover the appropriate
financial year.

Column Headings:

1 - TOTAL PROFIT (or LOSS)
2 - TOTAL INCOME
3 - TOTAL COSTS

4 - ONSTREET INCOME TOTAL
5 - ONSTREET PARKING CHARGE INCOME - parking meters or pay &
display meters
6 - ONSTREET PARKING PERMIT INCOME - permits + miscellaneous
charges, eg dispensations
7 - ONSTREET PARKING ENFORCEMENT INCOME - 2 sub columns, 7a numbers
of parking penalties issued + 7b actual income received
8 - ONSTREET TRAFFIC ENFORCEMENT INCOME - 2 sub columns, 8a numbers
of moving traffic penalties issued + 8b actual income received
9 - TOTAL ONSTREET PARKING COSTS

10 - TOTAL NUMBER OF ONSTREET BAYS where some payment or permit is
required
11 - NUMBER OF ONSTREET BAYS where parking charges apply
12 - NUMBER OF ONSTREET BAYS where permit parking is permitted

13 - OFFSTREET INCOME TOTAL
14 - OFFSTREET PARKING CHARGE INCOME - parking meters or pay &
display meters
15 - OFFSTREET PARKING PERMIT INCOME - permits + miscellaneous
charges, eg dispensations
16 - OFFSTREET PARKING ENFORCEMENT INCOME - 2 sub columns, 16a
numbers of all penalties issued in car parks + 16b actual income
received
17 - TOTAL OFFSTREET PARKING COSTS

18 - TOTAL NUMBER OF OFFSTREET BAYS where some payment or permit is
required
19 - NUMBER OF OFFSTREET BAYS where parking charges apply
20 - NUMBER OF OFFSTREET BAYS where permit parking is permitted

21 - DISPOSITION OF ONSTREET PROFITS - use made of largest part of
profit
22 - DISPOSITION OF OFFSTREET PROFITS - use made of largest part of
profit

It is anticipated that some of the numbers in rows in columns will
be zero before the council took over enforcement

It is anticipated that the numbers in rows in column 10 and 18 will
be less than 11+12 and 19+20 respectively if some bays are shared
use

By "where parking charges apply" is meant places where the general
public may park on payment of a charge

By "where permit parking is permitted" is meant places where
specific persons, eg residents or businesses may park on obtaining
in advance some kind of permit. Normally this would be for a period
of many days, but would include residents or business vouchers for
their visitors.

It is anticipated that the numbers in rows in column 2 will be
column 4+13
It is anticipated that the numbers in rows in column 3 will be
column 9+20
It is anticipated that the numbers in rows in column 4 will be
column 5+6+7b+8b
It is anticipated that the numbers in rows in column 13 will be
column 14+15+16b

Please add a note of explanation should this not be so.

Please add columns if necessary to include other sources of income
or costs, eg if the council contracts out or acts as a contractor

Yours faithfully,

Alan Wright

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From: Hollingsworth, Andrew
Bromley Borough Council

13 January 2011


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Dear Mr Wright

I am writing regarding your request for information, which I received on 28 December 2010. In that request, you asked us for various statistics relating to parking enforcement and car parking.

I can confirm that the Council holds information falling within the description specified in your request. However, we estimate that the cost of complying with your request would greatly exceed the appropriate limit of £450. It is estimated that it may take one person over 20 working days to provide the information. This is because we do not hold records of this data in the type and format you have requested. We would have to run various reports to retrieve most of the information and the data requested is not held by one central database. Therefore reports would need to be run on different databases to retrieve all the information available. The appropriate limit has been specified in regulations and for local government it is set at £450. This represents the estimated cost of one person spending 2½ working days in determining whether the Council holds the information, and locating, retrieving and extracting the information. Under section 12 of the Freedom of Information Act the Council is not obliged to comply with your request and we will not be processing your request further.

If you were to make a new request with fewer categories of information and with fewer years of historical data, it may be that we could comply with that request within the appropriate limit, although I cannot guarantee that this will be the case.

To assist you in narrowing your request I can confirm the following:

Income and costs element of your request will likely take longer than 10 working days.

Yearly Penalty Charge Notice totals are likely to take longer 5 working days.

Information regarding the number of bays is likely to take longer than 5 working days.

Due to the above, I suggest any future request is limited to one or two of the questions in your list below and is for fewer years, for example the last 5 years.

Under the Traffic Management Act 2004 and associated legislation and guidance we are expected to produce an Annual Report each year. These Annual Reports cover some of the information you have requested. For example they contain various information and statistics relating to parking bays, enforcement and has the summary of the parking account. The reports are available here:

http://www.bromley.gov.uk/transportandst...

The links to each Annual Report are in the bottom right hand side corner of this page, headed documents.

If you have any queries about this email, please contact me. Please remember to quote the reference number above in any future communications.

I have enclosed a copy of the Council's appeals procedure for your reference should you wish to request a review of our decision.

Yours sincerely

î
Andrew Hollingsworth
Parking Officer
CUSTOMER AND SUPPORT SERVICES DIVISION
Environmental Services
London Borough of Bromley
Room 75, Rochester Block
Civic Centre
Stockwell Close
BR1 3UH

Tel: 020 8461 7713 or ext: 2682
Fax: 020 8313 4446
[mobile number]
email: [email address]
Website: www.bromley.gov.uk

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From: Alan Wright

13 January 2011

Dear Hollingsworth, Andrew,

Although it is disappointing that the council does not have the
data requested readily to hand, it was helpful to have indications
of the time that might be involved in providing it.

Perhaps you could provide the full data for the last financial
year, with numbers of bays at some suitable point during that time,
together with some general note as to the way that parking bay
numbers have changed over the years.

In addition, while the totals for the past 3 years are presumably
in the Parking Reports, perhaps the gross income, costs and hence
profit for onstreet and for offstreet parking could be provided for
the past 10 years, as finding these numbers should not require
extensive research?

Yours sincerely,

Alan Wright

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From: Alan Wright

13 January 2011

Dear Hollingsworth, Andrew,

Thank you for your reply, although it is disappointing that you
apparently only hold data for the past 6 years.

One would have thought that at least some of the data requested
would have been reported to Committee, and such records are
normally held indefinitely?

You estimate that it would take around 48 hours to extract the data
for the past 6 years.

This seems a very long amount of time.

Presumably Parking Services produces a set of annual accounts, and
one would have thought that all that was required was to take the
relevant figures from each annual set and enter them into the
spreadsheet.

As Portsmouth Council does not mark individual onstreet parking
bays, the count should be of areas marked for parking, which may be
termed parking boxes.

Perhaps in terms of onstreet parking boxes and offstreet parking
bays, you could supply the latest available totals, together with
some kind of general description of changes over time?

In terms of data for just the past 6 years, and with the
simplifications above, all that is now being sought is around 120
numbers entered into a spreadsheet.

With the appropriate sets of accounts to hand, it is hard to see
this taking more than 3-5 mins per number, especially as some would
be a simple arithmetic total of others.

This would give a total time of the order of 4 x 120 = 480 mins - 6
hours.

Hence with the variations in the FOI suggested, I would invite you
to consider afresh whether you could provide what is now being
requested?

Yours sincerely,

Alan Wright

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From: Alan Wright

13 January 2011

Dear Hollingsworth, Andrew,

I apologise for erroneously sending you two follow up messages.

The first one with 3 paragraphs was the correct one.

The second message which mentions Portsmouth Council was sent in
error - please ignore.

Yours sincerely,

Alan Wright

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From: Hollingsworth, Andrew
Bromley Borough Council

17 January 2011

Dear Mr Wright

Thank you for confirming the information that you are most interested in. We will endeavour to reply to your request within 20 working days.

Please note that we may not be able to provide all of the information you have requested.

Yours sincerely

î
Andrew Hollingsworth
Parking Officer
CUSTOMER AND SUPPORT SERVICES DIVISION
Environmental Services
London Borough of Bromley
Room 75, Rochester Block
Civic Centre
Stockwell Close
BR1 3UH

Website: www.bromley.gov.uk

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From: Hollingsworth, Andrew
Bromley Borough Council

17 January 2011

Dear Mr Wright

Thank you for your email.

I can confirm that the number of pay and display bays that we have recorded for the financial years 2007/08 and 2008/09 are available in the appendices to the Annual Reports. The appendix for 2009/10 is to follow and this will include the latest update of parking bays.

Please note that we do not have information regarding the exact number of permit bays, as in many instances permit parking is not marked by single bays but as a length of road. However, please see below for a list of approximate number of bays:

Permit Holder only bays (At Any Time) = 54

Business Permit Holders only (At Any Time) = 13

Permit Holders only (12noon-2pm Mon-Sat) = 4179
Permit Holders only (8am-8pm Mon-Sun) = 24
Permit Holders only (11am-1pm Mon-Fri) = 124
Permit Holders only (8am-6.30pm Mon-Sun) = 55
Permit Holders only (8.30am-6.30pm Mon-Sat) = 9
Permit Holders only (8.30am-6pm Mon-Sat) = 12
Permit Holders only (12noon-2pm Mon-Fri) = 406
Permit Holders only (8am-6.30pm Mon-Fri) = 252
Permit Holders only (10am-12noon Mon-Fri) = 534
Permit Holders only (1pm-2pm Mon-Fri) = 51
Permit Holders only (10am-12noon Mon-Sat) = 45
Permit Holders only (9am-5pm Mon-Sat) = 149

Shared use bays (P&D / Permit) = 1466

I am unable to provide historical data for the last 20 years, as we would need to review every Traffic Management Order with permit parking that has been created since the London Borough of Bromley became responsible for enforcing parking contraventions. This task would take longer than 18 hours. However, I can confirm that the number of bays has not increased significantly this financial year, but the implementation of a few smaller schemes may have increased the number slightly.

Please confirm that your last paragraph is requesting the last 10 years of the Parking Place Reserve Account.

Yours sincerely

î
Andrew Hollingsworth
Parking Officer
CUSTOMER AND SUPPORT SERVICES DIVISION
Environmental Services
London Borough of Bromley
Room 75, Rochester Block
Civic Centre
Stockwell Close
BR1 3UH

Tel: 020 8461 7713 or ext: 2682
Fax: 020 8313 4446
[mobile number]
email: [email address]
Website: www.bromley.gov.uk

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