Penalty Charge Notices

Mr S.W Ivory made this Freedom of Information request to Folkestone & Hythe District Council

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Dear Shepway District Council,

Under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 I would like to request some information relating to the enforcement of parking restrictions, specifically penalty charge notices.

1. I would like to request the data set of Penalty Charge Notices issued in the name of Shepway Distict Council/Kent County Council within the last two year period (29th June 2008 till now) broken down by:date, time, location, alledged contravention, status of case (closed/live), officer ID.

2. I would also like to request any information regarding
‘reward’/bonus schemes/contracts in place for your parking
enforcement officers. This is envisaged to cover the details of any systems, including (where bonuses are paid) the amount per officer per year, for the last two years.

Regarding part 1. ideally I would like the location unit to be 'street' but if this is not practical then under your section 16 duty to advise and assist I would expect you to contact me to discuss how you record this geospatial data so that I may narrow my request in a way that works for both of us.

As a supplementary, under section 16, I would also ask that you provide me with data of the number of adjudications held in favour of the appellent and the number of PCNs cancelled due to "administrative error" or likewise.

If this information is held by an outside contractor then it is your responsibility under the FOIA to obtain that information.

If it is held by another public body then please can you inform me of this and if possible transfer the request to that public body.
My preferred format to receive this information is by electronic means. For both parts I would like the response to be in the form of a Word or Excel document.

If you need any clarification of this request or if it is too broad in any way please feel free to email me. If some parts of this request are more difficult to answer than others please release the answerable material as it is available rather than hold up the entire request for the contested data.

If FOI requests of a similar nature have already been asked could you please include your responses to those requests. I note that a similar request was made to Shepway Distict Council in August 2009 by Mr Neil Houston but that the response remains long overdue.

I would be grateful if you could confirm in writing(by email) that you have received this request, and I look forward to hearing from you within the 20-working day statutory time period.

Yours faithfully,

Mr S.W.Ivory

Folkestone & Hythe District Council

Dear Sirs

Thank you for your request; I will endeavour to supply the information you
have requested within the requisite 20 working days. If I think that it
will take longer, I will contact you.

Kind regards

Claire Thomas
Information and Electoral Services Manager
Corporate Services
Shepway District Council, Castle Hill Avenue, Folkestone, Kent. CT20 2QY
tel 01303 853444
fax 01303 853388

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Folkestone & Hythe District Council

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Dear Mr Ivory

Thank you for your Freedom of Information request. Shepway District Council have issued 31165 parking charge notices during this period and it would take a long time to process all the information as requested, far in excess of the £450 limit set for public authorities.

We are able to supply some of the information you require which is set out below and in the attachments provided.

Our Civil Enforcement Officers are salaried employees of the district council and do not receive any bonuses or incentives/rewards.

Any re-use of this information will be subject to the Re-use of Public Sector Information Act. Should you require any further information, or if you are not satisfied with our response, please do not hesitate to contact me on 01303 853444. You may also request an internal review by writing to the following address:

Freedom Of Information Appeals Officer
Legal and Democratic Services
Shepway District Council
Castle Hill Avenue
Kent CT20 2QY

Alternatively you can use our Customer Comment Form which can be accessed at our website

In addition, if you are not satisfied with our response you may apply to the Information Commissioner for an independent review at the following address:

The information Commissioner
Wyncliffe House
Water Lane
Cheshire SK9 5AF

Telephone 01625 545700


Kind regards

Hayley Payne
Democratic Services Support Assistant
Shepway District Council
[email address]
Tel: 01303 853469

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