Residents allowed to park on frontage that is under permitted size

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Dear Swindon Borough Council,
Can you please provide me with the number of properties in Kingshill Road, Grosvenor Road, Hillside Avenue and Bowood Road that have been allowed to park vehicles on their front gardens despite being under the 4.8 metres long x 2.4 metres
wide allowed for authorisation.

Yours faithfully,

M & D Porter

Customer Services, Swindon Borough Council

Thank you for your email which has been forwarded to the FOI office for response.

Kind regards

Customer Services
Swindon Borough Council
Wat Tyler House
Swindon SN1 2JG
Phone: 01793 445500

E-mail: [Swindon Borough Council request email]
Website: www.swindon.gov.uk

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Ceri Stephens, Swindon Borough Council

Dear M & D Porter,

Ref FOI Freedom of Information Request 101000273670

Thank you for your request for details of the number of properties in
Kingshill Road, Grosvenor Road, Hillside Avenue and Bowood Road that have
been allowed to park vehicles on their front gardens that are under
permitted size?,dated 4th May 2011 received in our office on 4th May 2011:

Under the terms of the Freedom of Information Act 2000, the Council has a
duty to respond `promptly' or no later than 20 working days, which in this
case is 2nd June 2011.

If you have any queries about this letter please contact me as detailed,
quoting the above reference number.

Yours sincerely,

Mr. Ceri Stephens([email address])
Performance Officer
Environment Regeneration & Community
Swindon Borough Council
Tel: 01793 466220
Web: www.swindon.gov.uk

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Ceri Stephens, Swindon Borough Council

Dear M & D Porter,

Ref: FOI Freedom of Information Request 101000273670

Thank you for your e-mail dated 4th May 2011 received in our office
on 4th May 2011, concerning vehicles parking on their front gardens in 4
roads in Swindon under an s184 license where the minimum SBC criteria for
hard standing has not been met.

I enclose for your attention, the following information.

Kingshill Road

0 authorisations for s184 licenses have been permitted where the minimum
SBC criteria for hard standing has not been met. 0 applications for s184
licenses have been submitted to us however.

Bowood Road

0 authorisations for s184 licenses have been permitted where the minimum
SBC criteria for hard standing has not been met. 0 applications for s184
licenses have been submitted to us however.

Hillside Avenue

3 authorisations have been granted for s184 licenses on this street. Of
the 3 locations only 1 dwelling did not meet the approval criteria.
However, approval was granted by an SBC officer following discussion with
the dwelling owners and works were then included into our own maintenance
program.

Grosvenor Road

1 authorisation has been granted for a s184 license where the minimum
criteria has not been met.

It must be noted that recent changes to the minimum s184 approval criteria
have been made by SBC to ensure that the minimum hard standing required
for approval does not interfere with the adjacent highway. Vehicles which
overhang the adjacent footways introduce a safety concern for pedestrians
and may displace pedestrians closer to the vehicular carriageway.

In addition, the inclusion of SUDS (Sustainable Urban Drainage Systems)
now form part of SBC planning requirements and are necessary in order to
prevent localised flooding as a result of increased hard standing.

If you are dissatisfied with the service you have received in relation to
your request and wish to make a complaint or request a review, you should
contact:

Customer Services

Civic Offices

Euclid Street

Swindon

Website: www.[Swindon Borough Council request email]

The complaints/review procedure involves a full review and an examination
of all the information by the Council's Monitoring Officer.

If you are not content with the outcome of our conclusion, you may apply
directly to the Information Commissioner's Office for a decision, before
contacting the Council. Generally, the ICO cannot make a decision unless
you have exhausted the Council's own complaints procedure.

The Information Officer can be contacted at :

The Information Commissioner's Office,

Wycliffe House

Water Lane

Wilmslow

Cheshire

SK9 5AF

Email: [1][email address]

Tel: 01625 545700 (ask for Freedom of Information)

If you require any further information concerning this matter, please
contact me as detailed, quoting the above reference number in any future
communications.

Yours sincerely

Mr. Ceri Stephens([email address])
Performance Officer
Environment Regeneration & Community
Swindon Borough Council
Tel: 01793 466220
Web: www.swindon.gov.uk

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Dear Ceri Stephens,

Many thanks for the information.

Following on from this, can you also tell me how many properties in Kingshill Road, Grosvenor Road, Hillside Avenue and Bowood Road have been refused authorisation to park vehicles in their front gardens where the minimum criteria has not been met.
Can you also advise what criteria is used when deciding who will be allowed to park and who will not when front sizes have the same or smaller dimensions.

Yours sincerely,

D Porter

Ceri Stephens, Swindon Borough Council

Dear D Porter,

Ref FOI Freedom of Information Request 101000276780

Thank you for your request for details of how many properties in Kingshill
Road, Grosvenor Road, Hillside Avenue and Bowood Road have been refused
authorisation to park vehicles in their front hardens where the minimum
criteria has not been met, and on what criteria these decisions are based.
Your request was dated 26th May 2011 and received in our office on 26th
May 2011:

Under the terms of the Freedom of Information Act 2000, the Council has a
duty to respond `promptly' or no later than 20 working days, which in this
case is 24th June 2011.

If you have any queries about this letter please contact me as detailed,
quoting the above reference number.

Yours sincerely,

Mr. Ceri Stephens([email address])
Performance Officer
Environment Regeneration & Community
Swindon Borough Council
Tel: 01793 466220
Web: www.swindon.gov.uk

The views expressed in this email are personal and may not necessarily
reflect those of Swindon Borough Council unless explicitly stated
otherwise. This email and any files transmitted with it are confidential
and intended solely for the use of the individual or entity to whom they
are addressed. If you have received this email in error, please notify me
immediately. If you are not the intended recipient of this email, you
should not copy it for any purpose, or disclose it's contents to any other
person. Senders and recipients of email should be aware that, under the
Data Protection Act 1998 and Freedom of Information Act 2000, the contents
may have to be disclosed. The contents may be subject to recording and/or
monitoring in accordance with relevant legislation This footnote also
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presence of computer viruses. However, Swindon Borough Council cannot
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Dear Ceri Stephens,

Can you also provide me with the house numbers of the streets where permission was granted and the house numbers of those refused authorisation.
I would also like the names of the persons who made those decisions for and against allowing authorisation to park on their front gardens where the size was under the specified dimensions allowed.

Yours sincerely,

D Porter

Dear Ceri Stephens,

Request 101000276780

Can you please confirm that my request is still being looked at as the deadline date has passed and I have not received a response to the additional information asked for.

Yours sincerely,

D Porter

Ceri Stephens, Swindon Borough Council

Dear D. Porter,

Ref: FOI Freedom of Information Request 101000276780

Thank you for your e-mail dated 8th June 2011 received in our office
on 8th June 2011, concerning authorisation to park on front gardens.

I enclose for your attention, the following information.

Question 1) The house numbers of the streets where permission was granted
and the house numbers of those refused authorisation.

Answer 1) I regret to inform you that we are unable to provide you with
the property numbers of the dwellings requested as this is personal data
exempt under Section 40 of the Freedom of Information Act 2000.

Question 2) The names of the persons who made those decisions for and
against allowing authorisation to park on their front
gardens where the size was under the specified dimensions allowed.

Answer 2) In relation to your request for SBC officer names, namely those
officers who deal with the S184 approval process, we are unable to provide
names of previous officers as all of our historic staff have since left
the employment of Swindon Borough Council.

I am however able to confirm that our Casualty & Congestion Reduction
Manager and Street Works Manager within the Highway Network Management
Dept : Casualty & Congestion Reduction service area, are now the senior
officers who will consider and respond to any appeals received by Swindon
Borough Council in relation to refused dropped kerb applications.

If you are dissatisfied with the service you have received in relation to
your request and wish to make a complaint or request a review, you should
contact:

Customer Services

Civic Offices

Euclid Street

Swindon

Website: www.[Swindon Borough Council request email]

The complaints/review procedure involves a full review and an examination
of all the information by the Council's Monitoring Officer.

If you are not content with the outcome of our conclusion, you may apply
directly to the Information Commissioner's Office for a decision, before
contacting the Council. Generally, the ICO cannot make a decision unless
you have exhausted the Council's own complaints procedure.

The Information Officer can be contacted at :

The Information Commissioner's Office,

Wycliffe House

Water Lane

Wilmslow

Cheshire

SK9 5AF

Email: [1][email address]

Tel: 01625 545700 (ask for Freedom of Information)

If you require any further information concerning this matter, please
contact me as detailed, quoting the above reference number in any future
communications.

Yours sincerely

Mr. Ceri Stephens([email address])
Performance Officer
Environment Regeneration & Community
Swindon Borough Council
Tel: 01793 466220
Web: www.swindon.gov.uk

The views expressed in this email are personal and may not necessarily
reflect those of Swindon Borough Council unless explicitly stated
otherwise. This email and any files transmitted with it are confidential
and intended solely for the use of the individual or entity to whom they
are addressed. If you have received this email in error, please notify me
immediately. If you are not the intended recipient of this email, you
should not copy it for any purpose, or disclose it's contents to any other
person. Senders and recipients of email should be aware that, under the
Data Protection Act 1998 and Freedom of Information Act 2000, the contents
may have to be disclosed. The contents may be subject to recording and/or
monitoring in accordance with relevant legislation This footnote also
confirms that this email has been swept by Anti-Virus software for the
presence of computer viruses. However, Swindon Borough Council cannot
accept liability for viruses that may be in this email and we recommend
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Dear Ceri Stephens,

Thank you for your reply, however can you please respond to my question 8th June. "How many residents in Gosvenor Road, Hillside Avenue and Bowood Road have been refused authorisation to park on their front gardens where the size is under the permitted dimensions and what criteria is used to decide who will and who will not be allowed permission".

Yours sincerely,

D Porter

Ceri Stephens, Swindon Borough Council

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Dear D. Porter,

In answer to your original e-mail dated 8th June 2011, in which you asked how many properties in Kingshill Road, Grosvenor Road, Hillside Avenue and Bowood Road have been refused authorisation to park vehicles in their front gardens where the minimum criteria has not been met?

O properties have been refused in Kingshill Road, Hillside Avenue and Bowood Road.

1 property has been refused in Grosvenor Road.

You also asked about what criteria is used in the decision making process. Please see the attached document.

Yours Sincerely

Mr. Ceri Stephens([email address])
Performance Officer
Environment Regeneration & Community
Swindon Borough Council
Tel: 01793 466220
Web: www.swindon.gov.uk

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