My second motion at January’s Municipal District meetin
Q. That the council provide a detailed breakdown of the income and expenditure attaching to all the contracts relating to pay parking in Newbridge from 2009 to 2013 and that in the event of a refusal to provide same, a clear explanation of where and how commercial sensitivity arises is given.
Report: With regard to providing a detailed breakdown in relation to expenditure – information on the Contracts relating to Pay Parking in Newbridge was circulated to the Members on 12th December 2014. With the exception of Legal Services, it is not possible to provide any further detail in respect of expenditure at this time.
The Council’s objective is to secure the most economically advantage price for the enforcement service and releasing further date at this time could jeopardise this objective. Therefore, it is considered to be commercially sensitive information.
To expand on this point – it is felt that releasing further information relating to the cost of the enforcement service could prejudice the running of an effective public procurement competition under EU Public Procurement Directive 2004/18/EC ie disclosing the running costs of the services at this time could render the competitive process far less effective. The number of potential qualified suppliers of this type of service is so few in number that anything that might jeopardise the running of a competitive tender ought to be avoided. For this reason the information requested is currently deemed commercially sensitive. However, when the procurement process has been completed and can, therefore, no longer be potentially adversely affected the information sought will be supplied to the members.
Furthermore, a detailed breakdown of Contract expenditure on the operation of Pay Parking in Newbridge could also prejudice the outcome of the upcoming procurement process in relation to Cash Collection Services (a cash collection service for the entire Council) and the upcoming procurement process in respect of Purchase and Mainteance of Pay Parking Machines. Thus, the information requested is currently deemed commericially sensitive in these cases also. However, when the procurement processes referred to have been completed and can, therefore, no longer be potentially adversely affected the information sought (ie Expenditure 2009 -2013 ) will be supplied to the Members.
In the case of Legal Service – Kildare County Council established a framework agreement in early 2014 for all of the Council’s legal services requirements for all departments. As the “parking enforcement” legal services now form part of the framework agreement and as there is no procurement process ongoing or imminent in respect of legal services for parking enforcement a breakdown of the amounts paid in respect of Legal Services for 2009 -2013 is not considered commercially sensitive and is as follows –
Income in respect of Pay Parking in Newbridge for 2009-2013 is as follows;
2009 Parking Fines Payment € 319,990.00
2009 Pay and Display € 805,385.06
2009 Permit and Suspension of Parking Bays
2009 Court Costs Awarded € 0.00
2009 Total € 1,131,540.06
2010 Parking Fines Payments € 416,290.00
2010 Pay and Display € 762,345.34
2010 Permits and Suspension of Parking Bays
2010 Court Costs Awarded € 7,833.00
2010 Total €1,191,146.84
2011 Parking Fines Payments € 408,787.00
2011 Pay and Display € 745,777.69
2011 Permits and Suspension of Parking Bays € 3,280.00
2011 Court Costs Awarded € 14,703.00
2011 Total € 1,244,547.69
2012 Parking Fines Payments € 437,575.00
2012 Pay and Display € 745,794.95
2012 Permits and Suspension of Parking Bays € 3,117.00
2012 Court Costs Awarded € 17,585.00
2012 Total € 1,204,071.95
2013 Parking Fines Payment € 505,547.00
2013 Pay and Display € 705,311.11
2013 Permits and Suspension of Parking Bays € 1,677.50
2013 Court Costs Awarded € 12,362.58
2013 Total € 1,224.898.19