Dear Carmarthenshire Council,

In September 2020 the Council publicised that £75,000 of Covid 19 Recovery funding was being allocated to Ammanford, Llanelli and Carmarthen towns, with a "notional allocation of £25K per town".

In articles written by Richard Youle (Local Democracy Reporter) in June 2021 he recorded that a Carmarthenshire Council spokeswoman had stated that Ammanford Town Council had only been awarded £6,661 for new street furniture.

Ammanford Town Council responded to an FOI request claiming that only £3,768.49 had been received in grants for this furniture - which was still languishing in cellophane in the park's storage yard.

Please can you provide a breakdown of monies allocated to the Town, applications received, payments authorised and where any remaining balance (of the £25K) now is held? If funds have been reallocated to other projects/budgets, or returned to the Welsh Government then please can you identify amounts, dates transfers were made and the nature of each project.

Yours faithfully,

D Morris

FOIA, Carmarthenshire Council

Diolch am eich gohebiaeth.

Os ydych yn gwneud cais am wybodaeth, bydd y cyfnodau isod yn berthnasol:

Deddf Rhyddid Gwybodaeth 2000 (DRhG) a’r Rheoliadau Gwybodaeth
Amgylcheddol 2004 (RhGA) - 20 diwrnod gwaith, oni bai bod angen eglurhad
arnom ynghylch y wybodaeth yr ydych yn gofyn amdano. 

O ganlyniad i’r sefyllfa bresennol gyda'r firws COVID-19 a'r effaith ar
rai o wasanaethau'r Cyngor, gall fod angen i flaenoriaethu ceisiadau DRhG
a RhGA, yn dibynnu ar y wybodaeth y gofynnir amdani. Ymddiheurwn am hyn.

Deddf Diogelu Data 2018 a’r GDPR (ceisiadau am ddata personol) – un mis ar
ôl derbyn y cais.

Os bydd angen eglurhad arnom ar unrhyw agwedd o’ch cais, byddwn yn
cysylltu â chi mor gynted ag y bo modd.

 

 

Tîm Llywodraethu Gwybodaeth
Cyngor Sir Gaerfyrddin

 

dangos adrannau a ddyfynnir

FOIA, Carmarthenshire Council

Dear Mr. Morris,

I refer to your request for information, which was received on 3rd November, 2021 and has been dealt with under the Freedom of Information Act 2000.

The specific information you requested was contained in your email below.

In response, we can confirm that Ammanford Town Centre was allocated £25,000 as you state within your email below.

Ammanford Town Council applied for, and secured a grant of £6,661.40. The remaining grant was applied for by our Regeneration Department, who secured the remaining allocation of £18,338.60 and subsequently purchased equipment for the town.

Yours sincerely

Julie John
Information Governance Officer/Swyddog Llywodraethu Gwybodaeth
ICT & Corporate Property/ TG a Pholisi Corfforaethol
Chief Executive's Department/Adran Y Prif Weithredwr
Carmarthenshire County Council/Cyngor Sir Gaerfyrddin
 
Allanol/External (01267) 224498
Mewnol/Internal: 4498

dangos adrannau a ddyfynnir

Dear Carmarthenshire Council,

Please pass this on to the person who conducts Freedom of Information reviews.

I am writing to request an internal review of Carmarthenshire Council's handling of my FOI request 'Allocation of Ammanford town's COVID recovery grant'.

I'm grateful for Ms John's help in the the partial disclosure.

I'm curious how Ammanford Town Council only received £3,768.49 of the £6,661.40 you say was awarded, 43% is unaccounted for. Where's the other £2,892.91 gone?

You confirmed that no remaining balance is held, with the remaining allocation of £18,338.60 "secured" (was the cash at risk, slopping around on the dashboard of one of the Council cars??) by your Regeneration Department "and subsequently purchased equipment for the town".

Per my original request: "Please can you provide a breakdown of monies allocated to the Town, applications received, payments authorised and where any remaining balance (of the £25K) now is held? If funds have been reallocated to other projects/budgets, or returned to the Welsh Government then please can you identify amounts, dates transfers were made and the nature of each project.", ie what was the "purchased equipment" and when was each item purchased?

A full history of my FOI request and all correspondence is available on the Internet at this address: http://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/al...

Yours faithfully,

D Morris

FOIA, Carmarthenshire Council

Diolch am eich gohebiaeth.

Os ydych yn gwneud cais am wybodaeth, bydd y cyfnodau isod yn berthnasol:

Deddf Rhyddid Gwybodaeth 2000 (DRhG) a’r Rheoliadau Gwybodaeth
Amgylcheddol 2004 (RhGA) - 20 diwrnod gwaith, oni bai bod angen eglurhad
arnom ynghylch y wybodaeth yr ydych yn gofyn amdano. 

O ganlyniad i’r sefyllfa bresennol gyda'r firws COVID-19 a'r effaith ar
rai o wasanaethau'r Cyngor, gall fod angen i flaenoriaethu ceisiadau DRhG
a RhGA, yn dibynnu ar y wybodaeth y gofynnir amdani. Ymddiheurwn am hyn.

Deddf Diogelu Data 2018 a’r GDPR (ceisiadau am ddata personol) – un mis ar
ôl derbyn y cais.

Os bydd angen eglurhad arnom ar unrhyw agwedd o’ch cais, byddwn yn
cysylltu â chi mor gynted ag y bo modd.

 

 

Tîm Llywodraethu Gwybodaeth
Cyngor Sir Gaerfyrddin

 

dangos adrannau a ddyfynnir

Robert Edgecombe, Carmarthenshire Council

Dear Mr Morris,

Your email below has been passed to me to deal with. I will aim to provide you with a full response by the 10th January, due to the Christmas break.

Yours sincerely

Robert Edgecombe

dangos adrannau a ddyfynnir

Robert Edgecombe, Carmarthenshire Council

Dear Mr Morris,

 

I write further to my email of the 8^th December in which I confirmed my
intention to respond fully to your review request by the 10th January.
Unfortunately due to the pressure of other work I am not able to meet this
deadline. I will therefore aim to respond by the 17^th January.

 

I apologise for any inconvenience

 

Yours sincerely

Robert Edgecombe

Dear Mr Edgecombe,

I note your intention to discharge Carmarthenshire County Council's statutory duty to conduct a proper Internal Review, at some point. I'm often concerned when I read that you appear to be under duress, struggling to enjoy your annual holidays or pressured by other work.

As I have suggested on a number of occasions, perhaps it is time for the Council to look again at re-purposing some of the staff in the PR department to ensure that the Council discharges its statutory duties (well). I'm sure many of the PR team have great customer-facing skills and fantastic knowledge of the inner workings (or otherwise) of the Council. Getting FOI responses "right first time" would save replicating effort, reduce costs and lead to much greater subscriber satisfaction.

Yours sincerely,

D Morris

Robert Edgecombe, Carmarthenshire Council

1 Atodiad

Dear Mr Morris,

 

I write further to your information request in this matter and in
particular your email of the 26^th November seeking an internal review of
the Council’s original response.

 

I have completed that review and enclose a spreadsheet which I believe
contains all the information that you seek.

 

Please accept my apologies for the fact that this information was not
disclosed initially.

 

If you remain dissatisfied with the Council’s handling of your request you
may raise the matter with the Information Commissioner, whose details are
as follows

 

The Information Commissioner’s Office

Wycliffe House

Water Lane

Wilmslow

Cheshire

SK9 5AF

 

Telephone: 0303 123 1113

Website: www.ico.gov.uk

 

Yours sincerely

Robert Edgecombe