Authorisation of/procurement for the rainbow crossing in Derry - redirected from Derry & Strabane Council FOI

Mae'r ymateb i'r cais hwn yn hwyr iawn. Yn ôl y gyfraith, ym mhob amgylchiad, dylai Department for Infrastructure (Northern Ireland) fod wedi ymateb erbyn hyn. (manylion). Gallwch gwyno drwy yn gofyn am adolygiad mewnol.

Dear Department for Infrastructure (Northern Ireland),

Derry & Strabane Council have referred me to you in answer to a recent FOI request (https://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/c...) about the procurement of a "rainbow crossing", of the type which has elsewhere been criticised as unsafe for disabled people, older people or children, possibly exacerbating hallucinatory conditions, including for those with psychosis. Could you please provide answers for the following (I've added the council's response for your information):

1. list the organisations and individuals who were consulted (where individuals cannot be named, please list them as 'individual of X demographic' or 'individual with X reason for their views being sought' or similar) and share any correspondence around the same,

(COUNCIL RESPONSE: "This action arose out of a request by Foyle Pride Committee and the subsequent passing of a Motion which was agreed at Derry City and Strabane District Council on 17th December 2021. Responsibility for the authorisation and commissioning of this work lay with the Department for Infrastructure. The Council did not undertake a consultation exercise.")

2. share evidence of risk assessment carried out around replacing established black and white crossings with unusually-coloured crossings, sharing relevant correspondence,

(COUNCIL RESPONSE: "The installation was commissioned by DfI who provided approval for the crossing and who would have been responsible for any risk assessments.  The Minister for Infrastructure indicated that she was content that, subject to due consideration* with regard to road safety and material specification, such multi-coloured pedestrian crossings could be put in place. The Minister further advised that whilst it was not possible for her Department to fund such an initiative, her Department would assist by facilitating its installation.")

*2b: If the Department did not carry out a risk assessment, please clarify with whom the Minister believed the responsibility for giving 'due consideration' to lie, and what she/the Department did to ensure it had been given.

3. describe what attempts were made to specifically engage disability rights organisations such as RNIB NI or Guide Dogs NI, older people's organisations such as AGE NI, road safety organisations or children's organisations to seek guidance on risks to people of varying demographics, listing all organisations or professionals approached, and

(COUNCIL RESPONSE: "Council did not specifically engage with disability rights organisations as DfI provided authorisation and facilitated delivery of this project.")

4. describe the procurement process followed in the procurement of this piece of work (I can see there is an open FOI requesting a breakdown of cost)*.

(COUNCIL RESPONSE: "Council does not hold this information, works were procured and managed by DfI.")

*4b. I can see that you have replied to Ryan Hepburn's FOI re. cost of the project (https://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/r...) saying "DfI does not hold the requested information, as the Rainbow Crossing was constructed and will be maintained by Derry City & Strabane District Council." Can you please also clarify who was responsible for the costing and procurement of the crossing, and share any communications around the same?

Yours faithfully,

Ann Black

DfI Roads Western, Department for Infrastructure (Northern Ireland)

Dear Ann

Thank you for your email received 8th November 2021.

In considering your request on behalf of the Department I have determined that the information requested falls under the Environment Information Regulations 2004, as opposed to the FOI Act 2000.

A leaflet explaining the Environmental Regulations is attached:

http://webarchive.nationalarchives.gov.u...

We hope to issue a reply for the 7 December 2021.

Regards
DFI Roads

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Dear DfI Roads Western,

Thank-you for your reply. In the meantime, could you please advise who would be legally responsible, under The Roads (Northern Ireland) Order 1993 or other legislation, for harm caused by the installation of this crossing?

Yours sincerely,

Ann Black

DfI Western Manager PS, Department for Infrastructure (Northern Ireland)

4 Atodiad

Dear Ms Black,

Reference: DFI/2021- 0402

Thank you for your correspondence regarding the above.

Please see attached response.

Many Thanks,

Deirdre for Harry Gallagher
Divisional Roads Manager (Acting)

Deirdre Bradley |Personal Secretary to Divisional Roads Manager | Department for Infrastructure
Western Division | County Hall | Drumragh Avenue | Omagh | County Tyrone | BT79 7AF
Contact:  [email address] / [email address] |  Tel: (028) 82254169 |  DD: 34169

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Dear DfI Western Manager PS,

Given your clarification that an established black and white crossing was not replaced, I have reworded part 2 of my reqest as follows:

2 (updated): Share evidence of risk assessment carried out around installing unusually-coloured crossings, sharing relevant correspondence.

Given your confirmation that no organisations were consulted other than the 'Foyle Pride' group who wanted to install the crossing, can you please clarify whether you will now put a halt to any further installations in NI, given the issues raised around safety referenced in this FOI, which are also being discussed publicly throughout the UK and other jurisdictions?

Yours sincerely,

Ann Black

DfI Roads Western, Department for Infrastructure (Northern Ireland)

Dear Ann

 

Thank you for your email received on the 20 December 2021.

 

In considering your request on behalf of the Department I have determined
that the information requested falls under the Environment Information
Regulations 2004, as opposed to the FOI Act 2000.

 

A leaflet explaining the Environmental Regulations is attached:

 

[1]http://webarchive.nationalarchives.gov.u...

 

We hope to issue a reply for the 21 January 2022.

 

Regards

DFI Roads

 

 

 

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