Change of use of parking bays to onstreet-dining, Observatory Street (Jericho)

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Dear Oxford City Council,
I would be grateful if you could provide information on the following matter.

There is a short row of parking bays on Observatory Street OX 2 (Jericho), outside the side window area of the Jericho Café business. This row of bays seems to have been allocated as new on-street seating area for exclusive use by the Jericho Café to put café tables there.

1. When did this row of bays become allocated for this new use for tables?
2. How long will this new use run for?
3. Who requested, and who authorised, this use?
4. Has only the Jericho Café been offered such use of the street for tables?
5. Has the Jericho Café applied for, paid and been issued with any relevant street-use licence?
6. What consultation was done to permit this? i.e. who was consulted, how was it consulted, or was it a private decision/permission by the council or a councillor?
7. Was there any formal procedure followed for this change of use?
8. Have there been any objections?
9. There are 4 to 5 wooden plant boxes to mark out this new on-street seating area. How much has been spent on these wooden plant boxes and who has paid for them?
10. How will these plant boxes be maintained, will there be any maintenance costs and what are those costs?

In other words, this on-street parking bay has been suddenly changed in use. We would like full public transparency on everything associated to their sudden change of use.

Yours faithfully,

Maria Gonzales

freedomofinformation, Oxford City Council

Dear Ms Gonzales,

Oxford City Council – Reference:9479

Thank you for your email below. Your request was received on 11th September 2020 and you will be sent a response within 20 working days (of receipt) in accordance with the Freedom of Information Act 2000/ Environmental Information Regulations 2004 (EIR), subject to the information not being exempt or containing reference to a third party.

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In particular they understand that resources, whether they are finances or people, may be diverted away from usual compliance or information rights work. Whilst the ICO can’t extend statutory timescales, they will not be penalising public authorities for prioritising other areas or adapting their usual approach during this extraordinary period.

Therefore while the Council will make every effort to comply with the Statutory Requirements you may experience understandable delays when making information rights requests during the pandemic.

Yours sincerely

Kathryn Winfield
Freedom of Information Officer 

Kathryn Winfield | Freedom of Information Officer | Oxford City Council | Law and Governance |
St. Aldate's Chambers | Oxford | OX1 1DS | Email: [email address] | T: 01865 252007
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freedomofinformation, Oxford City Council

Dear Ms Gonzales,
 
Oxford City Council – Reference:9479
 
Further to the acknowledgement below, it is more proper to consider your
request in accordance with the Environmental Information Regulations 2004,
rather than the Freedom of Information Act 2000.  Therefore, I can respond
to your  EIR request received on 11^th September 2020 as follows:
 
There is a short row of parking bays on Observatory Street OX 2 (Jericho),
outside the side window area of the Jericho Café business. This row of
bays seems to have been allocated as new on-street seating area for
exclusive use by the Jericho Café to put café tables there.
 
1.      When did this row of bays become allocated for this new use for
tables? 
The TTRO came into force on the 20th August for 18 months
 
2.      How long will this new use run for?
The TTRO has been granted for 18 months from 20th August.
 
3.      Who requested, and who authorised, this use?
Oxfordshire County  Council’s TTRO team granted the temporary suspension
of the parking bays.  As this relates to the County Council, we recommend
you enquire through their FOI process to Oxfordshire County Council, via
the following link, as I believe they will be better placed to answer your
request.
[1]https://www.oxfordshire.gov.uk/cms/conte... by
email: [2][email address]
 
or by post: Freedom of Information Team, County Hall,Oxford.OX1 1ND
 
Oxford City Council supported the Jericho Café’s TTRO application.  This
was under the mandate of ‘restarting the economy’ post Covid-19.  City
Council received pavement café licences from across the city. Where the
business benefit of those pavement café licences relied on the use of the
highway – due to particularly constrained pavements – the City Council
investigated the potential for TTROs to enable the creation of safe
seating areas for businesses. Where it was a large zone benefiting many
businesses, this was funded through Community Infrastructure Levy. Where
it was one or two businesses in a particular area, then the council used
its Reopening High Streets Safely fund.
 
4.      Has only the Jericho Café been offered such use of the street for
tables?
No.  As with response to Q3, this opportunity has been promoted to all
hospitality businesses which have applied for  a pavement license from
Oxford City Council but which rely on changes to the highways to create
safe seating areas.  Schemes have been implemented elsewhere in the city
in conjunction with the County Council.  
 
5.      Has the Jericho Café applied for, paid and been issued with any
relevant street-use licence?
Yes
 
6.      What consultation was done to permit this? i.e. who was consulted,
how was it consulted, or was it a private decision/permission by the
council or a councillor?
All hospitality businesses in the City Centre had the opportunity to
apply, using a streamlined process, to allow street trading during the
re-start phase of the economy.  Many businesses have taken up this
opportunity.  Each application is assessed to ensure that it can be
delivered safely.   
 
7.      Was there any formal procedure followed for this change of use?
Yes all procedures were duly followed.  A  TTRO application was submitted
to Oxfordshire County Council, the application was assessed to ensure it
met with safety criteria, and the business applied for a street trading
license.  A notice was posted to advise of the temporary suspension.
 
8.      Have there been any objections?
As this relates to the County Council, we recommend you enquire through
their FOI process to Oxfordshire County Council, via the following link,
as I believe they will be better placed to answer your request.
[3]https://www.oxfordshire.gov.uk/cms/conte... by
email: [4][email address]
 
or by post: Freedom of Information Team, County Hall,Oxford.OX1 1ND
 
9.      There are 4 to 5 wooden plant boxes to mark out this new on-street
seating area. How much has been spent on these wooden plant boxes and who
has paid for them?
These were purchased by the Jericho café.  The council is unaware of the
cost. 
 
10.     How will these plant boxes be maintained, will there be any
maintenance costs and what are those costs?
These are the responsibility of the Jericho cafe and the council is
unaware of the maintenance costs.
 
In other words, this on-street parking bay has been suddenly changed in
use. We would like full public transparency on everything associated to
their sudden change of use.
As this relates to the County Council, we recommend you enquire through
their FOI process to Oxfordshire County Council, via the following link,
as I believe they will be better placed to answer your request.
[5]https://www.oxfordshire.gov.uk/cms/conte... by
email: [6][email address]
 
or by post: Freedom of Information Team, County Hall,Oxford.OX1 1ND
 
 
If you disagree with any part of the response to your request, you are
entitled to ask the Council for an internal review of the decision(s)
made.  You may do this by writing to the Monitoring Officer, by either
email – [7][email address] – or by post to Monitoring Officer,
Oxford City Council, St Aldate’s Chambers, St Aldate’s, Oxford, OX1 1DS. 
After the result of the internal review, if you remain dissatisfied, you
may ask the Information Commissioner to intervene on your behalf.  You may
do this by writing to the Information Commissioner's Office, Wycliffe
Lane, Wilmslow, Cheshire, SK9 5AF.
 
Yours sincerely
 
Kathryn Winfield
Freedom of Information Officer 
 
Kathryn Winfield | Freedom of Information Officer | Oxford City Council |
Law and Governance |
St. Aldate's Chambers | Oxford | OX1 1DS | Email:
[8][email address] | T: 01865 252007
My working days are Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays
 
Stop the virus from spreading. Keep Oxford safe.
Follow the guidance: Clean hands. Wear a face mask. Keep your distance.
Get tested if you have symptoms.
 
 
 
 

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