Dear North Lanarkshire Council,

I would like to request the following information

How much did it cost the council to make the changes to the road/ traffic lights area at Lauchope Street leading onto Main Street, chapelhall broken down by the following.

How much did it cost the council to purchase the additional land?
How much for direct construction work carried out both in house work or external contractor?
How much for marketing, meetings, communication etc ?

Since the work has been carried out has there been any improvement to the following: Traffic flow?
Environmental impact?
Reduction in traffic through the village

Broken own in relation to the same three themes above has there been a deterioration/ negative impact

Yours faithfully,

Pete Simpson

Smith Suzanne, North Lanarkshire Council

Dear Mr Simpson,

I acknowledge receipt of your request which is receiving attention.

I shall contact you again when i am in a position to respond more fully to your request.

Yours sincerely

Suzanne Smith
For Freedom of Information Co-ordinator
North Lanarkshire Council
Civic Centre
Windmillhill Street
Motherwell
ML1 1AB

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Keachie Jacqueline, North Lanarkshire Council

Dear Mr. Simpson,

I refer again to your e mail dated 10 May 2019 seeking information in relation to changes to the road/traffic lights area of Lauchope Street leading onto Main Street, Chapelhall.

Having regard to the nature of your request, it appears to me that it is governed by the provisions of the Environmental Information (Scotland) Regulations 2004 – rather than the Freedom of Information Legislation – and it is in terms of these Regulations that my response is made.

Returning to your request and having investigated, I can advise as follows:-

• The total cost was £82,152 – made up of £81,000 land costs and £1,152 in fees.

• The cost of direct construction works carried out was £58,000.

• The cost of booking a hall was £45.

• Information on if there has been any improvement on the traffic flow and reduction in traffic through the village is not held and in terms of Regulation 10(4)(a) of the Environmental Information (Scotland) Regulations 2004, I must advise you of this.

By way of explanation no investigation has been carried out, however, as the junction dynamic has not changed it may be reasonable to assume that there has been no change in traffic flow or the reduction in the traffic through the village.

• Information on air quality is publically available on the Scottish Air Quality Website at www.scottishairquality.co.uk.

Please note that the Council have had some issues over the years with the Chapelhall automatic monitoring site, so some of the results for that site are not available for specific periods.

• The widened North-West footway and the removal of the existing wall/garage has improved the environmental impact on the junction and made it safer for pedestrians.

I can advise that North Lanarkshire Council, having regard to the provisions of Regulation 16 of the Environmental Information (Scotland) Regulations 2004, has established a procedure whereby any person who has requested information in terms of those Regulations, may make representations if it appears to the applicant that the authority has not complied with any requirements of the Regulations in relation to the applicant’s request. Any such representations require to be made in writing and received by the Council not later than 40 working days after either the date that the applicant receives any decision or notification which the applicant believes does not comply with these Regulations or the date by which such a decision or notification should have been made, or any other action should be taken by the authority, but was not made or taken. Any such representations should be addressed to the Head of Legal and Democratic Solutions, Civic Centre, Windmillhill Street, Motherwell, ML1 1AB. Accordingly, if you wish to seek a review, please write to the Head of Legal and Democratic Solutions.

I would advise, also, that in terms of Regulation 17 of the Environmental Information (Scotland) Regulations 2004, a person who is dissatisfied with a notice given by the local authority under Regulation 16(4) of the Regulations - ie. a notice following a review of a decision by a local authority, or by the failure of a local authority to give such a notice - may make application to the Scottish Information Commissioner for a decision as to whether, in any respect specified in that application, the request for information to which the requirement relates has been dealt with in accordance with the Regulations. Such an application must be made within six months of the review decision and be in writing or in another form which, by reason of it having some permanency is capable of being used for subsequent reference. The application must state the name of the applicant and provide an address for correspondence. The application must also specify the request for information to which the requirement for review relates, the matter which gave rise to the applicant’s dissatisfaction with the original decision of the local authority and the matter which gives rise to the applicant’s dissatisfaction with the decision on review by the local authority or the failure of the local authority to issue such a decision. The Scottish Information Commissioner can be contacted as follows:-

Scottish Information Commissioner
Kinburn Castle
Doubledykes Road
St. Andrews
KY16 9DS
email: [email address]

Appeals to the Scottish Information Commissioner can also be made online via the following link: -

www.itspublicknowledge.info/Appeal

I hope this information is sufficient for your purpose. If, however, you require further information – or I can assist in any other way – please let me know.

Yours sincerely

Jacqueline Keachie
for Freedom of Information Co-ordinator
North Lanarkshire Council
Civic Centre
Motherwell
ML1 1AB
01698 302232

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