Closure of Lawnmarket & High Street

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Dear City of Edinburgh Council,

1. On what legal basis were Lawnmarket and High Street (from Lawnmarket to Cockburn Street) closed over the weekend of 16th & 17th November 2019? (e.g. TRO or otherwise).

2. If there was a formal legal order can you supply me with a copy please? Electronic / PDF would be preferred to paper.

3. If it is not clear in any above order: a. Was the street only closed to traffic or also to pedestrians? b. What arrangements were in place to allow pedestrians not attending the event to pass by it and / or access business premises within the restricted area?

4. Was the event organised and managed by City of Edinburgh Council or by a third party organisation / company?

5. What stewarding companies were involved in the management of the restricted areas / routes?

6. Specifically in relation to this event - do any employees of these companies have the right to restrain members of the public? (This is in relation to an incident I witnessed). If this question is not one which the council can answer then: Does any order by the council give powers of restraint / detention to any private company involved in the security and / or stewarding of the event?

6. To whom would a complaint about the actions of stewarding staff be directed, taking into account that they would have been contracted by the organiser?

Yours faithfully,

Craig Brackenridge

City of Edinburgh Council

Mr Craig Brackenridge

Our ref: 25995

Dear Mr Brackenridge

Acknowledgement of Request

Subject: Closure of Lawnmarket & High Street

Thank you for your request for information which was received on 18/11/2019. In your request you asked for the following;

1. On what legal basis were Lawnmarket and High Street (from Lawnmarket to Cockburn Street) closed over the weekend of 16th & 17th November 2019? (e.g. TRO or otherwise).

2. If there was a formal legal order can you supply me with a copy please? Electronic / PDF would be preferred to paper.

3. If it is not clear in any above order: a. Was the street only closed to traffic or also to pedestrians? b. What arrangements were in place to allow pedestrians not attending the event to pass by it and / or access business premises within the restricted area?

4. Was the event organised and managed by City of Edinburgh Council or by a third party organisation / company?

5. What stewarding companies were involved in the management of the restricted areas / routes?

6. Specifically in relation to this event - do any employees of these companies have the right to restrain members of the public? (This is in relation to an incident I witnessed). If this question is not one which the council can answer then: Does any order by the council give powers of restraint / detention to any private company involved in the security and / or stewarding of the event?

6. To whom would a complaint about the actions of stewarding staff be directed, taking into account that they would have been contracted by the organiser?

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Yours sincerely,

Information Governance Unit
Level 2:1, Waverley Court, Edinburgh EH8 8BG Tel 0131 200 2340
[Edinburgh City Council request email] www.edinburgh.gov.uk

Information Rights Officer 2, City of Edinburgh Council

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Mr Craig Brackenridge

 

[FOI #620871 email]

 

Our ref: 25995

 

Dear Mr Brackenridge

 

Environmental Information (Scotland) Regulations 2004 - Release of
Information

 

Subject: Closure of Lawnmarket & High Street

 

Thank you for your request for information of 18/11/2019 which has been
processed and considered under the Environmental Information (Scotland)
Regulations 2004 (EIRs). Please accept my apologies for the delay in
responding to your request. The information is provided below.

 

1. On what legal basis were Lawnmarket and High Street (from Lawnmarket to
Cockburn Street) closed over the weekend of 16th & 17th November 2019?
(e.g. TRO or otherwise).

 

Temporary Traffic Regulation Order (TTRO).

 

2. If there was a formal legal order can you supply me with a copy please?
Electronic / PDF would be preferred to paper.

 

Please find a copy of the TTRO attached.

 

Please note that under Regulation 11(2) of the EIRs, signatures have been
redacted as I consider this to be third party personal data. The Council
considers that disclosure would breach the first data protection principle
as it would be unfair and unlawful to process the personal data of third
parties by disclosing the information in response to your information
request. This constitutes a formal refusal notice under regulation 10(3)
concerning any personal information which we have not disclosed.

 

3. If it is not clear in any above order: a. Was the street only closed to
traffic or also to pedestrians? b. What arrangements were in place to
allow pedestrians not attending the event to pass by it and / or access
business premises within the restricted area?

 

The TTRO does not cover a pedestrian closure for this event.

 

There was a crowd management plan in place to allow pedestrian access to
those not attending the event down both sides of the stage. When the area
became busier, this was changed to a one way system (one side for going
east, one for west) down the sides of the arena. The crowd management was
the responsibility of the event organiser.

 

4. Was the event organised and managed by City of Edinburgh Council or by
a third party organisation / company?

 

The event was organised by Underbelly Ltd.

 

5. What stewarding companies were involved in the management of the
restricted areas / routes?

 

Stewarding was provided by Specialized Security Ltd, on behalf of
Underbelly Ltd.

 

6. Specifically in relation to this event - do any employees of these
companies have the right to restrain members of the public? (This is in
relation to an incident I witnessed). If this question is not one which
the council can answer then: Does any order by the council give powers of
restraint / detention to any private company involved in the security and
/ or stewarding of the event?

 

Certain stewards have SIA accreditation, which allows them to restrict
access and undertake additional security checks and roles. The Council
does not have powers to grant to restrain/detain event attendees. Any such
powers for stewards would be granted by the Security Industry Authority, a
non-departmental public body.

 

7. To whom would a complaint about the actions of stewarding staff be
directed, taking into account that they would have been contracted by the
organiser?

 

Complaints should be addressed to Underbelly Ltd at
[email address]

 

To promote transparency and accountability, please note it is the
Council’s policy to publish all request details and responses made under
the freedom of information legislation. This information will be made
available through the Council’s website and will not include your personal
details. The disclosure log is available at the following link:
http://www.edinburgh.gov.uk/homepage/175...

 

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If you are unhappy with the way we have dealt with your request, you can
ask us to review our actions and decisions by writing to the:

 

Head of Strategy & Communications

The City of Edinburgh Council,

Waverley Court Business Centre 2:1,

4, East Market Street,

Edinburgh,

EH8 8BG or:

Email: [email address]

 

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St Andrews

Fife

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Telephone: 01334 464610

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Email: [email address]

 

Yours sincerely

 

 

Sue Brown

Information Rights Officer

 

 

 

 

Information Governance Unit

Level 2:1, Waverley Court, Edinburgh EH8 8BG Tel 0131 200 2340

[Edinburgh City Council request email] www.edinburgh.gov.uk

 

 

 

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