Coastal Safety

Mr.Jameson made this Rhyddid Gwybodaeth request to Blackpool Borough Council

This request has been closed to new correspondence from the public body. Contact us if you think it ought be re-opened.

Roedd y cais yn rhannol lwyddiannus.

Dear Blackpool Borough Council,
Please advise me under the Freedom of Information Act,
The number of yearly coastal incidents involving local rescue services over the past 5 years and how many sea drownings have been recorded.

This information should be available via the Public Protection Committeeas it is not available through any other agency I.e. Coroner's Office as I have checked.

Please give a statement as to the Public Protection Committee role in this subject.

Yours faithfully,

Mr.Jameson

Customer First, Blackpool Borough Council

Dear Mr Jameson

Thank you for your e-mail which has been forwarded to our corporate
applications support service who will deal with your enquiry in due
course.

Regards Mike
Customer Services Specialist
Web: www.blackpool.gov.uk

dangos adrannau a ddyfynnir

Dear Customer First,

I am concerned that Blackpool Council cannot prove that it takes Coastal Safety seriously.

Delays in answering questions only serve to strengthen that opinion especially when there is considerable media focus on recent tragedies along our coast.

I urge the Council to promptly provide the information requested.

Yours sincerely,

Mr.Jameson

Customer First, Blackpool Borough Council

Dear Mr Jameson

Thank you for your email.

I am sorry you have not received a response to your initial enquiry.

To enable us to facilitate this, please would you be able to forward
your original email to us.

Kind Regards

Iola
Customer First

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Dear Customer First,

Please find below my initial request.
I am extremely disappointed that I have to send this information again.

Yours sincerely,

Mr.Jameson

ORIGINAL REQUEST:
Dear Blackpool Borough Council,
Please advise me under the Freedom of Information Act,
The number of yearly coastal incidents involving local rescue services over the past 5 years and how many sea drownings have been recorded.

This information should be available via the Public Protection Committee it is not available through any other agency I.E. Coroner's Office as I have checked.

Please give a statement as to the Public Protection Committee role in this subject.

Yours faithfully,
Mr.Jameson

Customer First, Blackpool Borough Council

Dear Mr Jameson

Thank you for your response, you enquiry has been forwarded to our
corporate applications support service who will deal with your enquiry
in due course.

Regards Mike
Customer Services Specialist
Web: www.blackpool.gov.uk

dangos adrannau a ddyfynnir

Dear Customer First,

I am still waiting for you to deal with my FOI request. If not received soon, I will have no option but request an Internal review.

Yours sincerely,

Mr.Jameson

Customer First, Blackpool Borough Council

Dear Mr Jameson,

Thank you for your e-mail. I have forwarded this to our FOI officer who
will now contact you directly.

Kind Regards

David

Customer First

Blackpool Council

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Debbie Topping, Blackpool Borough Council

5 Atodiad

FREEDOM OF INFORMATION ACT 2000 – INFORMATION REQUEST

Further to your correspondence regarding the request for information you
submitted to the Council via the Whatdotheyknow website and subsequent
correspondence regarding an internal review, I have been asked by the
Chief Executive to respond to your requests and correspondence.

I would like to apologise on behalf of the Council for the way in which
your request has been handled as we have not met the standards we strive
for.

I have reviewed the history of your requests as part of an internal review
and your complaint regarding the lack of response within the legislated
timescale is upheld.

As previously explained, your original request submitted to us in May did
not reach the relevant service and I have been unable to find any further
record of this.  You re-submitted your request upon our request and this
has now been dealt with.  The response is included below.

You asked the following:

 1. The number of yearly coastal incidents involving local rescue
services over the past 5 years and how many sea drownings have been
recorded.

The Council only holds information relating to day-time incidents. 
2007 – 107
2008 – 99
2009 – 84
2010 – 80
2011 – 154 (Note that this figure also includes first aid incidents
as information about incidents have been reported in a different
format from 2011 onwards).

Information relating to night-time incidents is held by the
Maritime Coastguard Agency and we have now received these details
from them.  Their statistics include those for the Lytham and
Preston (estuary) area as well and they are unable to distinguish
the Blackpool only area without exceeding the appropriate limit
defined within the Freedom of Information (Fees and Appropriate
Limit) Regulations 2004.

2007 – 156
2008 – 117
2009 – 165
2010 – 122
2011 – 143

2.      Please give a statement as to the Public Protection Committee
role in this subject.

        I am informed that the Public Protection Committee does not have a
specific role in relation to incidents etc.  I am able to provide a link
to the Council Constitution, Part 3 (Page 16) here

       
[1]http://www.blackpool.gov.uk/NR/rdonlyres...
which provides information on the current role of this  committee.

I note in your correspondence to the Chief Executive that you have been
unable to find the Annual Beach Patrol Reports published.  I am enclosing
the reports for years 2007, 2008, 2009. 2010 and 2011.  These are in word
documents and PDF format and your should find software commonly available
to enable you to view these.

<<Beach Patrol Annual Report 2011.pdf>> <<Beach Patrol Annual Report
2007.doc>> <<Beach Patrol Annual Report 2008.doc>> <<Beach Patrol Annual
Report 2009.doc>> <<Beach Patrol Annual Report 2010.pdf>>

If you are not happy with the outcome of the review, you have the right to
apply directly to the Information Commissioner for a decision.  You can
contact the Information Commissioner at: Information Commissioner’s
Office, Wycliffe House, Water Lane, Wilmslow, Cheshire, SK9 5AF,
([2]www.informationcommissioner.gov.uk).

If you have any queries about this letter you can contact me, or write to:
FOI, Town Hall, Blackpool, FY1 1NA, or email us at
[3][Blackpool Borough Council request email].  Please remember to quote your
reference number when you contact us.

Yours sincerely

Mrs Debbie Topping MBA (Open)
ICT Manager/Consultant

Customer Relationship Management Team
ICT Services | Organisation, Property and Information Technology
Directorate | Blackpool Council |Blackpool Football Club | Seasider's Way
| Blackpool | FY1 6JY

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Debbie Topping, Blackpool Borough Council

Dear Cee Jay
 
Further to your email below, I have liaised further with the relevant
services and reconsidered your original email to the Chief Executive.  I
will respond in the format of answers to the points or questions you have
raised below and in the email to the Chief Executive.
 
Unfortunately, we do not hold the statistics for drownings in the format
you have requested, and both the MCA and Council would therefore be
required to undertake a manual search and count from it's records.  This
would be likely to exceed the appropriate limit defined within the Freedom
of Information (Fees and Appropriate Limit) Regulations 2004.  Therefore,
in relation to this part of your request, this correspondence acts as a
refusal notice.
 
I have been informed that there are no plans for Blackpool Council to
submit evidence to the TSC.
 
You suggested that there are "vast difference between beach access of
sections North/Central/South with the most noticeable being the 'New'
sections of promenade which has completely open sections to the sea at
high tide."  I am informed that the new and old sections of the promenade
have very different design features, but all are subject to the same
policy approach to restriction of access to the sea at high tide.  All
sections have physical barriers that are placed across access points if
there is a danger from high tide.
 
You also asked "Is this why there has been an explosion of incidents on
the seafront this year?"  There has been no 'explosion of incidents' on
the seafront.
 
You commented that the is inconsistent signage with "some lifebelt stands
telling you to Dial 999 & ask for the Police whereas later ones advise you
to ask for COASTGUARD".  You are correct in saying that there are
variations in wording on the lifesaving equipment.  That has been noted in
a recent review of seafront safety arrangements and is in hand.  The
differences in wording are not considered to be crucial to safety but
would nonetheless benefit from upgrading to ensure greater consistency and
clarity.
 
Have reconsidered your request and emails, I consider that we have
answered your request as fully as we can.  We do not hold any further
information in relation to your specific requests.
Your sincerely

Debbie Topping
ICT Manager/Consultant
Customer Relationship Management Team

ICT Services | Organisation, Property and Information Technology
Directorate

T: 01253 478980 / 07717 225285

 

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From: Cee Jay [mailto:[email address]]
Sent: 08 August 2012 19:39
To: Debbie Topping
Subject: Re: FOI Request & Internal Review - our ref: 669/MJ/DT/F3
Dear Mrs. Topping,

Firstly, I would like to accept the apology for the problems in obtaining
the information in this request.
The last thing I wanted to do is cause the council any embarrassment,
however as the subject is such an important one, I trust that improvements
will be made.

I appreciate the considerable information that was sent to me, however
there are no figures for sea drownings either in the summary below or
contained within the reports.

This information is extremely relevant to the evidence that I am
submitting to the Transport Select Committee Inquiry into HM Coastguard
changes, as I am writing one submission from the viewpoint of our Coastal
community and the other as part of the National impact of the current
plan.

As the situation regarding the closure of Liverpool Maritime Rescue
Coordination Centre was highlighted in the 2011 Annual Beach Patrol
Report, would it be possible for you to obtain an official Blackpool
Council statement on the situation? I know for a fact that there are a
number of local Councils around the country making submissions to the TSC
and public statements against closures, can you advise if Blackpool will
do similar?

Would it help if I sent you the document that prompted the TSC to reopen
their Inquiry? As this may persuade the Council how serious the situation
is and the grave impact that it will have on Public Safety in the resort.

I will leave the FOI Request open for now but will close it on receipt of
the missing figures.

Finally, as there were other points raised in my email to Mr. Jack, will I
be getting a separate response from his office on these matters?

Yours faithfully,

Chris Jameson

On 8 August 2012 14:09, Debbie Topping
<[1][email address]> wrote:

FREEDOM OF INFORMATION ACT 2000 – INFORMATION REQUEST

Further to your correspondence regarding the request for information you
submitted to the Council via the Whatdotheyknow website and subsequent
correspondence regarding an internal review, I have been asked by the
Chief Executive to respond to your requests and correspondence.

I would like to apologise on behalf of the Council for the way in which
your request has been handled as we have not met the standards we strive
for.

I have reviewed the history of your requests as part of an internal
review and your complaint regarding the lack of response within the
legislated timescale is upheld.

As previously explained, your original request submitted to us in May
did not reach the relevant service and I have been unable to find any
further record of this.  You re-submitted your request upon our request
and this has now been dealt with.  The response is included below.

You asked the following:

 1. The number of yearly coastal incidents involving local rescue
services over the past 5 years and how many sea drownings have
been recorded.

The Council only holds information relating to day-time
incidents. 
2007 – 107
2008 – 99
2009 – 84
2010 – 80
2011 – 154 (Note that this figure also includes first aid
incidents as information about incidents have been reported in a
different format from 2011 onwards).

Information relating to night-time incidents is held by the
Maritime Coastguard Agency and we have now received these details
from them.  Their statistics include those for the Lytham and
Preston (estuary) area as well and they are unable to distinguish
the Blackpool only area without exceeding the appropriate limit
defined within the Freedom of Information (Fees and Appropriate
Limit) Regulations 2004.

2007 – 156
2008 – 117
2009 – 165
2010 – 122
2011 – 143

2.      Please give a statement as to the Public Protection Committee
role in this subject.

        I am informed that the Public Protection Committee does not have
a specific role in relation to incidents etc.  I am able to provide a
link to the Council Constitution, Part 3 (Page 16) here

       
[2]http://www.blackpool.gov.uk/NR/rdonlyres...
which provides information on the current role of this  committee.

I note in your correspondence to the Chief Executive that you have been
unable to find the Annual Beach Patrol Reports published.  I am
enclosing the reports for years 2007, 2008, 2009. 2010 and 2011.  These
are in word documents and PDF format and your should find software
commonly available to enable you to view these.

<<Beach Patrol Annual Report 2011.pdf>> <<Beach Patrol Annual Report
2007.doc>> <<Beach Patrol Annual Report 2008.doc>> <<Beach Patrol Annual
Report 2009.doc>> <<Beach Patrol Annual Report 2010.pdf>>

If you are not happy with the outcome of the review, you have the right
to apply directly to the Information Commissioner for a decision.  You
can contact the Information Commissioner at: Information Commissioner’s
Office, Wycliffe House, Water Lane, Wilmslow, Cheshire, SK9 5AF,
([3]www.informationcommissioner.gov.uk).

If you have any queries about this letter you can contact me, or write
to: FOI, Town Hall, Blackpool, FY1 1NA, or email us at
[4][Blackpool Borough Council request email].  Please remember to quote your
reference number when you contact us.

Yours sincerely

Mrs Debbie Topping MBA (Open)
ICT Manager/Consultant

Customer Relationship Management Team
ICT Services | Organisation, Property and Information Technology
Directorate | Blackpool Council |Blackpool Football Club | Seasider's
Way | Blackpool | FY1 6JY

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W: www.blackpool.gov.uk

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