Cost of supplying electricity to the unused electronic bus stop time information system

Paul Gannon made this Rhyddid Gwybodaeth request to Gwynedd Council

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

Yn disgwyl am adolygiad mewnol gan Gwynedd Council o'u triniaeth o'r cais hwn.

Dear Gwynedd Council,

1 - Please inform me of the annual cost of the electricity needed to supply power to the unused electronic bus times information system in Gwynedd area.

2 - Please inform me of the total cost of the installation of the unused electronic bus times information system.

Yours faithfully,

Paul Gannon

Rhyddid Gwybodaeth,

Dear Paul Gannon,

Thank you for your recent request under the Freedom of Information Act 2000.

Your request has been passed to me to process and I can confirm that it has been logged under the reference number T380.

The Council may take up to 20 working days, from the date of receipt, to respond to your request. You should therefore receive the information you have requested, subject to the application of any exemptions permitted under the Act, by 27/09/2017 .

If you require further information please contact me by phone on 01286 679734 or by emailing [Gwynedd Council request email] by quoting the reference number above.
Yours sincerely,
Wena Green

Owen Gwawr (CG),

Dear Paul Gannon,

Thank you for your request which we received on 30/08/2017 and which falls under the Freedom of Information Act.

Unfortunately, in this case the amount of information you have requested is very substantial. Gathering it together would therefore be likely to involve a significant cost and diversion of resources from the authority’s other work.

When calculating the cost of complying with a written consent, the Council will calculate the time taken by an individual member of staff, charged at a rate of £25 per hour, to do the following:
i) Deterring whether the Council holds the information
ii) Locating the information or document
iii) Retrieving the relevant information
iv) Extracting the relevant information from a document

As such, your request certainly seems to exceed the £450 cost limit (equivalent to 2.5 working days) which the Government has set for dealing with a FOI request.

The best way we can help you therefore is to ask you to try and narrow down your request, for example, by asking for less information or restricting the information to a specific time period.

If you are unable or unwilling to narrow down your requests we will, of course, consider it in accordance with our obligations under the Freedom of Information Act 2000, but if it does exceed the cost limit, we may have to refuse the request.

Please let me know how you would like us to proceed.

Yours sincerely,
Wena Green

Dear Owen Gwawr (CG),

Thank you for your response. I hereby amend the FOI request to: please supply the total cost of planning and installing the now redundant electronic bus information system.

Yours sincerely,

Paul Gannon

Owen Gwawr (CG),

Dear Paul Gannon,

As the original Real Time Information scheme was set up prior to 2003 the task involved to provide the information, which would not be specific to each individual post or sign, would take much longer than the 2.5 days. This is due to the changes regarding cost codes, archived ledger information, and also the fact that any electronic files detailing information and costs will have been destroyed (>6 years old).

Many Thanks
Gwawr Owen

Dear Gwynedd Council,

Please pass this on to the person who conducts Freedom of Information reviews.

I am writing to request an internal review of Gwynedd Council's handling of my FOI request 'Cost of supplying electricity to the unused electronic bus stop time information system'.

Gwynedd Council refuses to provide information as per my revised request about the total cost of planning & installing an electronic bus information system because it was installed before 2003, further they claim, implausibly, that the amount of information involved in answering my revised request is excessive. It looks as if Gwynedd Council is using this as an excuse to avoid its legal duty to provide information

A full history of my FOI request and all correspondence is available on the Internet at this address: https://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/c...

Yours faithfully,

Paul Gannon

Owen Gwawr (CG),

Dear Paul Gannon,

Freedom of Information (ref T380)

We refer to your email dated 07/09/2017 in respect of an internal review.

As you are disagree with the decision made and the information received from the Council, your e-mail has been referred to the Monitoring Officer to conduct an Internal Review. You should receive a response within 20 working days. However, if the Council is unable to complete the Internal Review within this timescale, you will be advised accordingly.

If you are unhappy with the outcome of the internal Review, you have the right to apply directly to the Information Commissioner for a decision. The contact details are as follows:

Information Commissioner’s Office
Wycliffe House
Water Lane
Wilmslow
Cheshire
Sk9 5AF

If you have any queries about this letter, please contact me as the Freedom of Information Co-ordinator, quoting the above reference number.

Many Thanks
Gwawr Owen

Dear Owen Gwawr (CG),

The internal review of the rejection of my FOI request has not been responded to in the time required by the law. Please ensure that the internal review is responded to without further delay, thank you,

Yours sincerely,

Paul Gannon

Dear Gwynedd Council,

This FOI request review is now long overdue. Please expedite the response. Thank you

Yours faithfully,

Paul Gannon