Councillor John Howson and the East Oxford LTN decisions

Richard Parnham made this Rhyddid Gwybodaeth request to Oxfordshire County Council

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Mae'r ymateb i'r cais hwn yn hwyr iawn. Yn ôl y gyfraith, ym mhob amgylchiad, dylai Oxfordshire County Council fod wedi ymateb erbyn hyn. (manylion). Gallwch gwyno drwy yn gofyn am adolygiad mewnol.

Dear Oxfordshire County Council,

On 23 December 2021, I complained to councillor John Howson about the decision taken by OCC Council leader Liz Leffman to approve the East Oxford LTNs. The essence of my complaint was that I doubted that Liz Leffman had the power to make the decision under the OCC constitution, and could not do so under general principles of public law. As chair of the council, John has the power to rule on whether Liz Leffman does, indeed, have the power to make this ruling under the OCC constitution.

I have not yet received a formal response to my complaint. I therefore wish to know what happened after I filed it. Please therefore provide me with all non-legally privileged correspondence between councillor Howson, OCC cabinet members and all OCC personnel and advisors, as well correspondence between these various stakeholders other than with Councillor Howson. I accept that Mr Howson is allowed to seek legal advice on this matter, which may be legally privileged. However, I believe I have a right to see all other internal correspondence that relates to my complaint that are NOT legally priveleged. Please take an expansive approach to "correspondence" relating to this matter, including correspondence sent by personal as well as official OCC communication methods, if appropriate. i.e. personal emails, WhatsApp messages, texts.

The timeframe for my query is 23 December 2021 to today's date.

Yours faithfully,

Richard Parnham

FOI - E&E, Oxfordshire County Council

1 Atodiad

Our reference: 19332 EIR

                                                            

Dear Mr Parnham,

Thank you for your correspondence received on 19 January 2022 in which you
asked for the following information:

 

 

On 23 December 2021, I complained to councillor John Howson about the
decision taken by OCC Council leader Liz Leffman to approve the East
Oxford LTNs. The essence of my complaint was that I doubted that Liz
Leffman had the power to make the decision under the OCC constitution, and
could not do so under general principles of public law. As chair of the
council, John has the power to rule on whether Liz Leffman does, indeed,
have the power to make this ruling under the OCC constitution.

 

I have not yet received a formal response to my complaint. I therefore
wish to know what happened after I filed it. Please therefore provide me
with all non-legally privileged correspondence between councillor Howson,
OCC cabinet members and all OCC personnel and advisors, as well
correspondence between these various stakeholders other than with
Councillor Howson. I accept that Mr Howson is allowed to seek legal advice
on this matter, which may be legally privileged. However, I believe I have
a right to see all other internal correspondence that relates to my
complaint that are NOT legally privileged. Please take an expansive
approach to "correspondence" relating to this matter, including
correspondence sent by personal as well as official OCC communication
methods, if appropriate. i.e. personal emails, WhatsApp messages, texts.

 

The timeframe for my query is 23 December 2021 to today's date.

 

 

Your request is being considered and you will receive the information
requested as soon as possible and in any event within the next 20 working
days in compliance with the Environmental Information Regulations
2004/Freedom of Information Act 2000, unless an exception applies. This
means that the council will respond to you by the end of 16 February 2022
at the latest.

 

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audiocassette. If you require any of these formats then please let me
know.

 

Please contact me if you have any have further enquiries about your
request. I would be grateful if you could quote the reference number given
at the top of this email.

 

Kind regards

Renata Malinowski

 

Freedom of Information Support Officer

Law and Governance

Oxfordshire County Council

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