Damage and maintenance of the former Gomersal Primary School building

Roedd y cais yn rhannol lwyddiannus.

Dear Kirklees Borough Council,

I contacted you on the 20th October to ensure that damage to the roof of the former primary school building had been reported and was being addressed. I received an automatic response but nothing further and having followed up twice by phone am still waiting for someone to get back to me. As it has been over two months since I contacted you and the damage to the roof is still visible, I would now like to request the following information (in all its forms, including any documentation, reports, correspondence, etc) under the Freedom of Information Act 2000:

1) When was the damage to the roof first reported to you?

2) Has any assessment of the damage been made and when?
a) If so how extensive is the damage?
b) How much of this damage is secondary i.e. water ingress caused by the long term
absence of the roof tiles and flashing?

2) Has any action been taken to address the primary and secondary damage and if so what, and when do you expect the work to be completed?

3) If no action has been taken to assess the damage or address it can you please provide all information, documentation, correspondence, etc. on why this is the case?

4) Have regular maintenance checks been made to the building since the caretakers were removed and if not why?

5) Could you also please provide all information, documentation, correspondence, etc relating to the clause added to the local plan by the Government representative specifying that all efforts should be made to incorporate the original building into any redevelopment of the site?

If you need any further clarification from me on any of the questions then please let me know.

Yours faithfully,

Lindsey Pickles

Freedom Info, Kirklees Borough Council

Dear Sir/Madam,

I confirm receipt of your information request and that we are dealing with this and will respond to you in due course.

In respect of your previous emails, dating back to October 2021 of which remain unanswered. Please can you provide me with the email address in which you addressed said email too; this will then allow me to contact the apporiate Officer(s) and/or service(s) and ensure a response is issued subsequantly.

The Freedom of Information Act 2000 and Environmental Information Regulations 2004 allow up to 20 working days for responding to information requests.

If you are not content with the handling of your request, you have the right to ask for an internal review. Requests for internal reviews should be addressed to the Monitoring Officer, 1st Floor, Civic Centre 3, Market Street, Huddersfield HD1 2EY. Alternatively, you can send an email to: [email address].

Please remember to quote the five-digit reference number above in any future communications.

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Kind regards,

Brad Sakaria-Flynn
Information Governance

Civic Centre III | Market Street | Huddersfield | HD1 2EY
Tel: 01484 221000 (voice activated switchboard – please ask for Brad Sakaria-Flynn)
Email: [email address]

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Dear Freedom Info,

My email was sent to [email address].

Yours sincerely,

Lindsey Pickles

Freedom Info, Kirklees Borough Council

Dear Sir/Madam,

Thank you for your email.

I shall contact the relevant service and update you in due course.

I apologise on behalf of the Council for the delay in responding to your email.

Kind regards,

Brad Sakaria-Flynn
Information Governance

Civic Centre III | Market Street | Huddersfield | HD1 2EY
Tel: 01484 221000 (voice activated switchboard – please ask for Brad Sakaria-Flynn)
Email: [email address]

For more information about how we deal with your personal data, please see www.kirklees.gov.uk/privacy

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Freedom Info, Kirklees Borough Council

Dear Sir/Madam,

I can confirm that I have contacted the relevant service and asked for one of their Officers to respond to your outstanding email in due course.

A member of my team shall formally respond to your Information access request in due course.

Once again, I offer my sincere apologise on behalf of the Council for the delay in responding to your previous email.

Kind regards,

Brad Sakaria-Flynn
Information Governance

Civic Centre III | Market Street | Huddersfield | HD1 2EY
Tel: 01484 221000 (voice activated switchboard – please ask for Brad Sakaria-Flynn)
Email: [email address]

For more information about how we deal with your personal data, please see www.kirklees.gov.uk/privacy

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Dear Freedom Info,

I have received no response to my original enquiry and now the deadline for my FOI has also passed, with no word from you.

Can you tell me when I might now receive a response in full?

Yours sincerely,

Lindsey Pickles

Freedom Info, Kirklees Borough Council

Dear Lindsey Pickles,

I apologise for the delay in your request.

I have chased the service for you response and have been informed it is currently awaiting sign off from the head of service. A response should be with you shortly.

Kind regards

Information Governance Team
Kirklees Council, Governance Service
Red Doles Lane, Huddersfield, HD2 1YF
Telephone: 01484 221000 (voice activated switchboard – please ask for Data Protection)

For more information about how we deal with your personal data, please see the Kirklees Council privacy notice

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Freedom Info, Kirklees Borough Council

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Dear Lindsey Pickles,

 

I am writing in response to your request dated Tuesday 4^th January 2022. 
This has been dealt with under the Environmental Information Regulations
2004.

 

You asked for the following information:

 

1) When was the damage to the roof first reported to you?

 

2) Has any assessment of the damage been made and when?

     a) If so how extensive is the damage?

     b) How much of this damage is secondary i.e. water ingress caused by
the long term

     absence of the roof tiles and flashing?

 

3) Has any action been taken to address the primary and secondary damage
and if so what, and when do you expect the work to be completed?

 

4) If no action has been taken to assess the damage or address it can you
please provide all information, documentation, correspondence, etc. on why
this is the case?

 

5) Have regular maintenance checks been made to the building since the
caretakers were removed and if not why?

 

6) Could you also please provide all information, documentation,
correspondence, etc relating to the clause added to the local plan by the
Government representative specifying that all efforts should be made to
incorporate the original building into any redevelopment of the site?

 

The Council's response to your specific questions is set out below:

 

 1. The damage was reported through a report post lead theft
 2. The initial assessment was undertaken on 17^th February 2021.

2a) The damage would cost within the remit of £15,000-£20,000 to repair
but could increase If asbestos is present (Information accurate as at
17^th February 2021)

2b) There is a level of internal damage however, said damage has not been
quantified.

 3. There are no plans to address the damage at present as the site is
currently out of use and there are no plans for future use.
 4. The Council hold no files in relation to this decision.
 5. Caretakers still conduct weekly checks externally and monthly checks
internally.
 6. Details of the Kirklees Local Plan process including correspondence
with the independent Planning Inspector can still be found at the
bottom of the [1]Local Plan webpage under the heading “Previous Local
Plan consultations, examination and adoption information”.
Specifically, the Inspector’s Report can found on the [2]Local
Inspectors Report and this includes Appendix SD2 which shows the
modifications the Inspector requested to site allocation policy boxes
through the Local Plan process. The site in question (HS121) was known
as site reference H2667 during the Local Plan process and the
modification in question can be found on page 95.

 

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Kind regards,

 

 

Brad Sakaria-Flynn (He/Him)

Information Governance

 

 

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Dear Freedom Info,

Thank you for your response.

I am at a bit of a loss as to why this FOI response is so late and why it has taken since October to get any kind of response from you about whether you intend to fix the roof, and now having received the response you have not clarified this, as your reference to 'damage' could relate to the roof, internal damage, or both.

I also do find it strange that you have no information or documentation relating to your decision not to address the roof, assuming this is the case, when there is a specific clause in the local plan relating to the building being preserved as part of any future development of the site.

Surely failing to secure the building from further damage would put it at risk as part of that plan and be in direct contravention of that agreement? Also if there is asbestos as you suggest there may be then are you not putting local residents at risk by leaving the building to deteriorate further?

I find it very hard to believe that no discussion or formal decision has been had or recorded. Therefore, I would like to request an internal review.

Yours sincerely,

Lindsey Pickles

Monitoring Officer, Kirklees Borough Council

 

Dear Ms Pickles

 

Environmental Information Regulations 2004

Request for Review

 

I refer to your email dated 21 February 2022 addressed to the Freedom of
Information team.

 

The Council aims to process requests for any review of the handling of
Freedom of Information and we will endeavour to provide this within 20
working days and certainly before the 40 working day deadline.  Ms
Muscroft will write to you when the review has been completed.  If you
wish to provide any further information to assist Ms Muscroft with her
conduct of the review you are welcome to do so. 

 

The Information Commissioner's website at [1]www.ico.org.uk sets out
detailed information about his role, the operation of the Freedom of
Information Act and includes the Commissioner's detailed guidance.

 

Yours sincerely

 

 

 

Julie Muscroft

Monitoring Officer

Legal, Governance & Commissioning (Monitoring Officer)

1^st Floor

Civic Centre III

Huddersfield  HD1 2EY

 

 

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Freedom Info, Kirklees Borough Council

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Dear Ms Pickles

 

Review of Refusal Notice Ref 27605

 

Please find attached the response to your internal review request.

 

Yours sincerely

 

Lindsay Foody

Principal Information Governance Officer

 

Information Governance Team

Kirklees Council, Governance Service

 

Telephone: 01484 221000 (voice activated switchboard – please ask for
Freedom of Information)

 

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