Fire Safety Check

Robert James Hunter made this Rhyddid Gwybodaeth request to Northwards Housing Limited

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Robert James Hunter

Dear Northwards Housing Limited,

Could I please request a copy of the last 4 full Fire Safety Checks (Fire Risk Assessment), (2014, 2015, 2016, 2017) done at the following properties by GMFS.

Whitebeck Court, Moorwar, Manchester, M9 7HR
Rusland Court, Broadmoss Drive, Manchester, M9 7HP
Somerton Court, Broadmoss Drive, Manchester, M9 7HS
Kentmere Court, Moorway, Manchester, M9 7HU
Cartmel Court, Moorway, Manchester, M9 7HT

Has a fire evacuation test every been done at any of these properties and if yes can the reports be requested too.

Yours faithfully,
Robert James Hunter

Yvette Newton, Northwards Housing Limited

4 Atodiad

Dear Mr Hunter,

 

I am currently preparing the response to your Freedom of Information
Request. As there are a number of documents to send and we don’t upload
documents to this website please can you let me have your postal address.

 

Thank You

 

Yvette

 

Yvette Newton
Governance Support Manager
Business Effectiveness & Communications
NORTHWARDS HOUSING
Hexagon Tower, Crumpsall Vale, Blackley, Manchester,  M9 8GQ

0161 720 5877

07706 869 415

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www.northwardshousing.co.uk
Registered Company - 05435061

 

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Yvette Newton, Northwards Housing Limited

Dear Mr Hunter,

Please find below our response to your Freedom on Information request dated 14th June 2017.

We have emailed you directly with the copies of the five fire safety risk assessments (FRAs) that you requested. We update our FRAs annually and we are in the process of reviewing all our FRAs and these will be completed in the next couple of months.

We don’t carry out a fire evacuation test in any of the properties. In the event of a fire, our policy is to get out and stay out, if it is possible and safe to do so, otherwise we operate a stay put policy. Our stay put policy is the approach we take in response to the findings of a specific fire risk assessment in each block and is decided on a number of factors such as building design, fire compartmentation and whether the overall level of protection provided is of a high enough standard to enable people to remain in their home and await the arrival of the fire service.
If you have any queries relating to the way your request has been handled, please don’t hesitate to contact me. Please note that requests for new or additional information will be treated as a new request under the Act.
If you are not satisfied with the outcome of your request, you have the right to apply directly to the Information Commissioner for a review of the decision. The Information Commissioner can be contacted at: Information Commissioner’s Office, Wycliffe House, Water Lane, Wilmslow, Cheshire, SK9 5AF.

Thank You

Yvette

Dear Yvette Newton,
I have received the reports I requested however the images that relate to each report has not been sent. As I requested full fire safety reports these images are part of this and have not been supplied.
Can you please supply the associated images for each of the reports requested.

Yours sincerely,

Robert James Hunter

Yvette Newton, Northwards Housing Limited

Dear Mr Hunter

Further to your follow up request for images that support the fire risk assessments. We have images from the 2016 fire risk assessment for three of the high rise blocks and copies of these have been emailed to you. We do not have images from earlier fire risk assessments.

Thank You

Yvette

Yvette Newton
Governance Support Manager
Business Effectiveness & Communications
NORTHWARDS HOUSING
Hexagon Tower, Crumpsall Vale, Blackley, Manchester, M9 8GQ

0161 720 5877
07706 869 415

www.northwardshousing.co.uk
Registered Company number - 05435061

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Dear Yvette Newton,
Thank you for what you provided.
As a new fire safety check is currently being undertaken on these addresses give previously can the reports be sent as soon as you have them. I believe the reports were completed between 10th and 14th July 2017.

Yours sincerely,

Robert James Hunter

Dear Yvette Newton,
Additional, can you also supply all the fire safety checks reports prior to 2014 that you hold for the same addresses as listed.

Yours sincerely,

Robert James Hunter

Yvette Newton, Northwards Housing Limited

Dear Mr Hunter,

I am in receipt of your emails dated 20th July 2017 and your request for access to information under the Freedom of Information Act 2000. You have asked for two pieces of information:

1.A copy of the new fire safety check reports for the addresses previously given.
2.A copy of all the fire safety checks reports prior to 2014 that we hold for the same addresses.

These are being treated as one new request.

I can confirm that we can send you of a copy of the latest fire safety check reports, for the addresses previously mentioned, as soon as they are available and have been through our internal quality assurance process. We anticipate these will be available within the next six weeks.

In relation to your second request we are issuing a formal refusal notice under section 14(2) of the Act as your latest request is substantially similar to your original request for access to the fire safety assessments dated 2014-2017.

If you are dissatisfied with my decision you can ask for a review of that decision by writing to the Director of Property and Business Services, Northwards Housing, Hexagon Tower, Crumpsall Vale, M9 8GQ. Alternatively, you have the right to contact the Information Commissioner's Office, Wycliffe House, Water Lane, Wilmslow, Cheshire SK9 5AF or by visiting their website at www.ico.org.uk

May I suggest you wait until you receive a copy of the latest fire risk assessments as these may satisfy your requirements.

If I can be of any further assistance, please do not hesitate to contact me.

Thank You

Yvette

Yvette Newton
Governance Support Manager
Business Effectiveness & Communications
NORTHWARDS HOUSING
Hexagon Tower, Crumpsall Vale, Blackley, Manchester, M9 8GQ

0161 720 5877
07706 869 415

www.northwardshousing.co.uk
Registered Company number - 05435061

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Dear Northwards Housing Limited,

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

I am writing to request an internal review of Northwards Housing Limited's handling of my FOI request 'Fire Safety Check'.

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I have requested all fire safety reports pre 2014 but they have been refused as they claim they are the same as I requested which was 2014-17.
These documents are completely different and not the same, the only similarity is that they are fire safety checks, however the content is completely different so should not have been refused and should have been supplied as requested under FOI rules,.

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

Yours faithfully,

Robert James Hunter

Yvette Newton, Northwards Housing Limited

Dear Robert,

Further to your request for an internal review of Northwards Housing Limited's handling of your FOI request 'Fire Safety Check'.

I can confirm that we have received your request and it has been forwarded on to Stephen Brown, Director of Business and Property Services to deal with.

You should receive a response to your internal review within 10 working days.

Yours sincerely,

Yvette Newton
Governance Support Manager

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The requester has kindly made the files sent to him privately in response to this request, available for anybody else to see.
They are:
CARTMEL COURT 2014.pdf http://files.whatdotheyknow.com/request/...
CARTMEL COURT 2015.pdf http://files.whatdotheyknow.com/request/...
CARTMEL COURT 2016.pdf http://files.whatdotheyknow.com/request/...
Cartmel Court FRA Photos Oct '16.docx http://files.whatdotheyknow.com/request/...
KENTMERE COURT 2014.pdf http://files.whatdotheyknow.com/request/...
KENTMERE COURT 2015.pdf http://files.whatdotheyknow.com/request/...
KENTMERE COURT 2016.pdf http://files.whatdotheyknow.com/request/...
Kentmere Court FRA photos Oct '16.docx http://files.whatdotheyknow.com/request/...
RUSLAND COURT 2014.pdf http://files.whatdotheyknow.com/request/...
RUSLAND COURT 2015.pdf http://files.whatdotheyknow.com/request/...
RUSLAND COURT 2016.pdf http://files.whatdotheyknow.com/request/...
SOMERTON COURT 2014.pdf http://files.whatdotheyknow.com/request/...
SOMERTON COURT 2015.pdf http://files.whatdotheyknow.com/request/...
SOMERTON COURT 2016.pdf http://files.whatdotheyknow.com/request/...
Somerton Court FRA Photos Oct '16.docx http://files.whatdotheyknow.com/request/...
WHITEBECK COURT 2014.pdf http://files.whatdotheyknow.com/request/...
WHITEBECK COURT 2015.pdf http://files.whatdotheyknow.com/request/...
WHITEBECK COURT 2016.pdf http://files.whatdotheyknow.com/request/...

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Doug - volunteer, WhatDoTheyKnow.com

Yvette Newton, Northwards Housing Limited

Dear Mr Hunter,

I have been asked to undertake an internal review of Northwards Housing’s refusal to provide you with copies of further Fire Risk Assessments (FRAs) for the specified properties in Northwards’ management. The refusal was on the grounds that your further request was substantially similar to that for which information was supplied recently.

However, although the request was for an identical set of information, the second request referred to earlier years. I have decided that this makes the request sufficiently different for it to be reasonable that we should provide it. I have also considered whether the costs of your total requests under the FOI Act for FRAs might go beyond the 18 hours of staff time which would constitute grounds for refusal.

Because the second set of FRAs is for an earlier time period, we will need to seek them from our archives, and that is a more labour-intensive process. I suspect that it might have been reasonable for me to conclude that this second request is already likely to bring us close to the staff time limit, but I am prepared to err on the side of caution. However, it is only fair of me to point out that any further request would almost certainly be refused on the grounds of costs, as permitted under section 12 of the FOI Act.

Please allow a further 20 days to receive the FRAs you have requested but I will endeavour to get the information to you as soon as possible.

If you are not satisfied with the outcome of your internal review then please contact the Information Commissioner Office, Wycliffe House, Water Lane, Wilmslow, Cheshire, SK9 5AF

Yours faithfully,

Fr Stephen Brown

Fr Stephen Brown
Director of Business & Property Services
EMT
NORTHWARDS HOUSING

Yvette Newton, Northwards Housing Limited

5 Atodiad

Dear Mr Hunter,

 

Further to the Internal Review dealt with by Stephen Brown. Please find a
link below to Northwards Housing Website where the Fire Risk Assessments
you requested have been uploaded. Please also find attached a document
with older Risk Assessments which have not been added to the website.

 

[1]http://www.northwardshousing.co.uk/about...

 

I hope this deals with your request.

 

If you are not satisfied with the outcome, you have the right to apply
directly to the Information Commissioner for a review of the decision. The
Information Commissioner can be contacted at: Information Commissioner’s
Office, Wycliffe House, Water Lane, Wilmslow, Cheshire, SK9 5AF.

 

Yours faithfully

 

Yvette

 

Yvette Newton
Governance Support Manager
Business Effectiveness & Communications
NORTHWARDS HOUSING
Hexagon Tower, Crumpsall Vale, Blackley, Manchester,  M9 8GQ

0161 720 5877

07706 869 415

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www.northwardshousing.co.uk
Registered Company - 05435061

 

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managing City Council homes in North Manchester.

 

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Robert James Hunter

Dear Yvette Newton,

It is now 3 months and still waiting for the Fire Safety Checks for 2017 I requested. The link you proved does not have the properties I requested on it.
Please suppkly information as my original request.

Yours sincerely,

Robert James Hunter

Yvette Newton, Northwards Housing Limited

Mr Hunter,

I am aware you are waiting for the 2017 Fire Risk Assessment for Whitebeck, Rusland, Somerton, Kentmere and Cartmel Court. They are still being finalised and I hope to be able to post them on the website early next week.

Thank You

Yvette

Yvette Newton
Governance Support Manager
Business Effectiveness & Communications
NORTHWARDS HOUSING
Hexagon Tower, Crumpsall Vale, Blackley, Manchester, M9 8GQ

0161 720 5877
07706 869 415

www.northwardshousing.co.uk
Registered Company number - 05435061

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Robert James Hunter

Dear Yvette Newton,
I notice your still lying and refusing to provide information I requested, you have promised several times that information will be provided but you have failed to do this and is a blatent lie from you.
Why are you refusing to provide the information requested?
To wait 5 months for the information is NOT acceptable, do you have something to hide and that is why your refusing to provide the information?

Yours sincerely,

Robert James Hunter

Yvette Newton, Northwards Housing Limited

Dear Mr Hunter,

Please find below a link to the Northwards Housing Website, where you will find copies of the 2017 Fire Risk Assessments you requested.

http://www.northwardshousing.co.uk/about...

Thank You

Yvette

Yvette Newton
Governance Support Manager
Business Effectiveness & Communications
NORTHWARDS HOUSING
Hexagon Tower, Crumpsall Vale, Blackley, Manchester, M9 8GQ

0161 720 5877
07706 869 415

www.northwardshousing.co.uk
Registered Company number - 05435061

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