Infilling of disused railway bridge

Graeme Bickerdike made this Rhyddid Gwybodaeth request to Maldon District Council Automatic anti-spam measures are in place for this older request. Please let us know if a further response is expected or if you are having trouble responding.

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Graeme Bickerdike

Dear Sir/Madam

Could you please provide copies of all letters/emails/documents etc exchanged between the Council (most probably involving your planning team) and National Highways since May 2022 regarding the infilling of the disused railway bridge on Woodham Road near Stow Maries (known as WFM/833), located at TQ8202498704.

Yours faithfully

Graeme Bickerdike

DPO, Maldon District Council

Reference: FOI-514788982

 

Dear Graeme Bickerdike,

 

Thank you for your request for information which was received by Maldon
District Council. The request is covered by the Freedom of Information
Act, under which we must respond within 20 working days. If we are unclear
what information you are requesting, we will contact you to clarify the
information you have requested. The 20-day time limit will stop until we
receive a response. In considering your request the Authority will firstly
determine if such information is held. If we hold the information we will
consider if any exemptions prevent us from releasing the information to
you. Under certain circumstances we may charge for providing information.
The Council will seek the applicant’s agreement prior to carrying out any
work that could incur a charge. For further information on your rights
under the Freedom of Information Act please visit the Information
Commissioners website at www.ico.org.uk

 

Kind regards

 

Maldon District Council

 

From: Graeme Bickerdike <[FOI #978440 email]>
Sent: 05 May 2023 10:53
To: DPO <[email address]>
Subject: Freedom of Information request - Infilling of disused railway
bridge

 

 

11.5.23 – EH Acknolwedged and logged

 

Dear Sir/Madam

 

Could you please provide copies of all letters/emails/documents etc exchanged between the Council (most probably involving your planning team) and National Highways since May 2022 regarding the infilling of the disused railway bridge on Woodham Road near Stow Maries (known as WFM/833), located at TQ8202498704.

 

Yours faithfully

 

Graeme Bickerdike

 

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DPO, Maldon District Council

Reference: FOI-514788982
Date of request: 11/05/2023
Title of request: Planning and Highways Railway Bridge Woodham Road Stow
Maries
Information request:

Dear Graeme Bickerdike,

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

I am writing to inform you that Maldon District Council does not hold the
requested information.  The function you refer to falls under the remit of
Essex County Council.  Please therefore redirect your request to the
following address: 

Your Right to Know
Transparency Team
Essex County Council
Market Road
County Hall
Chelmsford
CM1 1QH

Or by email to: [1][email address]

Kind regards

Maldon District Council

 

 

From: DPO <[email address]>
Sent: 11 May 2023 09:40
To: Graeme Bickerdike <[FOI #978440 email]>
Subject: RE: Freedom of Information request - Infilling of disused railway
bridge

 

Reference: FOI-514788982

 

Dear Graeme Bickerdike,

 

Thank you for your request for information which was received by Maldon
District Council. The request is covered by the Freedom of Information
Act, under which we must respond within 20 working days. If we are unclear
what information you are requesting, we will contact you to clarify the
information you have requested. The 20-day time limit will stop until we
receive a response. In considering your request the Authority will firstly
determine if such information is held. If we hold the information we will
consider if any exemptions prevent us from releasing the information to
you. Under certain circumstances we may charge for providing information.
The Council will seek the applicant’s agreement prior to carrying out any
work that could incur a charge. For further information on your rights
under the Freedom of Information Act please visit the Information
Commissioners website at [2]www.ico.org.uk

 

Kind regards

 

Maldon District Council

 

From: Graeme Bickerdike <[3][FOI #978440 email]>
Sent: 05 May 2023 10:53
To: DPO <[4][email address]>
Subject: Freedom of Information request - Infilling of disused railway
bridge

 

 

 

Dear Sir/Madam

 

Could you please provide copies of all letters/emails/documents etc exchanged between the Council (most probably involving your planning team) and National Highways since May 2022 regarding the infilling of the disused railway bridge on Woodham Road near Stow Maries (known as WFM/833), located at TQ8202498704.

 

Yours faithfully

 

Graeme Bickerdike

 

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Graeme Bickerdike

Dear Sir/Madam

We engaged with Maldon District Council on this matter towards the end of last year and the case was given the reference 22/00137/BC by your planning enforcement team.

Further, on its website, National Highways states that "Following discussions with Maldon District Council and the local community, we’ve received written consent from the Planning Authority that the works we delivered to keep Wellinditch Bridge safe can remain."

Could you therefore please check and confirm that there are no records of dialogue with National Highways about this matter and that the written consent to retain the infill was not granted by Maldon District Council.

In the meantime, I will contact Essex County Council.

Yours faithfully

Graeme Bickerdike

Dear Sir/Madam

I note that the Council has not responded to my follow-up message of 12 May, since which time Essex County Council has indicated that it has had no dialogue with National Highways regarding this matter since September 2019.

As previously stated, National Highways asserts that "Following discussions with Maldon District Council and the local community, we’ve received written consent from the Planning Authority that the works we delivered to keep Wellinditch Bridge safe can remain."

As the 20 working day period for a substantive response to my request has now passed, I am seeking an Internal Review with the aim of absolutely confirming that the Council does NOT hold any of the requested information, particular the written consent for retention of the infill material and any exchanges of emails/documents that culminated in the consent being issued.

Yours sincerely

Graeme Bickerdike

DPO, Maldon District Council

1 Atodiad

Dear Graeme Bickerdike,

 

Thank you for your email. I acknowledge your request for a review and have
contacted the relevant departments to request clarification and ask them
to confirm that no documents are held or that in the event that documents
are identified these will be considered for release under FOI legislation.

 

I will contact you again once I have carried out my enquiries and will
provide you with a full response at that time.

 

Kind regards

 

Emma Holmes ACILEX | Senior Legal Specialist | Strategy & Resources
Directorate

Maldon District Council, Princes Road, Maldon, Essex, CM9 5DL

My working hours are Mon – Thurs 9.00-15.00
email [1][email address] | [2]www.maldon.gov.uk | @maldondc

 

 

 

 

From: Graeme Bickerdike <[FOI #978440 email]>
Sent: 14 June 2023 12:52
To: DPO <[email address]>
Subject: Internal review of Freedom of Information request - Infilling of
disused railway bridge

 

 

Dear Sir/Madam

 

I note that the Council has not responded to my follow-up message of 12 May, since which time Essex County Council has indicated that it has had no dialogue with National Highways regarding this matter since September 2019.

 

As previously stated, National Highways asserts that "Following discussions with Maldon District Council and the local community, we’ve received written consent from the Planning Authority that the works we delivered to keep Wellinditch Bridge safe can remain."

 

As the 20 working day period for a substantive response to my request has now passed, I am seeking an Internal Review with the aim of absolutely confirming that the Council does NOT hold any of the requested information, particular the written consent for retention of the infill material and any exchanges of emails/documents that culminated in the consent being issued.

 

Yours sincerely

 

Graeme Bickerdike

 

dangos adrannau a ddyfynnir

Many thanks, Emma.
Regards
Graeme Bickerdike

Dear Sir/Madam

I note that it is now more than 20 working days since you acknowledged my request for an internal review into my FoI request FOI-514788982 relating to the disused railway bridge on Woodham Road near Stow Maries (known as WFM/833).

Could you please provide me with an update as to when you expect your review will be completed?

Yours faithfully

Graeme Bickerdike

Graeme Bickerdike

Dear Sir/Madam

It is now 68 working days since I asked you to carry out an internal review into the Council's handling of my information request, ref FOI-514788982.

Could you please confirm whether you intend to respond?

Yours faithfully

Graeme Bickerdike

DPO, Maldon District Council

1 Atodiad

Dear Mr Bickerdike,

 

Thank you for contacting me.

 

I can confirm that I have been passed a small number of documents which
relate to the bridge. I am currently redacting third party personal data
from the documents and reviewing whether any exempt information is
contained within the email correspondence.

 

I intend to provide a full response early next week but in any event by
the close of business on the 29^th September.

 

Thank you for your patience in waiting for a response.

 

Kind regards

 

 

Emma Holmes ACILEX | Senior Legal Specialist | Strategy & Resources
Directorate

Maldon District Council, Princes Road, Maldon, Essex, CM9 5DL

My working hours are Mon – Thurs 9.00-15.00
email [1][email address] | [2]www.maldon.gov.uk | @maldondc

 

 

 

 

From: Graeme Bickerdike <[FOI #978440 email]>
Sent: 18 September 2023 19:10
To: DPO <[email address]>
Subject: RE: Internal review of Freedom of Information request - Infilling
of disused railway bridge

 

 

Dear Sir/Madam

 

It is now 68 working days since I asked you to carry out an internal review into the Council's handling of my information request, ref FOI-514788982.

 

Could you please confirm whether you intend to respond?

 

Yours faithfully

 

Graeme Bickerdike

 

dangos adrannau a ddyfynnir

DPO, Maldon District Council

28 Atodiad

Dear Mr Bickerdike,

 

I have carried out a review of your Freedom of Information Act Request.

 

Following this review I can confirm that the Council does hold some
correspondence in relation to the Wellinditch Bridge.

 

I have attached redacted copies of this information for your records.
Where the correspondence held has come from you I have not redacted this
information as you where the original sender of the information. These
records therefore contain your personal information.

 

Having carried out the review it appears that the initial officer was not
aware of the Council’s involvement in this case and rejected the request
as the request referred to a highway matter. Maldon District Council is
not the Highway authority and hence the reason for the response sent.

 

Thank you for your patience in waiting for this response. If you have any
questions please contact me.

 

Kind regards

 

 

Emma Holmes ACILEX | Senior Legal Specialist | Strategy & Resources
Directorate

Maldon District Council, Princes Road, Maldon, Essex, CM9 5DL

My working hours are Mon – Thurs 9.00-15.00
email [1][email address] | [2]www.maldon.gov.uk | @maldondc

 

 

 

 

From: Graeme Bickerdike <[FOI #978440 email]>
Sent: 18 September 2023 19:10
To: DPO <[email address]>
Subject: RE: Internal review of Freedom of Information request - Infilling
of disused railway bridge

 

 

Dear Sir/Madam

 

It is now 68 working days since I asked you to carry out an internal review into the Council's handling of my information request, ref FOI-514788982.

 

Could you please confirm whether you intend to respond?

 

Yours faithfully

 

Graeme Bickerdike

 

dangos adrannau a ddyfynnir