Locations of Historic Modal Filters & Road Blocks

Anzir Boodoo made this Rhyddid Gwybodaeth request to Hounslow Borough Council

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Gwrthodwyd y cais gan Hounslow Borough Council.

Dear Hounslow Borough Council,

We would like to request the locations and any data held on road blocks and modal filters installed by the Council.
We are requesting the geographical locations of these blocks and modal filters installed between 1970 and 2015, as well as the dates they were installed, the type of filter and the materials used (if this information is available)

The data we require is:

1. Location
2. Date implemented (year or year/month)
3. Type of block or filter: allows pedestrians only, pedestrians & cyclists (modal filter), buses (bus gate), emergency services only (fire gate)
4. Information on materials if available (concrete, brick, planters etc.)

We are asking a number of Local Authorities for this information, and would like to make comparisons between authorities, so we may ask for clarification of some aspects and/or data points as part of our data cleaning process.

Thank you for your time, and we look forward to hearing from you

Yours faithfully,

Anzir Boodoo

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Seth Twombley, Hounslow Borough Council

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Dear Anzir Boodoo

 

Re: Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) 2000 response

 

Thank you for your request for information of 5 May, you have requested
the following in relation to modal filters in Hounslow:

 

 

We would like to request the locations and any data held on road blocks
and modal filters installed by the Council.

We are requesting the geographical locations of these blocks and modal
filters installed between 1970 and 2015, as well as the dates they were
installed, the type of filter and the materials used (if this information
is available)

The data we require is:

1. Location
2. Date implemented (year or year/month)

3. Type of block or filter: allows pedestrians only, pedestrians &
cyclists (modal filter), buses (bus gate), emergency services only (fire
gate)

4. Information on materials if available (concrete, brick, planters etc.)

 

We are asking a number of Local Authorities for this information, and
would like to make comparisons between authorities, so we may ask for
clarification of some aspects and/or data points as part of our data
cleaning process.

 

 

Response

 

Hounslow do not hold a list of modal filters over this date range, and to
collate it from any historical records we do hold would be a lengthy
process, the information requested is therefore exempt under Section 12 of
the Freedom of Information Act 2002. Section 12 states that public
authorities do not have to comply with requests where they estimate that
the cost of the compliance will exceed the “appropriate limit”, which is
itself set out in The Freedom of Information and Data Protection
(Appropriate Limit and Fees) Regulation 2004.

 

To provide more information on this, Hounslow council have been
introducing modal filters for many years, and to comply with this request
will involve Officers in the following activities which will take more
than 18 hours:  

 

Determining locations where modal filters have been introduced on a
borough-wide basis between 1970-2015

Carrying out searches of historical databases and records to determine if
records exist on implementation dates for each one identified, and
identifying the type of measure in place.

Determining construction material for each measure identified. 

 

Therefore, the council is not required to disclose information if finding
that information would take more than 18 hours. Guidance from the
Information Commissioners Office (ICO) is available [1]here.

 

It is also the case that Hounslow entered into a pfi contact in 2013 with
our contractors Hounslow Highways, and historical records prior that date
are not available.

 

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Information Act 2000.

 

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