Potholes and road defects

Gwrthodwyd y cais gan East Lothian Council.

Good afternoon,

I would like to request the following information under the Freedom of Information act:

1. The total number of potholes and/or road defects reported in your local area, broken down by month for the years 2019, 2020 and 2021 to date.
2. The total number of potholes and/or road defects fixed by the council, broken down by month for the years 2019, 2020 and 2021 to date.
3. The amount of money spent by the council on fixing potholes and/or road defects broken down by year, for 2019, 2020 and 2021 (calendar years if possible, please).
4. The total amount of money paid out in compensation due to potholes and/or road defects, broken down by year for 2019, 2020, 2021 (calendar years if possible, please).
5. And if possible, please can you give an indication of the amount of time taken to fix a single pothole (from starting work on the fix to the road being open again)?

If limited by time, please prioritise in order of Q1, Q2, Q3, etc.

If possible, please provide data in an Excel format.

Any queries, please let me know.

Best wishes,
Chloe

Freedom Of Information, East Lothian Council

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Freedom Of Information, East Lothian Council

Our Ref: 2021_770425

 

Good Morning

 

FREEDOM OF INFORMATION (SCOTLAND) ACT 2002

ENVIRONMENTAL INFORMATION (SCOTLAND) REGULATIONS 2004

 

Thank you for your enquiry of 31/08/2021.

 

In order for East Lothian Council to begin processing your request, please
provide your full name. Under the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act
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should include your initial and your surname.  Even if your name appears
in your email address (e.g. [1][email address]) you must add your
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Upon receipt of this information we will register your enquiry and refer
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Yours faithfully

 

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East Lothian Council

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Good afternoon,
This information is for C Ostrolenk.
Thanks,
Chloe

Freedom Of Information, East Lothian Council

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information request has been received and is receiving attention.  The
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Environmental Information Regulations 2004 20 working days
Internal Reviews 20 working days

 

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Due to the ongoing outbreak of COVID-19, the Council is required to
prioritise essential services.  In view of this, it may not be possible
for us to respond to your query within the previously stated timescales. 
If this is the case then we will endeavour to update you as soon as
possible.

 

The Scottish Information Commissioner is responsible for enforcing
Scotland’s freedom of information laws.  The Commissioner’s office has
launched an information hub on FOI during the coronavirus Covid-19
pandemic.  It can be found at [1]www.itspublicknowledge.info/covid-19

 

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East Lothian Council

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Haddington

EH41 3HA

 

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Freedom Of Information, East Lothian Council

1 Atodiad

Our Ref: 2021_770425

 

Dear Chloe Ostrolenk

 

FREEDOM OF INFORMATION (SCOTLAND) ACT 2002

ENVIRONMENTAL INFORMATION (SCOTLAND) REGULATIONS 2004

 

Thank you for your enquiry of 31 August which was validated on 5 October.

 

I have been asked to inform you that, under Regulation 8 of The
Environmental Information Regulations 2004, East Lothian Council (ELC)
considers that payment of a fee is reasonable in order to comply with your
request; please refer to the PDF attachment for further details.

 

It is ELC’s [1]policy to recover full staff costs for every information
request received which falls under the Environmental Information
Regulations 2004 (EIRs). If you do not consider that your request falls
within scope of the EIRs, or if you wish to contest the amount of the fee,
you have the right to request a review. We must receive a request to
review within 40 working days of the date of this notice. A request to
review must be in writing (e-mail is acceptable) or another permanent
format and should be addressed to:

 

Customer Feedback and FOI Team

East Lothian Council

John Muir House

Haddington

EH41 3HA

 

Email: [2][East Lothian Council request email]

 

We will have a maximum of 20 working days from the date we receive your
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If you are still not satisfied with following the review process, then you
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St Andrews

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appeal may only be made on a point of law, not because you disagree with
the Commissioner’s view of the case.

 

Yours sincerely

 

David Porteous

Customer Feedback and FOI Team

East Lothian Council

John Muir House

Haddington

EH41 3HA

 

Tel: 01620 827623

Email: [5][East Lothian Council request email]

 

Information about East Lothian Council’s complaints procedure can be found
[6]here.

 

Details of your rights to requesting information from East Lothian Council
are published [7]here.

 

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of Scotland's freedom of information laws. Guidance regarding your rights
of access to information held by Scottish public authorities is available
on the Commissioner’s [8]website.

 

 

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Freedom Of Information, East Lothian Council

1 Atodiad

 

 

Our Ref:  2021_770425

 

Dear Ms Ostrolenk,

 

FREEDOM OF INFORMATION (SCOTLAND) ACT 2002

ENVIRONMENTAL INFORMATION REGULATIONS 2004

 

I refer to our email of 12 October and note that we have not yet received
the requested fee.

 

East Lothian Council is unable to proceed with this matter until we
receive the fee of £50.79.  Once this has been received, we will respond
to you as soon as possible within the remainder of the statutory 20
working days.

 

I look forward to hearing from you in due course but if you require any
assistance in the meantime please do not hesitate to get in touch. 

 

Yours sincerely

 

Kathleen Gunn

Freedom of Information Team

East Lothian Council

John Muir House

Haddington

EH41 3HA

 

Tel: 01620 827623

Email: [1][East Lothian Council request email]

 

Information about East Lothian Council’s complaints procedure can be found
[2]here.

 

Details of your rights to requesting information from East Lothian Council
are published [3]here.

 

The Scottish Information Commissioner is responsible for the enforcement
of Scotland's freedom of information laws.  Guidance regarding your rights
of access to information held by Scottish public authorities is available
on the Commissioner’s [4]website.

 

From: Freedom Of Information
Sent: 12 October 2021 10:06
To: 'Chloe Ostrolenk' <[FOI #786811 email]>
Subject: RE: Clarification of Full Name Required our Ref 2021_770425

 

Our Ref: 2021_770425

 

Dear Chloe Ostrolenk

 

FREEDOM OF INFORMATION (SCOTLAND) ACT 2002

ENVIRONMENTAL INFORMATION (SCOTLAND) REGULATIONS 2004

 

Thank you for your enquiry of 31 August which was validated on 5 October.

 

I have been asked to inform you that, under Regulation 8 of The
Environmental Information Regulations 2004, East Lothian Council (ELC)
considers that payment of a fee is reasonable in order to comply with your
request; please refer to the PDF attachment for further details.

 

It is ELC’s [5]policy to recover full staff costs for every information
request received which falls under the Environmental Information
Regulations 2004 (EIRs). If you do not consider that your request falls
within scope of the EIRs, or if you wish to contest the amount of the fee,
you have the right to request a review. We must receive a request to
review within 40 working days of the date of this notice. A request to
review must be in writing (e-mail is acceptable) or another permanent
format and should be addressed to:

 

Customer Feedback and FOI Team

East Lothian Council

John Muir House

Haddington

EH41 3HA

 

Email: [6][East Lothian Council request email]

 

We will have a maximum of 20 working days from the date we receive your
request in order to complete our review of the fee amount and give you our
decision.

 

If you are still not satisfied with following the review process, then you
may ask the Office of the Scottish Information Commissioner (OSIC) to
investigate the matter. You must appeal to the Commissioner within six
months of receiving the review decision. You may submit your appeal online
via OSIC’s website, a link to the online appeal service is provided for
your convenience:
[7]http://www.itspublicknowledge.info/YourR...

 

Alternatively, you may contact OSIC at:

 

Scottish Information Commissioner

Kinburn Castle

Doubledykes Road

St Andrews

Fife

KY16 9DS

 

Telephone: 01334 464610

Fax: 01334 464611

E-mail: [8][email address]

 

If you remain dissatisfied following the Commissioner’s decision, you may
be able to appeal to the Court of Session. You should, however, obtain
legal advice before deciding on this course of action. This is because an
appeal may only be made on a point of law, not because you disagree with
the Commissioner’s view of the case.

 

Yours sincerely

 

David Porteous

Customer Feedback and FOI Team

East Lothian Council

John Muir House

Haddington

EH41 3HA

 

Tel: 01620 827623

Email: [9][East Lothian Council request email]

 

Information about East Lothian Council’s complaints procedure can be found
[10]here.

 

Details of your rights to requesting information from East Lothian Council
are published [11]here.

 

The Scottish Information Commissioner is responsible for the enforcement
of Scotland's freedom of information laws. Guidance regarding your rights
of access to information held by Scottish public authorities is available
on the Commissioner’s [12]website.

 

 

dangos adrannau a ddyfynnir

Freedom Of Information, East Lothian Council

 

 

Our Ref:  2021/770425

 

Dear Ms Ostrolenk,

 

FREEDOM OF INFORMATION (SCOTLAND) ACT 2002

ENVIRONMENTAL INFORMATION (SCOTLAND) REGULATIONS 2004

 

Further to our correspondence of 12 October and 22 December, as we have
not received the requested fee, I am writing to inform you that East
Lothian Council has now closed this case.

 

East Lothian Council will be happy to consider any future information
requests that you may wish to submit.  Simply send your request to us at
[1][East Lothian Council request email].  For your reference, a link to the “Tips for
Requesters” page of the Scottish Information Commissioner’s website has
been provided which you may find useful:

[2]http://www.itspublicknowledge.info/YourR...

 

Under the terms of this legislation, if you are unhappy with the way your
request has been handled, you are entitled to request that we undertake an
internal review.  Please note, however, that both the Freedom of
Information (Scotland) Act 2002 and the Environmental Information
(Scotland) Regulations 2004 only relate to the release of information. 
The Scottish Information Commissioner publishes the following guidance
about internal reviews:

 

You can ask the authority to review its decision if it does not respond or
you are unhappy with the way it has dealt with your request, for example
by:

 

o refusing to give you the information
o failing to reply to you within the time limit allowed
o claiming the information is exempt
o failing to give you advice about, and help with, making your request
o asking you to pay a fee that you feel is unreasonable

 

For example, if you are unhappy because you do not believe the information
you have received is accurate, an internal review would not apply.  Should
this be the case, however, please let me know and I will try to resolve
this.  If I am unable to help, I will be happy to put you in touch with
someone who can.

 

We must receive a request to review within 40 working days of the date of
this notice.  A request to review our decision must be in writing (e-mail
is acceptable) or another permanent format.  When writing, you should
include your reasons as to why you are unhappy with our response and why
you wish it to be reviewed.  Your reasons for dissatisfaction must relate
to your information request of 31 August and validated on 5 October only
and should be addressed to:

 

Customer Feedback and FOI Team

People and Governance

East Lothian Council

John Muir House

Haddington

EH41 3HA

 

Email: [3][East Lothian Council request email]

 

We will have a maximum of 20 working days from the date we receive your
request in order to complete our review and give you our decision.  In
order to ensure an impartial approach, an independent senior officer will
be appointed to carry out the review.

 

If you are still not satisfied with our decision following the review
process, then you may ask the Office of the Scottish Information
Commissioner (OSIC) to investigate the matter.  You must appeal to
the Commissioner within six months of receiving the review decision.  You
may submit your appeal online via OSIC’s website, a link to the online
appeal service is provided for your convenience: 
[4]http://www.itspublicknowledge.info/YourR...

 

Alternatively, you may contact OSIC at:

 

Scottish Information Commissioner

Kinburn Castle

Doubledykes Road

St Andrews

Fife

KY16 9DS

 

Telephone:  01334 464610

Fax:  01334 464611

E-mail:  [5][email address]

 

If you remain dissatisfied following the Commissioner’s decision, you may
be able to appeal to the Court of Session.   You should, however, obtain
legal advice before deciding on this course of action.  This is because an
appeal may only be made on a point of law, not because you disagree with
the Commissioner’s view of the case. 

 

Yours sincerely

 

Kathleen Gunn

Freedom of Information Team

East Lothian Council

John Muir House

Haddington

EH41 3HA

 

Tel: 01620 827623

Email: [6][East Lothian Council request email]

 

Information about East Lothian Council’s complaints procedure can be found
[7]here.

 

Details of your rights to requesting information from East Lothian Council
are published [8]here.

 

The Scottish Information Commissioner is responsible for the enforcement
of Scotland's freedom of information laws.  Guidance regarding your rights
of access to information held by Scottish public authorities is available
on the Commissioner’s [9]website.

 

 

 

From: Freedom Of Information
Sent: 22 December 2021 15:03
To: '[FOI #786811 email]'
<[FOI #786811 email]>
Subject: FW: Clarification of Full Name Required our Ref 2021_770425 -
Reminder

 

 

 

Our Ref:  2021_770425

 

Dear Ms Ostrolenk,

 

FREEDOM OF INFORMATION (SCOTLAND) ACT 2002

ENVIRONMENTAL INFORMATION REGULATIONS 2004

 

I refer to our email of 12 October and note that we have not yet received
the requested fee.

 

East Lothian Council is unable to proceed with this matter until we
receive the fee of £50.79.  Once this has been received, we will respond
to you as soon as possible within the remainder of the statutory 20
working days.

 

I look forward to hearing from you in due course but if you require any
assistance in the meantime please do not hesitate to get in touch. 

 

Yours sincerely

 

Kathleen Gunn

Freedom of Information Team

East Lothian Council

John Muir House

Haddington

EH41 3HA

 

Tel: 01620 827623

Email: [10][East Lothian Council request email]

 

Information about East Lothian Council’s complaints procedure can be found
[11]here.

 

Details of your rights to requesting information from East Lothian Council
are published [12]here.

 

The Scottish Information Commissioner is responsible for the enforcement
of Scotland's freedom of information laws.  Guidance regarding your rights
of access to information held by Scottish public authorities is available
on the Commissioner’s [13]website.

 

From: Freedom Of Information
Sent: 12 October 2021 10:06
To: 'Chloe Ostrolenk' <[FOI #786811 email]>
Subject: RE: Clarification of Full Name Required our Ref 2021_770425

 

Our Ref: 2021_770425

 

Dear Chloe Ostrolenk

 

FREEDOM OF INFORMATION (SCOTLAND) ACT 2002

ENVIRONMENTAL INFORMATION (SCOTLAND) REGULATIONS 2004

 

Thank you for your enquiry of 31 August which was validated on 5 October.

 

I have been asked to inform you that, under Regulation 8 of The
Environmental Information Regulations 2004, East Lothian Council (ELC)
considers that payment of a fee is reasonable in order to comply with your
request; please refer to the PDF attachment for further details.

 

It is ELC’s [14]policy to recover full staff costs for every information
request received which falls under the Environmental Information
Regulations 2004 (EIRs). If you do not consider that your request falls
within scope of the EIRs, or if you wish to contest the amount of the fee,
you have the right to request a review. We must receive a request to
review within 40 working days of the date of this notice. A request to
review must be in writing (e-mail is acceptable) or another permanent
format and should be addressed to:

 

Customer Feedback and FOI Team

East Lothian Council

John Muir House

Haddington

EH41 3HA

 

Email: [15][East Lothian Council request email]

 

We will have a maximum of 20 working days from the date we receive your
request in order to complete our review of the fee amount and give you our
decision.

 

If you are still not satisfied with following the review process, then you
may ask the Office of the Scottish Information Commissioner (OSIC) to
investigate the matter. You must appeal to the Commissioner within six
months of receiving the review decision. You may submit your appeal online
via OSIC’s website, a link to the online appeal service is provided for
your convenience:
[16]http://www.itspublicknowledge.info/YourR...

 

Alternatively, you may contact OSIC at:

 

Scottish Information Commissioner

Kinburn Castle

Doubledykes Road

St Andrews

Fife

KY16 9DS

 

Telephone: 01334 464610

Fax: 01334 464611

E-mail: [17][email address]

 

If you remain dissatisfied following the Commissioner’s decision, you may
be able to appeal to the Court of Session. You should, however, obtain
legal advice before deciding on this course of action. This is because an
appeal may only be made on a point of law, not because you disagree with
the Commissioner’s view of the case.

 

Yours sincerely

 

David Porteous

Customer Feedback and FOI Team

East Lothian Council

John Muir House

Haddington

EH41 3HA

 

Tel: 01620 827623

Email: [18][East Lothian Council request email]

 

Information about East Lothian Council’s complaints procedure can be found
[19]here.

 

Details of your rights to requesting information from East Lothian Council
are published [20]here.

 

The Scottish Information Commissioner is responsible for the enforcement
of Scotland's freedom of information laws. Guidance regarding your rights
of access to information held by Scottish public authorities is available
on the Commissioner’s [21]website.

 

 

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