Reason for TRO on Meadow Lane

Philip OConnell made this Rhyddid Gwybodaeth request to Stoke on Trent City Council

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Dear Stoke on Trent City Council,

Re MB/NM/TRO12/2019 Double Yellow Lines TRO - Meadow Lane

The developer has requested an extension to double yellow lines, however there is no specific reason given by the Council, the reasons provided are opaque and have no safety related detail.

Prior to this application, the developer claims that;
a) the junction has an exemplary safety record
b) that their planned improvements will make the junction even safer than it's exemplary record to date, without any yellow line extension.

Please provide the specific information from the developer as to why, contrary to their claims (a) and (b), the extension to the double yellow lines is needed and the impact this would have further down Meadow Lane.

Yours faithfully,

Philip OConnell

FOI, Stoke on Trent City Council

Dear Mr O'Connell

 

Your request for information ref. SOT85645

 

Thank you for your request for copies of information supporting an
extension to double yellow lines on Meadow Lane.  Your request was
received by the Information Rights Team on 13 January 2020.  This is being
dealt with under the terms of the appropriate Information Rights
legislation.

 

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Dear FOI,

Could you please explain why you have not responded to my FOI request within the statutory 20 day limit?

"You should expect to receive a response to your request on or before 10 February 2020 in line with the legislation's 20 working day statutory deadline."

Yours sincerely,

Philip OConnell

FOI, Stoke on Trent City Council

Dear Mr O'Connell

Thank you for your email. We are sorry you are still awaiting a response to your request for information. We are still processing your request and are awaiting information from the relevant service. We have chased the service again for this information.

We will respond to you as soon as possible and once again apologise for the delay in responding to you.

Yours sincerely

Information Rights Team
 
Information Rights
City of Stoke-on-Trent
Floor 2  Civic Centre  Glebe Street  Stoke-on-Trent  ST4 1HH
T: 01782 232853, 01782 233020, 01782 233732, 01782 235965
E: [Stoke on Trent City Council request email]

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Dear FOI,

I find it implausible that your service can not respond with the requested information in a timely manner. This information would have been provided by the developer and assessed by the service as part of the application for the TRO in Nov/Dec 19.

I hereby request that you conduct an internal review as why this information is being withheld beyond the 20 day statutory response time limit. Please either respond with the information or confirm that you are conducting an internal review.

Yours sincerely,

Philip OConnell

FOI, Stoke on Trent City Council

Dear Mr O’Connell

 

Thank you for your email below.

 

Please accept the Council’s apologies for the delay in you receiving your
response to your request for information about Meadow Lane, and for any
inconvenience this has caused.

 

I can confirm that we have contacted the Highways Team of the Council in
order to obtain the information required for responding to your request. 
We hope to respond to you very soon, and in any event no later than the
end of next week.

 

Regarding your reference to conducting an Internal Review, once you have
been provided with a response to your request for information; if you are
still unhappy about the handling of this request, please confirm this to
ourselves, and an Internal Review into the handling of this request will
be conducted at that point.

 

I hope this is helpful for now.

 

Yours sincerely

 

Louise Kelly

 

Louise Kelly / Alice Hide 

Information Rights Managers

Information Rights Team

City of Stoke-on-Trent

Housing and Customer Services Directorate

Civic Centre Glebe Street Stoke-on-Trent ST4 1HH

Phone: 01782 233732 (Mon-Wed), 235965 (Wed-Fri)

Email: [1][Stoke on Trent City Council request email]

 

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FOI, Stoke on Trent City Council

Dear Mr O'Connell

 

Your request for information ref. SOT85645 about copies of information
supporting an extension to double yellow lines on Meadow Lane.

 

We have now considered your request and a copy of the information is
enclosed below.  Please accept our apologies for the delay in sending this
to you.

 

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purposes.  Its use for commercial gain including issuing to the public,
social media or computer blogs may be subject to the issue of a licence
under the Reuse of Public Sector Information Regulations 2015.

 

Request:

 

The developer has requested an extension to double yellow lines, however
there is no specific reason given by the Council, the reasons provided are
opaque and have no safety related detail.

Prior to this application, the developer claims that;
a)  the junction has an exemplary safety record
b)  that their planned improvements will make the junction even safer than
it's exemplary record to date, without any yellow line extension.

Please provide the specific information from the developer as to why,
contrary to their claims (a) and (b), the extension to the double yellow
lines is needed and the impact this would have further down Meadow Lane.

 

Response:

 

This has been set out in the TRO, ie. reasons relate to highway capacity,
not safety. The council feels that this has been adequately expressed in
the TRO.

 

The developer’s transport consultants contacted the city council on 19^th
November 2019 as below:

 

We are progressing detailed design of a S278 improvement scheme at the
junction between Meadow Lane and Longton Road in Trentham. There are
existing double yellow lines at the junction which are proposed to be
extended on Meadow Lane as shown on the attached plan. Could you please
advise of the process for extending the restrictions and associated
timescales and costs, and any potential implications on the S278
(technical submission to Stoke-on-Trent is programmed for mid-December
with a view to complete the legal agreement as soon as possible in the new
year).

 

It was subsequently clarified with the developer’s consultant that
advertising of a Traffic Regulation Order was a separate process to the
S278 legal agreement but that, if approved, the works relating to the TRO
must be delivered as part of the overall agreed scheme.

 

During the technical appraisal stages of the S278 Highway Agreement the
Highway Authority has to ensure that any alterations as proposed as part
of the Inspector’s decision are technically appropriate, to adoptable
standards, and allow for optimal operation of the highway. The Highway
Authority has thus highlighted that, to protect capacity of the proposed
two lane approach to the Meadow Lane/Longton Road junction both lanes need
to available to road users. The control for this is a 20m extension to the
existing double yellow lines. Thus, when the TRO request was received from
the developer, the reasons for it were understood and no additional detail
was required from them. The reasons relate to highway capacity, not
safety. The council feels that this has been adequately expressed in the
TRO.

 

 

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Yours sincerely

 

Information Rights Team

 

Information Rights

City of Stoke-on-Trent

Floor 2  Civic Centre  Glebe Street  Stoke-on-Trent  ST4 1HH

T: 01782 232853, 01782 233020, 01782 233732, 01782 235965

E: [5][Stoke on Trent City Council request email]

 

Request

Dear Stoke on Trent City Council,

Re MB/NM/TRO12/2019 Double Yellow Lines TRO - Meadow Lane

The developer has requested an extension to double yellow lines, however
there is no specific reason given by the Council, the reasons provided are
opaque and have no safety related detail.

Prior to this application, the developer claims that;
a)  the junction has an exemplary safety record
b)  that their planned improvements will make the junction even safer than
it's exemplary record to date, without any yellow line extension.

Please provide the specific information from the developer as to why,
contrary to their claims (a) and (b),  the extension to the double yellow
lines is needed and the impact this would have further down Meadow Lane.

Yours faithfully,

Philip OConnell

 

 

Winner – UK Housing Awards Council of the Year 2019

Being a foster carer is truly life changing. If you have a spare room and
spare time, even as little as one weekend a month, you can make a real
difference to a child’s life.

Fostering for Stoke-on-Trent City Council offers a rewarding career with
comprehensive training and guidance. [6]Click here for more information.

Manage your council tax online and sign up for paperless billing with our
new online account at [7]www.stoke.gov.uk/onlineaccount - and access it
using the MyStoke app, putting fly-tipping, and litter reporting in your
hands at the touch of a button. Available in the [8]App Store and on
[9]Google Play

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References

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2. http://ico.org.uk/for_the_public
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4. http://www.stoke.gov.uk/dataprotection
5. mailto:[Stoke on Trent City Council request email]
6. https://www.stoke.gov.uk/info/20044/fost...
7. http://www.stoke.gov.uk/onlineaccount
8. https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/my-stoke...
9. https://play.google.com/store/apps/detai...