Roads, Ironworks and Paths research

kenneth priestley made this Rhyddid Gwybodaeth request to Leeds City Council

This request has been closed to new correspondence from the public body. Contact us if you think it ought be re-opened.

Leeds City Council Nid oedd gan y wybodaeth y gofynnwyd amdani.

Dear Leeds City Council,
I have a few questions that i would like to clarify and your help would be most apprieciated.

1, what qualifications do highway inspector require in law to carry out there duties ?.
2, Does Leeds city council have a gully inspection regime ?.
3, Do Leeds city council have an identity of defect severity sheet / documents.
4, Ironworks that by definition would be classed as a failed installation require repairing / replacing and if so what would the time scale be for said process.
5, I have noted that your records show multiple inspectors thus showing they do not input data, how do they record data when out on inspections as they do not carry hand held recording devices as stated before ? is this done via hand written inspection sheets and are these available on request ?.

I do hope you can help me with my research and this request is not intended to cause harm.

Yours faithfully, Ken

Gadawodd Chris Rayson anodiad ()

Dear Mr Priestley

The Council lied in its FOI reply to your gully inspection question

I received an e-mail from Michelle Wathen on 10th Nov' 2011
I have copied it below

Dear Mr Rayson

Since our Highway Maintenance Policy Statement was last prepared in 2005, the budget for gully cleansing has been transferred to our Cleansing Section.

Cleansing has advised Highways that they visit all gullies on an 8 monthly cycle and this removes the need for Highways to look at them on our 12 monthly cycle.

In light of your enquiry I have passed your email onto our Cleansing Section (refusecollection@leeds.gov.uk) for them to investigate and respond directly to you.

Regards

Highways & Transportation

This should be proof enough that the reply you received is incorrect at the very least.

Regards

Chris Rayson

Gadawodd kenneth priestley anodiad ()

Thankyou Chris

I have a dated document from Leeds City Council stating that they do not have a gully inspection regime, dated 2012.
They hide behind the section 58 inspection which clearly states that this is used as a defence for claims.
All inspectors have to be qualified to nvq 301/311 if they are not then all inspections are void as they are not trained in accordance with there own ACTS.

I hope this small amount of information will help you in your quest for the truth :)
I would like very much for any information or emails ect that can confirm they tell fibs regarding inspections ect.

Ken

Gadawodd Chris Rayson anodiad ()

Dear Mr Priestley

In November 2011 I applied for a few Annual Safety Surveys of various roads where I knew that no gully cleaning had be undertaken for many years.
The FOI requests were answered by Highways with copious amounts
of info.
Many of the surveys showed the gullies to be clear some surveys didn't even record the gully inspection.

I followed this up with FOI requests to Street Cleaning regarding the blocked gullies all my requests were refused and the consequent appeal also refused.
All these are still on the Leeds FOI site

To put things more into perspective I am currently banned from contacting the Council by e-mail and can only use Legal Department specified channels for mail and phone contact
My crime: reporting too many blocked kerbside drains
This is my third ban with 2007 and 2010 previously, I am also threatened with court action and an ASBO if I continue to report blocked drains at the current rate (as of Nov' 2011)

The Council has many hidden agenda and try very hard to keep them hidden from the paying public.
I would tread carefully, they can be a mean bunch if rattled.

Regards

Chris Rayson

Gadawodd kenneth priestley anodiad ()

highways act 1980 section 56. you will love that read :) hope this helps in your quest.

ps. The inspectors have to be city and guilds trained (not nvq) section 301/311.

The person that carries out the repairs also has to qualified (havnt research fully)

If anyone including vehicles suffer injury or damage they hide behind section 58, but the info i have obtained leaves the councils with no defence, taken 3 years of research and dedication.

Gadawodd kenneth priestley anodiad ()

PS Chris

I will soon send you the links to the publicaly available info regarding the council having no gully inspection regime.

Gadawodd kenneth priestley anodiad ()

PPS

Check out failed ironworks installations :) another 1 you will like. (think Hull uni profs did a thesis aswell as to why they fail)

Dear Leeds City Council,
Please can you answer my request without further delay.

Yours faithfully,

kenneth priestley

Brook, Richard, Leeds City Council

Dear Mr. Priestley,

A response to this request was provided on 21^st June.  I have reattached
it below for your reference.

 

Regards,

 

Richard Brook,

Administration Assistant,

Level 4,

Leonardo Building,

(0113 24)76761.

From: Brook, Richard
Sent: 21 June 2013 11:16
To: '[email address]'
Subject: RE: Freedom of Information request - Highways research

 

Dear Mr.  Priestley,

I write in response to your below Freedom of Information request. Please
find our responses to your questions below.

 

1, what qualifications do highway inspector require in law to carry out
their duties ?.

 

This request has been answered in our previous FOI responses to you.
Please refer to FOI reference numbers F8974 and F9013.

 

2, Does Leeds city council have a gully inspection regime?

 

This request has been answered in our previous FOI responses to you.
Please refer to the previous Highways safety survey information which has
been disclosed (for example, F8257) and our Highways Maintenance Policy
(again, previously supplied), available at the below link:

 

[1]http://www.leeds.gov.uk/residents/Pages/...

 

3, Do Leeds city council have an identity of defect severity sheet /
documents.

 

We do not understand what you mean by this question, but would, again,
refer you to our previous FOI responses providing our Highways safety
surveys, as well as the Highways Maintenance Policy.

 

4, Ironworks that by definition would be classed as a failed installation
require repairing / replacing and if so what would the time scale be for
said process.

 

This request has been previously answered in our FOI responses to you. In
particular, I would refer you to F9701.

 

5, I have noted that your records show multiple inspectors thus showing
they do not input data, how do they record data when out on inspections as
they do not carry hand held recording devices as stated before ? is this
done via hand written inspection sheets and are these available on
request?

 

Information on how safety inspections are undertaken is available in our
Highways Maintenance Policy. We have, additionally, provided specific
information on these inspections in our previous 5 FOI responses to you on
this matter.  

 

I trust that this response is satisfactory; however, if you are
dissatisfied with this response then you have a right to appeal to an
independent officer within City Development. On appeal, your request will
be re-examined and an assessment made as to whether the requirements of
the Act have been adhered to. Should you wish to follow this course of
action then please address your concerns in writing to Jayne Conboy,
Information Practitioner, The Leonardo Building, 2 Rossington Street, LS2
8HD

 

You also have a right under Section 50 of the Freedom of Information Act
to ask the Information Commissioner to take a decision as to whether we
have met with our obligations under the Act.  The Commissioner has made it
clear however that he expects all applicants to exhaust internal appeals
procedures prior to making such an application. Should you wish to contact
the Commissioner’s Office then you can write to the following address:

 

        Office of the Information Commissioner,

        Wycliffe House,

        Water Lane,

        Wilmslow, Cheshire,

        SK9 5AF.

 

Yours sincerely

 

 

 

Jayne Conboy

Information Practitioner  

 

 

 

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