Step Short

P Collins made this Rhyddid Gwybodaeth request to Folkestone Town Council

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

Roedd y cais yn llwyddiannus.

Dear Folkestone Town Council,

Under freedom of information can you please tell me

1. What donations or assistance has been provided to Step Short since 2007 broken down a an annual basis?

2. Are there any plans to donate money to the memorial arch?

3. Have any new applications been made for funding of Step Short or the memorial arch?

4. Are there any plans for spending on the existing or new war memorials?

5. Release all correspondence, emails and meeting notes between Folkestone Town Council and Shepway District Council about Step Short or the memorial arch.

Yours faithfully,

P Collins

Jennifer Childs, Folkestone Town Council

17 Atodiad

Dear Sirs

Thank you for your email, please be advised the following sums have been paid to Step Short by Folkestone Town Council:

April 2011 £750 Office Equipment for TIC
March 2012 £10,000 Commemorative Arch
May 2012 £6,000 Commemorative Arch
April 2013 £800 Living History Event

A copy of correspondence that relates to Step Short is also attached for your information.

Kind regards

Jennifer Childs
Town Clerk

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Dear Jennifer Childs,

Thank you for your response.

Finance Report F/13/145 has not been released which allocates additional funding to the Step Short Project and was the subject of exclusion of the public at the time.

As this has now been voted on and the potential release of funding agreed, can you please also release a copy of this report as it should now be made public. As this is future funding, as I requested in point 4, can you confirm that this is the only planned future funding of £19,000 and release this report.

Finally a request was made for the release of all correspondence and emails in point 5 of my request. You have released all official town meetings documentation but no correspondence. Can you confirm that there is no other correspondence or emails other than the official meeting minutes and agendas and if so how did it get placed on the agendas in the first place?

Yours sincerely,

P Collins

Jennifer Childs, Folkestone Town Council

Thank you for your email.

Report F/13/145 is an exempt report pertaining to staffing within the town council for heritage related projects which includes a partnership project with Step Short and the National Army Museum but does not relate to giving funds to the Step Short Memorial project and is not available under the Freedom of Information Act as it is covered under the Data Protection Act.

You requested correspondence and emails between Shepway District Council and Folkestone Town Council, to which I can confirm there are none, the presentation was placed on the agenda following a verbal request from Cllr Ann Berry.

Kind regards

Jennifer Childs

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Dear Jennifer Childs,

Thank you for your very speedy response to my further query. Is it possible, in line with the Information Commissioners Office guidance, that a redacted report of F/13/145 be made available as it relates to funding from Folkestone Town Council, on a partnership basis with Step Short, but it is unclear what this covers or how this public money is being proposed to be spent other than £19,000 being made available from the Town Council.

Thank you for your time on this matter.

Yours sincerely,

P Collins

Dear Jennifer Childs,

I am still waiting for a response to my request for information concerning report of F/13/145 be made available as it relates to funding from Folkestone Town Council sent to you on 23 July 2013 in response to your partial release of information to my original request.

This is now outside the statutory 20 day limit of the original request. Can you please clarify when the report will be made available?

Yours sincerely,

P Collins

Jennifer Childs, Folkestone Town Council

Dear P Collins

As previously advised report F/13/145 is an exempt report and therefore not subject to release via the Freedom of Information Act as it is protected under the Data protection Act.

I also reiterate it does not pertain to funding from Folkestone Town Council to the Step Short Memorial Project as per your original request, it relates to budget allocated for an officer employed by Folkestone Town Council to undertake heritage related projects.

Kind regards

Jennifer Childs
Town Clerk

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Dear Jennifer Childs,

Thank you for your response, just to clarify as I somewhat confused, the £19,000 allocated in the Agenda for the 11 July Personnel Sub-Committee for the post of a Heritage Officer implies that the Town Council is putting £19,000 towards the cost of this post dependent on matched funding from Step Short.

Will this post or the portion paid for by Folkestone Town Council therefore not be undertaking work related to Step Short? If they will be then is that the portion funded by Step Short and not Folkestone Town Council? If it is intended that they will undertake work on Step Short projects, what will be the cost to Folkestone Town Council for this element?

I apologise for seeking further clarification but I am somewhat confused as the papers released seem to conflict with what you are saying.

Hopefully this matter can be clarified and finally resolved.

Yours sincerely,

P Collins

Jennifer Childs, Folkestone Town Council

Hello

For clarification, Folkestone Town Council have appointed an Interim Heritage Officer on a twelve month fixed term contract to work on heritage related projects in the town hall, help build a programme of events in the community space and contribute to a heritage lottery bid for funding to develop a museum in the town hall following agreement by Kent County Council to gift Folkestone Museum and Masters Collections to the Town Council.

This post includes but is not limited to working with the National Army Museum and Step Short on the 2014 centenary exhibition project within the town hall. This exhibition is being funded by the National Army Museum with local hands on support by the Interim Heritage Officer provided within the remit of the officers post, paid for by the Council.

Step Short approached Folkestone Town Council regarding the need for heritage officer support building their educational contribution to the 2014 centenary exhibition in the town hall and they proposed sourcing funding of £19,000 towards this, they have advised this funding will be provided to the Council around November 2013, until such time as this funding is in place the officer is not undertaking any work specifically for Step Short, and to date no formal agreement has been reached as too exactly what work will be required, this will be negotiated once funding is forthcoming.

I trust this information is sufficient for your needs, but as previously advised under your original request for information, Folkestone Town Council have provided Step Short with funding of £17550 towards work related to their commemorative arch project.

Kind regards

Jennifer Childs
Town Clerk

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Dear Jennifer Childs,

Thank you for the full and prompt response.

Yours sincerely,

P Collins