The disturbing case of Councillor Barry Phelps

Antoine de Burgh made this Rhyddid Gwybodaeth request to Westminster City Council

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Antoine de Burgh

Dear Westminster City Council,

I refer to the disturbing case of Councillor Barry Phelps at your sister council Kensington and Chelsea.

The chap in question resigned after being found guilty of making lewd comments about photographs of children.

He didn't seem to think that he had done much wrong and to be frank neither did his boss Councillor Cockell.

The whole affair would probably have been brushed under the proverbial carpet were it not for the actions of a right minded citizen who made a complaint which forced Phelps out.

You are probably wondering what this has got to do with your own illustrious borough and so was I until I stumbled across a list of ancient Councillors who once served Westminster.

Under the entry "Victoria Street Ward 1968-1971" is the name
Councillor Barry Phelps.

My questions to you then are as follows......

Are these two Barry Phelps one and the same person?

If they are , were any complaints relating to innappropriate actions towards children/children's images made to Westminster about Barry Phelps during this time?

Yours faithfully,

Antoine de Burgh

Gadawodd David Boothroyd anodiad ()

I can answer the first bit, as the author of the list of former Westminster City Councillors: Yes, it is the same Barry Phelps.

It should be pointed out that his resignation from RBKC was not due to any criminal conviction; I don't think anyone's suggested that his conduct was criminal in any way.

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Name: Antoine de Burgh
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Request Details: My questions to you then are as follows......

Are these two Barry Phelps one and the same person? (i.e. councillor
Barry Phelps of Kensington and Chelsea and Councillor Barry Phelps
"Victoria Street Ward 1968-1971" )

If they are , were any complaints relating to innappropriate actions
towards children/children's images made to Westminster about Barry Phelps
during this time?

FOI Reference Number: 6878
Target Completion Date: 18/04/2011

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Deeks Julie, Westminster City Council

Dear Sir/Madam

 

Are these two Barry Phelps one and the same person? (ie Councillor Barry
Phelps of Kensington and Chelsea and Councillor Barry Phelps, Victoria
Street Ward 1968 – 1971)

 

If they are, were any complaints relating to inappropriate actions towards
children/children’s images made to Westminster about Barry Phelps during
this time?

 

Regarding the above request it is not known if they are the same person.

 

Thank you

 

Julie Deeks

Team Support Officer

Council, Cabinet & Committee Secretariat

Legal & Democratic Services

15th Floor

Westminster City Hall

Tel: 020 7641 7906

 

 

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Antoine de Burgh

Dear Westminster City Council,

Please pass this on to the person who conducts Freedom of Information reviews.

I am writing to request an internal review of Westminster City Council's handling of my FOI request 'The disturbing case of Councillor Barry Phelps'.

You have a duty under the FOI Act 2000 to find the information asked for. If that is not possible then you must give assistance to the requester in a helpful manner that may help them to locate the information.

Your somewhat surly response of "we do not know if they are the same person" has failed on this point.

It does not fulfil the criteria that must be adhered to by authorities under the legally binding FOI act and as such is an unlawful response. I require a lawful response to my request.

As an addendum here's a little advice:

WCC may dislike the questions being asked and WCC may dislike the people asking the questions, but WCC is obliged to follow the law whether they like it or not.

A rap from the ICO should have woken you to this already.

A full history of my FOI request and all correspondence is available on the Internet at this address:
http://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/th...

Yours faithfully,

Antoine de Burgh

FOI, Westminster City Council

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Dear A De Burgh

Please find attached the council's response to your request for an Internal Review into the handling of your Freedom of Information Request 6878.

Yours sincerely

Catherine Preston
Knowledge and Information Management Team
Information Services
Westminster City Council
101 Orchardson Street
London NW8 8EA
Tel: 020 7641 3921
Fax: 020 7641 2872
Email: [email address]
www.westminster.gov.uk

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