Our Ref: FOI/005009
Date: 22nd March 2019
Steve Wright email@example.com
Dear Mr Wright REQUEST FOR INFORMATION – FoI/005009
I am contacting you with regard to your recent request for information received in this
department on 25th February 2019:
1) Is grounds maintenance (i.e. mowing, tree work, weed spraying etc.) work undertaken
by in-house teams or contracted out? If contracted who is the current contractor?
2) Who is responsible for managing in-house grounds maintenance teams or
3) What is the contact name, address and email of the person responsible for managing
grounds maintenance activities?
4) What is the annual grounds maintenance budget?
5) Do you receive additional Government, non-profit or voluntary donations, specifically
for grounds maintenance tasks?
I am writing to confirm that the Trust has now completed its search for this
Q1) The Cumberland Infirmary (CIC) has a private finance initiative (PFI)
arrangement in place, so all grounds maintenance at CIC is provided by the PFI
company. The contract began in 2000 and is a 45 year contract with a break clause
after 30 years. The Trust makes unitary payments to the PFI company which include
hard and soft facilities management.
All grounds maintenance at the West Cumberland Hospital (WCH) is undertaken by
the WCH Estates Direct Employed Labour (DEL), with the exception of hedge
trimming and tree felling.
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Q2) WCH Estates is responsible for managing in-house grounds maintenance teams.
Q3) The contact address is: WCH Estates, West Cumberland Hospital, Whitehaven,
Cumbria, CA28 8JG.
Q4) The annual grounds maintenance budget is £3,000 for external contractors.
Q5) The Trust does not receive additional Government, non-profit or voluntary
donations, specifically for grounds maintenance tasks.
If you are unhappy with the way the Trust has handled your request, you may ask for
an internal review by contacting:
Joint Company Secretary
If you are not content with the outcome of the internal review, you have the right to
apply directly to the Information Commissioner for a decision.
The Information Commissioner can be contacted at:
Information Commissioner’s Office
Cheshire SK9 5AF http://www.ico.org.uk/
If you wish to discuss any of the above, please contact me at the above address.
Please remember to quote the reference number above in any future
EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR OF FINANCE
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