London Borough of Barnet,
2 Bristol Avenue,
London NW9 4EW
31 January 2020
Our ref: 5926364
Thank you for your request received on 3 January 2020, for the following
Under the Freedom of Information Act 2000, I'd like to make a request
regarding complaints filed against the roads regulated by your authority.
During these time periods:
01/04/2014 - 31/03/2015
01/04/2015 - 31/03/2016
01/04/2016 - 31/03/2017
01/04/2017 - 31/03/2018
01/04/2018 - 31/03/2019
Specifically, I'd like to request data on which roads have had the most
complaints filed against them regarding their condition.
If this could include:
The specific roads which receive the most complaints regarding road
The amount of complaints received regarding condition for each of the roads
We have processed this request under the Freedom of Information Act 2000. Response
I can confirm that London Borough of Barnet holds the information you requested.
However, we are withholding all of that information since we consider that the
following exemptions apply to it.
W e are refusing your request under section 12 because we estimate that compliance with
your request will exceed the "appropriate limit" under section 12. The appropriate
limit is £450 which is equivalent to 18 hours at £25 per hour. The per hour figure is set by
Regulations rather than actual salary paid to any officers handling requests. The appropriate
limit includes the time it will take the council to discover if it holds the information requested,
to locate it, extract it and collate it as well as putting it into any particular format requested by
We have calculated that it will take approx 42 to comply with your request. Our calculation is
In order to provide this information officers would have to go through each individual
complaint to record the road name, and type of defect. There have been over 500
complaints to LB Barnet Highways since 2014 alone, it would take approximately 42
hours to answer this enquiry.
Advice and Assistance
If there is a specific road you would like investigated, we can provide data on
If you are interested in the data that the council holds you may wish to visit Open Barnet, the
council’s data portal. This brings together all our published datasets and other information of
interest on one searchable database for anyone, anywhere to access. http://open.barnet.gov.uk/
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r by post to Information Management
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