Dear Bradford City Council,
BMDC - F19 Right of Way
Bradford Council's Countryside and Rights of Way Service department has refused my offer to pay to have the land (that has/had the footpath F19 running across it) surveyed by a professional, independent surveyor, to establish the historic route of the footpath; having sought further legal advice about this I have been told that given the Council's statements made about me in correspondence sent to selected members of the public
"The public footpath is recorded on the definitive map (the legal record of public rights of way) as shown on the enclosed map numbered one
"Between 1986 and 2014 this authority received complaints from members of the public regarding locked gates and other obstructions and misleading notices on the footpath on Mr Thompson's land"
"The authority proposed to take enforcement action against Mr Thompson if he didn't remove the obstructions or apply to legally amend the alignment of the footpath with evidence to support his assertion that his application route is correct"
that SUCH STATEMENTS SHOULD ONLY HAVE BEEN MADE IF THE COUNCIL HAS CARRIED OUT AND COMPLETED A FULL AND PROPER SURVEY OF THE LAND IN QUESTION, therefore, I am writing to make an open government request for all the information to which I am entitled under the 1994 Code of Practice on Access to Government Information. In order to assist you with this request, I am outlining my query as specifically as possible. As you will understand, this may not be a definitive list of relevant information.
1. Has the Council carried out an official survey on the land of the disputed route of F19?
2. What date was that survey carried out?
3. Who carried out the survey?
4. What National/Internationally accepted method was used to carry out the survey?
5. What evidence was used?
6. What were the findings?
7. How can I view/access/obtain a copy of that survey? (ASAP)
I would be interested in any information regarding my request. I understand that I do not have to specify particular files or documents and that it is the department's responsibility to provide the information I require.
I understand that under the act, I should be entitled to a response within 20 working days. I would be grateful if you could confirm in writing that you have received this request.
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Countryside and Rights of Way Manager
Tel: 01274 431230 [mobile number]^th Floor, Britannia House, Broadway, Bradford BD1 1HX
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