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Dear North Lanarkshire Council,

Please provide the following data in spreadsheet form for each financial year from 2016/17 to 2022/23*, inclusive. (*For 2022/23, please specify whether any figures are projected, or likely to change before 31 March 2023).

Please break down the results for each question by year and provide any explanatory commentary where you consider this necessary/helpful.

1) How many Full Time Equivalent (FTE) Access Officers, AND/OR officers delivering outdoor access-related duties (other than Rangers*), regardless of job title, your authority employed. (*There is a separate question on Rangers, below.)

When assessing FTE, please only include time spent specifically on access work, including delivering the authority’s statutory access duties (under Part I of the Land Reform (Scotland) Act 2003), or on promotion of the Scottish Outdoor Access Code and responsible behaviour, etc.

For each individual post included in the above assessment, please specify whether the post is purely access-related or whether it encompasses multiple roles with access as only one element of a broader remit (e.g. Woodland Officer, Parks Management, etc). When an officer's role is not purely access-related, please provide an estimate of the proportion of time each individual spends on access-related work (e.g. 25%, 50%, etc).

2) How many FTE Rangers you employed. Please give an estimate of percentage time spent on access and visitor management per financial year by your Ranger Service as a whole. 'Access and visitor management' work would include, for example, maintenance, upgrading, monitoring and signage of the paths network, as well as promoting responsible behaviour and educating the public about access rights and responsibilities.

3) The overall annual spend on access work for each year (excluding staff costs), giving separate figures for capital and revenue. (This should include spend on upgrading, maintaining, monitoring and creating paths; replacing/installing path furniture, including signage; promotion of responsible behaviour; development and survey work outsourced to third parties.

4) Where relevant, please provide an overall figure for the period in question (1/4/16 - 31/3/23) for any external legal costs (e.g., from court cases) associated with upholding access rights.

Thanks,

Jamie Mann

Angelene Kirkpatrick, North Lanarkshire Council

Dear Sir/madam

I acknowledge receipt of your request which is receiving attention.

I shall contact you again when I am in a position to respond more fully to your request.

Yours sincerely

Angelene Kirkpatrick
For Freedom of Information Co-ordinator
North Lanarkshire Council
Civic Centre
Windmillhill Street
Motherwell
ML1 1AB

Working from home
Please contact via email

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Angelene Kirkpatrick, North Lanarkshire Council

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Dear Mr. Mann

Request for Information

 

I refer again to your e-mail of 28 February 2023 seeking information in
relation to access spending on staff.

 

Having investigated, my response to your four enquiries is as follows:-

 

(1)               Please find attached the information relative to your
enquiry.  These posts are 100% access related.

 

(2)               Please find attached information for numbers.  As time is not
recorded in hours against particular duties this information is not held and in
terms of Section 17 of the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002 I must
advise you of this.

 

To be of some assistance, please note that there are five broad themes
that the service covers, access is one of those so 20% of the service's
time would be a realistic estimate.

 

(3)               The capital expenditure is included in the attached
information.  There is no revenue budget for maintenance of paths.

 

(4)               No information is held of any costs and in terms of Section 17
of the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002 I must advise you of this.

 

I can advise that North Lanarkshire Council, having regard to the
provisions of Section 21 of the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act
2002, has established a procedure whereby any person who has requested
information and is in any way dissatisfied with the decision on that
request, can within forty working days require a review of that decision
by writing to the Chief Officer (Legal and Democratic), Civic Centre,
Windmillhill Street, Motherwell ML1 1AB.  Accordingly, if you are
dissatisfied with this decision and seek such review please write to the
Chief Officer (Legal and Democratic).

 

I would advise, also, that in terms of Section 47 of the Act a person who
is dissatisfied with a notice given by the local authority under Section
21 of the Act - ie. a notice following a review of a decision by a local
authority, or by the failure of a local authority to give such a notice -
may make application to the Scottish Information Commissioner for a
decision as to whether, in any respect specified in that application, the
request for information to which the requirement relates has been dealt
with in accordance with the Act.  Such an application must be made within
six months of the review decision and be in writing or in another form
which, by reason of it having some permanency is capable of being used for
subsequent reference. The application must state the name of the
applicant, and provide an address for correspondence. The application must
also specify the request for information to which the requirement for
review relates, the matter which gave rise to the applicant’s
dissatisfaction with the original decision of the local authority and the
matter which gives rise to the applicant’s dissatisfaction with the
decision on review by the local authority or the failure of the local
authority to issue such a decision.  The Scottish Information Commissioner
can be contacted as follows:-

 

Scottish Information Commissioner

Kinburn Castle

Doubledykes Road

St. Andrews

KY16  9DS

email: [1][email address]

 

Appeals to the Scottish Information Commissioner can also be made online
via the following link: -

 

[2]www.itspublicknowledge.info/Appeal

 

I hope this information is sufficient for your purpose.  If, however, you
require further information – or I can assist in any other way – please
let me know.

 

Yours sincerely

 

Angelene Kirkpatrick

For Freedom of Information Co-ordinator

North Lanarkshire Council

Civic Centre

Windmillhill Street

Motherwell

ML1 1AB

 

Working from home

Please contact via email

 

 

 

 

 

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