Air Quality and Traffic evidence/data for road closure of Walton Street

Dolce Far-Niente made this Freedom of Information request to Oxfordshire County Council

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Dolce Far-Niente

Dear Oxfordshire County Council,
In a separate FOI request to Oxfordshire County Council titled "Requesting the exact reasons to the Walton Street closure/ETRO", a reply to this FOI enclosed a letter from Mr Tim Shickle [Group Manager (Asset Renewals) Highway Asset Management – Street Lighting, Roads, Bridges & Traffic Signals] saying the following:

"The air quality improved by 30% whilst the initial closure was in place. This is supported by
the air quality email data attached."
The attached document was simply a general data sheet of air quality measurements.
We have seen the general data for the traffic measurement across Oxford.

We specifically request from Oxford City Council to provide clear evidence of:
- provide clear ANALYSIS of the air quality data that discusses/explains/supports the council's
decision to close and ETRO Walton Street
- provide clear ANALYSIS of the traffic data that discusses/explains/supports the council's decision to close and ETRO Walton Street
- ANALYSIS of the above statement by Mr Shickle that "the air quality improved by 30% whilst the initial closure was in place" on Walton Street
- ANALYSIS of the reduction of traffic on Walton Street
- EVIDENCE and ANALYSIS of how the traffic has been reduced on residential streets since the closure of Walton Street

The council also did not answer two other questions in the original FOI:
- evidence of how exactly the Walton Street closure has provided multiple environmental and social benefits? ...in other words, how did the council measure these "benefits" or is it entirely anecdotal and 'imagined'?
- evidence of how, during the closure, the authority saw/measured an improvement of the traffic flow within the Worcester Street/Beaumont Street area? ...in other words, how did the council analyse this ...what is the actual analysis?

Yours faithfully,

Dolce Far-Niente

FOI - E&E, Oxfordshire County Council

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Our reference: 16604 EIR

 

Dear Dolce Far-Niente,

 

Thank you for your correspondence received on 06 March 2020 in which you
asked for the following information:

 

- provide clear ANALYSIS of the air quality data that
discusses/explains/supports the council's decision to close and ETRO
Walton Street

- provide clear ANALYSIS of the traffic data that
discusses/explains/supports the council's decision to close and ETRO
Walton Street

- ANALYSIS of the above statement by Mr Shickle that "the air quality
improved by 30% whilst the initial closure was in place" on Walton Street

- ANALYSIS of the reduction of traffic on Walton Street

-  EVIDENCE and ANALYSIS of how the traffic has been reduced on
residential streets since the closure of Walton Street

 

Your request is being considered and you will receive the information
requested as soon as possible and in any event within the next 20 working
days in compliance with the Environmental Information Regulations
2004/Freedom of Information Act 2000, unless an exception applies. This
means that the council will respond to you by 06 April 2020 at the latest.

 

If appropriate, the information requested can be made available in
alternative formats, including other languages, Braille, large print, and
audiocassette. If you require any of these formats then please let me
know.

 

Please contact me if you have any have further enquiries about your
request. I would be grateful if you could quote the reference number given
at the top of this email.

 

Kind regards

Renata Malinowski

 

Freedom of Information Support Officer

Joint Commissioning and E&E

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FOI - E&E, Oxfordshire County Council

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Our reference: 16325 EIR IR

 

Dear Dolce-Far-Niente,

 

In accordance with the council's Freedom of Information policy, I will
arrange for an internal review of your request to be undertaken.

 

The review will be undertaken by Sean Rooney, Service Lead – Highway
Maintenance, a manager not involved in the original handling of your
request.  In line with guidance from the Information Commissioner’s
Office, we will aim to provide a full response within 20 working days
beginning the day your complaint was received. This means you will receive
a response by 03 April 2020.

 

Kind regards

Renata Malinowski

 

Freedom of Information Support Officer

Joint Commissioning and E&E

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Dear Dolce Far-Niente

 

Further to your request and our acknowledgment, I’m writing to ask you to
clarify it as it otherwise contains certain ambiguities and we would wish
to understand your request correctly.  You have asked:

 

We specifically request from Oxford City Council to provide clear evidence
of:

1.    provide clear ANALYSIS of the air quality data that
discusses/explains/supports the council's decision to close and ETRO
Walton Street

2.    provide clear ANALYSIS of the traffic data that
discusses/explains/supports the council's decision to close and ETRO
Walton Street

 

3.    ANALYSIS of the above statement by Mr Shickle that "the air quality
improved by 30% whilst the initial closure was in place" on Walton Street

4.    ANALYSIS of the reduction of traffic on Walton Street

5.    EVIDENCE and ANALYSIS of how the traffic has been reduced on
residential streets since the closure of Walton Street

 

Firstly, you appear to be asking Oxford City Council (not the County
Council) for information on at least the first two questions. In that
case, you would need to redirect your request to the City Council here: 
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For the second three questions it would assist if you could amplify what
you mean by ‘analysis’.  Authorities would only be able to provide you
with recorded information in response to any request, and it’s uncertain
what difference you see between your words ‘evidence’ and ‘analysis’, just
so that we are clear on your expectation.

 

Once we have your clarification on the 3-5, we will be able to reconsider
your request.

 

Kind regards

Renata Malinowski

 

Freedom of Information Support Officer

Joint Commissioning and E&E

Email: [2]E&[email address] and
[3][email address]

 

 

From: FOI - E&E <FOI-E&[email address]>
Sent: 09 March 2020 10:48
To: Dolce Far-Niente <[FOI #652720 email]>
Cc: FOI - E&E <FOI-E&[email address]>
Subject: 16604 EIR Acknowledgement

 

Our reference: 16604 EIR

 

Dear Dolce Far-Niente,

 

Thank you for your correspondence received on 06 March 2020 in which you
asked for the following information:

 

- provide clear ANALYSIS of the air quality data that
discusses/explains/supports the council's decision to close and ETRO
Walton Street

- provide clear ANALYSIS of the traffic data that
discusses/explains/supports the council's decision to close and ETRO
Walton Street

- ANALYSIS of the above statement by Mr Shickle that "the air quality
improved by 30% whilst the initial closure was in place" on Walton Street

- ANALYSIS of the reduction of traffic on Walton Street

-  EVIDENCE and ANALYSIS of how the traffic has been reduced on
residential streets since the closure of Walton Street

 

Your request is being considered and you will receive the information
requested as soon as possible and in any event within the next 20 working
days in compliance with the Environmental Information Regulations
2004/Freedom of Information Act 2000, unless an exception applies. This
means that the council will respond to you by 06 April 2020 at the latest.

 

If appropriate, the information requested can be made available in
alternative formats, including other languages, Braille, large print, and
audiocassette. If you require any of these formats then please let me
know.

 

Please contact me if you have any have further enquiries about your
request. I would be grateful if you could quote the reference number given
at the top of this email.

 

Kind regards

Renata Malinowski

 

Freedom of Information Support Officer

Joint Commissioning and E&E

Email: [4]E&[email address] and
[5][email address]

 

 

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FOI Team, Oxfordshire County Council

Our reference: 16325 EIR IR

 

Dear Dolce-Far-Niente,

 

I refer to your request for an Internal Review, with our reference 16325
EIR.

 

During these unprecedented times, we do endeavour to respond to all
information/internal review requests where possible and within the
relevant timeframes. However, in this case that has not been possible, due
to staff being diverted to the essential planning of services related to
COVID-19.  As such, the Council will need more time to complete this
review and will update you again early next week.  Please be assured that
this is receiving attention.

 

The Information Commissioner recognises that this may occur during this
unusual time and [1]has given guidance. 

 

Thank you for your understanding.

 

Yours sincerely

 

Sarah Smith

Access & Disclosure Officer

Legal & Governance Services

Oxfordshire County Council

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Oxford

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FOI Team, Oxfordshire County Council

Dear Dolce Far-Niente

 

I’m writing about an information request from earlier this Spring.

 

You came back to us following one of our responses to say that certain
information had not been supplied to you (as highlighted in yellow below).
We had originally taken this as an Internal Review on 16325 EIR.  Looking
back, this was not the case and I can’t see that we had a request, in
those terms, earlier than your email of 6 March.

 

Be that as it may, I didn’t want your points to be lost.  Your approach
had been (I think) to know the basis on which certain statements by the
Council had been made.  And I think from the wording you use, you were
picking up on our response to 16314 EIR where we set out 7 statements of
the ‘key benefits’ we felt the trial had. 

 

In any case, our brief answers to the two questions are:

•              “evidence of how exactly the Walton Street closure has
provided multiple environmental and social benefits? ...in other words,
how did the council measure these "benefits" or is it entirely anecdotal
and 'imagined'? It was the officers professional view

•              evidence of how, during the closure, the authority
saw/measured an improvement of the traffic flow within the Worcester
Street/Beaumont Street area? ...in other words, how did the council
analyse this ...what is the actual analysis?  The authority under took a
24 hour week long traffic flow modelling exercise  to determine this.

 

So, for clarity, we won’t be coming back with an internal review on 16325
EIR. But I hope the above helps and assures you that your questions have
not gone unaddressed.

 

With best regards

 

Glenn Watson

Principal Governance Officer.

 

 

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