Air Quality Monitoring Data in Horwich

Craig Rotheram made this Freedom of Information request to Bolton Metropolitan Borough Council

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Dear Bolton Metropolitan Borough Council,

Would you kindly supply the following information on Air Quality Monitoring Data from sites within Horwich over the past 25 years.

As per DEFRA guidelines, this should include Site Name, Site Code, Site Type, Ordnance Survey Code, Latitude/Longitude, Address, Height from road, Kerb Distance, Period/Month, Concentration, Status, Comments (if any), Prep Lab, Analysis Lab, Pollutant Type and all other
relevant data.

Could you also confirm if Bolton Council has conducted Air Quality Monitoring on Horwich Loco Works from 1984 to present day.
1. If yes, please supply data as per DEFRA guidelines above.
2. If not could you explain why as Bolton Council is the 3rd largest land owner of that site.

Yours faithfully,

Craig Rotheram

Corporate Information Unit, Bolton Metropolitan Borough Council

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Dear Mr Rotherham,

 

Request for information under the Freedom of Information Act 2000

        

In response to your request for information received at this office on
11^th September 2016, please see the Council’s response below.

 

You requested

 

Would you kindly supply the following information on Air Quality
Monitoring Data from sites within Horwich over the past 25 years.

 

As per DEFRA guidelines, this should include Site Name, Site Code, Site
Type, Ordnance Survey Code, Latitude/Longitude, Address, Height from road,
Kerb Distance, Period/Month, Concentration, Status, Comments (if any),
Prep Lab, Analysis Lab, Pollutant Type and all other relevant data.

 

Our response

 

Please see attached documents containing the requested information held by
Bolton Council from 1997.

 

Historical data pre-dating the information contained in the attached
documents is not held by Bolton Council.  You may be able to access this
information from the DEFRA website which can be accessed via the following
link: [1]https://uk-air.defra.gov.uk/

 

 

Documents that we provide in response to your request are protected by
copyright. You are free to use them for your own use, including for
non-commercial research purposes. They may also be used for news
reporting. However, any other type of re-use, for example by publishing
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of the copyright owner.

Should you have any queries, please contact [2][email address]

 

 

You also requested

 

Could you also confirm if Bolton Council has conducted Air Quality
Monitoring on Horwich Loco Works from 1984 to present day.

 

1. If yes, please supply data as per DEFRA guidelines above.

 

2. If not could you explain why as Bolton Council is the 3rd largest land
owner of that site.

 

Our response

 

Bolton Council has not conducted Air Quality Monitoring on Horwich Loco
Works.

 

2. The Freedom of Information Act states you have a right to request any
recorded information held by a public authority. Your request can be in
the form of a question, rather than a request for specific documents, but
the authority does not have to answer your question if this would mean
creating new information or giving an opinion or judgment that is not
already recorded.  Therefore under the act we believe this question to be
invalid as it constitutes an opinion or judgment and is therefore not a
valid request.

 

 

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The Borough Solicitor, Bolton Council, Town Hall, Bolton, BL1 1RU

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Yours sincerely,

 

 

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Finance and Business Development

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Bolton, BL1 1RU

  

 

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