Air quality monitoring data (March 2022 specifically)

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Richard Parnham

Dear Oxford City Council,

In FOI 1168, I made the following request: "Please provide me with the recent air quality monitoring data you hold for the Cowley and Eastern areas of Oxford. By "recent”, I ideally mean from around March 2022 onwards."

Unfortunately, the data I was provided only covered 30 March onwards, rather than most of the month of March 2022. I would still like to receive the air quality monitoring data that covers most of the March 2022 period, specifically. Please therefore send me with the air quality report that covers the majority of March 2022. Although I have made various air quality monitoring FOIs recently, I have not yet been provided with this specific data set by the city council. This is not, therefore, a request to duplicate data already provided.

I would also be grateful if you could send me any recent correspondence between Socotec and Oxford City Council that relates specifically to air quality monitoring location OCC/22A/NA2S26 (Holloway Road). This specific pollution monitoring site produced some unusual results in January and February 2022, and no data (missing) for the 30 March to 4 May analysis. A visual inspection of the site, by a colleague of mine, suggests the monitoring station may have been lowered recently, but remained in the same basic location. I am trying to work out why this monitoring station has produced unusual / no results, and what discussions have recently been held in relation to it. The time period for this element of my FOI request is 1 January 2022 to today's date.

Yours faithfully,

Richard Parnham

freedomofinformation, Oxford City Council

Dear Richard Parnham

Freedom of Information, Oxford City Council – Ref 11282

Thank you for your email.  Your request was received on 8th July 2022 and you will be sent a response within 20 working days (of receipt) in accordance with the Environmental Information Regulations 2004 (EIR), subject to the information not being exempt or containing reference to a third party.

Due to an unprecedented volume of Freedom of Information Requests currently, it is likely that some requests may go beyond the 20 working days. We are working as hard as possible to respond in a timely manner, but we feel it is better to keep requestors informed in advance.

Yours sincerely

| Freedom of Information Team | Law & Governance | Oxford City Council | St Aldates Chambers | St Aldates | Oxford | OX1 1DS |

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Dear Oxford City Council,

In FOI 1168, I made the following request: "Please provide me with the recent air quality monitoring data you hold for the Cowley and Eastern areas of Oxford. By "recent”, I ideally mean from around March 2022 onwards."

Unfortunately, the data I was provided only covered 30 March onwards, rather than most of the month of March 2022. I would still like to receive the air quality monitoring data that covers most of the March 2022 period, specifically. Please therefore send me with the air quality report that covers the majority of March 2022. Although I have made various air quality monitoring FOIs recently, I have not yet been provided with this specific data set by the city council. This is not, therefore, a request to duplicate data already provided.

I would also be grateful if you could send me any recent correspondence between Socotec and Oxford City Council that relates specifically to air quality monitoring location OCC/22A/NA2S26 (Holloway Road). This specific pollution monitoring site produced some unusual results in January and February 2022, and no data (missing) for the 30 March to 4 May analysis. A visual inspection of the site, by a colleague of mine, suggests the monitoring station may have been lowered recently, but remained in the same basic location. I am trying to work out why this monitoring station has produced unusual / no results, and what discussions have recently been held in relation to it. The time period for this element of my FOI request is 1 January 2022 to today's date.

Yours faithfully,

Richard Parnham

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Dear Richard Parnham,

Re: Environmental Information Regulations 2004 Request, Oxford City Council – REF 11282

Further to the acknowledgement below, it is more appropriate to consider your request in accordance with the Environmental Information Regulations 2004 than the Freedom of Information Act 2000. Therefore, please see the attached documents in response to your EIR request received on 8th July 2022:

Request:
In FOI 11168, I made the following request: "Please provide me with the recent air quality monitoring data you hold for the Cowley and Eastern areas of Oxford. By "recent”, I ideally mean from around March 2022 onwards."

Unfortunately, the data I was provided only covered 30 March onwards, rather than most of the month of March 2022. I would still like to receive the air quality monitoring data that covers most of the March 2022 period, specifically. Please therefore send me with the air quality report that covers the majority of March 2022. Although I have made various air quality monitoring FOIs recently, I have not yet been provided with this specific data set by the city council. This is not, therefore, a request to duplicate data already provided.

I would also be grateful if you could send me any recent correspondence between Socotec and Oxford City Council that relates specifically to air quality monitoring location OCC/22A/NA2S26 (Holloway Road). This specific pollution monitoring site produced some unusual results in January and February 2022, and no data (missing) for the 30 March to 4 May analysis. A visual inspection of the site, by a colleague of mine, suggests the monitoring station may have been lowered recently, but remained in the same basic location. I am trying to work out why this monitoring station has produced unusual / no results, and what discussions have recently been held in relation to it. The time period for this element of my FOI request is 1 January 2022 to today's date.

Response:

Please see attached Air Quality Reports NA1 - NA5, covering January - May 2022. NA3 covers the March 2022 period. I have included NA4 and NA5, (April and May) which I believe you already have, to show that there was in fact no discontinuity in data reporting. We haven’t received the results from June 2022 yet - this is likely to happen by the end of next week.

With regards to the other request for correspondence between Socotec and Oxford City Council that relates specifically to air quality monitoring location OCC/22A/NA2S26 (Holloway Road) - we do not have any correspondence between SOCOTEC and OCC with regards to that specific site.

I can also say that particular monitoring site hasn’t been lowered recently (not that we are aware at least) - what we have discovered is that the diffusion tubes from Socotec are slightly lighter than the ones of the previous lab we were working with until Dec 2021, and as a result, they are more susceptible to suffering from the effects of wind, which makes them liable to get blown away.

This issue is now being taken care of, as we have bought heavier washers which hopefully will reduce the amount of tube disappearances.

If you disagree with any part of the response to your request, you are entitled to ask the Council for an internal review of the decision(s) made. You may do this by writing to the Monitoring Officer, by either email – [email address] – or by post to Monitoring Officer, Oxford City Council, St Aldate’s Chambers, St Aldate’s, Oxford, OX1 1DS. After the result of the internal review, if you remain dissatisfied, you may ask the Information Commissioner to intervene on your behalf. You may do this by writing to the Information Commissioner's Office, Wycliffe Lane, Wilmslow, Cheshire, SK9 5AF.

Yours sincerely,

| Freedom of Information Team| Law & Governance | Oxford City Council | St Aldates Chambers | St Aldates | Oxford | OX1 1DS |

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Dear Richard Parnham

Freedom of Information, Oxford City Council – Ref 11282

Thank you for your email. Your request was received on 8th July 2022 and you will be sent a response within 20 working days (of receipt) in accordance with the Environmental Information Regulations 2004 (EIR), subject to the information not being exempt or containing reference to a third party.

Due to an unprecedented volume of Freedom of Information Requests currently, it is likely that some requests may go beyond the 20 working days. We are working as hard as possible to respond in a timely manner, but we feel it is better to keep requestors informed in advance.

Yours sincerely

| Freedom of Information Team | Law & Governance | Oxford City Council | St Aldates Chambers | St Aldates | Oxford | OX1 1DS |

For any Data Protection queries please send the email directly to the [email address] mailbox

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