Alison Teal court case - evidence collection and other matters

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Dear Sheffield City Council,

Given the decision to dismiss the case against Alison Teal on the 27th October by Justice Males for lack of evidence.

I am seeking a response to the following:

• Were any subcontractors or external agencies involved in collecting evidence for court use; if so, please list.

• If any subcontractors or external agency is paid to collect evidence on behalf of Sheffield City Council in relation to the Street Tree Injunctions, please provide a monthly breakdown of monies paid. NB: I have tried finding this information on https://data.sheffield.gov.uk, however transparency spend data has not been updated since June 2017.

• Provide the tender proposal created to solicit responses from bidders, and a copy of the successful tender bid/s.

• If no tender document was produced, please state how the contract was awarded, and what due diligence was conducted.

• Identify the stakeholders who actioned the decision to spend public money on a QC and legal team to try have a Councillor Alison Teal committed to gaol.

Yours faithfully,

James Foster @ Open Sheffield

FOI, Sheffield City Council

Re – Freedom of Information Request – Reference – FOI / 1193
 
Dear James Foster,
 
Thank you for your recent request for information relating to Evidence
collection and authorising officer details related to the trial of Alison
Teal and related injunctions which we received on 3/11/2017.
 
This has been logged as a Freedom of Information Request, and will be
dealt with under the Freedom of Information Act.  The reference number for
your request can be found above.
 
The Freedom of Information Act states that we must respond to you within
20 working days, therefore, you should expect to hear a response from us
by 1/12/2017.
 
In the meantime, if you have any queries please contact us on the number
below.
 
Thank you.
 
Yours sincerely,
 
Resources Business Support
Moorfoot Level 2 North Wing
Sheffield S1 4PL
Tel : 0114 20 53478
E-mail : [1][Sheffield City Council request email]
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Subject: Freedom of Information request - Alison Teal court case -
evidence collection and other matters
 
 
Dear Sheffield City Council,
 
Given the decision to dismiss the case against Alison Teal on the 27th
October by Justice Males for lack of evidence.
 
I am seeking  a response to the following:
 
•  Were any subcontractors or external agencies involved in collecting
evidence for court use; if so, please list.
 
• If any subcontractors or external agency is paid to collect evidence on
behalf of Sheffield City Council in relation to the Street Tree
Injunctions, please provide a monthly breakdown of monies paid. NB: I have
tried finding this information on [3]https://data.sheffield.gov.uk,
however transparency spend data has not been updated since June 2017.
 
• Provide  the tender proposal created to solicit responses from bidders,
and  a copy of the successful tender bid/s.
 
• If no tender document was produced, please state how the contract was
awarded, and what due diligence was conducted.
 
• Identify the stakeholders who actioned the decision to spend public
money on a QC and legal team to try have a Councillor Alison Teal
committed to gaol.
 
Yours faithfully,
 
James Foster @ Open Sheffield
 
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FOI, Sheffield City Council

Re – Freedom of Information Request – Reference – FOI / 1193
 
Dear James Foster,
 
Thank you for your recent request for information relating to Evidence
collection and authorising officer details related to the trial of Alison
Teal and related injunctions which we received on 3/11/2017.
 
Please find below, Sheffield City Council’s response to your request:
 
 
•  Were any subcontractors or external agencies involved in collecting
evidence for court use; if so, please list.
 
Yes. Douglas H Savage Ltd.
 
• If any subcontractors or external agency is paid to collect evidence on
behalf of Sheffield City Council in relation to the Street Tree
Injunctions, please provide a monthly breakdown of monies paid. NB: I have
tried finding this information on [1]https://data.sheffield.gov.uk,
however transparency spend data has not been updated since June 2017.
 
We do not hold this information. The invoices were sent to and, we
understand, paid by Amey Hallam Ltd.
 
• Provide  the tender proposal created to solicit responses from bidders,
and  a copy of the successful tender bid/s.
 
Up to 9^th October  the cost of the collecting evidence was met by
Sheffield City Council. As from this date the costs will be met by Amey.
 
The Council’s costs are not yet finalised; once payments are made they
will be available through the Council’s publication at
[2]http://data.sheffield.gov.uk of spend information over £250.
 
As a result the information we do hold is intended for future publication
under Section 22 of the Freedom of Information Act. As this is part of the
Council’s regular publication of spend information we believe the public
interest in this case supports the application of the exemption.
 
• If no tender document was produced, please state how the contract was
awarded, and what due diligence was conducted.
 
Douglas H Savage Ltd were chosen on the basis of previous experience.
 
• Identify the stakeholders who actioned the decision to spend public
money on a QC and legal team to try have a Councillor Alison Teal
committed to gaol.
 
The term “stakeholders” is not understood. As part of our duty to assist,
we can confirm that the lead officer instructing the Legal Department of
Sheffield Council was the Director of Culture, Paul Billington. The
Director of Legal Services has a general delegation for the conduct of
litigation in Sheffield Council. Court rules require counsel to appear on
behalf of a party in the High Court. It is a matter of public record that
the High Court upheld the Councils Application for an injunction and the
legitimacy of the case being brought.
[3]https://www.judiciary.gov.uk/judgments/s...
 
 
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Kind Regards,
 
Resources Business Support
Moorfoot Level 2 North Wing
Sheffield S1 4PL
Tel : 0114 20 53478
E-mail : [6]FOI @sheffield.gov.uk
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