Allotments and waiting lists

Margaret Campbell made this Freedom of Information request to Copeland Borough Council

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Margaret Campbell

Dear Copeland Borough Council,

Please would you acknowledge this request.

As of January 2013, please could you tell me:

1) How many allotment sites are there in Copeland for which the Council has access to waiting list data?

2) What is the total number of plots on these sites?

3) What is the total number of people on waiting lists for these sites?

4) Are any of these waiting lists closed to further applications?

5) How many new allotment sites on council land were brought into use in 2011 and 2012? Please give:
a) number of new sites
b) names of new sites
c) total area of new land in hectares
d) total number of new plots

Yours faithfully,

Margaret Campbell

Margaret Campbell

Dear Copeland Borough Council,

Please would you confirm that you received my request of 7th January for information on allotments and waiting lists.

Many thanks,

Margaret Campbell

Denise James, Copeland Borough Council

Dear Ms Campbell

I acknowledge receipt of your Request for Information under the Freedom of Information Act 2000.

Your request is being considered and you will receive any recorded information held by Copeland Borough Council within the statutory timescale of 20 working days as defined by the Freedom of Information Act 2000, subject to the information not being exempt or containing a reference to a third party.

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Yours sincerely

DENISE JAMES
FOI OFFICER
01946 598528

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Dear Denise James,

On the 7th January I sent a request for information on allotments and waiting lists. By law, you should normally have responded promptly and by 4 February 2013.

I'd be grateful if you could follow this up.

Many thanks,

Margaret Campbell

Margaret Campbell

Dear Denise James,

I'm writing to request an internal review of the handling of my request for data on allotments and waiting lists.

I submitted the request on the 7th of January and have had no response apart from an acknowledgement of receipt of the request.

Yours sincerely,

Margaret Campbell

Denise James, Copeland Borough Council

Dear Ms Campbell

Thank you for your request for information regarding Allotments and Waiting Lists

May I apologise for the delay in my reply I had sent the request to the wrong person in error.

I can advise that the information requested is: -

"As of January 2013 Copeland Council has 5 allotment sites, all of which have a waiting list. The total number of current plots (including half plots available) is 180. The total number of people on the waiting list as at January 2013 is 122 and none are closed to further applications. We do not have any new allotment sites that were brought into use in 2011 and 2012."

I hope this is the information you require, but do not hesitate to contact me if you wish to clarify anything further.

The Council makes every effort to make sure that the services it provides are as efficient and effective as possible, and this includes any requests under the Freedom of Information Act.

If you believe that your request has not been dealt with satisfactorily you should follow the Council’s complaints procedure.

Contact: The Customer Relations Manager – [email address]
01946 598525

If you have followed the complaints procedure and are still not happy with how your request has been dealt with you may also contact the: -

Information Commissioner’s Office
Wycliffe House
Water Lane
Wilmslow
Cheshire
SK9 5AF
Enquiry/Information Line: 01625 545 745
For more information: http://www.informationcommissioner.gov.uk

Yours sincerely

Denise James
FOI Officer
01946 598528

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