Altrincham Monolith Monument

Dr kevin parker made this Freedom of Information request to Trafford Metropolitan Borough Council

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Dear Trafford Metropolitan Borough Council,

This is a secondary FOI request following the original FOI reference number 3786.

Regarding the Altrincham monolith/Gateway marker:

1. What consultation was undertaken with local residents and businesses in specific regard to the monolith/Gateway marker. This should include meeting dates, drawings or plans provided to the public/business and any other supporting evidence. A statement of " a wide consultation was undertaken" would not be acceptable, hence the FOI request for supporting evidence.

2. A copy of the works order/contract between Trafford Council and the supplier of the Altrincham monolith/Gateway marker.

3. The monolith/gateway marker contains a spelling mistake which has been confirmed by Trafford Council. Who signed off the artwork/final plans within Trafford Council..? Is there a clause within the contract with the supplier in terms of remedial actions/costs to remedy the spelling error (This may be answered in Point 2)

Yours faithfully,

Dr kevin parker

Data Protection, Trafford Metropolitan Borough Council

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Data Protection, Trafford Metropolitan Borough Council

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Dear Dr Parker

Thank you for your email of 18 August 2016 where you requested information about Altrincham Monolith Monument
The information you requested is enclosed.

1. What consultation was undertaken with local residents and businesses in specific regard to the monolith/Gateway marker. This should include meeting dates, drawings or plans provided to the public/business and any other supporting evidence. A statement of " a wide consultation was undertaken" would not be acceptable, hence the FOI request for supporting evidence.

See attached record of consultation

2. A copy of the works order/contract between Trafford Council and the supplier of the Altrincham monolith/Gateway marker.

Please see attached for electronic copy of the Deed of Contract between Trafford Council and J Cooney Ltd. for Phase 2 of the Altrincham Public Realm Works, in which the gateway marker was included. The supplementary documents have been withheld under S43 of the Act as we consider the information to be commercially sensitive and to release the finer details of the contract would prejudice the commercial interests of the provider. We believe that the public interest in witholding the information outweights the public interest in disclosure.

3. The monolith/gateway marker contains a spelling mistake which has been confirmed by Trafford Council. Who signed off the artwork/final plans within Trafford Council..? Is there a clause within the contract with the supplier in terms of remedial actions/costs to remedy the spelling error (This may be answered in Point 2)

The totem is a piece of street furniture that serves as both a gateway marker to the town, but as importantly it serves as a structure within the highway to effect the speed of drivers as they approach the town centre. As such, the design and specification of the totem was the responsibility of the Design Team, led by Landscape Architects Planit-IE. All of the bespoke street furniture within the public realm works contract were designed by Planit-IE. The spelling mistake was identified by Planit IE earlier in August and they have offered to pay for the correction directly.

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Legal Services | Trafford Council | Trafford Town Hall | Talbot Road | Stretford | M32 0TH
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Dear Trafford Metropolitan Borough Council,

Please pass this on to the person who conducts Freedom of Information reviews.

I am writing to request an internal review of Trafford Metropolitan Borough Council's handling of my FOI request 'Altrincham Monolith Monument'.

It is unfortunate on every FOI request you either choose to ignore specific requests for information or only provide partial information. On question 1 I asked for drawings or plans provided to the public/business and any other supporting evidence. I have photographs of the presentation you made for Phase 1 and there is no mention of the gateway marker in specific detail or the cost. I would like confirmation the gateway marker was presented within the consultation period/documents.

A full history of my FOI request and all correspondence is available on the Internet at this address: https://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/a...

Yours faithfully,

Dr kevin parker

Data Protection, Trafford Metropolitan Borough Council

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Dear Dr Parker

Further to your email of 15/09/2016 in which you expressed dissatisfaction with our response to FOI 3859, an internal review has now been completed.

Your Complaint:
On question 1 I asked for drawings or plans provided to the public/business and any other supporting evidence. I have photographs of the presentation you made for Phase 1 and there is no mention of the gateway marker in specific detail or the cost. I would like confirmation the gateway marker was presented within the consultation period/documents.

Upon inspection of our original response we have found that the information you requested has not been provided in full, or otherwise referenced in our response, and therefore your complaint has been upheld. I apologise for the previous omission and can now provide the following information.

Original Response:
1. What consultation was undertaken with local residents and businesses in specific regard to the monolith/Gateway marker. This should include meeting dates, drawings or plans provided to the public/business and any other supporting evidence. A statement of " a wide consultation was undertaken" would not be acceptable, hence the FOI request for supporting evidence.

See attached record of consultation

Updated Response:
1. What consultation was undertaken with local residents and businesses in specific regard to the monolith/Gateway marker. This should include meeting dates, drawings or plans provided to the public/business and any other supporting evidence. A statement of " a wide consultation was undertaken" would not be acceptable, hence the FOI request for supporting evidence.

See attached record of consultation. I also attach the Consultation Boards document for the Public Realm Works which references public art, however no design documents were available for this specific piece.
Consultation boards (holding the attached information) were available to view for a number of months within the Altrincham Forward office, and Design Team members were available for discussions with the public at Altrincham Town Hall on:
Monday 26th January 2015 1300 - 1900
Tuesday 27th January 2015 1300 - 1900
Friday 30th January 2015 1200 - 1730

If you are not content with the outcome of the internal review, you have the right to apply directly to the Information Commissioner for a decision. The Information Commissioner can be contacted at: Information Commissioner’s Office, Wycliffe House, Water Lane, Wilmslow, Cheshire, SK9 5AF

The supply of information in response to a freedom of information request does not confer an automatic right to re-use the information. Under UK copyright law you can use any information supplied for the purposes of private study and non-commercial research without requiring permission. Similarly, information supplied can also be re-used for the purposes of news reporting. An exception to this is photographs.
For other forms of re-use, for example publishing the information, you would need the permission of the organisation or person who owns the copyright. In the case of information produced by government departments and agencies you can re-use the information under the Open Government Licence. For information about this please see http://www.nationalarchives.gov.uk/doc/o...
If, however, the copyright is identified as belonging to somebody else, you will need to apply for permission. For information about how to obtain permission from a third party, please go to Intellectual Property Office’s website at www.ipo.gov.uk

Kathryn Wright, Information Governance Officer
Legal Services | Trafford Council | Trafford Town Hall | Talbot Road | Stretford | M32 0TH
Email: [email address]
Tel: 0161 912 2526
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Fax: 0161 912 4294

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