Amosite asbestos found on Harcourt Street site

Sheila Oliver made this Freedom of Information request to Stockport Metropolitan Borough Council This request has been closed to new correspondence. Contact us if you think it should be reopened.

The request was refused by Stockport Metropolitan Borough Council.

Dear Stockport Borough Council,

I told you the Harcourt Street was contaminated and that the Council was £5 million short on the funding - I was declared vexatious, yet both turned out to be true.

I told the Council there was far more asbestos on the site that they claimed (we have photographic evidence). I was labelled vexatious yet it turns out now to be true.

This is the proposed plan as of 12/7/10 to deal with the asbestos on the site:-

"An area would be prepared using a 360 excavator. Topsoil would be spreak over the goetextile membrane. The machine would then commence preoparation of the second area. Hand picking to remove asbestos would be undertaken by operatives from a licenced asbestos removal contractor with any suspect material recovred bagged for safe disposal. Segregation would be provided between the separate areas occupied by the pickers and the excavator with crowd barrier fencing. The process would be repeated with the topsoid built up in layers to form the sub-soil element of the remediation cover. After completion of the distribution and picking of the on-site topsoil, tested and certified imported material would be blinded over the surface of the on site material in accordance with the recommendations of the Remediation Strategy Report."

For information,

"Amosite asbestos is more commonly referred to as "brown" asbestos and sometimes "gray" asbestos. This form of asbestos was found and is mined in South Africa and is considered to be one of the more hazardous forms of the material, second only to "blue" asbestos. In fact, a large portion of South Africans who worked in the many asbestos mines there have been sickened with some sort of asbestos-related disease. Countless numbers have died."

This sounds very expensive. Who will be paying - the council taxpayer or BAM Construction?

Yours faithfully,

Sheila Oliver

FOI Officer, Stockport Metropolitan Borough Council

Dear Mrs Oliver,

I am writing in response to your request for information below (ref 3191).

As you have previously been informed, all your requests for information
about Harcourt Street are considered to be vexatious under section 14(1)
Freedom of Information Act 2000 and manifestly unreasonable under
Regulation 12(4)(b) Environmental Information Regulations 2004 and will
not receive a response. This decision has previously been through the
Council's internal review process and was upheld.

You are entitled to complain to the Information Commissioner's Office. To
do so, contact:

Information Commissioner's Office

Wycliffe House

Water Lane




01625 545 745

Yours sincerely,

Claire Naven

Claire Naven

Data Protection & Freedom of Information Officer

Stockport Metropolitan Borough Council

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Dear Stockport Council

This is the text of the letter from the Information Commission which states you should be answering questions:-

Information Commissioner's Office
Promoting public access to official information and protecting your personal information
15th February 2010
Case Reference Number RCC0296506 / FS50232537 Stockport Borough Council
Dear Mrs Oliver
Thank you for your letter of 7 February 2010. In your letter you state that since the issuing of the Decision Notice in relation to case FS50232537 on 10 November 2009 further evidence has come to light which you feel no proves you are not vexatious. You also state that since the Decision Notice was issued all your subsequent requests for information made to the Council have been refused on the basis that the requests are vexatious.
The Decision Notice found that at the time of your request, which was 1 December 2008, your request was manifestly unreasonable and therefore Stockport Borough Council were correct to refuse to disclose to you the information you requested by virtue of 12(4)(b) of the Environmental Information Regulations. All Decision Notice must consider the circumstances at the time the request was made and cannot take into account circumstances that post date the request. If you are unhappy with the findings of the Decision Notice you should appeal to the First-Tier Tribunal (Information Rights). Any appeal should be lodged with the Tribunal within 28 days of the date of the Decision Notice. The contact details for the Tribunal are found at the bottom of the Decision Notice.
In relation to your second point, that the Council are now refusing all your requests for information on the basis that they are vexatious, the Decision Notice relates specifically to the request you made on the 1 December 2008 and does not make any finding regarding future requests. If you have made further requests and these have been refused you should ask the Council to review the requests and if following this review you remain unhappy with their response you can bring a new complaint to the Commissioner.
Information Commissioner's Office, Wycliffe House, Water Lane, Wilmslow, Cheshire, SK9 5AF t:0845 630 6060 f:01625 524510