Amosite asbestos on school 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.

Waiting for an internal review by Stockport Metropolitan Borough Council of their handling of this request.

Dear Stockport Borough Council,

Despite warnings from local people, Stockport Councl went ahead with a school on a toxic waste site. They failed to inform the Environment Agency until three days before the planning meeting and when the Environment Agency told the Council not to decide the application on grounds of contamination, they "forgot" to tell the planning committee that. The Council stated quite boldly that the site of the school had been shown not to be contaminated. The school should have opened in September 2008 with brown asbestos, aresenic and lead left in situ. I think it is without doubt that some/many the 550 primary school children and 50 babies on the site would by this time be developing life threatening disease.

I would like to see any emails, letters, memos, handwritten notes of telephone conversations or meetings or any other written document wherein the Council has tried to look into this serious failing and identified how this appalling error has been allowed to happen.

I am sure, Ms Naven, you will say I am vexatious. I am not. The Council is criminally negligent.

Yours faithfully,


FOI Officer, Stockport Metropolitan Borough Council

Dear Mrs Oliver,

I am writing in response to your request for information below (ref 3192).

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 FOI Officer,

And as you have previously been informed the Council deliberately put the lives of 550 primary school children and 50 babies at risk. The Information Commission has told the Council to respond. This cover-up must stop. Carry out an independent review please.

Yours sincerely,

Sheila Oliver

Dear Stockport Borough Council,

In the light of this news story in the excellent Stockport Express:-

does the Council still consider my requests for information "manifestly unreasonable" and "vexatious"?

Yours faithfully,

Sheila Oliver

Sheila Oliver (Account suspended) left an annotation ()

In the light of this worrying You Tube clip, how can the Council give guarantees to parents about the safety of this site for 550 primary school children and 50 babies, given the apparent slap-dash nature of the brown asbestos remediation work? It certainly looks unscientific to me.

Sheila Oliver (Account suspended) left an annotation ()

This is the text from the Information Commission; 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