Archeological advice on planning applications at Angus Council

Gordon C Stalker made this Freedom of Information request to Angus Council

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Gordon C Stalker

Dear Angus Council,
It has come to my notice that archeological advice for planning applications in Angus is being provided by Aberdeenshire Council based at Woodhill House, Aberdeen.
This seems extraordinary in a county with such a rich archeological heritage.
Can you please provide an estimate of how much this saving Angus Council taxpayers per head per annum.
If it is a cost saving measure I suggest amalgamating Angus and Aberdeenshire Councils with huge savings for shared services such as Legal and Democratic, Human Resources, Planning etc. The new council should be called Aberdeen Angus and based at Woodhill House, Aberdeen. Please provide an estimate of how much this would save Angus Council taxpayers per head per annum.

Yours faithfully,

Gordon C Stalker

LEGDEM, Angus Council

Dear Mr Stalker

Thank you for your information request dated 29 April 2018 (received by Angus Council on 30 April 2018).

If we are unable to provide you with a response within 20 working days, we will advise you of this in writing.

Please refer to the information below which explains your right to complain if you are unhappy with how the Council is dealing with your request.

If you have any queries, please ask for me on 01307 476234 or email [email address]

Yours sincerely
Brenda Angus
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Brenda Angus | Clerical Officer | Place Directorate | Legal & Democratic Services | Angus Council | Angus House | Orchardbank Business Park | Forfar | DD8 1AN | Tel: 01307 476234 |DX 530678 FORFAR|Email: [email address] ; [Angus Council request email]

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CoweyKJ, Angus Council

Dear Mr Stalker

 

Thank you for your information request dated 29 April 2018 (received by
the Council on 30 April 2018) which has been passed to me for attention.

 

You have requested an estimate of how much the archaeological services
provided by Aberdeenshire Council is saving Angus Council taxpayers per
head per annum. You have also requested an estimate of how much an
amalgamation of Angus and Aberdeenshire Council would save Angus Council
taxpayers per head per annum.

 

Unfortunately, the Council does not hold this information. I can, however,
provide you with the information that Aberdeenshire Council provide
archaeological services to Angus Council at a cost of £14,000 per annum.
The current agreement runs until 1^st April 2019.

 

I hope that this information is of some help to you.  Please note that the
information contained in this reply is believed to be accurate as at
today’s date (unless otherwise indicated) but no warranty is given. 
Further, Angus Council does not accept liability for any loss, injury or
damage which arises from the use of the information contained in this
reply either by you or by any other party. Please refer to the attached
Appendix which explains your right to complain if you are unhappy with the
Council’s decision on this matter.  If you have any queries, please ask
for me on 01307 473259 or e-mail [1]coweykj@angus,gov.uk .

 

Yours sincerely

 

Kate Cowey, Service Leader - Planning & Communities

Place Directorate, Angus Council, Angus House, Orchardbank Business Park,
Forfar, DD8 1AN

Tel: 01307 473259  [mobile number] Email: [2][email address]

APPENDIX

 

FREEDOM OF INFORMATION (SCOTLAND) ACT 2002

ENVIRONMENTAL INFORMATION (SCOTLAND) REGULATIONS 2004

INSPIRE (SCOTLAND) REGULATIONS 2009

Your Right to Request a Review by the Council

If you are dissatisfied with the way in which Angus Council has dealt with
your request for information under any of the above statutory instruments,
you have a right to ask the council to review its actions and/or decisions
regarding your request. If you wish to do this, you should make your
request to the Head of Legal & Democratic Services, Place, Angus Council,
Angus House, Orchardbank Business Park, Forfar DD8 1AN or e-mail
[3][email address] within 40 working days.

Your request must:

o be in writing (or recordable format);
o give your name and address for correspondence;
o give details of the information which you originally requested from
the council;  and
o give the reasons why you are dissatisfied with the way in which your
application for information has been dealt with.

Your application for review will then be considered by the council’s
review panel.  The review panel will write to you informing you of its
decision not later than 20 working days after receipt of your request for
a review. The review panel will also provide you with a statement of its
reasons for arriving at the decision it has made.

Your Right to Appeal to the Scottish Information Commissioner

If you are dissatisfied with a decision of the council's review panel (or
where the review panel has not provided you with a response), you have the
right to apply to the Scottish Information Commissioner for a decision as
to whether your request for information has been dealt with by the council
in accordance with the above statutory instruments.

Your application to the Scottish Information Commissioner must:

o be in a recordable format (letter, e-mail, audio tape etc);
o give your name and address for correspondence.
o give details of the request for information which you originally
requested from the council;
o give details of why you were dissatisfied with the council’s response
to your original request;
o give details of why you were dissatisfied with the decision of the
council's review panel.

In the case of an EIR or FOI request your application to the Scottish
Information Commissioner must be made within 6 months of receipt of the
decision of the council’s review panel (or within 6 months of the date
that the review panel should have responded).  No such time limit applies
under the 2009 Regulations. 

Appeals to the Commissioner can be lodged online through the following
hyperlink:

[4]http://www.itspublicknowledge.info/YourR...
or by contacting:

Scottish Information Commissioner, Kinburn Castle, Doubledykes Road, St
Andrews, Fife, KY16 9BS; Telephone - 01334 464610; Fax - 01334 464611;
Email - [5][email address])

 

 

 

 

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