Area Green Space Plans - potential disposal of council-owned land

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Dear Bristol City Council,

For each of the sites nominated for possible disposal in the Area Green Space Plans, please provide:

the appraisal carried out showing why the site is considered to be of low community value, and any assessment of its potential as a capital asset for development.

This refers, of course, to those background documents that have not already been published as part of the Area Green Space Plan consultations.

Yours faithfully,

Pete Goodwin

Dear Bristol City Council,

I have not yet received a reply, or even an acknowledgement, to my FoI request for background data on the potential disposal sites identified in the Area Green Space Plans.

A full reply should have been received by 19th November.

As you know, this is a particularly controversial issue, with decisions likely to be made in the near future.

Can you please advise by return just what the current position is with this request?

Yours faithfully,

Peter Goodwin

Gea Vox left an annotation ()

As a resident in one of the houses adjacent to one of the sites, I should be interested in seeing a Baseline Evaluation of their:

* ecology
* watercourses
* current use
* socioeconomic user profile
* infrastructure

as well as an appraisal of the likely impacts of development on each of the above and the mitigation measures that would be required.

These are important factors in deciding which site are suitable for development and which are not.

Peter Goodwin left an annotation ()

Thanks, Gea Vox. I'm hoping that the papers I asked for will give some of the answers you're looking for (I've just had a phone call promising them by Monday, by the way!). I don't think they're into socioeconomic user profiles though.... nearest you'll get is 'dog-walkers'.

Dear Bristol City Council,

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

I am writing to request an internal review of Bristol City Council's handling of my FOI request 'Area Green Space Plans - potential disposal of council-owned land'.

The request was submitted on October 24th, on the "whatdotheyknow" website at www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/area_gree.... The idea was to bringing into the public domain the council's rationale for selling green open spaces, so that it could be tested before irreversible decisions were taken.

It should have been answered by 19th November at the latest. When I chased it up in December, I was promised a response by the 13th, but once again it didn't happen.

At last night's 'call-in' meeting (the decision having been taken long since) your staff claimed wrongly that this and other FoI requests relating to the Area Green Space Plans have all been dealt with.

I had hoped not to have to trigger an internal review - but I'm sure you'll understand why I am taking that step now.

Yours

Peter Goodwin

Chris Harper, Bristol City Council

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Mr Goodwin. Firstly, may I apologise for the length of time which it has
taken to provide you with the information which you have requested.
Although, as you can see, there are a considerable number of documents
involved, these were available to send to you before Christmas, but
unfortunately this did not happen because of an administrative failing
on our part.

However, the value assessment information is now attached although I
would explain that the original meeting notes have been edited to remove
very obvious jargon or abbreviations and then packaged as a set.

My colleague, Richard Fletcher, the Area Green Space Plan Project
Manager who has prepared the attached assessments, is uncertain whether
these fully meet your requirements as they relate to recreational and
amenity value rather than community value. If the information is not
what you were expecting, it would be appreciated if you could further
explain what you mean by the phrase "assessment of its potential as a
capital asset for development."

This response should answer your request in full, however if you are
not satisfied with this response or wish to lodge an appeal against any
exemptions that may have been applied, you can do so by writing to the
Data Protection Officer at Bristol City Council Legal Services, The
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Dear Bristol City Council,

For each of the sites nominated for possible disposal in the Area Green
Space Plans, please provide:

the appraisal carried out showing why the site is considered to be of
low community value, and any assessment of its potential as a capital
asset for development.

This refers, of course, to those background documents that have not
already been published as part of the Area Green Space Plan
consultations.

Yours faithfully,

Pete Goodwin

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Freedom of Information, Bristol City Council

Dear Mr Goodwin,
Thank you for your request for a review dated 7 January 2011. I
understand that a full response to your request was finally successfully
sent on 10 January 2011.

I apologise for the continued delay that you have experienced in accessing
information in response to your request on this particular issue. We can
confirm that the initial delay arose due to a lack of resources within the
team dealing with the Area and Green Space Plans, to respond to subsequent
requests for information. We can confirm that as a result, the
appropriate officers have been reminded of their obligations to comply
with the statutory time limits associated with access to information
legislation.

The information was ready to provide to you before Christmas and the
officer responsible for sending believed that a response had been sent at
this time. Unfortunately this was not sent and it appears that the number
of attachments to the response may have caused a problem with the email
system. As a result, we were not aware that the response had not been
successfully received until 7 January 2011.

I apologise again for the delay you have experienced on this occasion.

Yours sincerely
For Head of Legal Services
Stephen McNamara

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