Asbestos in East Sussex Schools

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Dear East Sussex County Council,

Under the Freedom of Information Act 2000, please provide me with the following information:

1. The names of the schools in your county that contain asbestos.
2. The date and outcome of the last independent audit or inspection of each of these schools Asbestos Management Plans.
3. The details of any reported incidents of asbestos exposure in these schools between 2011 and 2016.
4. Details of any improvement or prohibition notice served or guidance issued by the HSE in relation to the management of asbestos in schools in your county in the last 5 years.
5. The number of school employees (existing and retired staff to include teaching staff, school support staff and caretakers, etc) and ex-pupils that have pursued a claim against you for exposure to asbestos within a school in your county.
6. The number of these claims that have been settled.
7. The amount of money that has been paid in settlement of these claims (with and without your authority accepting responsibility).

I understand that under the Act I am entitled to a response within 20 working days of your receipt of this request. Some parts of the request may be easier to answer than others. Should this be the case, I request that you release information as soon as possible.

If my request is denied in whole or in part, I ask that you justify all deletions by reference to specific exemptions of the Act. I will also expect you to release all non-exempt material. I reserve the right to appeal your decision to withhold any information or to charge excessive
fees.

I would prefer to receive the information electronically.

If you require any clarification, please contact me in accordance with your duty under Section 16 to provide advice and assistance if you find any aspect of this FOI request problematic.

Please acknowledge receipt of this request by email. I look forward to receiving the information in the near future.

Yours faithfully,

Lucie Stephens

Freedom of Information, East Sussex County Council

 

 

Dear Ms stephens

 

EIR Request ref:  7713 / Asbestos in East Sussex Schools

 

Thank you for your request for information about the above. Your request
was received on 2/9/2016 and I am dealing with it under the terms of the
Environmental Information Regulations 2004.

We always aim to respond as quickly as possible, and in this case will do
so no later than 30/9/2016, which is the 20 working day deadline. The
deadline is counted from the first working day we receive it, not the date
a letter is written / posted or an email sent.

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Yours sincerely

 

 

 

Jeremy Coleman

Customer Information Officer

 

East Sussex County Council

Communities Economy and Transport Directorate

W1D, County Hall

St Anne’s Crescent

Lewes

East Sussex BN7 1UE

 

Phone: 01273 482913
Fax: 01273 481208

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Dear Ms Stephens

 

EIR Request ref: 7713 / Asbestos in East Sussex Schools

 

Thank you for your request for information about the above. Your request
was received on 2/9/2016 and I am dealing with it under the terms of the
Freedom of Information Act 2000.

We always aim to respond as quickly as possible, but we do need you to
clarify your request before we will be able to process it.

 

Please could you confirm that you would like information for questions 5,
6 and 7 on the last five years.

 

Your request is on hold pending receipt of your clarification. Please
quote the above reference number in any communication regarding this
request.

 

Kind regards

 

Amilia Holland

Principle Customer Services Officer

 

East Sussex County Council

Communities Economy and Transport Directorate

W1D, County Hall

St Anne’s Crescent

Lewes

East Sussex BN7 1UE

 

Phone: 01273 482913
Fax: 01273 481208

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Dear Freedom of Information,

Many thanks for your prompt response. Please could you provide me with details of incidents between 2006 and 2016.

Yours sincerely,

Lucie Stephens

Freedom of Information, East Sussex County Council

Dear Ms Stephens

EIR Request ref: 7713 / Asbestos in East Sussex Schools

Thank you for your request for information about the above. Your clarified request was received on 19/9/2016.

We always aim to respond as quickly as possible, and in this case will do so no later than 3/10/2016, which is the amended 20 working day deadline, taking into account the period on hold awaiting your clarification. The deadline is counted from the first working day we receive it, not the date a letter is written / posted or an email sent.
Please quote the above reference number in any communication regarding this request.

Kind regards

Amilia Holland
Principle Customer Services Officer

East Sussex County Council
Communities Economy and Transport Directorate
W1D, County Hall
St Anne’s Crescent
Lewes
East Sussex BN7 1UE

Phone: 01273 482913
Fax: 01273 481208
email: [East Sussex County Council request email]   web: www.eastsussex.gov.uk/foi
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Freedom of Information, East Sussex County Council

 

 

Dear Ms Stephens

 

EIR Request ref:  7713 / Asbestos in East Sussex Schools

 

Thank you for your request for information about the above, which has been
dealt with under the terms of the Environmental Information Regulations
2004. Your request and our response are set out below. Please note that
any information we provide is subject to the copyright and reuse of
information terms and conditions set out at the bottom of this email.

 

REQUEST

 

 

Under the Freedom of Information Act 2000, please provide me with the
following information:

 

1. The names of the schools in your county that contain asbestos.

2. The date and outcome of the last independent audit or inspection of
each of these schools Asbestos Management Plans.

3. The details of any reported incidents of asbestos exposure in these
schools between 2011 and 2016.

4. Details of any improvement or prohibition notice served or guidance
issued by the HSE in relation to the management of asbestos in schools in
your county in the last 5 years.

5. The number of school employees (existing and retired staff to include
teaching staff, school support staff and caretakers, etc) and ex-pupils
that have pursued a claim against you for exposure to asbestos within a
school in your county.

6. The number of these claims that have been settled.

7. The amount of money that has been paid in settlement of these claims
(with and without your authority accepting responsibility).

 

Please could you provide me with details of incidents between 2006 and
2016.

 

RESPONSE

 

 

1.

Hazel Court Special School 11-16
Chantry CPS
Alfriston Sch
All Saints CEPS
Barcombe CEPS
Battle & Langton CEPS
Beckley CEPS
Bodiam CEPS
Bonners CEPS
Bourne CPS
Brede PS
Broad Oak CPS
Burwash CEPS
Buxted CEPS
Castledown CPS
Catsfield CEPS
Chiddingly PS
Chyngton Sch
Cradle Hill CPS
Cross In Hand CEPS
Crowhurst CEPS
Dallington CEPS
Danehill CEPS
Denton Com Sch
Ditchling St Margarets CEPS
East Hoathly CEPS
Etchingham CEPS
Firle CEPS
Five Ashes CEPS
Fletching CEPS
Forest Row CEPS
Grays Sch C Nursery
Grovelands Com Trust Sch
Hankham CPS
Harlands PS
Hellingly CPS
Ashdown Primary (Herne JS)
Herstmonceux CEPS
High Hurstwood CEPS
Icklesham CEPS
Iford & Kingston CEPS
Jarvis Brook Sch
Langney CPS
Laughton CPS
Manor CPS
Mayfield CEPS
Maynards Green CPS
Motcombe CIS
Netherfield CEPS
Newick CEPS
Ninfield CEPS
Northiam CEPS
Ocklynge JS
Park Mead PS
Parkland CJS
Parkland IS
Parkside CPS
Pashley Down CIS
Peasmarsh CEPS
Pells CEPS
Plumpton CPS
Polegate Sch
Punnetts Town CPS
Ringmer CPS
Rocks Park PS
Roselands CIS
Rotherfield CPS
Sandown CPS
Sedlescombe CEPS
Shinewater CPS
South Malling CEPS
Southover CEPS
St Andrews CEIS
St Michaels (Withyham) CPS
St Michaels CEPS
St Michaels CPS
St Peters CEPS
Stafford CJS
Tollgate CJS
Uckfield CC
Wadhurst CEPS
Wallands CPS
West Rise CIS
West Rise CJS
Western Road CPS
Westfield Sch
Whitehill CIS
Willingdon CPS
Staplecross Methodist PS
Little Common Sch
Chailey Sch
Claverham CC
Heathfield CC
Priory Sch
Robertsbridge Com College
Uplands CC
Willingdon Com Sch
Grove Park Sch
The South Downs Com SS East
The South Downs Com SS West

 

2. Our own Health & Safety team check the schools Asbestos Management
Plans. They are not independent so in terms of the question, don’t hold
records of independent checks.

3. Please note that schools are responsible for the day to day management 
of school sites.  ESCC do not hold records of  any incident of asbestos
exposure that may have occurred as a result of school self-managed
activities, details being held by the school themselves.

4. N/A

5. 5.

6. 5

7. £1,278,126.37

 

hope that this answers your enquiry. If you believe that the County
Council has not complied with the EIR in responding to your request, you
may ask for an internal review. If you wish to do so, please set out the
grounds of your appeal in writing to:

 

Philip Baker, Assistant Chief Executive, East Sussex County Council,
County Hall, St Anne’s Crescent, Lewes, East Sussex. BN7 1UE.

or by email to him at [1][email address]

 

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Yours sincerely

 

 

Jeremy Coleman

Customer Information Officer

 

East Sussex County Council

Communities, Economy and Transport Directorate

W1D, County Hall

St Anne’s Crescent

Lewes

East Sussex BN7 1UE

 

Phone: 01273 482913
Fax: 01273 481208

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