Banning of council meeting questions in abuse of human rights to question elected representatives

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.

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Dear Stockport Borough Council,

The Council has banned me from asking council meeting questions on one subject. Please let me know by what legal process it has done this, as I believe it to be a breach of my human rights to question elected representatives, and I suspect that this action has led to the cover up by the LibDem executive councillors of an offence under The Fraud Act 2006.

Yours faithfully,

Sheila Oliver
Freedom of Information, human rights and environmental campaigner

FOI Officer, Stockport Metropolitan Borough Council

Dear Mrs Oliver,

Thank you for your request for information below which has been given reference FOI 2626. Please quote this on any correspondence regarding your request.

Stockport Council will respond to your request within 20 working days. If there will be a charge for disbursements e.g. photocopying in order to provide the information, we will inform you as soon as possible to see if you wish to proceed; however such charges are usually waived if they amount to less than £10.

Yours sincerely,

Claire Naven

Claire Naven
Data Protection & Freedom of Information Officer
Stockport Metropolitan Borough Council

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FOI Officer, Stockport Metropolitan Borough Council

Dear Mrs Oliver,

I am writing in response to your request for information below (ref 2626).

There is no `right' to ask questions at Council meetings; however
questions can be allowed at the Council's discretion. There is one
specific subject on which your questions have been found to be vexatious
and full reasons for that were given to you in the Council's letter of 11
Feb 2009. Questions on other topics are accepted and answered as
appropriate.

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Yours sincerely,

Claire Naven

Claire Naven

Data Protection & Freedom of Information Officer

Stockport Metropolitan Borough Council

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Dear Ms Naven

But how can I be vexatious when I was right about the whole site being contaminated, which the Council knew all along and tried to hide, when I was right about the missing £5 million and I was right that the Council was acting against the law to remove land by compulsory purchase order from someone's garden, when the Council had stated in minutes the need to negotiate with the dwelling owner, when the Council told the Secretary of State it didn't know who owned the land, when the Council failed to inform the landowner of the CPO, when the Council ignored the Statutory Objection from that landowner when it was received and Statutory Objections from a landowner by law have to trigger a public inquiry? The Council might have erroneously labelled me vexatious, and I very much doubt the truth was told to the Information Commission, but it is my heartfelt belief that Stockport Council is dishonest.

Yours sincerely,

Sheila Oliver