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Bat Reports At County Hall Mold, Flintshire

Ian Howes made this Freedom of Information request to Natural Resources Body for Wales

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Dear Natural Resources Body for Wales,
I am writing to make an open government request for all the information to which I am entitled under the Freedom of Information Act. In order to assist you with this request, I am outlining my query as specifically as possible. If however this request is too wide or too unclear, I would be grateful if you could contact me as I understand that under the act, you are required to advise and assist requesters.
I wish to make a Freedom of Information request for all information including documentation held by the Natural Resources Body for Wales concerning the following:

Number 1. Are there any reports of bats being present in any parts of County Hall, Mold, Flintshire CH7 6BN?

Number 2. If any such surveys and reports have been made concerning this building, please can you provide them?

Number 3. Did any bats cohabit in common areas with staff?

Number 4. Were any special measures or protocols implemented to protect the species or manage any interfaces between any bats and humans?

I understand that under the Act, I should be entitled to a response within 20 working days. I would be grateful if you could confirm in writing that you have received this request. I look forward to hearing from you in the near future.

Yours faithfully,

Ian Howes

Access to Information Team, Natural Resources Body for Wales

Diolch ichi am eich cais am wybodaeth. Pwrpas yr e-bost hwn yw cydnabod
ein bod wedi derbyn eich cais.

Bydd y Tîm Mynediad at Wybodaeth yn ymateb i'ch cais cyn gynted ag y bo
modd, a dim hwyrach nag 20 diwrnod gwaith ar ôl derbyn eich cais.

 

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Thank you for your request for information, this email is to acknowledge
that we have received your request.

 

The Access to Information Team will respond to your request as soon as
possible and no later than 20 working days from when we received your
request.

 

Access to Information Team, Natural Resources Body for Wales

Dear Mr Howes,

Thank you for your recent request for information.

This request has been allocated Access to Information Request Number ATI-17480a.

Natural Resources Wales will respond to your request for information in line with the Environmental Information Regulations (EIR) 2004.

We will respond to your request as soon as possible and no later than 20 working days from when we received your request. We will contact you as soon as possible should we need to clarify your request. Any information that takes less than 2 ½ days to compile will be free. If it takes longer than this we will consult you before taking further action.
We will be retaining your personal details along with your request in a database for the purpose of recording progress and monitoring our performance Any Information disclosed under the Freedom of Information Act (2000) or Environmental Information Regulations (2004) will be listed in the Natural Resources Wales disclosure log on our web site.

We will only use this personal data in accordance with the General Data Protection Regulation to deal with your request and any matters that arise from it.
If you have any further queries or concerns, please contact [email address]. See our Privacy Policy which describes how we collect use and share your information,

If you have any further queries or concerns, please contact us on the details below. I would be grateful if you would use the ATI Request number in all future correspondence.

Regards,

Access to Information Team

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Access to Information Team, Natural Resources Body for Wales

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Good afternoon Mr Howes,

 

Please find attached the response to your request.

 

If you have any further queries, please don’t hesitate to contact me.

 

Kind regards,

 

Sera Jones

Swyddog Mynediad at Wybodaeth/ Access to Information Officer
Cwsmeriaid, Cyfathrebu a Gwybodaeth/Customer, Communications and
Information Directorate
Ffôn/Tel: 0300 065 4168
E-bost/E-mail:[1][email address]/[2][email address]
Gwefan /
Website:[3]http://www.cyfoethnaturiolcymru.gov.uk//...

Twitter:[5]twitter.com/NatResWales
Facebook: [6]facebook.com/nNatResWales
Ein diben yw sicrhau bod adnoddau naturiol Cymru yn cael eu cynnal, eu
gwella a’u defnyddio yn gynaliadwy, yn awr ac yn y dyfodol.

Our purpose is to ensure that the natural resources of Wales are
sustainably maintained, enhanced and used, now and in the future.

Siaradwraig Cymraeg

 

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Dear Access to Information Team,
Thank you for your reply dated 7th June 2019 which raises some issues
1. In reply to question 1 you confirmed that there were reports of bats in in County Hall Mold
2. In question 2 I asked you to provide “any such surveys and reports that have been made concerning this building” you provided a heavily redacted Bat Roost Survey by Stuart Spray of Stuart Spray Wildlife Consultancy and a redacted and incomplete report from an NRW licence report form dated 21 Dec. 2015.
QUESTION ONE: PLEASE CAN YOU SUPPLY ALL SUCH SURVEYS AND REPORTS CONCERNING BATS IN THIS BUILDING
3. In question 3. I asked 3. Did any bats cohabit in common areas with staff? To which you replied you understood understand that bats have been found in the offices of County Hall.
QUESTION TWO: PLEASE COULD YOU PROVIDE FURTHER INFORMATION ON THIS?
4. In question 4 I asked 4. Were any special measures or protocols implemented to protect the species or manage any interfaces between any bats and humans? To which you replied “We are not aware of any extant special measures or protocols to protect bats at County Hall or manage any interfaces. However, we understand that there will be a scheme devised to safeguard bats prior to any proposed demolition of parts of county Hall”
QUESTION THREE: ACCORDING TO THE INFORMATION ALREADY SUPPLIED THERE HAVE BEEN MANY ROOSTS IN THIS BUILDING FOR MANY YEARS INCLUDING SUSPECT MATERNITY ROOSTS PLEASE TELL ME WHAT MEASURES NRW (OR ITS PREDECESSORS) TOOK TO MITIGATE THE RISKS TO THE BATS OR THE HUMANS.
IT WOULD HELP IF THE COLLATED RESULTS OF ALL NURSERY ROOSTS IN THE AREA (REFERRED TO IN YOUR DOCUMENTATION) WAS REVEALED.

You further made the following statement “The information you have requested contains information which is highly sensitive. After careful consideration, NRW believes the following exception applies to the specific location of the bats…”
QUESTION FOUR: I REQUEST THAT YOU PROVIDE THE INFORMATION YOU HAVE WITHELD AS I HAVE NOT AT ANY PLACE SOUGHT ANY INFORMATION ON A SPECIFIC LOCATION. I PROVIDED THE ADDRESS OF A LARGE PUBLIC BUILDING OF MULTIPLE STRUCTURES. WHICH SHOULD NOT SHELTER UNDER THE FALSE PREMISE OF PUBLIC IMMUNITY

Yours sincerely,

Ian Howes

Access to Information Team, Natural Resources Body for Wales

Dear Mr Howes,

Thank you for your email to the Access to Information Team dated 3rd July 2019. You registered your dissatisfaction with Natural Resources Wales’ response dated 7th June 2019 to your request (ATI-17480a) dated 13th May 2019.

Natural Resources Wales will be undertaking an Internal review under Regulations 11(1) and 11(2) of the Environmental Information Regulations (EIR) 2004. This review will consider the information that was considered for release under the Environmental Information Regulations. This regulation states that if you feel that a public authority has not dealt with a request for environmental information properly, you can complain and ask us to reconsider the response.

We aim to respond as soon as possible and no later than 40 working days from when we received the representations. We will contact you as soon as possible should we need to clarify your request.

This request has been allocated Access to Information Request Number ATI-17480b. If you have any further queries or concerns please contact us on the details below. We would be grateful if you would use the ATI Request number in all future correspondence.

We will be retaining your personal details along with your request in a database for the purpose of recording progress and monitoring our performance. If you wish to inspect the personal information we hold about you, please write to the Access to Information Team at the address above. An administration fee will be charged.

Regards,

Access to Information Team

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Dear Access to Information Team,
Please can you help me?
I did not request an internal review at this stage but requested further information subsequent to your reply.
I would have expected you to raise a new FOIA and tell me that you would respond to this further request within 20 working days.

Yours sincerely,

Ian Howes

Dear Access to Information Team,
Please can you acknowledge & respond to my previous question dated 6th July 2019

Yours sincerely,

Ian Howes

Dear Access to Information Team,
You have not acknowledged or replied to my two messages dated 6th July 2019 & 12th July 2019 or do I need to go to the Information Commissioner to get a reply

Yours sincerely,

Ian Howes

Access to Information Team, Natural Resources Body for Wales

Dear Mr Howes,
Apologies you did not receive and acknowledgement.
Natural Resources Wales will be undertaking an Internal review under Regulations 11(1) and 11(2) of the Environmental Information Regulations (EIR) 2004. This review will consider the information that was considered for release under the Environmental Information Regulations. This regulation states that if you feel that a public authority has not dealt with a request for environmental information properly, you can complain and ask us to reconsider the response.

We aim to respond as soon as possible and no later than 40 working days from when we
received the representations. We will contact you as soon as possible should we need to
clarify your request.

This request has been allocated Access to Information Request Number ATI-17480b. If you have any further queries or concerns please contact us on the details below. I would be grateful if you would use the ATI Request number in all future correspondence.

Yours sincerely

Access to Information Team
[Natural Resources Wales request email]

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Dear Access to Information Team,
Please refer to my messages of 6 July namely
“Dear Access to Information Team,
Please can you help me?
I did not request an internal review at this stage but requested further information subsequent to your reply.
I would have expected you to raise a new FOIA and tell me that you would respond to this further request within 20 working days.
Yours sincerely,
Ian Howes”

and on 12 July namely
“Dear Access to Information Team,
Please can you acknowledge & respond to my previous question dated 6th July 2019
Yours sincerely,
Ian Howes”

And on 24th July namely
“Dear Access to Information Team,
You have not acknowledged or replied to my two messages dated 6th July 2019 & 12th July 2019 or do I need to go to the Information Commissioner to get a reply
Yours sincerely,
Ian Howes”

And on the 29th July namely
"Dear Mr Howes,
Apologies you did not receive and acknowledgement.
Natural Resources Wales will be undertaking an Internal review under Regulations 11(1) and 11(2) of the Environmental Information Regulations (EIR) 2004. This review will consider the information that was considered for release under the Environmental Information Regulations. This regulation states that if you feel that a public authority has not dealt with a request for environmental information properly, you can complain and ask us to reconsider the response.
We aim to respond as soon as possible and no later than 40 working days from when we
received the representations. We will contact you as soon as possible should we need to
clarify your request.
This request has been allocated Access to Information Request Number ATI-17480b. If you have any further queries or concerns please contact us on the details below. I would be grateful if you would use the ATI Request number in all future correspondence.
Yours sincerely
Access to Information Team "
[Natural Resources Wales request email]
which you seem to have ignored in your latest message of 29th July as above and assigned a new Access to Information Request Number ATI-17480b
I now ask you the following questions:
1. Are you going to answer the questions raised on 3rd July and
2. Are you independently starting Internal Review Procedures? If so from what date?

Yours sincerely,

Ian Howes

Access to Information Team, Natural Resources Body for Wales

Dear Mr Howes,
Sorry that we haven’t dealt with your request in the way that you had hope for. It is our procedure to deal with this as an appeal. This is because you did not agree with our redactions within the report and also because you were not satisfied with our initial response, therefore I have to deal with it independently. I'm sorry that we haven’t explained this sooner, and I will ensure that we respond in full to your email dated 3rd July no later than Friday this week (16th) or sooner.
Kind Regards Donna

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Muirhead, Donna,

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Appeal: Environmental Information Regulations (2004)

 

Dear Mr Howes,

 

Thank you for your email dated 3rd July in which we have dealt with as an
internal review in respect of Access to Information Request 17480.

 

The purpose of an internal review is to assess how the Environmental
Information Regulation 2004 (EIR) request was handled in the first
instance, and to determine whether the original decision given to you was
correct.

 

As part of the review, I am now able to provide you with the unredacted
report you require, which I have attached.

 

In relation to your request for further reports, I can confirm that NRW
does not hold any further reports or surveys concerning bats at this
building.

 

This survey was commissioned by Flintshire County Council in order to
establish the presence of roosting bats.

 

I can confirm that NRW is not aware of :

(a)          Any site-specific bat mitigation at this site;

(b)          Any site-specific working practices implemented by Flintshire
County Council as the owner and occupier of the build 

We understand that ecological staff based in county hall lead on
addressing bat issues at this site and would be the best people to help
with your enquiry.

 

I hope this explains why we don't hold any further information, however
you may wish to contact COFNOD who may hold further data that might be
useful [1]www.cofnod.org.uk

 

Kind Regards

Donna Muirhead 

 

Rights of appeal

 

If you are still not satisfied following this, you can make an appeal to
the Information Commissioner, who is the statutory regulator for Freedom
of Information. The address is: Office of the Information Commissioner,

Wycliffe House, Water Lane,

Wilmslow, Cheshire SK9 5AF.

Tel: 0303 123 113

Fax: 01625 524 510.

E-mail: [2][email address].

Website: [3]http//www.informationcommissioner.gov.uk

 

 

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