Dear West Sussex County Council,
I wish to ask for a copy of the contract between WSCC and BT to deliver superfast broadband.
The contract information would allow for a real understanding of what difference the public funds will be able to make, and will inform public opinion with regard to the expectations that are placed on BT within the contract.
I believe this information to be appropriate for release to me as it is in the Public Interest for this contract to be readily available for scrutiny, in line with the recent Information Commissioner complaint that resulted in the release of the Welsh Superfast Cymru contract
Dear Mr Phillips,
Thank you for your enquiry, which has been forwarded to the appropriate
officers for a response.
Please note that following a decision by the Cabinet at a meeting on 4th
September 2012, FoI and EIR requests to West Sussex County Council and the
Council's responses may be published on the Council's website in a
suitably anonymised form. This is in addition to the individual response
to the requestor, and in line with the Council's commitment to
transparency and open data.
Customer Relations Team Manager
Freedom Of Information | West Sussex County Council | Location:
County Hall, Chichester PO19 1RQ
E-mail: [email address]
Dear Mike Phillips,
I refer to your email request for information dated 10 December 2013,
which is being treated as a request made under the Environmental
Information Regulations 2004 (EIR).
I confirm that the Authority holds information falling within the
description specified in your request.
The information is attached to this email.
Redactions have been made in relation to the following:
Credit ratings, limitations on liability, insurance, premises cap value,
supplier solutions, commercially sensitive information, implementation
plan, project plan, relief events, milestone payments, survey assumptions,
pricing, project model, financial memorandum, reports,
We apply the following exceptions:
EIR 12(5)(e)-confidentiality of commercial or industrial information
EIR 12(5)(f) – disclosure would adversely affect the interests of the
person providing the information the Council.
EIR 13-personal information
We do not consider there is any public interest in disclosure of names and
addresses and signatories contained in the contract and that there is
public interest in maintaining privacy.
We consider that there is public interest in disclosure of the remainder
of the contract on the basis that it would further public understanding
and participation in debate, and promote accountability and transparency
in decision making and money spending.
We also consider that it is in the public interest to maintain these
exceptions in order to preserve the contractors ability to compete fairly
and to negotiate in a competitive market, which is seen as a positive
aspect of a free market economy.
In balancing these interests we have decided that, as a large part of the
contract has been made available, the public interest in disclosure of
those parts which have been redacted is outweighed by the public interest
in maintaining the exceptions.
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Dear Caroline Pegg,
Thank you for the heavily redacted contract copy. To save my time perusing the significant amount of wordage, can you guide me to the relevant section/sections, redacted or otherwise, where the contract stipulates the required speeds to be achieved and the required percentage coverage of properties to be provided with HSB (at 24mb+) for the £12.6 million expenditure by taxpayers in accordance with the WSCC Broadband Plan and what BT have thereby contracted to supply to assure compliance with the targets by spring 2016?
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