Berths4/5 Ramsgate Port and Windfarm Extension Pegwell

Waiting for an internal review by Thanet District Council of their handling of this request.

Dear Thanet District Council,

Please disclose your assessments for mains water, and hence estimated toxic loading, use quantity by Bretts at Ramsgate. Also Your toxic loading estimates for the berths and Bretts and for Pegwell re HSAW Act for works.

Please also disclose whether TDC briefed their external solicitors on these matters and UN Stockholm Convention imminent enforcements via DEFRA for the chemical PFOA. And if the external solicitor was so briefed what is the advice to TDC ?

Yours faithfully,

Richard Card

TDC FOI, Thanet District Council

Receipt for FOI 3290

Dear Mr. Card,

Thank you for your Freedom Of Information (FOI) received and dated
(11/11/2019). 

I can confirm that we have received your request and are now processing
it. Our reference number for your request is FOI 3290. We will look to
make a full disclosure of the information requested by (09/12/2019) at the
latest. We will let you know if there are any issues processing your
request and if there will be any delays regarding collating the
information you have requested..

Kind regards

Information Governance Officer
Thanet District Council
Margate
CT9 1XZ
01843 577620

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TDC FOI, Thanet District Council

Dear Mr Card,
I refer to your request for an internal review in relation to your
following Freedom of Information request No.3215 as set out below:

"Recently the Local Plan Inspector called on TDC for reports into water
supply quality.  I later called in DEFRA Drinking Water Inspectorate. I
gave ample time for TDC to submit report to the Local Plan Inspector.

 

DEFRA, however, encountered a situation in which Risk Assessments for use
of Manston aquifer had not even been collated.  There has never been
testing of the Manston aquifer for PFOA chemical contamination. In spite
of its toxic threat category being increased to maximum on United Nations
Stockholm Convention in May 2019.  The water abstracted never met the
wholesome water requirements of UK Law. PFOA enforcement action under UN
via DEFRA starts in 18 months time.

 

Please disclose the involvement in risk assessment by S151 officer and his
actions. Including the duty to report to CCG and High Court in stroke unit
judicial reviews. (The duty of a Cllr too who instigated court action and
is now subject of Standards process)

 

As you know DEFRA DWI banned use of Manston aquifer"

I have looked at the request in detail and have raised the matter directly
with the Council's Section 151 Officer.

The Council has no knowledge of any duty, on the S151 Officer, "to report
to CCG and High Court in stroke unit judicial reviews" or carry out risk
assessments of water quality.'
Therefore, the council do not hold any information in relation to your
request.
The internal review is therefore considered to be concluded.
Yours sincerely,

Timothy Howes, Solicitor

Director of Corporate Governance and Monitoring Officer

Thanet District Council

01843 577007

Dear TDC FOI,

Dear Tim

A wee bit of a disingenuous answer. The S151 officer has a duty to keep the council on the straight and narrow as part of his duties in risk assessment.

The statutory reporting duties arise in Environmental protection and NHS CCG planning law. And TDC has not complied with that law.

You appear to be saying that the implications of that TDC indifference to statutory duty are no concern of a Section 151 officer.

Well TDC were called on for report, re water supply, by local plan inspector. TDC had already committed to a review of its contaminated land strategy and had already tacitly confessed to National Planning it has never protected Manston aquifer and drinking water supply.

It is difficult to believe your review and report to local plan inspector could be diligent as when I called in DEFRA DWI he found that Southern Water had not even collated risk assessments for use of Manston aquifer. Of particular interest 2007 DEFRA guidance of PFOA risk in controlled waters and drinking water supplies. The water supply was never tested for PFOA.

So I request another internal review in the hope you question S151 officer again. It appears he has form. His association with Ramsgate Action Group in which the issue of water supply (To Bretts concrete) was also a case of the elephant in the room your S151 officer never spotted.

Yours sincerely,

Richard Card

TDC FOI, Thanet District Council

Dear Mr Card,

Thank you for your Freedom of Information request dated . 

The response to your request is set out below.

- I can inform you that the information you have requested is not held by
us.

If you are unhappy with the way your enquiry has been dealt with, you may
ask for an internal review by submitting a request within one month of the
date of this response. Further information on the internal review process
can be found here:
[1]https://www.thanet.gov.uk/your-services/...

Your request should be addressed to the Information Governance Manager,
Thanet District Council, PO Box 9, Cecil Street, Margate, CT9 1XZ or by
emailing [2][email address].   

If you are still dissatisfied after an internal review, you may appeal to
the Information Commissioner, Wycliffe House, Water Lane, Wilmslow SK9
5AF.

Kind regards

Information Governance Officer

Thanet District Council

Margate

CT9 1XZ

01843 577247
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Originating request
Dear Thanet District Council,

Please disclose your briefing to consultant Kenyoe re 2007 DEFRA DWI
Guidance re PFOA, Manston aquifer, and implications for aggregate washing
plans at Ramsgate Port bearing in mind PFOA was already listed at Annex B
on UN Stockholm Convention 

When draft contracted investors in Manston withdrew,  due to environmental
issues and TDC handling thereof,  2014 it was spring some time before
Kenyoe reported. The leader of the council was told in Spring 2014 about
the environmental  and public health and NHS planning issues. He jumped
ship as leader TDC shortly thereafter.  There is as you know a crime
complaint touching on this so that aspect is not subject of this public
FOI.

You are aware that the whole matter of Thanet toxic water supply and
environmental hazards to health was concealed, allegedly contrary to law,
from NHS Planners and is currently allegedly being concealed contrary to
law from High Court in two Labour sponsored judicial reviews of stroke
unit decisions. 

This FOI is simple. It is about when Labour controlled TDC and Kenyoe was
briefed. Was the consultant properly briefed or was he, like Thanet CCG,
kept in the dark about environmental hazards and a water supply that did
not meet wholesome water standards of UK Law. 

Yours faithfully,

Richard Card

References

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1. https://www.thanet.gov.uk/your-services/...
2. mailto:[email address]

Dear TDC FOI,

you appear to be answering another FOI on this FOI page

If you are saying you have no records for water supply liaison and compliance with environmental law how did you diligently fulfil your undertaking to review contaminated land strategy and answer call for water quality report from Local Plan Inspector.

As I have pointed out before when DEFRA DWI Inspector was called in by me he found Southern Water had not collated risk assessments for Manston aquifer implying that you could not have diligently performed your contaminated land review or your report to local plan inspector.

I have emailed your solicitor this morning about the inferences from your FOI respponses.

Yours sincerely,

Richard Card

TDC FOI, Thanet District Council

Dear Mr Card,

Thank you for your Freedom of Information (EIR) request dated the 11th
November 2019. 

The response to your request is set out below.

- None of the questions below relate to information held by this Thanet
District Council. 

If you are unhappy with the way your enquiry has been dealt with, you may
ask for an internal review by submitting a request within one month of the
date of this response. Further information on the internal review process
can be found here:
[1]https://www.thanet.gov.uk/your-services/...

Your request should be addressed to the Information Governance Manager,
Thanet District Council, PO Box 9, Cecil Street, Margate, CT9 1XZ or by
emailing [2][email address].   

If you are still dissatisfied after an internal review, you may appeal to
the Information Commissioner, Wycliffe House, Water Lane, Wilmslow SK9
5AF.

Kind regards

Information Governance Officer

Thanet District Council

Margate

CT9 1XZ

01843 577247

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Originating request
Dear Thanet District Council,

Please disclose your assessments for mains water, and hence estimated
toxic loading, use quantity by Bretts at Ramsgate. Also  Your toxic
loading estimates for the berths and Bretts and for Pegwell re HSAW Act
for works.

Please also disclose whether TDC briefed their external solicitors on
these matters and UN Stockholm Convention imminent enforcements via DEFRA
for the chemical PFOA.  And if the external solicitor was so briefed what
is the advice to TDC ?

Yours faithfully,

Richard Card  

References

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1. https://www.thanet.gov.uk/your-services/...
2. mailto:[email address]

Dear TDC FOI,

So which FOI are you answering now ?

You have previously had to stand corrected when I kindly provided you a copy of your own TDC published material about Local Plan Inspector call for water quality report.

Have you simply not taken this on board ?

To comply with the Local Plan Inspector call then you must have records for the request you now iteratively purport to be answering.

Yours sincerely,

Richard Card

Dear TDC FOI,

Herewith copy of your TDC published material re another FOI you claim you have no records for

Richard Card 5 November 2019
Delivered

Dear Graham Funnell,
4 June 2019 update
In response to discussions on Hearing Day 8 (Tuesday 16 April), and as requested by the Inspectors, the Council has produced a note on Water Efficiency, Accessibility and Adaptability and the use of Nationally Described Space Standards (Examination Doc – CD9.20). Should participants wish to make any comments on this note representations must be made in writing and received by the Programme Officer no later than 5pm on Friday 21 June.
This is from your own website.
Yours sincerely,
Richard Card

Yours sincerely,

Richard Card