borehole water level data - B&HA

D W Freeman (Mr) made this Freedom of Information request to Adur District Council

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Dear Adur District Council,

Brighton & Hove Albion Training Academy, Lancing

We are formally requesting copies of the data and graphs submitted by the club as a result of 5 borehole tests across the site to discover the depth relationship between the construction works and the water table of the flood plain in which the site is located.

This was carried out during the Winter/Spring months of 2012/2013 and was part of the data provided to receive approval of the drainage scheme for the complex.

At a community meeting on the 10th December 2012, the project director for the club declared this information is in the public domain

Yours faithfully,

D.W. Freeman
Lancing Consortium of Residents’ Associations

Adur District Council

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Information.officer, Adur District Council

Dear Mr Freeman,

 

We have checked our records and I confirm that Adur District Council does
not hold any information regarding the borehole tests.

 

If you are not satisfied with the response to your request for information
you have the right to an internal review. Details can be found on : 
http://www.adur-worthing.gov.uk/about-th...

 

Yours sincerely,

 

Barbara McGrath

Senior Information Officer

www.adur-worthing.gov.uk

01903 221007

 

 

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Dear Information officer,
Thank you for your response in relation to the above request.

We are very surprised that Adur does not have this data. Even Brighton & Hove Albion in their December community meeting had confirmed that this information is in the public domain. Please see extract of item 4 of the minutes below, 3rd paragraph.

BRIGHTON AND HOVE ALBION TRAINING GROUND
RESIDENTS LIAISON MEETING
MINUTES
Meeting held on Tuesday 10th December 2013 at Meeting Room, BHAFC Training Ground
People present
Community representatives (including the undersigned)
B&HA Project Director and Executives
Construction Manager
Community Police
Parish Councillor
Planning Officer - Adur DC

4. Main site development

JM gave an update on the main site development.

The development was still on programme. Cladding and windows were soon to be completed. The roof will be on in the next fortnight as well as work starting on the covered pitch. Fencing around the site was now complete and the ball stop netting was currently being installed.

Residents asked for release of the borehole readings taken on site. MP said that the boreholes were about to be re-established so there are no new readings as present. MP added the old readings had been submitted to ADC and should be in the public domain. MP to forward previous readings to the group.

Residents asked that the club again consider the installation of bird and bat boxes around the site to encourage diversity of species. AM said that the airport would object to this installation. AM to get formal comment from the airport.

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Also, the Environment Agency, from a response to an earlier request, obviously have had sight of this data. Their response of the 28.10.13 is also shown below – see 1st paragraph.

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From: Mowatt, Keely [mailto:[email address]]
Sent: 28 October 2013 12:47
To: Bill Freeman
Subject: RE: B&HA Sequential test

Bill,

I’m afraid that I’m not allowed to send this data it to you as it isn’t owned by the EA – I would be infringing their copyright/ intellectual rights. I can only suggest you have a look at all the applications for the football ground, or the site off the roundabout (4 Shoreham Road?) as this was looked at by the same consultants. You could ask the consultant directly, but it’s likely they would want to charge you for it.

Just for information (as your subject line confused me), the sequential test is a planning tool used at a strategic level so that development occurs in areas of lowest flood risk, unless there are over-riding reasons this can’t happen.

Sorry I can’t be more helpful in this instance.

Regards

Keely
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With the above minutes and email there is confirmation this data was submitted to the planning authority and environment agency for consideration with the design of the drainage system for the complex.

The Club confirms it is in the public domain,

Bearing in mind the site location is situated on a very active flood plain, it would have been imperative to understand the relationship and effect the development would have upon the efficacy of the drainage for the area. The club invested expenditure and time to produce this information. Surely it must have been examined by the approving agencies to give the go ahead on the whole drainage system for the complex and its likely effect on surface and ground water drainage within the area and other properties (the airport/housing etc) within the same flood plain. How else could an approval be given?

We trust this data can now be made available. Please be assured we will continue to pursue a satisfactory response to this request which is simply asking for sight of something which even the football club confirms is in the public domain.

We welcome your further comments on this as soon as possible.

Yours sincerely,

DW Freeman (Mr)
For and on behalf of the
LANCING FLOOD ACTION GROUP

Information.officer, Adur District Council

Dear Mr Freeman,

 

I note your comments and again write to confirm (as my email to you on 19
December 2013) that Adur District Council does not hold information
regarding the borehole data. Therefore, there is no information to supply
to you.

 

Yours sincerely,

 

Barbara McGrath

Senior Information Officer

www.adur-worthing.gov.uk

01903 221007

 

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Dear Adur District Council,

Please pass this on to the person who conducts Freedom of Information reviews.

I am writing to request an internal review of Adur District Council's handling of my FOI request 'borehole water level data - B&HA'.

The data requested in the FoI request (see link below)is supposedly not in the authority's possession. In this case, how can a drainage approval be given without such key data? We are told by the developer that the Environment Agency who have seen this information apparently gave the final drainage scheme approval. As the managing authority for this development application, why is this information not in the possession of Adur DC?

A full history of my FOI request and all correspondence is available on the Internet at this address: https://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/b...

Yours faithfully,

D W Freeman (Mr)

Information.officer, Adur District Council

Dear Freeman,

 

The information you have requested belongs to BHAFC, their drainage
consultant for the Mash Barn Lane Drainage Application was supposed to be
periodically releasing the data to the EA from March last year, it was not
actually submitted as part of the Planning Application to Adur District
Council. Therefore , Adur District Council  does not hold the requested
information.  If you would like to discuss the matter further, please let
me know and I will let you have a contact from our Engineers department.

 

Regarding your request for a Freedom of Information review.  The review
will only look at how your request has been answered, if we have provided
the requested information to you and if we hold the information, but not
provided the information to you, we have provided a refusal notice under
the Freedom of Information Act 2000.  The review will not look at the whys
as wherefores of whether the Council should or should not have the
requested information.  With this in mind, if you would still like to
request a Freedom of information review please let me know.

 

I trust this information has been of assistance.

 

Yours sincerely,

 

Barbara McGrath

Senior Information Officer

www.adur-worthing.gov.uk

01903 221007

 

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