Borough of culture

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Darryl Chamberlain

Dear Lewisham Borough Council,

Could you please:

a) Tell me how much was spent on the recent London Borough of Culture bid.

b) Send me the bid document and any other document submitted to the mayor's office as part of the bid.

Many thanks for your help.

Yours faithfully,

Darryl Chamberlain

Foi, Customer, Lewisham Borough Council

Dear Mr Chamberlain,

Re: Freedom of Information Act 2000
Environmental Information Regulations 2004
Reference No: 435685

Thank you for your recent request for information from the London Borough of Lewisham. Your request is being handled under either the Freedom of Information Act 2000 or the Environmental Information Regulations 2004.

Your request is being considered and you will receive a response within the statutory timescale of 20 working days, subject to the application of any exemptions/exceptions. Where consideration is being given to exemptions/exceptions, the 20 working day timescale may be extended to a period considered reasonable depending on the nature and circumstances of your request. In such cases you will be notified and, where possible, a revised time-scale will be indicated. In all cases we shall attempt to deal with your request at the earliest opportunity.

There may be a fee payable for the retrieval, collation and provision of the information requested where the request exceeds the statutory limit or where disbursements exceed £10. In such cases you will be informed in writing and your request will be suspended until we receive payment from you or your request is modified and/or reduced.

Your request may require either full or partial transfer to another public authority. You will be informed if your request is transferred. If we are unable to provide you with the information requested we will notify you of this together with the reason(s) why and details of how you may appeal (if appropriate). Please note that the directorate team may contact you for further information where we believe that the request is not significantly clear for us to respond fully.

Kind Regards,

Corporate Complaints and Casework Team

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Rahman, Davina, Lewisham Borough Council

Dear Darryl

 

Re: Freedom of Information Act 2000

 

Thank you for your request for information held by London Borough of
Lewisham. I have included below a copy of your request, followed by the
Council’s response next to each heading.

 

Could you please:

 

a)    Tell me how much was spent on the recent London Borough of Culture
bid.

 

We can confirm that the Council spent £30,000 on the bid

 

b) Send me the bid document and any other document submitted to the
mayor's office as part of the bid.

 

We apply Section 43 of the Freedom of Information Act 2000, 'Commercial
interests', to your request.

 

Section 43 states:

(1) Information is exempt information if it constitutes a trade secret.

(2) Information is exempt information if its disclosure under this Act
would, or would be likely to, prejudice the commercial interests of any
person (including the public authority holding it).

(3) The duty to confirm or deny does not arise if, or to the extent that,
compliance with section 1(1)(a) would, or would be likely to, prejudice
the exemptions mentioned in subsection (2).

 

This acts as an exemption notice. We have applied this exemption as
Section 43 (1) and (2) because the information relates to intellectual
property i.e. trade secrets and/or commercially sensitive information. We
confirm that the information is held.

 

This is a qualified exemption and requires the consideration of a public
interest test. In this case we have considered that the public interest
favours non-disclosure. It is important to remember that when information
is released under the Freedom of Information Act 2000, it is considered
released to the wider public. The commercially sensitive information which
your request relates to, if released to the general public could
jeopardise the commercial interests of the Council and third parties by
providing an unfair advantage in any current or future commercial
negotiations.

 

We hope you will find this information helpful.

 

You are free to use the information provided for your own purposes,
including any non-commercial research you are doing and for the purposes
of news reporting. Any other re-use, for example commercial publication,
requires the permission of the copyright holder. You may apply for
permission to re-use this information by submitting a request to
[email address]

 

You have a right of appeal against this response which you can exercise by
writing to: Information Governance – 1st floor Town Hall Chambers,
Catford, London. SE6 4RU. Or at: [email address]

 

This must be requested within 40 working days of the date of this
response.

 

If you remain dissatisfied after receiving this decision, you then also
have a further right of appeal, which you can make in writing, stating
your reasons to the regulating body, the Information Commissioner's
Office. Contact details are outlined below:

 

https://ico.org.uk/global/contact-us/

 

Telephone: 0303 123 1113.

 

Address: Wycliffe House, Water Lane, Wilmslow, Cheshire, SK9 5AF.

 

Yours sincerely

 

Davina

Corporate Complaints

 

 

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Darryl Chamberlain

Dear Lewisham Borough Council,

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

I am writing to request an internal review of Lewisham Borough Council's handling of my FOI request 'Borough of culture'.

It is hard to understand how a bid which Lewisham Council launched a campaign to gather public support for can be "a trade secret". Lewisham Council gathered over 5,000 pledges (source: http://loveitlewisham.co.uk/) for its bid, and there is a clear public interest in seeing what was in the bid document.

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,

Darryl Chamberlain

Foi, Lewisham Borough Council

Dear Mr Chamberlain
 
Re: Freedom of Information Act 2000
Environmental Information Regulations 2004
Reference No: 435685 - Appeal
 
We acknowledge receipt of your appeal of our response to your information
request, reference numbers 435685. We will now undertake a review of our
original response. We will endeavour to respond to you within 20 working
days. I have also passed on your clarification response to the relevant
service area and will update you when we receive a response.
 
Yours sincerely
 
Wendy Stevens
Senior Customer Resolutions Officer
Corporate Complaints, Casework & Information Governance Team.
 

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Darryl Chamberlain

Dear Foi,

It has now been over three months and I have not had a response to my request for an internal review. Could you please tell me when I could expect one?

Yours sincerely,

Darryl Chamberlain

Foi, Lewisham Borough Council

Dear Mr Chamberlain
 
Thank you for your email. I have been actively looking into your appeal
and was awaiting some information from one of our services. I have chased
this on more than one occasion and chased it again last week on receiving
your follow up email. The person that I need to speak to is currently on
annual leave but will be back in the office on Wednesday of this week so I
will follow this up once again and endeavour to get a full appeal response
out to you by next week.
 
We sincerely apologise for these delays and any inconvenience this may
have caused you.
 
Kind regards
 
Wendy Stevens
Senior Customer Resolutions Officer
Corporate Complaints, Casework & Information Governance Team.
 
 
 
 

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Stevens, Wendy, Lewisham Borough Council

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Dear Mr Chamberlain

 

Re: Freedom of Information Act 2000

Environmental Information Regulations 2004

Reference No: 435685- Appeal Response

 

We sincerely apologise for the delay in responding to your appeal and for
any inconvenience this may have caused you.

 

We have now considered your appeal of our original response to you. Your
request was for information on Lewisham Council’s Borough of Culture bid.
In summary we wish to provide you with the attached documents. Some
information has been withheld under S43(2) ‘commercial interests’ and some
of the attached have been redacted to remove commercially sensitive
information.

 

We can confirm that the Council spent £30,000 on the bid.

 

Section 43 states:

(1) Information is exempt information if it constitutes a trade secret.

(2) Information is exempt information if its disclosure under this Act
would, or would be likely to, prejudice the commercial interests of any
person (including the public authority holding it).

(3) The duty to confirm or deny does not arise if, or to the extent that,
compliance with section 1(1)(a) would, or would be likely to, prejudice
the exemptions mentioned in subsection (2).

 

This acts as an exemption notice. We have applied this exemption as
Section 43 (2) because the information relates to intellectual property
i.e. trade secrets and/or commercially sensitive information. We confirm
that the information is held.

 

This is a qualified exemption and requires the consideration of a public
interest test. In this case we have considered that the public interest
favours non-disclosure. It is important to remember that when information
is released under the Freedom of Information Act 2000, it is considered
released to the wider public. The commercially sensitive information which
your request relates to, if released to the general public could
jeopardise the commercial interests of the Council and third parties by
providing an unfair advantage in any current or future commercial
negotiations.

 

 

We hope you find this response to your review satisfactory. However, you
have a further right of appeal against this decision, which you can do so
in writing, stating your reasons to the regulating body, the Information
Commissioner's Office.

Contact details: [1]http://www.ico.gov.uk/ or 0303 123 1113 or Wycliffe
House, Water Lane, Wilmslow, Cheshire, SK9 5AF.

 

Yours sincerely

 

Wendy Stevens

Senior Customer Resolutions Officer

Corporate Complaints, Casework & Information Governance Team.

 

 

 

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Dear Mr Chamberlain

 

Re: Freedom of Information Act 2000

Environmental Information Regulations 2004

Reference No: 435685 - Appeal

 

We acknowledge receipt of your appeal of our response to your information
request, reference numbers 435685. We will now undertake a review of our
original response. We will endeavour to respond to you within 20 working
days. I have also passed on your clarification response to the relevant
service area and will update you when we receive a response.

 

Yours sincerely

 

Wendy Stevens

Senior Customer Resolutions Officer

Corporate Complaints, Casework & Information Governance Team.

 

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Darryl Chamberlain

Dear Wendy,

Many thanks for this, it's hugely appreciated.

Yours sincerely,

Darryl Chamberlain