Bridge infill letters

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Dear Highways England

Please send me copies of all the permitted development letters you sent to planning authorities in 2020 about the HRE bridges etc you have identified for possible demolition or filling in.

Can I also have copies of all the emails and letters etc you have exchanged with the Department for Transport about these proposals.

Yours faithfully

Mike Anderson

Highways England, Highways England Company Limited

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Smith, Fiona, Highways England Company Limited

Dear Mr Anderson

 

Thank you for your request for information about bridge infill letters
dated 2 January 2021. I am dealing with it under the terms of the Freedom
of Information Act 2000/Environmental Information Regulations 2004.

 

The due date for issuing a response is 1 February 2021.

 

If you have any queries about this letter, please contact me. Please
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Dear Mr Anderson

 

Thank you for your request for information about bridge infill letters
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The due date for issuing a response is 1 February 2021.

 

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Dear Mr Anderson,

 

Please find attached our response to your freedom of information request.

 

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Dear Ms Smith

You told the campaign group looking at your plans that 124 PD letters had been sent to LAs. You have only sent me 36 letters. Could I have the rest please.

Yours sincerely

Mike Anderson

Smith, Fiona, Highways England Company Limited

Dear Mr Anderson,

Thank you for your follow-up e-mail about the perceived missing letters however I can confirm that 36 letters were sent out and copies of all 36 letters sent out have been provided in our response. Highways England does not hold any further letters regarding this and as such there are no more to provide in relation to your request.

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Fiona

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Dear Ms Smith

So this response from Highways England is wrong then?
https://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/7...
Permitted Development letter submitted? Yes x124 times.

Yours sincerely

Mike Anderson

Smith, Fiona, Highways England Company Limited

Dear Mr Anderson,

Yes, there is a mistake in that response. Letters were sent to the local authorities for 124 structures, but there have only been 36 permitted development letters sent out.

Regards,
Fiona

Fiona Smith
Historical Railways Estate (on behalf of Department for Transport)
Highways England | 37 Tanner Row | York | Y01 6WP
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Dear Ms Smith

In which case can I have all the letters sent to LAs re the 124 structures and the LA responses please.

Yours sincerely

Mike Anderson

Fisher, Joanne, Highways England Company Limited

Dear Mike Anderson

 

Thank you for your request for all the letters sent to LAs re the 124
structures and the LA responses dated 2^nd February 2021. I am dealing
with it under the terms of the Environmental Information Regulations 2004.

 

The due date for issuing a response is 2^nd March 2021.

 

If you have any queries about this letter, please contact me. Please
remember to quote reference number EIR 101779 in any future
communications.

 

Yours sincerely

 

 

Joanne Fisher

Historical Railways Estate (on behalf of Department for Transport)
Highways England | 37 Tanner Row | York |  YO1 6WP

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Dear Mr Anderson,

 

Please find attached our response to your request for information.

 

Regards,

Fiona

 

Fiona Smith

Historical Railways Estate (on behalf of Department for Transport)
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Dear Ms Smith

Thank you for the correspondence which I will read with interest. I see you have blacked-out some dates and names of organisations. This is not personal data and is not covered by EIR Reg 13.

Please provide the documents without dates and organisation names redacted.

Yours sincerely

Mike Anderson

Smith, Fiona, Highways England Company Limited

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Dear Mr Anderson,

Please find attached revised copies as requested.

Regards,
Fiona

Fiona Smith
Historical Railways Estate (on behalf of Department for Transport)
Highways England | 37 Tanner Row | York | Y01 6WP
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Dear Fiona

I have now been through the documents you supplied. I was expecting 124 letters from Jacobs and 124 replies from planners.
Even taking into account the 34 PD letters you sent me previously, there are 22 missing letters from Highways or Jacobs, and 21 missing replies.
There are 19 missing replies to the 68 letters you have included.
You have sent no replies to the 34 PD letters (sent previously) which should have been included.
Please send through all the missing documents ASAP.

Yours sincerely

Mike Anderson

Smith, Fiona, Highways England Company Limited

Dear Mr Anderson,

You have copies of all of the records that we hold, including information held by our suppliers.

Regards,
Fiona

Fiona Smith
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Highways England | 37 Tanner Row | York | Y01 6WP
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Dear Fiona

According to your response to this request, you sent letters to planners about 68 bridges and got replies about 50 of them. That is a 73% response rate. Are you really telling me that you also sent 34 PD letters to planners telling them that you need to infill or demolish structures to prevent emergencies, but you did not receive a single reply? I know for a fact you received at least 7. Please provide all the replies planners sent you in reply to the 34 PD letters, as already requested but not included in your response.

You have stated previously that 124 PD letters were sent to planners. You then said that only 34 of these were actually PD letters and you have provided me with them. That leaves 90 that should have been included in your response. I got 68. Where are the letters Highways or Jacobs sent to planners about BCL/106m28ch, AEB/2116, AKC/3, APL/6, AND/18, AWM/3, AYT/55, BCL/97m28ch, BGB/6, BNK/42, BOK1/283, EVL/2055, GNQ4/8, KLO/6, KLO/11, KLO/27, KLO/32, SUX/4A, THA/21, THA/22, WFM/836, WMJ/48 and WTD/3, and any responses?

Please also confirm that you did not receive any responses from planners about BRP/8, BLN/8, BYS/477, EAT/19, EVL/2066, EVL/2081, EVL/2082, FNS3/19m76ch, HBR3/124, KAS/254, LAR/85, LAR/89, PMY2/111, RTS/36, WHJ/8, WMC/1329, CAP/13m69ch, END/709 and PRD/4.

Yours sincerely

Mike Anderson

Smith, Fiona, Highways England Company Limited

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Dear Mr Anderson,

Please find attached copies of the letters that I missed from the original response, I apologise that they were not sent over at that time.

Regards,
Fiona

Fiona Smith
Historical Railways Estate (on behalf of Department for Transport)
Highways England | 37 Tanner Row | York | Y01 6WP
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Dear Fiona,

Thank you for the missing letters.

So are you still stating that you did not receive a single response to your 34 PD letters even though I have seen several?

Yours sincerely

Mike Anderson

Smith, Fiona, Highways England Company Limited

I don't have any copies of the letters, I checked with Jacobs & they sent me everything that they have.

Regards,
Fiona

Fiona Smith
Historical Railways Estate (on behalf of Department for Transport)
Highways England | 37 Tanner Row | York | Y01 6WP
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Dear Highways England

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

I am writing to request an internal review of Highways England's handling of my FOI request 'Bridge infill letters', ref EIR 101779.

On 2 Jan 2021, I asked for copies of all the permitted development notifications sent to local authorities about infilling or demolishing HRE bridges and tunnels (ref 101698). I was expecting 124 letters because HE had previously said that is how many were sent out. I only received 36 letters about 34 bridges. HE said they had made a mistake. "Letters were sent to the local authorities for 124 structures, but there have only been 36 permitted development letters sent out."

So I asked for all the letters (inc non-PD) sent to LAs about the 124 structures and their replies. I received letters about 68 structures, plus 49 replies, which meant that 22 letters and 75 replies were missing. I was not provided with a single reply to the 36 PD letters despite the LAs response rate to the non-PD letters being 73%. I know that at least 7 responses were sent re the PD letters.

Either your records management is a shambles (including deleting every reply to PD letters about potential emergencies at your bridges) or you have not provided me with everything I have asked for. All I am really interested in at this stage are the LA replies to your PD letters. Please provide them.

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

Mike Anderson

Highways England, Highways England Company Limited

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