Bus layby Linton Hill proposals

Waiting for an internal review by Kent County Council of their handling of this request.

Dear Kent County Council,

Dear Kent County Council,

Within a developer's document related to the proposed "Land North of Marden" garden community, it states that:

"[ ]...A bus layby is proposed to enable buses to pull off the carriageway completely. Two-to-one merges on both the A229 Linton Hill and A229 Linton Road exit arms will also be provided. KCC is currently refining the proposed mitigation scheme design. "

Please send me the following specifically about this proposal:
1. A copy of all communications between KCC and DHA Transport and/or DHA Planning from January 2019 to now;
2. A copy of any plans; and
3. A copy of any assessment(s) made regarding usage.

I am making this request under the EIR as it involves land development.

Yours faithfully,

David Windham

 

Information request
Our reference: 15278933

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Dear Mr Windham
   
Thank you for your email which we received on 23 July 2020.
 
Kent County Council (KCC) acknowledges your request for information, which
we will consider under the relevant legislation (Freedom of Information
Act 2000 and/or Environmental Information Regulations 2004).
 
Assuming KCC holds this information, we will endeavour to supply the data
to you as soon as possible but no later than 20 August 2020 (20 working
days from date of receipt).
 
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or if there are exemptions to be considered and/or any costs for providing
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Dear ‎Mr Windham‏

 

Thank you for your request for information made under the Environmental
Information Regulations 2004 relating to A229 Linton Road Bus Layby.
Please see the response provided below and see the attached
information/spreadsheet in answer to your request. 

 

Within a developer's document related to the proposed "Land North of
Marden" garden community, it states that:

"[ ]...A bus layby is proposed to enable buses to pull off the carriageway
completely. Two-to-one merges on both the A229 Linton Hill and A229 Linton
Road exit arms will also be provided. KCC is currently refining the
proposed mitigation scheme design. "

Please send me the following specifically about this proposal:

1. A copy of all communications between KCC and DHA Transport and/or DHA
Planning from January 2019 to now; 2. A copy of any plans; and 3. A copy
of any assessment(s) made regarding usage.

Kent County Council, as Local Highway Authority, has identified an
improvement scheme for the Linton Crossroads junction. This involves the
widening of three of the arms to create additional traffic flow capacity
and the provision of enhanced pedestrian facilities. I attach the latest
design drawings as per your request. 

The scheme includes the provision of a layby for the westbound bus stop on
Heath Road. This is intended to prevent the blocking back of traffic
across the junction that currently occurs when a bus is stationary at the
bus stop.  

 

There have been no assessments of usage of any of the nearby bus stops.
The positioning of the bus stops has been reviewed however, as part of
ensuring that they tie in with the modified geometric design of the
junction. This has resulted in the northbound bus stop on the A229 being
relocated further to the north.

 

KCC note that your interest in the scheme is in the context of the garden
community proposed to the north of Marden. As you may be aware, the garden
community forms one of a number of sites put forward for consideration in
Maidstone Borough Council's review of their Local Plan. To date it has not
been the subject of a planning application.  

At this stage any correspondence with the site promoter and their
consultant forms part of pre-application advice. Such advice is provided
on a confidential basis to protect their commercial interests and cannot
therefore be released to third parties.  Therefore, this information is
withheld under the Environmental Information Regulations,
Regulation 12(5)(e).

The attached correspondence with DHA is therefore limited to that
associated with the above consented developments in the Coxheath area.

 

Please note that some personal information has been withheld which if
disclosed would amount to a breach of the Data Protection Act 2018
(relating to unlawful processing of personal data) and accordingly falls
outside of the scope of this Authority’s disclosure obligations by virtue
of the Environmental Information Regulations 2004, Regulation 12(3) and
Regulation 13 of those Regulations. 

 

If you are unhappy with this response, and believe KCC has not complied
with legislation, you have 40 working days from the date of this response
to ask for a review. You can do this by following our complaints process;
details can be found at this link
[1]https://www.kent.gov.uk/about-the-counci...
on our website. Please quote reference 15278933.

 

If you remain dissatisfied following an internal review, you can appeal to
the Information Commissioner, who oversees compliance with the Freedom of
Information Act 2000. Details of what you need to do, should you wish to
pursue this course of action, are available from the Information
Commissioner’s website [2]http://ico.org.uk/concerns

 

Yours sincerely

 

Kelly Leeson | Information Access Officer | Information Resilience &
Transparency Team | Kent County Council | Room 2.87, Sessions House,
Maidstone, ME14 1XQ | Phone 03000 415985 | [3]Access to Information |
Please see our [4]Information Rights Privacy Notice for details of how we
process your personal data in line with our data protection obligations |

 

From: Freedom of Information - KCC
Sent: 14 August 2020 15:55
To: [email address]
Subject: FW: Our reference: 15278933 - FOI Response Approval - 20 August
2020

 

 

From: Freedom of Information - KCC
Sent: 14 August 2020 15:54
To: Beer, Amanda - ST PC <[5][email address]>
Subject: FW: Our reference: 15278933 - FOI Response Approval - 20 August
2020

 

Good afternoon,

 

Please see the attached document in relation to FOI ref 15278933.

 

Kind regards,

 

Kelly Leeson | Information Access Officer | Information Resilience &
Transparency Team | Kent County Council | Room 2.87, Sessions House,
Maidstone, ME14 1XQ | Phone 03000 415985 | [6]Access to Information |
Please see our [7]Information Rights Privacy Notice for details of how we
process your personal data in line with our data protection obligations |

 

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Dear Kent County Council,

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

I am writing to request an internal review of Kent County Council's handling of my FOI request 'Bus layby Linton Hill proposals'.

You have simply re-sent the documents here from my other EIR request. I can only hope that this is an oversight or accident.

Please send me the documents as requested, related to the Bus laby at Linton Hill. If you need clariication on what this is, then please advise.

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,

David Windham

 

Information request
Our reference: 15278933

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Dear Mr Windham
 
Thank you for your request for a review received on 27 August 2020. I am
sorry that you are dissatisfied with our attempts to handle your request
under the Environmental Information Regulations 2004
 
I can confirm that we are considering your concerns and we will aim to
provide you with a response by 25 September 2020.
 

Although lockdown restrictions are starting to ease, Kent County Council
continues to face unprecedented challenges in delivering front line
services and we are continuing to prioritise our resources in dealing with
the pandemic. We take our statutory duties very seriously; however we ask
for your understanding in the event that we are unable to respond to your
request within the statutory timescale. Thank you for your co-operation in
advance.

 
Yours sincerely
 
 
Kelly Leeson
Information Access Officer - Information Resilience & Transparency Team
Strategic and Corporate Services
 
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Dear Kent County Council,

This is massively overdue, please provide a response.

Yours sincerely,

David Windham

Kent County Council

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Information request
Our reference: 15278933

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Dear Mr Windham

 

Information requested by: Mr David Windham

 

Further to  your request for an Internal Review, which was passed to me to
complete, I can confirm that I am now able to provide a response. I would
firstly like to offer my sincere apologies that KCC has not been able to
respond to you within the proposed timescales on this occasion, which has
unfortunately been due to recent unprecedented workloads.

 

As part of the Internal Review Process, I have liaised with the team who
were responsible for collating the information that was disclosed and have
been advised that the alterations to bus stop arrangements form part of
the Linton Crossroads improvement scheme. This has meant that there has
been some duplication in the information provided to fulfil each of the
requests.

 

It is clear that this cross-over has led to some confusion and KCC would
like to apologise for this confusion and the subsequent delay in
explaining this. I am therefore partially upholding your complaint, as I
am of the view that this could have been made clearer to you in the
initial response.

 

I trust that this explanation now satisfies your complaint. However, if
you are still unhappy, you can appeal to the Information Commissioner, who
oversees compliance with access to information legislation including the
Freedom of Information Act 2000, Environmental Information Regulations
2004, Data Protection Act 2018 & General Data Protection Regulation.
Details of what you need to do, should you wish to,  pursue this course of
action, are available from the Information Commissioner’s website
[1]https://ico.org.uk/make-a-complaint/, or you can phone the ICO Helpline
on 0303 123 1113. 

 

Yours sincerely

 

Kind regards

 

Hannah Rumball | Information Governance Specialist | Information
Resilience & Transparency Team | Kent County Council | Room 2.87, Sessions
House, Maidstone, ME14 1XQ | [2]Access to Information | Please see our
[3]Information Rights Privacy Notice for details of how we process your
personal data in line with our data protection obligations |

 

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Dear Kent County Council,

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

I am writing to request an internal review of Kent County Council's handling of my FOI request 'Bus layby Linton Hill proposals'.

I requested an internal review, and after some significant delays, I received confirmation that my complaint (?) had been upheld.

I have no idea what this means, as I have not initiated a complaint. May I politely ask that KCC get their act together, and investigate this and the two other FOI/EIR requests I have made, otherwise I will escalate them all to the ICO for investigation.

If my "complaint" has been upheld, kindly provide me with the documents I requested, or clarify why you cannot.

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,

David Windham