Carnegie Leisure Centre - planned refurbishment information?

WILLIAM ROBB made this Freedom of Information request to Fife Council

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The request was partially successful.

Dear Sir or Madam,

Please send me, via this medium, details of the 'audit trail' of when plans began for this refurbishment and the names of the prime movers, and how selections were made for consultants. Also, a copy of the presentation that was made to councillors in the Dunfermline area in October 2007, the names of those making the presentation, and attendees is also requested.

Many thanks for your help.

Bill Robb

FifeDirect, Fife Council

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Susan Bradley, Fife Council

Dear Mr Robb

FREEDOM OF INFORMATION (SCOTLAND) ACT 2002 * REQUEST FOR INFORMATION

Thank you for your information request dated 23 April 2008, and received on 23 April 2008; our reference: CS/161. This is being dealt with in terms of the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002.

The Act allows us 20 working days to deal with your request from the date that we received it, but we hope to provide you with the information you are looking for at an earlier date where possible.

Yours sincerely,

Susan

Susan Bradley
Lead Officer (Business Support & Administration)
Community Services
Rothesay House
Glenrothes KY7 5PQ

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Dear Susan Bradley,

Many thanks for your prompt response to my request, it is very much appreciated. I look forward to receiving the reply to the questions raised within the defined time limit detailed within the FOI act.

Best Regards

Bill Robb

Dear Sir or Madam,

QUESTIONS RELATED TO CLC/DUNFERMLINE & AREA LEISURE

The questions related to 'audit trails' should be able to be addressed immediately.

1. Where can the 'audit trail' of the £17.2 million allocation for leisure in the Dunfermline area be viewed?

2. Where can the 'audit trail' of the so-called 1,500 'wider community' be viewed? Names, addresses, telephone numbers etc. Where and when were they supposedly consulted, and what questions were asked of them. Who of them, were 'actual users' of CLC?

3. Why were Fife Style Members not contacted directly, complete details are held on file, including photos, by Fife Council, and all other 'user groups' and individuals not contacted?

4. Human Rights - how does Fife Council and the Trust intend to honour their Mission Statements giving ALL communities and individual 'exactly' the same opportunities if CLC closes on 23 December 2008.

5. Why do some leisure managers use private facilities instead of those they are supposed to provide for others?

6. Were plans drawn up for the provision of a new leisure centre? If so, where can they be viewed.

I look forward, with a great deal of interest, to receiving 'complete' replies.

Best regards

Bill Robb

Susan Bradley, Fife Council

Dear Mr Robb

FREEDOM OF INFORMATION (SCOTLAND) ACT 2002 - REQUEST FOR INFORMATION

Thank you for your information request dated 12 May 2008, and received on 12 May 2008; our reference: CS/164. This is being dealt with in terms of the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002.

The Act allows us 20 working days to deal with your request from the date that we received it, but we hope to provide you with the information you are looking for at an earlier date where possible.

Yours sincerely,

Susan

Susan Bradley
Lead Officer (Business Support & Administration)
Community Services
Rothesay House
Glenrothes KY7 5PQ

E-mail: [email address]
External Tel No : 08451 55 55 55 when prompted, enter 441172.
Internal Tel No: 44 11 72

If you have a general enquiry about a Fife Council service and are unsure who to contact please call our General Enquiries number on 08451 55 00 00, or look on www.fifedirect.org.uk

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Dear Susan Bradley

A reply to my FOI was due today but not received. Why?

Yours sincerely,

Bill Robb

Susan Bradley, Fife Council

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Dear Mr Robb

FREEDOM OF INFORMATION (SCOTLAND) ACT 2002 - REQUEST FOR INFORMATION

I refer to your email dated and received 23 April 2008 our ref; CS/161

I am pleased to enclose the information you requested and trust that it meets your requirements.

Details of audit trail of when plans began for this refurbishment

The following information sets out the route taken by the Council to arrive at the decision to refurbish Carnegie Leisure Centre, these documents are already in the public domain, and are available on the Fife Dreict website, I have, however, attached copies for ease of reference;

- Adult Services Committee 23 June 2004 - The Future of Leisure
- Adult Services Committee 31st March 2006 - Future of Leisure Working Group
- November 2005 - Sports Centres & Swimming Pools - The Way Forward Report by PMP for Fife Council
- Adult Services Committee 27th October 2006 - The Future of Leisure Provision in Fife
- The Future of Leisure - Proposals for the Redevelopment of Fife's Major Sport Centres and Swimming Pools Report by TL Dempster for Fife Council August 2006

The names of prime movers

We don't have "prime movers" as you refer to, decisions are made by the Council. In this case, the decision to refurbish Carnegie Leisure Centre was taken by the Adult Services Committee at the meeting on 27th October 2006. This was formally approved by Fife Council at its subsequent meeting on the 14th December 2006. I have attached the minutes from both of these meetings for you. The Councillors present are listed on these.

How selections were made for consultants

Fife Council follows a tender process when selecting consultants. This process is in the public domain on the Fife Direct website. I have, however, attached a copy for you for ease of reference.

A copy of the presentation that was made to councillors in the Dunfermline Area in October 2007, the names of those making the presentation, and attendees

I have attached a copy of the minutes from the City of Dunfermline Area Committee dated 22 October 2007. The minute of the meeting refers to an informal workshop session taking place, however, it does not state who was in attendance during this workshop. There was no written or powerpoint presentation, just a verbal update for Members on the draft designs as they stood at that point in time.

If you are not satisfied with the way we have handled your request, you have the right to request a review of the decision. Please write to: Chief Legal Officer, Legal Services, Performance & Organisational Support, Fife House, North Street, Glenrothes, KY7 5LT; within 3 calendar months of receipt of our decision. If this fails to resolve the matter to your complete satisfaction, you have the right to apply to the Scottish Information Commissioner for a decision.

Yours sincerely

Susan Bradley
Lead Officer (Business Support and Administration)
Community Services

Susan Bradley
Lead Officer (Business Support & Administration)
Community Services
Rothesay House
Glenrothes KY7 5PQ

E-mail: [email address]
External Tel No : 08451 55 55 55 when prompted, enter 441172.
Internal Tel No: 44 11 72

If you have a general enquiry about a Fife Council service and are unsure who to contact please call our General Enquiries number on 08451 55 00 00, or look on www.fifedirect.org.uk

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Michelle Smith, Fife Council

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Dear Mr Robb

I refer to your email dated and received 12 May 2008 our ref CS/164.

I am pleased to enclose the information you requested and trust that it
meets your requirements.

Where can the 'audit trail' of the £17.2 million allocation for leisure
in the Dunfermline area be viewed?

Information regarding the 'audit trail' was provided to you as part of
the response to your previous freedom of information request. I would
like to draw your attention to the Adult Services Committee on 27
October 2006 for the decision to refurbish rather than replace. The key
reference point for the 'audit trail' of the £17.2 million allocation
for leisure in Dunfermline is attached minutes from the Policy, Finance
and Asset Management Committee held on 2 August 2007, again, these
details are in the public domain on the Fifedirect website, however, a
copy is attached for ease of reference. I have also attached the Fife
Sports and Leisure Report with Appendices which are referred to in the
committee meeting minutes.

Where can the 'audit trail' of the so-called 1,500 'wider community' be
viewed? Names, addresses, telephone numbers etc. Where and when were
they supposedly consulted, and what questions were asked of them. Who of
them, were 'actual users' of CLC?

And

Why were Fife Style Members not contacted directly, complete details
are held on file, including photos, by Fife Council, and all other 'user
groups' and individuals not contacted?

Information regarding the consultation was provided to you as part of
the response to your previous freedom of information request. TL
Dempster (the consultants used) hold the information pertaining to
names, addresses, etc.

Human Rights - how does Fife Council and the Trust intend to honour
their Mission Statements giving ALL communities and individuals
'exactly' the same opportunities if CLC closes on 23 December 2008.

No recorded information is held. However, during the closure period
the Council will be doing its upmost to provide alternative facilities
to as many of its customers as it possibly can. The level of
alternative sports provision in the Dunfermline area means that there
will be more scope to provide alternatives than in any other town in
Fife.

Why do some leisure managers use private facilities instead of those
they are supposed to provide for others?

No recorded information.

Were plans drawn up for the provision of a new leisure centre? If so,
where can they be viewed.

The plans for the refurbishment of Carnegie Leisure Centre continue to
be refined through the usual design process. The Stage C designs offer
a significant level of detail and reflects the input received from a
wide range of stakeholders during the recent public consultation
process. The plans were on display in the foyer of Carnegie Leisure
Centre and these have formed the basis of a planning application
recently lodged with the Council, which is available for public
scrutiny. It can be viewed through contacting Fife Council's
Development Services at New City House, tel no:- 01383 609120 or email
[email address].

If you are not satisfied with the way we have handled your request, you
have the right to request a review of the decision. Please write to:
Chief Legal Officer, Legal Services, Performance & Organisational
Support, Fife House, North Street, Glenrothes, KY7 5LT; within 3
calendar months of receipt of our decision. If this fails to resolve
the matter to your complete satisfaction, you have the right to apply to
the Scottish Information Commissioner for a decision.

Yours sincerely

Michelle Smith

Michelle Smith
Lead Officer Service Planning & Performance
Community Services
Rothesay House
Glenrothes, KY7 5PQ

Tel: 08451 55 55 55 (44 45 64)
e-mail: [email address]

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