Cesspool / Sewage Treatment Works at Chapmans Close, Challock / 4 / Correspondence

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Dear Ashford Borough Council,

Under the Freedom of Information Act 2000, I write to request the following information in relation to the sewage treatment works (STW) at Chapmans Close, Challock.

1. All emails and other means of correspondence between the Council and its STW maintenance contractor(s) since January 2019 regarding the STW at Chapmans Close.

2. All emails and other means of correspondence, whether internal or external, concerning the recently proposed upgrade of the STW at Chapmans Close (not including those provided in item 4).

I look forward to your timely response.

Yours faithfully,

Rich Pemberton

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Dear Ashford Borough Council,

Thanks for your response dated 3 April 2020, and for the guidance you have offered. I note that you haven't indicated whether you hold the information requested, which section 12 does lay out as a requirement, but in the spirit of your letter I will amend my requests.

However, please note that 1978 is a key date since that is when relevant covenants were first signed. Since the Council relies upon those covenants in its recent correspondence, the Council should seek to support providing the right response to ensure that both Council and residents are properly informed for the conversations that will inevitably ensue.

So whilst there are constraints available under the FOIA, the Council also has a responsibility to the residents of Chapmans Close when asking a considerable amount of money from them, and I'd ask you to weigh this when considering my reduced requests. I note in particular that it didn't seem onerous for your legal representative to provide a good proportion of the answer to my question 1 in a recent letter to one of the residents.

In light of this I amend my request thus:

1. Please provide copies of all correspondence, email or otherwise, regarding the proposed upgrade to the STW, between:
a) the Council and its contractor
b) employees of the Council.

For clarity, I am NOT seeking correspondence with residents, nor anything which does NOT relate to the proposed upgrade. For the purposes of limitation, I do not require acknowledgements, brief thanks, personal exchanges, nor correspondence prior to 1 April 2019.

Yours faithfully,

Rich Pemberton

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