Communications and/or meetings with Peel Holdings

Alan Rundle made this Freedom of Information request to Wirral Metropolitan Borough Council

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Wirral Metropolitan Borough Council did not have the information requested.

Dear Wirral Metropolitan Borough Council,

Please provide details of all meetings (and other communications) between officers of Wirral Metropolitan Borough Council and employees/staff/executives/directors/share-holders of Peel Holdings Plc, between 1 January 2009 and 1 January 2015, in connection with any/all planning proposals, whether they be Schedule 1, Schedule 2 or other proposals, including those for Coal, Gas and/or Oil extraction from the Dee Estuary, the Irish Sea and/or Liverpool Bay.

Please note that I am NOT requesting any information that is genuinely confidential.
I am, however, requesting information that is in the public interest. This includes dates and locations of meetings, information concerning dates & times of communications (faxes, emails, telephone calls and texts) as well as the subjects of the meetings and communications.

Yours faithfully,

Alan Rundle

InfoMgr, FinDMT, Wirral Metropolitan Borough Council

Good Afternoon

 

Thank you for your recent request made under the Freedom of Information
Act.

 

Conducting a search for such a wide range of information for such a large
time period would comfortably exceed appropriate cost limit of £450 for a
local government authority to respond to a request under the Act
(calculated at a rate of £25 per hour, totalling 18 hours). When assessing
the cost of responding, the authority is allowed to take into account the
time it would take to determine whether the information is held, locate
the information, retrieve the documents and extract the requested
information from the source document.

 

In accordance with Section 16 of the Act, to provide you with relevant
advice and assistance, if you were to reduce the scope of your request to
a single year we will happily reconsider your enquiry.

 

Should the cost of responding to a reduced request fall within the
appropriate limit, all relevant documents would still be subject to any
relevant legislative exemptions.

 

Furthermore, all pertinent information on this subject is available on the
Planning Register on the [1]Council’s website on the advanced search page
using ‘Peel’ in the Applicant Name field.

 

Your request is therefore also refused under Section 21 of the Freedom of
Information Act, ‘information reasonably accessible by other means’.
Further guidance on Section 21 can be found on the Information
Commissioner’s website at [2]this link.

 

You have the right under Section 17 of the Freedom of Information Act 2000
to ask for an internal review of the refusal of the information
requested.  Please direct any request for an internal review to
[3][Wirral Borough Council request email] and your request will be allocated for
review.

 

You do also have the right to complain to the information Commissioner, if
you are dissatisfied with the outcome of any internal review, whose office
is situated at:

 

Information Commissioner's Office

Wycliffe House

Water Lane

Wilmslow

Cheshire

SK9 5AF

Tel: 08456 30 60 60 or 01625 54 57 45

Fax: 01625 524510

[4]www.ico.gov.uk

 

No meetings or communications have taken place regarding Coal, Gas and/or
Oil extraction.

 

Kind regards,

 

Sent on behalf of

 

Tracy O'Hare

Information Management

Transformation and Resources

Wirral Council

 

This information supplied to you is copyrighted and continues to be
protected by the Copyright, Designs and Patents Act 1988. You are free to
use it for your own purposes, including any non commercial research you
are doing and for the purposes of news reporting. Any other reuse, for
example commercial publication, would require our specific permission, may
involve licensing and the application of a charge.

 

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Dear Wirral Metropolitan Borough Council,

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

I am writing to request an internal review of Wirral Metropolitan Borough Council's handling of my FOI request 'Communications and/or meetings with Peel Holdings'.

I cannot accept that it would take 18 hours to gather the small amount of information required.

A full history of my FOI request and all correspondence is available on the Internet at this address: https://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/c...

Yours faithfully,

Alan Rundle

InfoMgr, FinDMT, Wirral Metropolitan Borough Council

Good Afternoon

 

Thank you for your recent request for an internal review of the Council’s
response of 30^th January.

 

You are requesting information over a period of six years in relation to
Schedule 1 and 2 of the Environmental Impact Assessments Regulations and
in relation to various gasification processes. Whilst I can advise that
there have been no discussions with Peel over the gasification processes
the main areas that we would need to look at are in relation to Wirral
Waters, developments around Eastham as well as specific proposals from
companies on Peel owned land in the Dock Estates. We will also have to
look at all our internal e-mails systems over that period of time. This in
my view will take in excess of 18.5hrs to determine whether the
information is held or not.

 

In my opinion, therefore, the Council was correct when it originally
refused your request in accordance with Section 12 of the Act.

 

If you are dissatisfied with the result of your internal review, you also
have the right to complain to the Information Commissioner, whose address
is

The Information Commissioner’s Office,

Wycliffe House,

Water Lane,

Wilmslow,

Cheshire SK9 5AF

[1]www.ico.gov.uk

 

Kind regards,

 

Sent on behalf of

 

David Ball

Head of Regeneration and Planning

Regeneration and Environment

Wirral Council

 

This information supplied to you is copyrighted and continues to be
protected by the Copyright, Designs and Patents Act 1988. You are free to
use it for your own purposes, including any non commercial research you
are doing and for the purposes of news reporting. Any other reuse, for
example commercial publication, would require our specific permission, may
involve licensing and the application of a charge.

 

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