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Communications that relate to the attempted felling of trees that happened on the streets of Sheffield on Monday 27th November 2017

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Dear South Yorkshire Police,

Please provide copies of all communications that relate to the attempted felling of trees that happened on the streets of Sheffield on Monday 27th November 2017.

In particular:
- Any communication with "Sheffield City Council" or employees thereof.
- Any communication with any companies which have "Amey" as part of their name.

Yours faithfully,

Matthew Wire

FOI, South Yorkshire Police

Dear Matthew Wire

 

 

Re your request (reference number above):

 

Please provide copies of all communications that relate to the attempted
felling of trees that happened on the streets of Sheffield on Monday 27th
November 2017.

 

In particular:

- Any communication with "Sheffield City Council" or employees thereof.

- Any communication with any companies which have "Amey" as part of their
name.

 

Please could you clarify the following point(s): -

 

Could you please advise the location/street/area  of the tree felling you
refer to as this will assist with sourcing any relevant communications. 

Is it purely November 27^th 2017 communications you require?

A search by "Sheffield City Council"or "Amey" may return an huge amount of
communications on various subjects, do you have any further
details/names/departments specifically which may help this search and
potentially reduce the return of information? ( and therefore avoid any
potential S12 exemptions)

 

You may also find useful the below links on this subject.

 

South Yorkshire Police has received a number of similar requests to yours
in the past. All such requests and responses are published on the Force
Disclosure Log, which can be found on the South Yorkshire Police website
at: -

 

[1]http://www.southyorkshire.police.uk/cont...

 

You may find that research of the Log may be worthwhile prior to
submitting future requests as this may well result in the information
being available immediately rather than any delay resulting from the
process of responding to a request under the Act. In particular, we would
draw your attention to the following entries: -

 

[2]http://www.southyorkshire.police.uk/foi/...

 

 

It would be helpful if you could review the above entries and compare the
responses to your particular requirement for information. We appreciate
that people have different reasons for requesting information and those
differences often lead to slight but important variations in the wording
of requests. We are concerned to avoid misinterpreting these subtle
variations and issuing an unnecessary or erroneous refusal to release
information under Section 21 of the Freedom of Information Act
(Information available to the applicant by other means). We also
understand that information changes with the passage of time and previous
responses may not always cover the date or time parameters of your
request.

If our previous responses do not completely satisfy your requirements it
would be appreciated if you could refine your request in order to elicit
that information not already published on our website. So, for instance,
where your requirement involves information from particular date
parameters, and we have only released information for part of that time
frame, it would be helpful if you could refine your request so as to
prompt the release of information relating to the dates not already
published.

As a general point concerning the setting of date parameters: The use of
terms such as “for the last year” or “over the last five years” is often
not precise enough to ensure the accurate location, retrieval and
extraction of information (unfortunately our computers simply do not have
the linguistic ability to interpret these phrases!). The use of terms such
as ‘financial year’ or ‘calendar year’ is more helpful, but the use of
exact dates between, or from which information is required is most likely
to achieve accurate results. 

 

 

Please forward your clarification to South Yorkshire Police as this
request will be ‘stopped’ on our database until this has been received.

 

Once we have received clarification, your request be considered and you
will receive a response within the statutory timescale of 20 working days
as defined by the Act, subject to the information not being exempt or
containing a reference to a third party. In some circumstances South
Yorkshire Police may be unable to achieve this deadline. If this is likely
you will be informed and given a revised time-scale at the earliest
opportunity.

 

There may be a fee payable for the retrieval, collation and provision of
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remain unanswered.

 

Some requests may also require either full or partial transference to
another public authority in order to answer your query in the fullest
possible way. Again, you will be informed if this is the case.

 

Yours sincerely

 

 

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Dear FOI,

To clarify my request, I'd like to know if South Yorkshire Police were notified/consulted in advance of "Amey"/SCC bringing in private security to "assist" with the tree fellings and littering multiple streets with plastic barriers. This started on the 27th November but has continued now since then. Roads being targetted included Abbeydale Park Rise, Meersbrook Park Road and many others.

Yours sincerely,

Matthew Wire

Dear South Yorkshire Police,

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

I am writing to request an internal review of South Yorkshire Police's handling of my FOI request 'Communications that relate to the attempted felling of trees that happened on the streets of Sheffield on Monday 27th November 2017'.

You have failed to respond in the statutory time limit to my request. Please identify the reasons for this and importantly, provide the information that I have requested.

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,

Matthew Wire

Dear FOI,

I requested an internal review because I had not heard anything. However, SYP have now contacted me to confirm that it is slightly delayed as some of the emails need a sign-off. So, I'm happy to withdraw my request for internal review as long as it is answered soon :-)

Yours sincerely,

Matthew Wire

Dear FOI,

I am writing requesting an update on this FOI.

Over 6 weeks has elapsed since you last response. I should not need to remind a police force of the need to comply with the law which states that:
"10.—(1) Subject to subsections (2) and (3), a public authority
Time limits for compliance under the Freedom of Information Act (Section 10) must comply with section 1(1) promptly and in any event not later than the twentieth working day following the date of receipt."

Please provide the status of my request. This issue is even more time sensitive given South Yorkshire Polices increased involvement with Amey and observing people been removed by force. My request was made before this public announcement. As such the details I requested are pertinent to the current situation on the ground, I am asking for an update today and the release of the outstanding elements of my request.

Any further delay can be seen as SYP holding up publication until the records requested are no longer relevant to the current events.

Yours sincerely,

Matthew Wire

FOI, South Yorkshire Police

Dear Mr Wire

Ref : FOI 20172119

I apologise for the delay in getting this response to you I am aware we have passed the response date.

I have been waiting for various departments who record and hold this data to return to me.

I will endeavour to have the request completed as soon as possible. If it appears there may be any further delays you will be kept informed.

Louise Holmes
Information Compliance Clerk

South Yorkshire Police
Information Compliance Unit
Unit 20
Churchill Way
Sheffield
S35 2PY

Email - [email address]

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Dear FOI,

This has now been referred to the Information Commissioner.

Yours sincerely,

Matthew Wire

FOI, South Yorkshire Police

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Dear Mr Wire

 

Please find attached our response to your Freedom of Information request.

 

Regards

 

 

Louise Holmes

South Yorkshire Police

Information Compliance Unit

Professional Standards Department

Unit 20 Sheffield 35A Business Park

Churchill Way

Sheffield

S35 2PY

 

Email - [South Yorkshire Police request email]

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