Communications with Local Authorities about litter on APTRs

Peter Silverman made this Freedom of Information request to Highways Agency

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The request was refused by Highways Agency.

Dear Highways Agency,

Background

In an e-mail to Peter Martin of 9th Feb 2015 Phil from your Highways Agency Customer Contact Centre Tel: 0300 123 5000 stated:

"The Agency regularly monitors the cleanliness of its network and where it considers that the standards set by the Environment Protection Act are not being met, writes to the relevant local authority asking for swift action to be taken to cleanse the area of accumulated rubbish.....The Agency hopes that by working with these district and borough councils we will be able to help resolve the issue of litter on the trunk road network"

Information request:

1. Please provide me with 5 recent communications sent to local authorities by the Highways Agency asking for action to be taken when it felt that the standards set by the Environmental Protection Act were not being met.

2. Please provide me with 5 recent communications sent to local authorities by Highways Agency contractors asking for action to be taken when it felt that the standards set by the Environmental Protection Act were not being met.

3.Please send me 5 recent reports recording the monitoring of the cleanliness of the Highways Agency's network by the employee of the Highways Agency as opposed to by employees of their contractors.

4.Please send me 5 recent reports recording the monitoring of the cleanliness of the those All Purpose Trunk Roads on the network where the local authority has responsibility for cleansing.

Please deal with this request under the Environmental Information Regulations.

If any of this proves onerous then please suggest how I might modify my request to make the task easier for you and I will consider making amendments to assist you.

Yours faithfully,

Peter Silverman

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Castleman, Robert,

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Dear Mr Silverman please attached response to your recent correspondence.

 

Regards

 

Robert Castleman

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Dear Mr Silverman please attached response to your recent correspondence.

 

Regards

 

Robert Castleman

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Dear Highways Agency,

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

I am writing to request an internal review of Highways Agency's handling of my FOI request 'Communications with Local Authorities about litter on APTRs'.

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,

Peter Silverman

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Thank you for your email to the Highways Agency.
 
If you are reporting a real time issue which requires immediate attention
please call the Highways Agency Information Line on 0300 123 5000. 
 
A map of the roads for which we are responsible can be found here
[1]http://www.highways.gov.uk/publications/... If
the road you are interested in is not on this map it will fall under the
jurisdiction of the local authority.  You can find details of local
authorities using the search facility on the gov.uk website
at: [2]https://www.gov.uk/find-your-local-council
 
If your email does relate to an issue on the Highways Agency's network it
will be passed to the relevant team within the Highways Agency and they
will respond to you within a maximum of 15 working days.
 
If you have made a request under the Freedom of Information Act your
request will be dealt with in line with our guidelines which are published
here: [3]http://www.highways.gov.uk/freedom-of-in...
 
Yours sincerely
 
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FOI Advice,

Dear Mr Silverman,

 

I am writing to acknowledge your request for an internal review of our EIR
responses.

 

I will respond within twenty working days, no later than the 20^th April.

 

Yours sincerely

 

Chris Barnes, Freedom of Information Officer
Highways Agency | Lateral | 8 City Walk | Leeds | LS11 9AT

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FOI Advice,

Dear Mr Silverman,

 

I am writing to acknowledge your request for an internal review of our EIR
responses.

 

I will respond within twenty working days, no later than the 20^th April.

 

Yours sincerely

 

Chris Barnes, Freedom of Information Officer
Highways Agency | Lateral | 8 City Walk | Leeds | LS11 9AT

Web: [1]http://www.highways.gov.uk

Safe roads, reliable journeys, informed travellers
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Peter Silverman,

Bob,

 

Thank you for your [1]e-mail of 17^th March.

 

The third information request your referred to was, I think, the one made
on 10^th February not on the 16^th February.

 

I was pleased to read that a great deal of the work which is currently
underway  mirrors the suggestions in my letter to Graham Dalton and
includes taking the maintenance of at least one area in-house.

 

Thank you for your invitation to a meeting. Please suggest some times and
venues. Central London would suit me best. Guildford is an option provided
the meeting is in the middle of the day. Please note I am away for the
week of 20^th April.

 

We should of course discuss all possible the ways of bringing Highways
England into compliance with EPA S89(1).

 

With regard to the two information requests which you have refused I would
draw your attention to your letter to me of 24^th May 2012 also citing
Regulation 12(4) (b) - request(s) are manifestly unreasonable. You may
recall that the refusal was over turned by the Information Tribunal. Judge
Angus Hamilton stated that:

 

“Mr Silverman’s campaign was a decent worthwhile campaign with a serious
aim and purpose which was of general benefit to the whole community.”

 

Could you please copy this on to whoever is carrying out the internal
review of my requests. Please draw their attention to [2]this link.

 

I look forward to hearing from you.

 

 

Peter Silverman

[3]www.cleanhighways.co.uk

01895 625770

 

 

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FOI Advice,

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Dear Mr Silverman

 

Please find attached the results of your internal review.

 

Yours sincerely

 

Chris Barnes, Freedom of Information Officer
Highways England | Lateral | 8 City Walk | Leeds | LS11 9AT

Web: [1]http://www.highways.gov.uk

 

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Peter Silverman left an annotation ()

Please go to this link to see my complaint to the Information Commissioner:

http://www.cleanhighways.co.uk/eir/9961

Peter Silverman

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Refusal was overruled by the Information Commissioner

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