Condition reports and surveys for the Drill Hall, Sidmouth

Gary Gardner made this Freedom of Information request to East Devon District Council

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Dear East Devon District Council,
What information do you hold relating to the condition and structural integrity of the Drill Hall Sidmouth, including surveys of any kind?

Yours faithfully,

Gary Gardner

East Devon District Council

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East Devon District Council

Dear Mr Gardner

Thank you for your request for information. Please find the response to your query below.

What information do you hold relating to the condition and structural integrity of the Drill Hall Sidmouth, including surveys of any kind? - We do not hold any information relating to the condition and structural integrity of the Drill Hall Sidmouth, including surveys of any kind.

I hope this information is helpful but, if you feel dissatisfied with the way we have responded to your request, please contact our Monitoring Officer, Mr Henry Gordon Lennox, to request an internal review [email address]

You may also approach the Information Commissioner for advice at www.ico.org.uk

Yours sincerely,

Sara

Ms S Harvey
Information and Complaints Officer
East Devon District Council

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Dear East Devon District Council,

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

I am writing to request an internal review of East Devon District Council's handling of my FOI request 'Condition reports and surveys for the Drill Hall, Sidmouth'.

The answer provided (that there are none) is incompatible with an answer given by the Chief Executive at last weeks full Council meeting to a question from Cllr M Rixson. She asked how the Council could have stated on numerous occasions that the building was unsafe and also known that asbestos was present (in order to arrange for its removal) if no survey or condition report had been done. The response from the CEO saying that "the Council as owner undertook periodic condition surveys" appears to me, and I suggest any reasonable party, as a statement of fact that some surveys have indeed been done by EDDC on the Drill Hall.
[see minutes of full Council 25 July 2018, minute 24 (c) Question 3, supplementary; also the audio recording of the meeting].

I therefore seek an urgent review as EDDC appear to have misled me with this answer to my FOI, and I ask again for all copies of any such surveys as per my original request.

Any investigation of the circumstances surrounding the misleading reply should not delay the provision of the copies of the reports which should be provided promptly, and separately, if needs be.

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,

Gary Gardner

East Devon District Council

Thank you for your request for a review of your recent FOI response. We will respond to your request as quickly as possible, within 20 working days.

For updates on this case, please quote your unique reference number 101000837503.

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Dear East Devon District Council,
The response to this request is now overdue. By law the Council should have responded promptly. Please explain the reason for the delay and supply the requested information.

Yours faithfully,

Gary Gardner

FOI EDDC, East Devon District Council

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Date:                                     23/08/2018

Contact number:              01395 571659

E-mail:                                  [1][East Devon District Council request email]

Our Reference:                 FOI/10/sh

Your Reference:               101000837503

 

 

 

Dear Mr Gardner,

 

I am sorry that you feel dissatisfied with our response to your request
for information. I can confirm that this internal review response is not
overdue as the response time allowed is 20 working days.

 

You requested copies of condition reports and surveys for the Drill Hall,
Sidmouth to which you were advised that there are none. This was
incorrect, a mistake was made by the officer responding to your request
who did not check with one of the relevant departments. I apologise for
this error. Please find a copy of a structural report on the Drill Hall
that we commissioned in 2011. This is all the information held in terms of
your request.

 

I hope this information is helpful but if you remain dissatisfied with our
response to your request, you have the right to refer matters to the
Information Commissioner [2]www.ico.org.uk

 

Yours sincerely,

 

HENRY GORDON LENNOX

 

Monitoring Officer

East Devon District Council

Tel: 01395 517401

Ext: 2601

Email: [email address]

 

 

 

 

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Dear FOI EDDC,
I acknowledge receipt of a report relating to the Drill Hall however both the initial response and the time taken to send this were unsatisfactory. If I had not been aware of the CEOs comments on July 25th I would not have known the initial response from you was wrong. I will be notifying the ICO of the time taken and the failure to answer the response correctly at the outset.
Yours sincerely,

Gary Gardner