Copies of communications between the Avonmouth ward Cllrs and BCC officers regarding iron bridge at Kiingsweston

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Dear Bristol City Council,

Our local Cllrs, Melias, Sergeant and Alexander have made much in the press recently about their work with BCC officers to resolve the issue of the bridge at Kingsweston being repaired.

I'd like to fact check their 'actions' and require copies of all communications they have undertaken regarding this issue.

Ian Robinson,

Freedom of Information, Bristol City Council

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You sent us a Freedom of Information request on 22/01/2018

Your request number is CRN00151552

We’ve looked at your request and you should receive a reply on or before 19/02/2018 09:40 This will be 20 working days since your original request.

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From: Ian Robinson [mailto:[FOI #458690 email]]
Sent: 21 January 2018 10:45
To: Freedom of Information
Subject: Freedom of Information request - Copies of communications between the Avonmouth ward Cllrs and BCC officers regarding iron bridge at Kiingsweston

Dear Bristol City Council,

Our local Cllrs, Melias, Sergeant and Alexander have made much in the press recently about their work with BCC officers to resolve the issue of the bridge at Kingsweston being repaired.

I'd like to fact check their 'actions' and require copies of all communications they have undertaken regarding this issue.

Ian Robinson,

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Ian Robinson
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Bristol City Council

Dear Bristol City Council,

This request should have been easy to fulfil as all Cllrs have stated they have been working hard and have been in regular contact with officers; what is the reason for the delay and when is the new ETA? It's the law for you to respond and I'm of a mind to contact the ICO for your continual delays on FOI requests.

Yours faithfully,

Ian Robinson

Ben Skuse, Bristol City Council

Hello Ian,

I have email communication with some of the councillors named in your request from time to time regarding Kingsweston Estate. However I have nothing that relates to the bridge.

Best regards

Ben Skuse

Area supervisor, Downs, Blaise and Kingsweston Estates

BCC Parks

"Customer Relations Team" <complaints.feedback@bristol.gov.uk>, Bristol City Council

You sent us a Freedom of Information request on 22/01/2018

Your request number is CRN00151552

Our reply to your request is:  

Dear Mr Robinson

 

Thanks for your query.  We have received the replies below from the
Group Offices.  Please let me know if I can be of further assistance.

 

Regards

 

Lucy

 

 

Labour Group

 

Local Labour Councillors’ work in relation to the Kingsweston Bridge
is a matter of public record. Councillor Jo Sergeant’s questions (and
Mayor Marvin Rees’ replies) at several Member Forums, including most
recently ahead of the 15 January 2018 meeting of Full Council, can be
found on the Bristol City Council website. Councillor Don Alexander
gave a speech and answered numerous questions from local residents at
a hundreds-strong community event earlier this month.

 

Both continue to work hard with Highways and other officers to
resolve this important issue, alongside the Mayor and Cabinet. In
addition

 

Conservative Group;

 

Please be advised that the group offices do not have access to or
store all formal (or informal) communications between Members and
Council Officers in this matter.  We are aware that local councillors
have been active in trying to get the Iron Bridge repaired and raised
ever since it was damaged in November 2015.  In respect of Cllr
Melias, I recall he tabled questions to the then Mayor on this issue
on 19^th January 2016 and these – as well as the responses received –
are already in the public domain for that meeting.  I was also able
to retrieve the following public forum statement which was prepared
for him on this subject:-

 

THE IRON BRIDGE, KINGSWESTON

 

I wish to draw the Mayor’s attention to an important issue in my ward
which is causing a considerable amount of frustration and annoyance. 
Essentially, residents are very unhappy with the time being taken to
repair our iconic iron bridge and the woefully inadequate alternative
which has been provided.

 

Due to large commercial lorries seeking diversionary routes away from
the A403 late last year (opting instead to travel along Kingsweston
Road and Kingsweston Lane) a HGV struck and damaged the underside of
this historic road crossing on 4^th November 2015.  The perpetrator
has never been apprehended.

 

Safety concerns led Council engineers to close this bridge to
pedestrians, pending a full structural assessment and repairs.  I
raised concerns over the time being taken for this work with Mayor
Ferguson in January 2016.  An assurance was given then that this
footbridge would be restored once a budget had been identified.  It
now seems that this project has been programmed to commence in 2017. 
Whilst not qualified to judge whether or not the planned elevation
will prevent any reoccurrence of high-sided vehicles hitting the
fragile structure, more needs to be done to deter articulated traffic
from attempting to pass under it.

 

Local people are understandably extremely vexed by the loss of this
key crossing point and the diversionary path available to them
instead.  This essentially consists of climbing down a steep
embankment and then crossing a busy road on a blind curve. 
Obviously, this alternative course is potentially very dangerous and
so, goes largely ignored.  Understandably, residents want a temporary
walkway – constructed out of scaffolding (akin to the Prince Street
swing bridge pedestrian ramp) next to the iron bridge itself.  Not
only would this help protect the original crossing from vandalism –
barriers at this site are regularly removed and ignored – it will
also retain access and passage along a well-worn route that is
popular with dog walkers; runners; pedestrians; and school children.

 

I urge the Mayor to give this option serious consideration and to
instruct his officers to work with the community to arrive at this
more mutually acceptable solution. In any event, I want Council
Officers to accord these needed repairs a much higher priority than
is presently the case.  Next year is simply too long to wait for
action to be taken in this matter.

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Dear Bristol City Council,

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

I am writing to request an internal review of Bristol City Council's handling of my FOI request 'Copies of communications between the Avonmouth ward Cllrs and BCC officers regarding iron bridge at Kiingsweston'.

The response to this request is not satisfactory; I required copies of correspondence between the Cllrs and the officers of BCC, what I have received is a cut and paste from a public domain information source. Your Cllrs and officers are bound by law to release this information and I expect it to be released or I will progress a case with the ICO.

What I and other members of the public can draw from this response is that our local Cllrs have done absolutely nothing to progress this issue unless shamed into doing so by members of the public, if as stated in the press by our local Cllrs they have been 'working hard' on this issue then the data will be readily available, if not then they are liars.

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,

Ian Robinson

"Customer Relations Team" <complaints.feedback@bristol.gov.uk>, Bristol City Council

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You sent us a Freedom of Information request on 19/02/2018

Your request number is CRN00151552

Dear Mr Robinson

Thank you for your request for an internal review of the original
response to your request under the Freedom of Information Act 2000
(FOIA), in which you stated:

 

I am writing to request an internal review of Bristol City Council's
handling of my FOI request 'Copies of communications between the
Avonmouth ward Cllrs and BCC officers regarding iron bridge at
Kingsweston'.

 

The response to this request is not satisfactory; I required copies
of correspondence between the Cllrs and the officers of BCC, what I
have received is a cut and paste from a public domain information
source.

 

In response to your request, please find attached copies of email
correspondence between Councillors Sergeant, Alexander and Melias and
Council Officers regarding the iron bridge at Kings Weston.

 

Personal data has been redacted in reliance on the exemption provided
by s.40(2) FOIA regarding the personal data of third parties.

This response should answer your request in full.

If you’re not satisfied with our response, or if you want to appeal
against any exemptions:

Email: [1][Bristol City Council request email]
Write to: Customer Relations (100TS), PO Box 3176, Bristol, BS3 9FS

If you’re still not satisfied with our response:

You can complain to the Information Commissioner. 
Find out how to do this on the Information Commissioner Office
website
 (link to [2]http://ico.org.uk/concerns)

Copyright

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Thanks

Bristol City Council

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