Correspondance concerning Bidston Lighthouse and Observatory

A. J. Liptrot made this Freedom of Information request to Historic Buildings and Monuments Commission for England

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The request was partially successful.

Dear Historic Buildings and Monuments Commission for England,

I refer to Bidston Lighthouse And Lighthouse Cottages (LBS Number 389085), Bidston Observatory (LBS Number 389086), and Perimeter Wall To Observatory And Lighthouse, With Entrance To West (LBS Number 389087). These three buildings, located on the same site on Bidston Hill, near Birkenhead, were listed (Grade II) on the same day, 8 December 1989.

Could you please provide details of all correspondence held by the English Heritage on these buildings? In particular, I request facsimiles of correspondance concerning the original application or applications for listed building status, and details of any subsequent planning applications concerning these buildings that were notified to, approved by, denied by, or required intervention or advice from, English Heritage. If English Heritage has no record of subsequent planning applications in respect of these buildings between 1989 and date of receipt of this FOI request, then I ask for a clear statement to that effect.

Yours faithfully,

A. J. Liptrot

QUELCH, Frances,

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REF: 11/1038

Dear Mr Liptrot,

Re: Environmental Information Request - Bidston Lighthouse and
Observatory

Thank you for your email, dated 5 February 2011. In your email you have
requested all correspondence held by English Heritage in regards to
Bidston Lighthouse and Lighthouse Cottages, Bidston Observatory and
Perimeter Wall to Observatory and Lighthouse, with entrance to west.

Your request will be considered under the Environmental Information
Regulations 2004 (EIRs).

We will be writing to you within the statutory 20 working day timeframe
with a response to your request. You will be informed if this is not
possible.

If you are unhappy with the level of service you have received in relation
to your request you may ask for an internal review. Details of our review
procedure are attached.

Yours sincerely,

Frances Quelch
Access to Information Assistant
English Heritage
Kemble Drive
Swindon SN2 2GZ
Tel: 01793 414537
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TREVITT, Jessica,

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Dear Mr Liptrot,

Thank you for your email dated 5 February in which you ask for copies of
all correspondence held by English Heritage in relation to the following:

. Bidston Lighthouse And Lighthouse Cottages (LBS Number 389085);

. Bidston Observatory (LBS Number 389086) and perimeter wall to
Observatory And Lighthouse, with entrance to west (LBS Number 389087) and;

. Bidston Hill, near Birkenhead,

I can confirm that English Heritage holds some information that falls
within the scope of your request and, having considered it, I have
concluded that it is "environmental information". This means that I have
had to consider it for release under the Environmental Information
Regulations 2004 (`the EIR') rather than the Freedom of Information Act
2000 (`the Act') that you refer to in your request. The EIR provide a
very similar right of access to that given under the Act.

In your request you note that the three buildings you are interested in
were listed in 1989 and as English Heritage did not maintain a separate
set of listing files prior to April 2005 we do not have information about
the listing of the properties. Listing files were generated by the
Department for Culture Media and Sport (DCMS) and forwarded to English
Heritage. Our advice was then formulated and despatched back to the
Department for consideration. If you wish DCMS to consider the
information that they have about the buildings for disclosure you should
contact Daniel Halpern ([1][email address]) in their FOI
team.

I said earlier in this email that English Heritage has some information
that is relevant to your request and I am pleased to be able to provide
you with the attached information concerning Bidston Observatory. I have
removed (under regulation 12(3) of the EIR) some personal information from
one of the documents as its disclosure would breach one or more of the
data protection principles in the Data Protection Act.

Some of the information that I have provided in this response is subject
to copyright. Public authorities complying with their statutory duty
under the EIR to release information to an applicant are not breaching the
Copyright, Designs and Patents Act 1988. Normal copyright rules do
however still apply and continue to protect the rights of the copyright
holder once the information is released. You may therefore be in breach
of copyright if you reproduce or publish any documents that are subject to
copyright without permission.

I hope that the information that I have provided is useful to you. If
however, you are unhappy with the response that you have received you may
ask for an internal review. Details of our review procedure are attached.

Yours sincerely,

Jessica Trevitt
Access to Information Manager

English Heritage

Room 2/73

The Engine House

Fire Fly Avenue

SWINDON

SN2 2EH

Tel: 01793 414539

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