Correspondence relating to Superhighway 9

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Dear Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea,

Please send me all correspondence and policy decisions made relating to the planned Cycle Superhighway 9 between your officers, councillors and TfL. I am particularly interested in detail surrounding options discussed for Kensington High Street and cycle provision

Yours faithfully,

Alex Ingram

Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea

Dear Mr. Ingram

 

FREEDOM OF INFORMATION REQUEST REF: 2014-126

 

I am writing to confirm that we received your information request on 24
January 2014. For your information and future communications your request
has been allocated the reference number FOI2014-126. Please quote this
reference in any future correspondence. 

 

We will consider your request and respond in accordance with the
requirements of the Freedom of Information Act 2000. Our duty is to
respond promptly or at least within 20 working days.

 

Yours sincerely

 

Robin Yu

Information Protection Assistant

Information Governance Team

Information Systems Division (ISD)

The Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea

The Town Hall, Hornton Street, London W8 7NX

Tel: 020 7938 8226

 

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

 

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Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea

Dear Mr. Ingram,

 

Thank you for your request.

 

There are hundreds of emails going back over three years about
Superhighway 9 on Kensington High Street. We note that you are
“particularly interested in detail surrounding options discussed for
Kensington High Street and cycle provision”. This doesn’t really help us
identify which emails you want access to as the Superhighway 9 was only
ever going to be on Kensington High Street.

 

Your request for “all correspondence” makes your request too broad.
Section 12 of the FOI Act makes provision for public authorities to refuse
requests for information where the cost of dealing with them would exceed
the appropriate limit. The appropriate limit is set at £450; this
represents the estimated cost of one person spending 2.5 working days or
18 hours in locating, retrieving and extracting the information

 

With that in mind, could you specify what emails you would like access to
please? If you were to place some limits on your request such as limiting
it to emails to/from certain officers or teams, between a certain date
range, or about a certain subject, this may help to narrow the focus of
the request to the point where the Council could reasonably be expected to
provide some information.

 

Please contact me if you require further assistance or would like to
discuss.

 

Yours sincerely

 

Robin Yu

Information Protection Assistant

Information Governance Team

Information Systems Division (ISD)

The Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea

The Town Hall, Hornton Street, London W8 7NX

Tel: 020 7938 8226

 

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

 

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Dear Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea,

It's very helpful to know that only alignments along Kensington High Street have been considered, that in itself brings useful information in the public domain and I thank you for that. I apologise if this request is broad, however given that the Royal Borough has not made any public statement whatsoever it is only by asking a broad question that I can know what further to ask for.

Can I suggest that you rationalise by reducing to those elements of correspondence that concern segregation (which was not to my knowledge always the plan) and also those that concern the decision not to include CS9 in the Central London Grid as recently consulted.

Finally, I note that TfL no longer show Cycle Superhighway 9 as a forthcoming plan on their website but other than this further act of omission (after the central london grid consultation) no clear statement has been made. It would be a lot more efficient if a clear public statement was made by the Royal Borough as to how it has reached a decision and why.

Please consider this a refinement of my request and I hope it satisfies your requirements.

Yours faithfully,

Alex Ingram

Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea

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Dear Mr Ingram

 

Please find attached information in response to your request under the
Freedom of Information Act. Thank you for your clarification about your
specific interest in discussions around segregation. For your information,
segregation on Kensington High Street was first suggested in 2013 – prior
to then, discussions about a superhighway were related to some form of
painted lane.

 

We have redacted the names of residents and other individuals as this is
personal information and release will breach the Data Protection Act 1998.

 

Under section 40(2) of the FOIA we are permitted to withhold information
which, if disclosed, would breach any of the Principles contained in the
Data Protection Act. The release of the names of residents would breach
Principle 1 of the Data Protection Act (fair and lawful processing). We
believe it would be unfair to disclose this information as it would be an
unwarranted intrusion of privacy. Residents have a legitimate expectation
that their details will not be released into the public domain.

 

Yours sincerely

 

 

Mark Chetwynd

Chief Transport Policy Officer

RB Kensington and Chelsea

[1][email address]

020 7361 3747

 

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Dear Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea,

Thanks for your reply, this fills in many gaps that would otherwise be missing from the public record on Cycle Superhighway 9. I really wish you would engage the cycling community in public forums as your neighbours in Westminster and even the City of London now do. This is clearly a far from ideal way for this information to be shared.

Yours faithfully,

Alex Ingram

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