Cost to refurbish Market Hall in Whitehaven and other property costs

The request was refused by Copeland Borough Council.

Dear Copeland Borough Council,

Please can you provide me with information on the costs for the refurbishment of the Market Hall in Whitehaven. What was the budget? How many contractors put in for the job and what were the contractors bids and how was the contractor chosen? Was the project manager a council worker and if they were what is their salary? If they weren't how many people bid in for the work? How was the project manager chosen and what were their qualifications? What was the project managers daily rate and how much were they payed between starting and when they finished and what were these dates?

Please can you provide me with information on other council property department matters. How much has been paid to consultants over the last 5 years? Have any conflicts of interests been declared to council in the last five years by people in the council taking consultants and contractors on and if they were when were these done? Have any investigations been carried out into conflicts of interests like this and if they were when were these and can I have a copy of any reports?

Yours faithfully,

Mrs J Brown

Clifford Walker, Copeland Borough Council

Dear Mrs Brown,

 

I acknowledge receipt of your Request for Information under the Freedom of
Information Act 2000.

 

Your request is being considered and you will receive any recorded
information held by Copeland Borough Council within the statutory
timescale of 20 working days as defined by the Freedom of Information Act
2000, subject to the information not being exempt or containing a
reference to a third party.

 

For your information, the Act defines a number of exemptions, which may
prevent release of the information you have requested.  There will be an
assessment and if any of the exemption categories apply then the
information will not be released.  You will be informed if this is the
case, including your rights of appeal.

 

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There may be a fee payable for this information.  This will be considered
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be paid before the information is processed and released.  The 20 working
day time limit for responses is suspended until receipt of the payment.

 

If you have any queries or concerns then please contact me.

 

Further information is also available from the Information Commissioner
at:

 

Information Commissioner’s Office

Wycliffe House

Water Lane

Wilmslow

Cheshire

SK9 5AF

 

Telephone 01625 545700

[1]https://ico.org.uk/

 

Yours sincerely

Cliff Walker
Information Management Officer

Democratic Services

Copeland Borough Council

 

Tel: 01946 59 8529

Email: [email address]

 

Copeland Borough Council, The Copeland Centre, Catherine Street,
Whitehaven, Cumbria, CA28 7SJ. Tel: 0845 054 8600. Fax: 01946 598303.
www.copeland.gov.uk, [Copeland Borough Council request email]

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From: Mrs J Brown <[FOI #430055 email]>
Sent: 06 September 2017 18:49
To: Info
Subject: Freedom of Information request - Cost to refurbish Market Hall in
Whitehaven and other property costs
 
Dear Copeland Borough Council,

Please can you provide me with information on the costs for the
refurbishment of the Market Hall in Whitehaven. What was the budget? How
many contractors put in for the job and what were the contractors bids and
how was the contractor chosen? Was the project manager a council worker
and if they were what is their salary? If they weren't how many people bid
in for the work? How was the project manager chosen and what were their
qualifications? What was the project managers daily rate and how much were
they payed between starting and when they finished and what were these
dates?

Please can you provide me with information on other council property
department matters. How much has been paid to consultants over the last 5
years? Have any conflicts of interests been declared to council in the
last five years by people in the council taking consultants and
contractors on and if they were when were these done? Have any
investigations been carried out into conflicts of interests like this and
if they were when were these and can I have a copy of any reports?  

Yours faithfully,

Mrs J Brown

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Clifford Walker, Copeland Borough Council

Dear Madam,

  

I am writing to you in relation to your recent Freedom of Information
request to Copeland Borough Council dated 11 September 2017 which is
reproduced below.

 

Copeland Borough Council remains committed to openness and transparency
and does hold some recorded information in answer to your above query.
However due to the circumstances outlined below and the current well
documented recent situation around IT capabilities we do not, at this
stage intend to disclose this information. There are concerns around
pseudomisation and identification issues and as a public authority we have
to ensure that all such requests are both legitimate and valid. There is a
danger that some enquiries may be submitted to circumvent the legislation
and we must remain committed to providing the best professional service
possible to the general public.

 

In this regard and following the advice we have received from the
Information Commissioners Office (ICO) which relates to Freedom of
Information (FOI) requests made via social media and whatdotheyknow.com,
'Public authorities do not need to respond to such requests for
information unless the requestor's real name is clear. If their name is
not clear, for example their username is a pseudonym or only contains part
of their real name, the request is not valid'.

 

A request for information is not valid if it does not, in accordance with
s.8 (1b) Freedom of Information Act 2000 (FOIA), state the name of the
applicant and an address for correspondence. As we believe your request
uses a pseudonym instead of your actual name we do not consider it to be a
valid request. Accordingly, we are not obliged to respond to it.

 

However, the ICO does recommend that should you wish to resubmit your
request using your real name then we will be able to process and provide a
response to your request.

 

In order to fulfil your requirements, I have also been authorised to
invite you personally to attend the Copeland Centre, Catherine Street,
Whitehaven where we can discuss the issues raised. I am more than happy to
arrange such a visit at your convenience.

 

Should you decide to decline the invitation I would make a respectful
request for acceptable identification which could be in the form of a
driving license, utility bill or something similar that establishes your
full name, date of birth and address with photo ID. An original copy of
the proof of identity document should be sent to the below address, or
produced in person.

I will place this request 6388/17 on hold pending receipt of
identification from you. Please note that if no identification is received
within 20 working days, the request will be withdrawn.

I hope this response is acceptable to you and that you appreciate the
safeguards that have to be adopted, but do not hesitate to contact me if
you wish to clarify anything further.

 

The Council makes every effort to make sure that the services it provides
are as efficient and effective as possible, and this includes any requests
under the Freedom of Information Act.

If you believe that your request has not been dealt with satisfactorily
you should follow the Council’s complaints procedure.

 

If you have followed the complaints procedure and are still not happy with
how your request has been dealt with you may also contact the:

 

Information Commissioner’s Office

Wycliffe House

Water Lane

Wilmslow

Cheshire

SK9 5AF

Enquiry/Information Line: 01625 545 745

Where you will also find further guidance about submitting a freedom of
information request: [1]www.ico.org.uk

 

Many thanks for your support and understanding in this matter.

 

Regards,

 

 

Cliff Walker

Information Management Officer

Business Support

Copeland Borough Council

Tel: 01946 59 8529

Email: [2][email address]

Copeland Borough Council, The Copeland Centre, Catherine Street,
Whitehaven, Cumbria, CA28 7SJ. Tel: 01946 598300. Fax: 01946 598303.
[3]www.copeland.gov.uk, [4][Copeland Borough Council request email]

 

 

 

From: Mrs J Brown <[5][FOI #430055 email]>
Sent: 06 September 2017 18:49
To: Info
Subject: Freedom of Information request - Cost to refurbish Market Hall in
Whitehaven and other property costs

 

Dear Copeland Borough Council,

Please can you provide me with information on the costs for the
refurbishment of the Market Hall in Whitehaven. What was the budget? How
many contractors put in for the job and what were the contractors bids and
how was the contractor chosen? Was the project manager a council worker
and if they were what is their salary? If they weren't how many people bid
in for the work? How was the project manager chosen and what were their
qualifications? What was the project managers daily rate and how much were
they payed between starting and when they finished and what were these
dates?

Please can you provide me with information on other council property
department matters. How much has been paid to consultants over the last 5
years? Have any conflicts of interests been declared to council in the
last five years by people in the council taking consultants and
contractors on and if they were when were these done? Have any
investigations been carried out into conflicts of interests like this and
if they were when were these and can I have a copy of any reports?  

Yours faithfully,

Mrs J Brown

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the internet. Our privacy and copyright policies:
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Sarah Johnson left an annotation ()

Mrs Brown - I'm not sure what is going on here but I have had exactly the same response to my FOI request. I suggest that you contact the ICO to make a complaint about CBC's apparent refusal to comply with the request.

Dear Clifford Walker,

The council seems to answer FOIs it is comfortable with regardless of peoples contact details but refuses others by accusing people of giving false details. Anybody looking at this website will suspect that Copeland Borough Council is not at all committed to openness and transparency.

Yours sincerely,

Mrs J Brown

Richard Taylor left an annotation ()

Someone else has submitted the same request at :

https://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/c...

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