Council Constitution

Sheila Oliver made this Freedom of Information request to Stockport Metropolitan Borough Council This request has been closed to new correspondence. Contact us if you think it should be reopened.

The request was successful.

Dear Stockport Borough Council,

The council constitution states anyone submitting a question in writing before 17.30 before a council meeting can have their question considered.

I think I must have a special clause in the council's constitution just for me because even if I submit a question 24 hours before the meeting it has several times been considered too late.

Please let me have details of this exemption which applies, apparently, solely to me.

Kind regards

Yours faithfully,


FOI Officer, Stockport Metropolitan Borough Council

Dear Mrs Oliver,

I understand from colleagues in Democratic Services that with the
exception of one question, all your questions have been received before
the 5.30 pm deadline. The exception was the one you submitted by email on
Saturday 10 July for the Executive Meeting on Monday 12 July which was not
received by Democratic Services until after the meeting and so could not
be asked. This is because - as you are fully aware - your emails to
individual officers at the Council are diverted to a separate inbox which
is not checked every day. Notwithstanding that, Democratic Services
responded to your question on 14 July 2010.

There are no `special' clauses within the Council's Constitution but you
have been advised on many occasions that your questions on the topic of
Harcourt Street are considered to be vexatious under the Freedom of
Information Act and manifestly unreasonable under the Environmental
Information Regulations so they will not be put. You have also been
advised at length of the Council's reasons for taking such action. As you
are also aware, you are of course at liberty to put questions about other
issues, subject to procedures being complied with.

If you are unhappy with the way we have handled your request you are
entitled to ask for an internal review. Any internal review will be
carried out by a senior member of staff who was not involved with your
original request. To ask for an internal review, contact
[1][email address] in the first instance.

If you are unhappy with the outcome of any internal review, you are
entitled to complain to the Information Commissioner. To do so, contact:

Information Commissioner's Office

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01625 545 745

Yours sincerely,

Claire Naven

Claire Naven

Data Protection & Freedom of Information Officer

Stockport Metropolitan Borough Council

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Dear FOI Officer,

Please see this news story from today's excellent Stockport Express:-

The Council is having to cut £7 million before October. At the same time it is having to borrow millions to fund this school on a toxic waste dump, even before the arsenic, lead and brown asbestos was admitted to. It is having to be removed by hand by asbestos experts wearing respirators.

We can't afford this school and it was at no point vexatious to point that out. Had it not been for me 550 primary school pupils and 50 babies would have been on toxic waste every day since September 2008. It is not vexatious to fight hard for the safety of children, which I shall continue to do.

If the Council has made these silly rules about how I should be treated - and I consider myself lucky not to have been imprisoned for crossing Stockport Council as has happened to one gentleman, then unless you do want to amend the Council's Constitution to allow for this silliness, then I suggest that mailbox is checked every day.

I shall be keeping an eye on this.

Kind regards

Local Environmental, Human Rights and FOIA campaigner