Cycle provision plans

Sandra Vogel made this Freedom of Information request to Merton Borough Council

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Dear Merton Borough Council,

At the public part of the Mitcham Common Conservators meeting on 4 September 2013 plans were discussed, and drawing shown, for proposed cycleways inside Mitcham Common along the line of Croydon road. It was explained that these plans could be implemented within the current financial year if approved.

Further plans were discussed for other areas of the common including Windmill Road and Beddington Lane.

Subsequent requests to the borough cycling officer for a copy of the Croydon Road plans have returned a response that they are not public documents. They were shown in a public meeting.

I would like to see the Croydon Road documents, and any other existing documents relating to planned cycleways in or abutting Mitcham Common.

Yours faithfully,

Sandra Vogel

foi, Merton Borough Council

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Sue Keay, Merton Borough Council

Dear Ms Vogel

Freedom of Information Act 2000/ Environmental Information Regulations
2004- Information request

 

We have now considered your request for information as set out below. 

 

You asked:

 

“At the public part of the Mitcham Common Conservators meeting on 4
September 2013 plans were discussed, and drawing shown, for proposed
cycleways inside Mitcham Common along the line of Croydon road. It was
explained that these plans could be

implemented within the current financial year if approved.

 

Further plans were discussed for other areas of the common including
Windmill Road and Beddington Lane.

 

Subsequent requests to the borough cycling officer for a copy of the
Croydon Road plans have returned a response that they are not public
documents. They were shown in a public meeting.

 

I would like to see the Croydon Road documents, and any other existing
documents relating to planned cycleways in or abutting Mitcham Common.”

 

Our response:

 

The document was presented to a closed meeting, i.e. a meeting of the
common conservators where the Council’s proposal / intention was presented
to the Committee. This was not a Public Meeting. According to the
Council’s FOI officer the Council can withhold the requested information
at this time. Please note the following comment: Disclosure is refused
under the FOI Section 22 exemption for “information intended for future
publication.

 

The draft proposals are a work in progress, they continue to evolve from
day to day, and before they can be finalised will require the agreement of
the conservators. In our view a disclosure of a snapshot of on-going
discussions at an arbitrary point in time would not be in the public
interest as this would encourage premature and misinformed speculation
which would not be conducive to achieving a consensus amongst the
conservators. The London Borough of Merton is only one of three councils
represented on the board of conservators and our current view may not
prevail. Whilst there is a public interest in transparency and
accountability this would be better achieved when settled proposals are
published later. 

 

I can however advise that the document will be provided if and when
approval for the proposal is given by the Common Conservators, after which
officers would require a further 6 weeks to prepare the design for further
approval. As such I would estimate that the earliest time a plan could be
made publicly available is during the 2^nd week in December

 

 

If you have any queries or concerns about this please contact me.

 

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Karin Lane, the Head of Information Governance at Merton Council, Civic
Centre, Morden, SM4 5DX or e-mail [1][Merton Borough Council request email]

 

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you have a right to appeal to the Information Commissioner at:

 

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Wilmslow, Cheshire, SK9 5AF.

 

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Yours sincerely

 

Sue Keay | Business Support and Finance Manager

Traffic and Highways Services 

London Borough of Merton

Merton Civic Centre, London Road, Morden, Surrey, SM4 5DX
Direct: 020 8545 3428 | Switchboard: 020 8274 4901

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