Dear Perranzabuloe Parish Council,
Under the Freedom of Information Act, I write to request the following:
1 How many people contacted the council to oppose the Dog Control Order enforced on Perranporth beach, prior to its introduction.
2. How many people have contacted the council since the introduction of the DCO, to complain about its introduction.
I do not need names, obviously, and neither am I requesting copies of the information. Just numbers will be fine, thank-you.
My Chairman, Mrs Doreen Lawrence, has spent hours going through all of the
Correspondence received since the introduction of the Dog Control Order on
Perranporth beach in 2011. From the Correspondence received there have
been 7 complaints against the Dog Control Order.
The figure of 2200 quoted by Councillor Webster was from e-mails, letters,
surveys etc received during the consultation period, this figure was an
estimate Councillor Webster made from the volume of paper in the files in
the office. Unfortunately the files also include various Defra papers and
working group reports etc which was not take into consideration when this
figure was estimated.
A copy of the working groups report which shows how many people contacted
the Council during the consultation has already been forwarded on. The
report shows the figures the working group worked on from how many people
contacted the Council prior to the introduction of the Dog Control Order.
I trust that this information answers your request.
Cathy Oates (Mrs)
Clerk to Perranzabuloe Parish Council
I thank you for the information that the council has finally provided, having been found at fault by the Information Commissioner's Office for refusing to provide it when I requested it.
I am glad that the ICO found in my favour on this count and that I did not have to pay out (as previously suggested by Councillor Webster) for Perranzabuloe Parish Council to sort out its filing and administration problems. I find it quite amazing that anyone could have suggested that to fund such an exercise should have been the responsibility of a member of the public.
I hope that the obvious administration problems your office experiences will be resolved in the near future, thus saving Doreen Lawrence further inconvenience.
The issue of the inappropriately-introduced DCO on Perranporth beach is not going to go away any time soon, so I do hope that further requests for information will be dealt with in a more timely, and helpful, manner.
Thanks for sending the information through.