Destruction of a perfect example of an Edwardian School at North Reddish

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 refused by Stockport Metropolitan Borough Council.

Dear Stockport Borough Council,

The government school improvement scheme originally thought that the funds would be split 50/50 between refurbishment and rebuilding but in the event the figures had worked out at 20/80 between refurbishment and rebuilding. This interested me because I think we've always been told that funds were only available for rebuilding. Given the amount of disruption the new school is going to cause in terms of loss of public open space, loss of playing fields and traffic problems and also the fact that the new school will be no bigger than the existing school I think I am entitled to ask the Council the following:

1. Did the Council ever compare refurbishment and rebuilding of the School to see which represented best value?

2. Did the Council in their public consultation make clear that refurbishment was a possible option for the improvement of the School?

Yours faithfully,

Sheila Oliver

FOI Officer, Stockport Metropolitan Borough Council

Dear Mrs Oliver,

I am writing in response to your request for information below (ref 2680).

As you have previously been informed, your requests for information about
Harcourt Street are considered to be vexatious under section 14(1) Freedom
of Information Act 2000 and manifestly unreasonable under Regulation
12(4)(b) Environmental Information Regulations 2004 and will not receive a
response. This decision has been through the Council's internal review
process and was upheld. It has also been investigated by the Information
Commissioner's Office at your request; the ICO upheld the Council's
decision in its Decision Notice.

Yours sincerely,

Claire Naven

Claire Naven

Data Protection & Freedom of Information Officer

Stockport Metropolitan Borough Council

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Dear FOI Officer,

Since the far from impartial internal review process at Stockport Council, the Council has been forced to disclose documents to a public inquiry which show the entire site to be highly contaminated and that £5 million in funding is not available, contrary to their previous assertion - they only disclosed those facts after the ICO ruling. The Information Commission has said twice that the Council needs to answer questions on this subject. One has to wonder what the Council has to hide. I shall make a complaint to the ICO about this matter.

Yours sincerely,

Sheila Oliver